Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 is posted

From the blurb: New processor support (e.g., Core Duo) for code generation and profiling Performance and scale improvements in Team Foundation Server Team Foundation Server integration with Excel 2007 and Project 2007 Tool support for occasionally connected devices and SQL Server Compact Edition Additional support for project file based Web applications Windows Embedded 6.0 platform…

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2D on 3D: The new hotness

The WPF3D team have delivered one of the coolest features yet: Fully interactive 2D controls and content rendered in your 3D scene. Interacting with 2D on 3D in WPF Here’s a taste of what’s possible: Interactive 2D content rendered on a 3D object. This shows a Button and a TextBox wrapped onto a sphere. The…

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RIP MDX 2.0

I have a side project in which I implement a model of load-propagation through a structure. Then I use a genetic algorithm to find structures which are stable and which satisfy other criteria. It’s too involved to discuss here, but here’s a screen shot from an early version.    Early version of the EvolvedStructures 3D visualizer. What’s important…

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Visual Studio 2005 SDK 4.0 (December CTP) is available

I’m happy to report that the December CTP of the VS SDK is now available: http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1005241&SiteID=1 Have fun writing plugins for VS. Of course, you have to be a member of the elite VSIP club to get it.  

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Expression Blend Beta (formerly "Sparkle") is available for download

I’m pleased to report that the public beta of Expression Blend, formerly known as “Sparkle” and “Expression Interactive Designer,” is posted: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=EE6B5E7E-E1E8-4787-BF18-03C2E938A397&displaylang=en  I’ve been playing with it for the last several days, and it’s pretty sleek. Enjoy!  

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Sparkle Public Beta coming soon…

A little birdie just now told me that the Public Beta of Sparkle will be posted very, very soon. So keep your eyes open and be ready to download.

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Fidalgo November CTP posted

Well, we called it the “October CTP” last week, but it’s the “November CTP” now. Here it is, the last Fidalgo package that is deployed separately from Orcas: Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), November 2006 CTP Have fun.  

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Windows SDK has been released to web

I’m pleased to report that the Windows SDK for Windows Vista has been released to web.  On the Download Center: ISO  Install Web Install Please note that the Windows SDK for Windows Vista includes support for .NET Framework 3.0 and can be used to write applications that target Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 as…

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Orcas October CTP is posted

I’m pleased to report that the October CTP of Orcas is publicly available. Enjoy: Microsoft Pre-release Software Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” – October Community Technology Preview (CTP)  

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October CTP and the last build of Fidalgo

The October CTP is ready and will soon be posted.  When Vista RTMs in November, the final rev of .NET Framework 3.0 will be released, and the final Fidalgo CTP with Cider will go out with it. This will be the final release of Fidalgo, aka the “WinFX Tools for Visual Studio 2005.” From here on out, you’ll…

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