Visual Studio.Net 2003 SP1

The long wait is over. the Visual Studio.Net 2003 is available in Use this link to download it. Happy patching 🙂


MiniMSFT Vs MSDN blogs

The number of blogs in MSDN (at the time of writing this entry) is 3146. It’s pretty safe to assume that more than 99% of the entries paint a positive picture about Microsoft, its practices and its culture. Its interesting to see that even all of these put together do not enjoy the same amount of ‘credibility’ and ‘prominence’ that…


Weird LNK 2019 on a VS 2005 ported dll

1>stdafx.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol “void * __cdecl operator new[](unsigned int,struct std::_DebugHeapTag_t const &,char *,int)” (??_U@YAPAXIABU_DebugHeapTag_t@std@@PADH@Z) referenced in function “public: char * __cdecl std::_DebugHeapAllocator<char>::allocate(unsigned int,void const *)” (?allocate@?$_DebugHeapAllocator@D@std@@QAAPADIPBX@Z) 1>stdafx.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol “struct std::_DebugHeapTag_t const & __cdecl std::_DebugHeapTag_func(void)” (?_DebugHeapTag_func@std@@YAABU_DebugHeapTag_t@1@XZ) referenced in function “public: char * __cdecl std::_DebugHeapAllocator<char>::allocate(unsigned int,void const *)”…


WSOD – Sony Ericsson W550i

I bought a Sony Ericsson W550i 2 months back. Its a great phone and gives excellent value for its cost. So all was well and i thought i will live happily ever after. But no, since yesterday the phone is stuck in WSOD – White Screen of Death. The phone shows a white screen when i…


Microsoft and the Scoble phenomenon

I feel sad that Robert scoble is moving out of MSFT. Ironically the news came exactly on the day I finished reading his book – Naked Conversations. I had spent the last 2-3 weeks reading the book and appreciating how much he has impacted Microsoft and Blogging. The industry has seen so many high profile movements in and…


Here’s .NET framework 3.0

WinFX will hence be called .NET Framework 3.0. Read more about this at Soma’s blog and find answers to some questions on this at jasonz’s blog. Soma is the VP of Dev Div and Jason is the GM for the .NET FW – Dev FX group. So please let them have your whatever comments/feedback you…


Power Toys – Develop Applications for .NET Framework 1.1 using Visual Studio 2005

I had earlier blogged about not being able to develop applications for .NET Framework 1.1 using Visual Studio 2005. Now there is some great news on this. As part of the Microsoft’s Shared Source initiative ‘PowerToys V 1.0’ for VisualStudio 2005 was released recently. One of the components in that – “MSBee” enables developers to…


Inside PSS – Part I

I’ve been with the Developer Support group in PSS for about 18 months now. These have probably been the best 18 months in professional life so far. From my interactions with developers calling in to PSS I have realized that an increased awareness of the PSS’s process and workflow will help both the dev and Microsoft to…


System.FormatException while parsing a string containing valid integer values

Trying to convert a value to an integer using the Parse function might throw a “System.FormatException” with the following following call stack. Unhandled Exception: System.FormatException: Input string was not in a correct format.   at System.Number.StringToNumber(String str, NumberStyles options, NumberBuffer& number, NumberFormatInfo info, Boolean parseDecimal)   at System.Number.ParseInt32(String s, NumberStyles style, NumberFormatInfo info)   at System.Int16.Parse(String s, NumberStyles style, NumberFormatInfo info)  …


Application runtime compatibility – Visual studio.NET 2003, 2005 & .NET Framework 1.1, 2.0

With the release of .Net 2.0 and VS.NET 2005 there are lot of questions on compatibility and co-existence between the different runtimes and applications that utilize them. The following pointers may be helpful in understanding those.( Terminology – VS -> Visual Studio, .NET FW -> .NET Framework)             1. Multiple versions of .NET and Visual Studio.NET…