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    Platform Software Development Kit (PSDK)

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    Several folks have posted on Raymond Chen's blog ( http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2004/08/20/217684.aspx ) about the PSDK. I'd like to address a couple of issues they brought up and hopefully encourage more dialog around them. The PSDK used...
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    Questions for the Audience

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    1. Should all or part of the Longhorn SDK be “included” in the operating system itself? If yes, what parts (tools, docs, samples, build enviroment files, etc.)? 2. Should all or part of the Longhorn SDK be included all “versions”of...
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    The Future of SDKs

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    The SDK team is always looking for ways to make your Microsoft SDK experience better. We’ve heard about the need for improved search, more complete reference documentation and more samples. Another area we are looking at is how multiple SDKs install and...
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    What about the SDK?

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    Producing the Longhorn SDK (LHSDK) is an amazing undertaking. The LHSDK, at a minimum, must document every API in the Longhorn OS. That’s all the Win32 API’s as well as all the amazing new stuff in WinFX. Care to guess how large that is? Well...
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    Sample Code and the SDKs you use

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    I’ll start with a provocative question: Should the SDK team put samples in the SDK or only make them available online via MSDN ? With the follow-up question: Where do you prefer to get your sample code in the first place? First some background by way...
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    SDK Support for 64 Bit

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    Question for the reader: Would you prefer to have separate .NET Framework SDK's for 32 bit and the two 64 bit platforms (three separate SDK downloads) or one SDK that supported all three and installed appropriately based on the target platform? ...
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    Life in Seattle

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    This morning I was reminded why I live and work here in the Pacific Northwest . For those who are not familiar with the Seattle area, it's an area of surprising natural beauty and high density urban and suburban living. You’ve got the Olympic Mountains...
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    PSDK for Windows Server 2003 SP1 is here!

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    It's live and the links are below. This PSDK version will work for 32 and 64 bit platforms, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and other Windows client and server platforms. As always, we want your feedback so that we can continue to improve the PSDK. ...
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    Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 1 is Here!

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    Last week was a very busy week around here and this week looks no different. Last week we had a bit of a problem with the WinFX SDK Web Install. While the problem was identified and quickly fixed, it still took a while to verify and therefore delayed...
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    PDC Pre Conf Day One

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    Getting up at 5am this morning made me realize that the long days of Summer are just about over; it was dark out and it was raining. Ick. It only took about 20 minutes to drive to the Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) International Airport at that early hour of...
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    Why not go 64bit?

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    Considering that Microsoft has been shipping 64 bit OSs (client and server) for quite a few years now and given the fact that most desktop machines are now 64 bit and even many laptops, why are so few applications and customers running native 64bit? Why...
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    Photos...

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    I have finally created a very small photo gallery of some of my favorite underwater shots. All but one (the pic of me) is a still frame taken from video footage shot in Palau last year. None have been cleaned up with a digital image editor yet (I just...
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    WinFX SDK--"Avalon" Community Tech Preview SDK for MSDN subscribers

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    By now, MSDN subscribers know that there is an "Avalon" Community Tech Preview available. This includes the .NET 2.0 Beta 1 Framework and "Avalon" assemblies along with the WinFX SDK. Make sure to check it out if you are an MSDN subscriber. Unfortunately...
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    Due to recent spamming...

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    ...I have turned moderation ON. Hopefully I will not have to do this for long. In other news, the SDK team is down to the wire with our next pre-release version of the PSDK for the Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC. It's looking very good, but we still have...
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    No longer running as Admin

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    I decided that this was a good quiet week to change my domain account privledges from "Administrator" to "Restricted User" in the "Users Group". So far I have been able to over come early problems with a little help from an internal MSFT alias set up...
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    Back to Business

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    At the PDC, we made a lot of noise about WinFX and Managed code and “Longhorn”. When I look at our current “Longhorn” SDK there is information about WinFX right up front, but there is all the Win32 PSDK content too. As well there...
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    A little background material…

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    My first professional software gig was in 1983, working for Hewlett-Packard on software for the HP 150 Touch Screen computer. The software was called “Charting Gallery” and was developed in Pascal on an HP 3000 and cross-compiled for the HP...
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    Latest News from SDK Land

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    The latest pre-release of the Microsoft Windows Platform SDK for Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC2 is available for WinSrv 2K3 SP1 beta customers and MSDN subscribers. As always, please let us know what you think! The SDK team has now turned their attention...
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    The Simple Life

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    I recently downsized my hardware collection at work. I always used to have one or more desktop machines and a laptop. Laptops have become so powerful these days that I felt it was time to simplify my life and buy a good laptop as my only computer at work...
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    Windows SDK for the WinFX Runtime Components November CTP

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    I want to pass along some information about the Windows SDK for WinFX Runtime Components November CTP. As you know, WinFX is an important part of Windows Vista™. As such, the WinFX SDK is now part of the Windows SDK. The SDK team started the work...
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    Getting kinda moldy around here...

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    ...and I don't just mean because of all the rain we've had this winter either. The January CTP is out the door. We've noticed an increase in the number of issues with the install of the SDK and I wanted to let folks know why they are occuring. First...
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    Day Four at the 2005 PDC

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    Today is my last full day here in Los Angeles at PDC 2005. I didn’t make it to the keynote this morning, but instead spent the day in the Product Pavilion and the track lounge. I was able to chat with quite a few customers as we finally gave away our...
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    PDC Official Day One

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    It’s already Tuesday, the official first day of the PDC. I started the day with a nice 20 minute walk from my hotel to the LACC. I arrived at 7:30 am and there was already a line waiting to get into the keynote hall. The organizers ushered all the...
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    New Windows Vista Development Forums

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    The following Windows Vista Development forums are now live on http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/ Data Access, Storage, Search and Organize in Windows Vista http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=113 Mobile PC and Tablet PC Development...
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    Week Three: Still running as "Limited User"

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    So far, so good. The only time I have missed running as admin is when I needed to install something; that has happened once to update the Live Meeting ActiveX Control (and something else that I can't even remember anymore). I have my main desktop and...
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