What to get a developer for Christmas?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Atleast it is in the Northwest.  There’s about a foot of snow outside my house and Microsoft Campus has been semi opened the last few days because of our winter storm.  Having grown up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – one of the world’s coldest places on earth…

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Visual Studio 2008 Russian edition has just been Released!

I normally don’t make a big deal out of localized languages shipping but this one’s special.  We’ve been working on it for a long time (since I was still on the VS Setup team) so it’s great to see this come to life and finally be released to customers.  Visual Studio mainly ships in 9…

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What happened to msenv.pdb for Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1?

The build process in the developer division builds symbols for all our binaries on a daily basis.  Once we ship, we have a process that publishes those symbols to the online Microsoft Symbol Server to enable developers to debug into parts of Visual Studio. After we shipped VS 2008 SP1, the publishing process happened and…

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VS SDK Momentum

We’re picking up a lot of mometum with the Visual Studio 2008 SDK.  We have over 170,000 downloads of the Visual Studio SDK 1.0 and 1.1.  In comparison, the Visual Studio 2005 4.0 SDK has been around for a few years now and we’ve just passed half of its total downloads (337,000).  Our VS 2008…

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How do I get progress back from the integrated or isolated shell installer at setup time?

I’ve been asked by a few VSIP partners this week and a few times over email so I wanted to put the link to this information here before I forget In Service Pack 1, the Integrated and Isolated shell changed the setup chaining technology.  In fact, we’re using the same setup UI and chainer that…

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VSX Dev Con – VSIP Dinner

The public portion of our Visual Studio Extensibility Dev Conference ended Tuesday.  We had a great turn out for the public portion and we’re all psyched about the buzz our conference has created with the public. On Tuesday evening, the Visual Studio Industry Partners were all invited to the Olympic Sculpture Park for a nice dinner…

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VSX Dev Con – Day 2

Another great day at our VSX Dev Conference today.  Our marketing directory Joe Marini kicked things off this morning with a great talk about how to start getting into the business of marketing and selling your extensions. The rest of the day was jammed packed with other great talks and we’re now ending the day…

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VSX Dev Con – Day 1 – Part 2

It’s been a full day of sessions and we’re still not done yet.  James is currently presenting a talk about the Isolated shell (similar to the chalk talk I gave at Tech Ed).  Doug Hodges VS architecture presentation is next and we’re anticpating a full house for that. We had over 300 people sign up…

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VSX Dev Con – Day 1

I’m blogging live from the VSX Dev Con.  Right now, our VS Chief Architect Rico Mariani is giving the keynote to kick off the day. As I arrived to the registration desk, I realized that even as a speaker, I should have registered for the confernece.  Since I didn’t register, I didn’t have a name…

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VSX Conference is next week!

It’s been pretty exciting around here as we’re getting ready to host our first public VSX conference.  Next week will be full of partner activities starting with a two day VSX conference open to the public, followed by two days for VSIP partners, and one final day for our VSIP dev clinics which allow our…

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