Bing Relevance Rocks!

Very exciting to see news of a 3rd party company which did an adhoc test of relevancy to see which search engine did better and guess what? Bing beats Google! Woot! It’s definitely not definitive (if measuring relevance can ever be definitive in a true sense) but feels great none the less. Bing it on, baby!

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Bing Operators

One of the lesser known facts is the different operators that you can use when doing searches on Bing. As an example you can do a noalter:microsft search to turn off the alteration service which alters {microsft} to {microsoft} by default. Of course these are more useful when used programmatically, say via the Bing API….

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Bing it on!

After 3 years with the SQL Server Data Tools team, I have moved onto another exciting chapter within Microsoft, by joining the Bing team. I will be working in the Relevance team as a Test Lead and even though it’s just been 2 weeks into the team, I am loving every moment of it! I…

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ADO.Net Entity Designer in VS 2010 – Stored Procedure Return Type Shape Sensing

The Entity Framework in .Net Framework 4.0 contains a bunch of new functionality mentioned here and here. This blog post will talk about some of the details of a lesser known feature in the the Entity Designer in VS 2010 which enhances user productivity by enabling discovery of the return type of stored procedures from…

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Visual Studio 2010 is NOW available!

After a couple of grueling years, one of the biggest and best releases of Visual Studio is out – Visual Studio 2010. Please download and take it out for a spin. It’s been an extremely gratifying experience to have been part of the team that shipped Dev10! On the Entity Framework front, this is a…

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Spec Explorer 2010

I am very excited to see the latest version of Spec Explorer (which is available even for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2) now available publicly for everyone in the world to leverage. It is available via the MSDN DevLabs page and the Spec Explorer team (the fact that there is a team dedicated to pushing…

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Future of Testing from James Whittaker

Found this exceptionally inspiring, interesting and informative talk (I saw an internal version of the same talk) by James Whittaker (please subscribe to his blog if you remotely care about software quality), who is a pioneer in the software testing world. He also has a series of blog posts on this topic in which he…

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Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 CTP

Right on the heels of VS 2008 SP1 the VS 2010 CTP is available for download as a Virtual PC 2007 image (so it is HUGE – best to use a tool to download the image). Check out the new WPF based XML Editor (basically building on top of the new WPF Text Editor) as…

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VS 2008 SP1

has released. w00t! For the XML Tools team this is an especially big release since SP1 is the vehicle in which two of our big investments went out for the first time. Congratulations to the feature teams involved in getting these out to customers. XML Schema Explorer which adds to the already rich set of…

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Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta

It’s great to see a lot of the work that has been going on in our product unit finally get into the hands of customers with the release of Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta. Nice to read Scott’s post on the Beta in which he talks about among other things some new XSD Browser integration…

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