David Ornstein's WebLog

I'm a Lead Program Manager in the Digital Documents group at Microsoft; we're part of the Windows team.

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    FlexWiki posted to SourceForge.net

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    This evening FlexWiki took the next step in its life and has been made available at SourceForge.net under the Common Public License . With this step, the developer community will have the latest source (including all the WikiTalk features), better access...
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    Managing time and getting stuff done (faster, better, cheaper)

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    OK. I'll admit it. I'm a tools junkie. I often think that tools can help me (and others) get stuff done faster, better, cheaper, etc. As a program manager at Microsoft it's very hard to keep my head above water. So much email. Day after day of meeting...
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    What have I learned so far using GTD?

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    Well, I haven't spent any time writing Outlook add-ins as I'd imagined. Instead, here's something positive and something nagative from my experiences so far with Getting Things Done and the Outlook add-in: On the plus side: Contexts are great. Putting...
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    New Experimental FlexWiki build -- and some new features

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    I've posted a new WikiTalkExperimentalBuild on www.flexwiki.com . This is the software that's now live on the site. This includes everything needed to make the full FlexWiki UI be based on WikiTalk -- the original goal of the WikiTalk project. I've started...
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    Word and long documents

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    Well, I work here at Microsoft but that doesn't mean I like everything about all of our products :-) I'm using Microsoft Word on a big document with a lot of chapters and I'd really like to be able to break the chapters out into their own files, using...
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    WikiTalk is born (or at least we're driving quickly towards the hospital!)

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    OK. I've started to post information about WikiTalk , my new object-oriented language for FlexWiki . It's probably going to talk another few days to get the documentation usable and it'll likely be another few days after that before I post the binaries...
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    Oh, if only this were my real job! :-)

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    It's kinda embarrassing. On the WhoIsWorkignOnWhat page on flexwiki.com, I said I’d be done with all this WikiTalk stuff in January. And I’m still not done. :-( On the other hand, I’ve been doing it in the evenings with a new baby in the house. And it...
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    I'll be back soon...

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    OK. I’ve been quiet for a while. But I’ve got a good excuse: I’ve got a new kid. My son (my second child) was born on Feb 10. Words, of course, can’t do it all justice. So I won’t try. I’ll just say he’s fab!...
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    Is w.bloggar the one?

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    I'm looking for the best desktop blogging tool. It's gotta be very close by, maybe live in the tray, etc. This is my first test post using w.bloggar . I'd certainly appreciate hearing about your favorite posting tool.
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    When to post...?

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    I must say this whole blogging thing is still a bit unclear to me. I'm not sure when I should post. When do I have something worth posting? How does this relate to other material I put up (especially on www.flexwiki.com )? My attention these days is pretty...
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    WikiTalk almost mainstream...

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    Today I released a new build of FlexWiki . It's got some improvements (see the list of things included in ReleaseNotes1569 ). More importantly, it's the first officially mainstream build of FlexWiki with WikiTalk ; WikiTalk is no longer in experimental...
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    Nice use of FlexWiki as a Bliki

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    Very nice use of FlexWiki as a Bliki : http://bliki.salamandersoftware.co.uk/ . Nice use of WikiTalk .
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    Wow. Shared Source is a great thing.

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    Wow. Over the holidays some amazing things have happened with FlexWiki since I put it out into the shared source community. A number of people including OmarShahine , RyanLaNeve , TommyWilliams and HoopSomuah have been making some great contributions...
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    Wiki web service and winforms client -- almost

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    I got the latest FlexWiki sources down so I could try out OmarShahine 's web service for FlexWiki ( FlexWikiWebService ) and the WinForms wiki client ( FlexWikiEditor ). Alas, I couldn't get it to work. Probably just a configuration issue. I'm a web services...
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    OK, finally. I guess there's no avoiding it...

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    Alright, time for David to have his web log. :-) I guess the first thing to mention is that I was the primary author for FlexWiki , a .NET-based wiki implementation that people seem to love.
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    This is outta hand - Behavior Expression Language for FlexWiki

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    OK. So one of the capabilities of FlexWiki that is just starting to be tapped is WikiBehaviors . These are the bridge to smart (i.e., code-based) capabilities that let you put dynamic content on your wiki pages. For example, you can use @@Now@@ to put...
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    New FlexWiki Build Posted

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    I just posted the binaries for Build 1515 [ Bits ] of FlexWiki on http://www.flexwiki.com/ . It’s been a month since the last version was released and people have been buuusssssyyyyyy! In this release, we have a bunch of new features including:...
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    Whoops! That bug was fun (or "Wiki vandalism by google!")

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    OK. Time for a funny bug story. Yesterday I upgraded the running version of FlexWiki at flexwiki.com to the newest bits from my development environment. It's the first time that the whole FlexWiki UI is built using WikiTalk. I'll be posting information...
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    Well, that wasn't so bad...

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    OK. So I am a bit tired but the chaos wasn't as bad as I'd imagined. We launched FlexWiki on SourceForge yesterday (or was it today?). A few hours earlier than expected. That caused a bit of a scramble, but in the end it was no big deal. I spent some...
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    40 people port a book to Wiki!

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    Wow. Go away on vacation and look what happens... A group of about 40 people spent a weekend and ported Keith Brown's book The .NET Developer's Guide to Windows Security to a FlexWiki site here . Very sweet. Part of the pluralsight.com FlexWiki site that...
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    OK, time to drive to a SolidRelease

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    Now that FlexWiki has moved back into gear after the release to SourceForge last week, it's time to gather round and drive FlexWiki to a SolidRelease . What do I mean by that? Well, there are lots of bug reports and lots of features that people have been...
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    FlexWiki customizable borders now well-documented

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    I finally go around to writing up some solid documentation describing all the ways that that the borders on a FlexWiki page can be customized .
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    Another example of using WikiTalk: page visit breadcrumbs in FlexWiki

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    I have now documented the recent checkin supporting "Visitor Events". These are WikiTalk-accessible objects that can be used to show a history of the pages visited by a user during their session at a FlexWiki site. I’ve also incorporated this into the...
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    xPlanet

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    I've been playing around a bit with xPlanet . It's pretty cool, but a bit hard to get working right on Windows with the right command-line switches and options for downloading cloud data, maps, etc. I've seen some Windows clients that try to wrap the...
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    A bit of order is called for

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    We've got a half-dozen folks working on different things in FlexWiki and it's difficult for people to tell what has been checked in, what's in the released binaries, etc. Now things should be clearer because I've described the DeveloperProcess for FlexWiki...
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