Microsoft Web Platform Installer – If you are a developer and you want to save some time…

If you are web developer using Microsoft stack, then you would probably know about the awesome Express edition products (Visual Web Developer Express, Sql Server 2008 Express, Visual C# 2008 Express and others). I refer my friends (and fellow geeks) to the these various install locations (MSDN, Microsoft downloads, etc) to get those dev tools…

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Intellisense in XSLT

If you are using Visual Studio 2008 for XSLT development you will no doubt be familiar with the intellisense/autocomplete option for XSLT schema elements. For instance, when you type say <xsl: you will notice the intellisense dropdown that displays as shown in figure A. However, the limitation here is that when you get to actually…


Debugging and Profiling XSLTs

In my day job I get to work on a lot of XSLTs consuming a variety of xml data formats and if you do as well, you will know how much of a trouble it is to debug arcane bugs in the transforms, and how much of a shot in the dark it is to…

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Tools and technologies

A question a few of my friends have asked me is – what does building the homepages mean, and do I develop content that is put on the homepages? The engineering team does not create or update the content on the sites. Instead, the content and the layout of content on the homepage is managed…


First post

This is the first post to my blog and I’d like to start off with some introduction to what I do in Microsoft. I am a developer with the MSN Global Homepages Engineering team, the team that develops the MSN homepages for US and international markets. For instance, www.msn.com (US), uk.msn.com (UK), br.msn.com (Brazil), in.msn.com…