Preview the new avatar of MSN.com (MSN Homepage)

I am very happy to note that the preview of the newly redesigned and revamped MSN Homepage (http://preview.msn.com) with a host of brand new features and functionality has gone live. Some of key upgrades that regulars to the MSN homepage will immediate recognize are the new page theme, the new tabbed interface which nicely collects…

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Project Tuva

Project Tuva is a new initiative from Microsoft Research that brings together excellent lectures from great scientists and physicists wrapped together and presented in a way that augments the learning experience. I finished my first video of Dr. Richard Feynman in a messenger series discussing the Law of Gravitation – An example of Physical Law…

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Excellent video presentation on – Building High Performance Web Applications and Sites

Head over to the Mix’09 videos to see an excellent video presentation by John Hrvatin on Building High Performance Web Applications and Sites. The video has some great tips on optimizing javascript used in many common scenarios, a demo of the new javascript profiler in IE8, and about how IE’s javascript engine resolves symbols (lookup…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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