Armed and Ready (to Assist)

In the spirit of last week’s list of ways to get free developer support from Microsoft, I just wanted to let you know about one other way in which Microsoft employees can provide free support. It should come as no surprise that Microsofties often meet people outside of work who are frustrated by technical problems. …

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Petzold’s new WPF book, Applications = Code + Markup, is brilliant

I’ve been meaning to write for some time about Charles Petzold’s book on the Windows Presentation Foundation, Applications = Code + Markup.  Early reviews of the book offered glowing praise, so I ordered a copy of my own. I’ve read enough of it by now to offer it my highest recommendation.  If you are working…

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New Team Foundation Server features in Service Pack 1 Beta (and Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Betas)

The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta has just been released.  Here’s the official announcement.  You can register for and download the Service Pack updates at http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio.  (The Connect site is a bit finnicky. If you get stuck, see below.*)   The usual caveats about betas apply, but if you install SP1 Beta, I…

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Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources

Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning.  This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don’t always know about.  I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article.   1. MSDN Forums –…

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Windows Vista Secrets series

Tim Sneath is on a roll with his series of Windows Vista Secrets posts, and rumour has it he has something like 100 of these in the pipe. A hundred or not, he has me at four. 🙂 1. “Open Command Prompt Here.”  No Power Toy intervention necessary. 2. “Copy as Path”.  (Lovely postscript to…

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Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)

Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources   1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions?  The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts.  Broken out by technology and then by detailed subject.  Solve technical problems,…

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MSDN Flash Ireland – International Resources – 19 Sept 2006

Special Section: ASP.NET 2.0 [ASP.NET] [Windows Forms and Smart Clients] Dundas Map for .NET Released Dundas Software has officially launched Dundas Map for .NET – available for ASP.NET with AJAX support and Windows Forms. [ASP.NET] September ASP.NET Support Voice: Log Parser 2.2 and ASP.NET [ASP.NET] [Web Development] Free E-Learning: Create a Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Web…

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Fun with Texture Transfers

One of the image processing technologies that Andrew Blake (of Microsoft Research) showed us during his Computer Science and Illusion presentation was image quilting, where bits of a texture are stitched together into a large, cohesive image. A cool application of image quilting is texture transfer, where bits of a source texture are stitched together…

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IIS7 guaranteed to impress developers and IT Professionals

Internet Information Services 7 (IIS7) contains a goldmine of features that will impress both developers and IT Professionals.  I presented last night’s Atlas talk using Vista RC1, which gave me an opportunity while preparing to explore IIS7 in a bit more detail.  I was so impressed with my experience that I modified my agenda to…

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‘Atlas’ gets its real name, and gets talked about in Cork tonight

“Atlas,” Microsoft’s framework for building richer, more interactive, cross-browser web applications, has been given its real name(s): The Microsoft AJAX Library, the ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions, and the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit.  More details about the ship date and feature delivery plan for the Technologies Formerly Known as Atlas are also outlined in this article…

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