May 2004 issue of MSDN Magazine now online!

The May 2004 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online! You can also download a .chm file of the issue: If you’re interested in learning about Visual C++ 2005, you can read my article on the subject: And the next installment of the .NET Matters column is also available here: Enjoy!Steve

Fun with AudioVideoPlayback

I’m sure I’m not alone in that I keep a laundry list of personal coding projects I want to work on when I get free time.  Most of them are fairly short and only take a few hours to complete.  We finished work on the June issue of MSDN Magazine yesterday, leaving me with enough…

Saving Form Settings

Like many developers at Microsoft, I spend a good chunk of my free time writing tools, or fun little programs that use some new SDK, or even applications requested by friends or family to help them do some task better and/or faster.  Many of these materialize as Windows Forms applications simply because System.Windows.Forms makes it very easy…

April ’04 issue of MSDN Magazine now online

The April 2004 issue of MSDN Magazine is now online.  You can read it here: You can also download a .chm file of the issue here: Enjoy!

Google before asking questions

Found this on the web this morning… it’s almost scary how true this really is. I almost never ask a question these days before first doing a well-crafted google search or two.

ASP.NET Web services test page

Did you know it’s possible to customize the test page auto-generated for Web services in ASP.NET? For example, let’s say you wanted to order the WebMethods such that they’re displayed in alphabetical order.  You can modify the DefaultWsdlHelpGenerator.aspx page which is used to create that test page (%windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\CONFIG\DefaultWsdlHelpGenerator.aspx).  ASP.NET gathers up the description information for…

MSDN Magazine RSS Feed

Want to be alerted when MSDN Magazine’s latest issue is available online?  Subscribe to our RSS feed at  This feed contains information on and links to all of the articles and columns in the most recent issue available online (currently March 2004).

Mona Lisa Smiling at me

I had an exciting morning today…  I ordered a DVD.  Why is that noteworthy?  Because when I watch the DVD I’m going to be able to see myself.  Mona Lisa Smile is being released to DVD on March 9th, and I had the fortunate experience of being a part of it.  Four days on set culminating…

Exception filters and C#

We shipped our April 2004 issue of MSDN Magazine this week, and I’ve received a few reader’s emails about something I wrote in the “.NET Matters” column. I was answering a question concerning exception filters and C#.  While there are two kinds of exception filters, type-filters and user-filters, when people say exception filters they’re almost always referring…

MSDN Universal subscribers: get MSDN Magazine for free!

MSDN Universal subscribers: did you know that with your subscription you can get a free subscription to MSDN Magazine?  All you have to do is ask for it.  Log in to the MSDN Universal downloads section at, select Special Offers from the navigation pane on the left side of the page, and choose the appropriate offer….