Lining Up Columns

Continuing with this series on my plans for MSDN Magazine, I’ll address here another question that I’m getting often these days. While a few posts ago I talked about the mindsets on which my content strategy is to be based, it’s now time to talk a bit about the concrete stuff I’m envisioning, in order…

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A Necessary 101 on Professional Application Development

I’m in the job of establishing partnerships with different stakeholders (authors, readers, vendors, colleagues, etc.) in order to consolidate the vision depicted in my last post about the editorial line I’d like to promote thru this magazine. In order to defend my ideas about column lineup, editorial style, bill of materials, etc., I need to…

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File > New > Project: Developing a New MSDN Magazine!!

For some while now, my colleagues were asking me about my plans for the magazine. In other words, my editorial line, editorial style. This post is all about it. While I’ll plan to keep magazine’s main structure composed by regular columns and featured articles, and I have no intention to touch the current technical depth…

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brownfield development – other ideas?

If you haven’t been following it over the last couple of months, we’ve been running a series of articles about brownfield development – authored by James Kovacs, Kyle Baley, and Donald Belcham.  The big idea here is that rather than have yet another article or set of articles about implementing some new technology from the…


"CLR Inside Out" Needs Your Ideas

One of the benefits that we at MSDN Magazine are proud to be able to offer readers is access to many of the actual product groups at Microsoft.  For those of you who read the magazine, you know that we run a column called CLR Inside Out – the column is authored by the product…

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My Farewell

MSDN Magazine rocks!  I truly believe it to be one of the best resources out there for developers working with Microsoft technologies, and I sincerely hope it will continue to be so for years to come.  I have, however, decided to move on to other endeavors at Microsoft, and as such am leaving the MSDN…

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Coding with Color

Historically, all of the code samples printed in MSDN Magazine and its predecessors have been monochromatic: black on green, black on white, black on grey, or something similar.  Every year we reconsider this, tossing around the idea of printing all of our code samples in full Visual Studio-like color, and invariably, we decide not to…

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Q&As from today’s talk

Josh and I received some good questions today in our TechEd 2007 talk on writing for MSDN Magazine and TechNet Magazine.  Here are the answers to a few of the questions that were asked.  We’ll post again with more questions (and answers) from the week as we receive them.  Thanks for being interested! Q: If I…

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Does size matter?

An eternal question, and one as relevant to a magazine as to anything else. The processes behind MSDN Magazine are subject to many of the same constraints as are most other production products, including software products.  This includes the classic project triangle, where the corners or sides of the triangle represent schedule, resources, and scope. For…

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Extracting images from .doc files

I posted previously about needing the ability to extract images from articles submitted by our authors.  I also posted about how to write tools to do this programmatically, from both Word .docx files and packaged files in general.  However, due to the fact that some authors haven’t yet upgraded to Office 2007, we still receive .doc…

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