Getting the paths for “Special Folders”

I’ve been cutting some code today (for once!) and I needed to find out the location of the users “My Documents” folder.  A bit of a dig and I stumbed across System.Envrionment.SpecialFolder.Personal, I’d never come across this before (probably because I wasn’t looking for it), but it’s great to see that you can get all of…


Off to the PDC

Looking forward to the PDC already, lots of interesting stuff will be unveiled for the first time – Longhorn, Yukon, Web Services Roadmap, etc.  Even more new stuff to learn 🙂 Tracks and Agendas available here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pdc/tracks.aspx


Microsoft Virtual PC and Virtual Server

Information on Microsoft’s “Virtual Machine” technology seems to be appearing now, we’ve got some builds internally and they look really good. The ability to base a new VM on another and only store the changes is really good, saves loads of disk space!  You can also drag/drop and use the clipboard between VMs which is…


Call Dispose on your ServicedComponent’s (please)

My last blog entry pointed at a Enterprise Services FAQ which mentions that you should call .Dispose on your ServicedComponent proxies. Now this “recommendation” isn’t documented very well, hence most people don’t do it and you won’t hit problems most of the time, however I did come across the following side-affect if you don’t call…

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Enterprise Services FAQ

Mike just pointed me at this superb Enterprise Services FAQ, it’s a really good collection of some of the common problems people hit.


Going to be a father again…

Looks like Lucy is going to have a baby brother or sister soon!  God it’s going to be mad with two young children!!, Even less time to read this stack of really interesting books I’ve got on my bookshelf!! 🙂


Back blogging

Been really busy recently, but never fear I’m back blogging again…


Side by Side

I’ve been looking into a tricky requirement today… Two applications have been developed over time using a number of COM components that were initially shared, however over time breaking changes to these COM components have been made in isolation which has resulted in making them incompatible with the other version (and they unfortunately still use…


Developer Tools Roadmap

Microsoft have just released the Visual Studio Roadmap details covering Whidbey and Orcas, you can find the article here VB seems to be getting lots of fluffy features in Whidbey, Syntax/Semantic checking akin to the Word spell checker, and Edit-and continue which VB people have been screaming for. Visual C# gets generics (templates) which will…


Who?

Who is Darren Jefford you might ask, well that’s a good question 🙂 I work as an Application Development Consultant within the Premier Support for Developers team at Microsoft UK, We work closely with our customers and partners to ensure they’re making the best use of our technology and get involved in Architecture Reviews, Proof-of-concepts,…