Shocking news: Google can’t find something

We have a little known feature in the debugger so I wanted to see where, if anywhere, it is documented, so naturally I used Google. It can’t find it. Not because it doesnt exist, but because the thing I am looking for is “.load” : yes, that’s a period in front of it. Google seems…

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Please use the new Visual Studio Feedback Center: it rocks

Until recently, there were various methods of sending us, the Visual Studio team, feedback. However, almost all of that feedback never made it to us, the developers. It went somewhere I am sure, but not to us. I am pleased to say that has now changed. There is now the MSDN Product Feedback Center, which…

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When Bargains Turn Bad

There are so many bargains out there now, but sometimes they cost more than you bargained for. Case in point: Fry’s had 250G hard drives for $70 after rebates, which I couldn’t resist. I drove down there one Friday, then spent Friday night putting the drive into my server. And Saturday for a few hours…

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Rant: Sony Memory Sticks: what are they thinking?

Sometimes Sony do good things: they co-invented the DVD, created the Walkman, and gave us Trinitron CRT tubes, all great stuff. However sometimes they just do something nuts, like Mini-Disc, or something really nuts, like Memory Stick. I can only guess that they invented Memory Stick because they didnt want to use someone else’s solid…

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Confessions of a Technical Masochist

At coffee today with my team I was ranting about Memory Sticks. It was pointed out to me that every piece of technology I buy gives me huge amounts of grief, and Steve described me as a Technology Masochist. A pretty good description on reflection… Not quite every piece of technology gives me grief, but…

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Developer Job Opening: Visual Studio Debugger

We have a developer position open on the debugger team, you can read more about it at http://www.microsoft.com/careers/search/details.aspx?JobID=9f4b66b0-c5bc-422e-ac63-5b1d8c0c0006 If you are interested in applying, please contact HR via the web site and not me via my blog. If you would like to know more about the position itself, by all means use the Feedback section…


Debugger Goodies in VS 2005 Beta 1

Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 is announced at last! Previously known as Whidbey (and internally it will forever known as Whidbey, as 7.1 is forever Everett, as 7.0 is, er, 7.0) this beta is going to be available to MSDN Universal subscribers, and some other ways too (see later). Here’s what I am excited about…

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How Software Development has changed in 20 or so Years

A conversation with a workmate made me think back to my early programming days, and how things have changed in the eighteen or so intervening years, so I thought I’d share a time from my early history. No punch cards though (I’ll spare you my school days). Back in 1986 I worked for HiSoft, and…

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Debugger Window Menu Items: Where should they be?

The VS debugger since 7.0 has put most debugger windows on the Debug menu, under the Windows sub-menu. I say ‘most’ because the Output window lives on the View menu, under Other Windows sub-menu. Where do you expect debugger windows to be on the menu? (Ignore Output for now, we intend to fix that one…

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Visual Studio Key Bindings : why do we do change them?

Every new release of Visual Studio comes with changed key bindings. Excuse me, “better” key bindings, as the designers would have you believe. I don’t buy it. I still use the VC2 key binding set, because for me F8 is Step Into. We should never have switched to F11, and the person who made this…

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