Writing DVDs with Vista

I love how Windows Vista writes DVDs and CDs. Yes, I know that it’s been in Windows XP too … You place a new DVD into the drive, Vista asks if you want to “format” it, it does it, then you just drag&drop the content in Windows Explorer like you do with your files stored on hard…

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How .net stores dates/how to debug them

I was debugging an application and had to check a DateTime variable’s actual value. I was expecting something like member variables holding year, month, day, hour, etc values on the object and it will be an easy one to debug, but that was not the case, so I had to find out how to check…

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Exceptions are expensive!

Hey! Don’t we all use Exceptions in managed code to indicate the caller that something is wrong? That’s a really bad habit! – “Hey maaaan, it’s the 21st century, passing back HRESULTs is over!” – not yet, you’ll see it: did you know that if your caller can systematically force your code to throw an exception…

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Exchange 2003 meeting request submission, update and cancellation from server-side applications

I recently had a project where part of the functionality was to make meeting room booking functionality against Exchange Server 2003 (I re-invented OWA 🙂 – no, it was just part of the application, integrated with other functionalities), and also to cancel or update the request and do free/busy lookup. It was an ASP.net application, so…

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