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    The end comes swift

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    Our bearded dragon lizard died suddenly on Saturday. We had been caring for him plenty over the last month, taking him to the vet for tests (he was pronounced healthy which was odd really), changing his environment, enticing him with as many delicious...
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    Building Custom XmlResolvers Article on MSDN XML Developer Center

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    In between re-writing and updating the chapters for the beta version of the my book A First Look at ADO.NET and System.Xml V2.0, I found some time to write an article on Building Custom XmlResolvers for MSDN. What's so great about this class is that it...
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    Samurai Jack Episodes 49-52

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    For those c onnoisseurs of the greatest cartoon of all time living in the USA, the next four episodes of Samurai Jack are being broadcast this Saturday, the 25th September on Cartoon Network. Episode 50 looks particulary enthralling. This list is taken...
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    TechEd 2004 XML Talk Slides

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    I have finally posted the slides and sample code for my TechEd 2004 talk on XML in the .NET framework. The samples require a copy of Visual Studio 2005 (i.e. the community drop distributed at TechEd) in order to compile and run.
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    Article on the XML Support in SQL Server 2005

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    I worked with Shankar to write this article on the XML Support in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 which has just been published on the MSDN XML Developer Center. I would be very interested in comments on how you see an application need for storing XML content...
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    TechEd USA 2004 Meeting Times

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    If you are at TechEd and want to talk about XML in .NET or SQL Server then these are some times that you can find me. Tues 25th 10:45-12:00 DAT379 Session - XML Today and Tomorrow Tues 25th 2:15 - 5:00 - Data Access booth in the Pavillion Thurs...
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    XSLT 2.0 Sir?

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    One questions that I am getting more frequently is “Will the next release of System.Xml V2.0 support XSLT 2.0 ?”. The answer is “No”. It's not that we do not love XSLT (see [1] and [2] below), in fact it has proven itself to be...
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    XPathReader Article on MSDN

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    This is now been published on the MSDN XML developer center as I mentioned in an earlier post . A very useful component. The main points to remember about its usage are; It is a streaming XmlReader implementation. That is why the XPath subset is...
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    TechEd presence and a chance to get your opinions voiced.

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    I am attending both TechEd USA and TechEd Europe and presenting a couple of sessions. DAT379 is very much a “Here's what is in my XML toolbox today and this is how is gets better in Visual Studio 2005“. Plenty of tears of joy and happiness...
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    Schema For DataSet Attributes

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    If you have spent anytime serializing the .NET System.Data.DataSet class structure to file then you will know that this is serialized as an XML Schema. You may have noticed that it also writes attributes from a target namespace “ urn:schemas-microsoft...
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    XmlNameTable Revisited

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    After my post on the XmlNameTable: The Shiftstick of System.Xml I thought that I would follow it up with a second one to discuss it in greater detail as a result of the feedback comments. The XmlNameTable is an internal piece of implementation exposed...
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    Samurai Jack Heaven

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    I have just ordered Samurai Jack Season 1 DVD from the great virtual shop and seeing that this has a sales rank of 74, with every review at five stars reviews you can see why. A cult classic that I will inflict on everyone to the point of tears. Now I...
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    What's New in System.Xml for Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 Release

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    This first in a series of articles by Mark Fussell details the improvements to the XML APIs in System.Xml and the .NET Framework. These enable you to further enhance the XML support in your applications.
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    XmlNameTable: The Shiftstick of System.Xml

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    I spent much of today in a customer lab on performance in .NET applications covering best practices for System.Xml. As always the majority of people used XML somewhere in their application and needed to understand the performance implications of using...
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    XML is like Cardboard

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    I had the opportunity to go and listen to Pat Helland perform his “ Metropolis: Towards a Service-Orientated Architecture ” talk today which, as you can tell from the title, is all about SOA and the eventual impact on the IT industry. In the...
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    XML Developer Center Lanches on MSDN

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    I have been silent on my blog for a while mainly due to getting an article written for the XML Developer Center that launched today at http://msdn.microsoft.com/xml/ . The article is an overview of the best features of the core XML classes in the System...
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    "We love the XPathReader" petition.

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    Oleg has been creating an implementation of a forward only XPath XmlReader which from a usability aspect has always been the nivana of streaming XML readers. This is similar to an example that I showed that Aaron published in Writing XML Providers for...
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    Patents and XML

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    There has been plenty of discussion recently on patents filed by Microsoft in the area of XML for Office XML Schema and XML based scripting . A search of the patent office's database shows that those that contain XML in the title and those that just reference...
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    XML Performance in System.Xml

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    There has been some discussion with the Webdata XML team about Sun's published performance report on the relative comparison between a set of Java XML classes and System.Xml in the .NET framework. Whilst I would not defend to the death the performance...
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    DCOM to .NET Phase Transistion

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    Looks like William and I have had the same thoughts over the weeknend about clearing out books. I decide to tackle the final bastillion of chaos in my house and sort my home office and especially my bookshelves. Since writing my book on System.Xml v2...
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    Indexing XML, XML ids and a better GetElementByID method on the XmlDocument class

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    One question that I get is “How can you index an XML document? If you had indexes, all your lookups would be many times faster rather than having to walk the entire XML document?” The XML 1.0 specification has no ability to index a document...
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    Not an iPod Sheep

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    Today I picked up my rash and purely impulsive Christmas buy, a Fossil Wrist.NET Smart watch . It was probably sub-consciously induced by the new kid who came to our school (around 1977) with a calculator on his watch. No matter that it was impossible...
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    My Blog has moved

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    Blog has moved....
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    The joy is undescribable as England beat Australia in Australia in the Rugby World Cup Final

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    England win the rugby world cup in Australia....
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    Samurai Jack makes me want to fight

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    Taekwondo is the best martial art. Jack is the best cartoon...
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