Rob Caron

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    Channel 9: Constanze Roman on Being a Programming Writer

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    Constanze Roman - Writing documentation for mobile devices Mike Hall took his camcorder over to the mobile devices team and met with Constanze Roman, a programming writer. They talk about what working as a documentation writer is like. Video length: 00...
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-11-17

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    Open the flood gates - here's what happens when you've been a slug about blogging... Team System PowerPoint slides from Visual Studio 2005 Team System presentations at DevConnections in Las Vegas (November 2004). - Microsoft Download Center and Brian...
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    New to Me: Safari Visual Studio Help Integration (VSHI) Beta

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    Safari Bookshelf - MSDN What is Safari Safari Bookshelf is the premier e-reference library for programmers and IT professionals. Unlike an online bookstore, Safari lets subscribers: Search across thousands of electronic books simultaneously. Read the...
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    New to Me: Error Code Look-Up

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    Do you have an easy way to find out what error codes mean? You should check out err.exe available from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=be596899-7bb8-4208-b7fc-09e02a13696c . Don't be tricked by the name (Exchange Server Error...
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    Write Less, Write Better

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    From: mike's web log Peter Cooper has some tips for reducing the size of your text by about two-thirds to substantially improve it and "make it shine." Apropo of our previous discussion of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style .
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-11-11

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    UML, DSL & Software Factories Alan Cameron Wills has a post in which he responds to a comment to his previous post on the DSL tools release ( DSL tools available ): Why not base domain specific languages on UML? Firstly, just to reiterate – we do...
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-11-10

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    DSL Tools Newsgroup If you want to discuss the DSL tools, be sure to visit the DSL tools newsgroup, as Gareth Jones indicates in this post: Using our newsgroup with an nntp client We've set up a newsgroup for discussion of our DSL Tools - microsoft.private...
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    On writing...

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    Two quotes that hit the spot for me today: "Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them." - John Ruskin "A writer is a person...
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-11-09

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    Team Foundation Version Control For months you've been reading blog posts on Team Foundation version control (the feature formerly known as Hatteras) from the likes of Buck Hodges , Jason Barile , Korby Parnell , Sam Mullis , Jim Presto , Chris Rathjen...
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-11-08

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    UPDATE (11/09) - VSTS Event Tonight If you're in Toronto this evening, be sure to stop by the Toronto VB User Group : Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at 7:00 pm A Lap Around Visual Studio Team System Domain Specific Tools On Friday, Microsoft announced the...
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    Help Wanted: Programming Writer for Visual Studio Team System

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    My team (Visual Studio Team System User Education) is looking for a Programming Writer , which is a technical writer who writes reference and conceptual documentation for the developer audience. Here's the listing from the Microsoft Careers site: Programming...
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-11-05

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    DSL Tools Workbench is Now Available As discussed at OOPSLA, we are releasing the first salvo of tools with the Microsoft tools for domain specific languages (October 2004 Release). The DSL Tools workbench ( DSL Tools Workbench ) is the first workbench...
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    Chris Sells - How do you become an MSDN author?

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    Chris Sells - How do you become an MSDN author? Chris Sells, program manager at MSDN and the guy who runs the Longhorn Developer Center on MSDN, talks about how you too can write for MSDN.
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    Visual Display of Quantitative Information

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    Maps like these remind me of this book: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Critical Section - electoral mapmanship Yesterday I noted the 2004 county-by-county electoral college map. Today Command Post has the same map along with the corresponding...
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-11-04

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    Busy, busy, busy...I've been holding off on blogging until I could spend more time on the post, but that has resulted in a lot of stuff to blog. I'm just going to dump my queue without commentary to keep the info flowing. Here's what's in my queue: Software...
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    Bloopers for Geeks

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    "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." At 10:56 pm EDT on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon. After the flight Neil said that he had intended to say "one small step for a man". Andy and I...
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-10-31

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    Domain-Specific Language Tools Christopher Bowen had an early look at the DSL tools and had some comments that he can now share ( Microsoft Announces Metadata Framework and DSL Toolkit ). OOPSLA Michael Lehman, who recently worked with the team that's...
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-10-28

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    OOPSLA Postings Some more blog posts from OOPSLA in Vancouver, BC: Building DSLs in VS ( Harry Pierson ) Other MSFT Bloggers at OOPSLA ( Harry Pierson ) Report from OOPSLA ( Keith Short ) We're out in the open - what tools are you going to build? ( Gareth...
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    Which File Extension are You?

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    Curiosity got the best of me... Which File Extension are You?
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-10-27

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    Domain-Specific Language Tools & The Software Factories Vision During Rick Rashid's keynote at OOPSLA on Tuesday, Microsoft announced a new framework and tool for building custom visual designers based on the modeling technology in Visual...
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    Making the Move to Software Factories; First Stop - DSL Tools

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    Here's the press release Microsoft issued: Microsoft Grows Partner Ecosystem Around Visual Studio 2005 Team System New Framework and Tool Streamline Development and Mark First Step Toward Ecosystem Based on Domain-Specific Designers for...
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-10-26

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    Booch & Pierson on Domain Specific-Languages Grady Booch recently posted a skeptical commentary ( Domain-specific Languages ) on domain-specific languages. Harry Pierson responds with a post that offers an alternative perspective ( By Request...
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    Using Personas to Create User Documentation

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    The most recent edition of the Cooper Newsletter (2004, Issue 4) from Cooper has a great article that expands on the principle that a writer should know their audience: Using Personas to Create User Documentation by Steve Calde Personas...
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    New to Me: CopySourceAsHTML

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    This will save some people a lot of time... CopySourceAsHTML: Get Code into HTML without Word from the Editor Earlier this month I let you know about a macro that converts code to HTML for use on web pages or blog posts. Since then Colin sent me a link...
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    New Team System Stuff - 2004-10-25

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    Update - New MSF Agile Prerelease Available As posted elsewhere on my blog ( New to Me: MSF Agile - Updated on GotDotNet ), an updated prerelease version of MSF Agile is available on GotDotNet: http://workspaces.gotdotnet.com/msfv4 Update...
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