Windows 7 Code Pack V. 1.0 Released

The Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework provides support for various features of Windows 7 and previous releases of that operating system. The Code Pack has  reached version 1.0 and has been published on Code Gallery: Download it Read about it Discuss it Report bugs Here are some of the features you can…

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Short Windows 7 ‘How To’ Videos

If you haven’t tracked them down already, you might be interested in this set of short videos showing off fun new features in Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 operating system. I didn’t know most of these features existed, and I found a number of them to be quite useful. The features I liked the best involved…

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New Snippet Designer Add-in for Visual Studio

Matthew Manela, an engineer on our Online Tools team, has created and released a free, community-based tool called the Snippet Designer. His tool is a Visual Studio add-in that allows you to create and edit snippets from inside the IDE. Snippets are a feature in Visual Studio that allow you to quickly insert “snippets” of…

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Syntax Highlighted Code in Your Blog

I sometimes get questions about how to paste syntax highlighted code from Visual Studio into your blog so that it looks purdy, even when using code from a beta product: var pred = Expression.Lambda<Func<Customer, bool>>(                  Expression.Equal(Expression.Property(c1, City),                   Expression.Constant(“Seattle”)), c1); You should first install Live Writer: http://get.live.com/WL/config_all Then go to the Live Gallery: http://gallery.live.com/?mkt=en-us Look…

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SpaceMonger and Treemaps

A few days ago I had the classic “out of free space on drive C” error on my main computer. I wanted to find what was taking up space so I could cull the waste from my system. My friend Anson Horton pointed me to a tool on the web called SpaceMonger. Within a few minutes I had…

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