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News and Views from Microsoft's Open Source Lab
Have you ever wondered what Microsoft is doing in the open source world? Microsoft has opened Port 25 which is a site dedicated to news and views from Microsoft's Open Source Lab. So what goes on there? Well, basically insights into the Open Source world from Microsoft. Almost every day there is talk about Interop between the *nix and Windows worlds. It's all very exciting stuff, so check it out ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 12, 2006 11:28 AM

MSDN Webcast: What I Wish Developers Knew About Writing Queries in SQL Server 2005
Microsoft has released a new MSDN webcast entitled What I Wish Developers Knew About Writing Queries in SQL Server 2005. Bill Graziano, a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, from ClearData Consulting will give his experiences and best practices about SQL 2005. The webcast description notes: As a consultant, I visit many companies that are having performance problems with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database. This webcast describes some of the most common problems I see from clients, and explains how to avoid ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 12, 2006 8:05 AM

Microsoft Edges Closer to OpenDoc
Microsoft has recently announced that they are starting some projects on to create free translaters from Office Open XML to OpenDocument and vice versa. This is quite a change as most people will realize. The article linked above has a lot more details on what this change means. Microsoft is collaborating with France-based IT solution provider Clever Age and several independent software vendors, including Aztecsoft in India and Dialogika in Germany. The first ODF translator is available ......

Posted On Friday, July 7, 2006 1:27 PM

C# Null-Coalescing Operator
When I was studying for the 70-536 exam and now studying for the 70-528 exam, I've done quite a bit of studying of the new language features. One of them that caught my eye was the null-coalescing operator. If you look at section 19.5 of the C# 2.0 Specification document, it covers this in detail with several scenarios. When I first saw this feature, I was a little bit skeptical. I like functions to make my life easier, but they should be easy to understand and not obfuscate what the ultimate result ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 5, 2006 8:15 PM

IE7 Beta 3 and Anti-Spyware Programs
I was helping a friend install the latest IE7 Beta and was having all sorts of problems. The ie7beta3.log file had a cryptic error which indicated INF_REGISTRY failed. So I did some searching and finally found the answer. She had a couple of anti-spyware programs running called Spyware Doctor and Webroot Spy Sweeper. Why she needed two, I'm not 100% sure, but anyways, they were there. These programs, especially Spy Sweeper keeps a pretty low level grasp on all changes to the registry and doesn't ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 5, 2006 7:29 PM

Another look at the GZipStream and System.IO.Compression Streams
Previously, I posted a quick and dirty sample of using the GZipStream. I found a few other posts which have gone into this stream in just a little bit more detail. Over at the .NET Interop blog, Dino gives a quick introduction to the GZipStream and DeflateStream. What's of more interest is that linked to the post is a library to create zip files using the DeflateStream. This includes an attachment as located here from PKWare which allows the user to create zip files using the aforementioned stream. ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 5, 2006 2:12 PM

.NET Recursive Functions - Recurse through Files and Directories
One of the things driven home during most computer science courses, at least in my era, was all about linked lists, pointers, hexidecimal calculations, bubble sorts, and last but not least, recursive functions. If you need a slight introduction to recursion, Wikipedia is a good place to start here. Anyways, I thought I'd bring that same concept when iterating through and creating a list of all files in a directory and all subdirectories. It's a fairly simple concept in which you iterate through each ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 2:31 PM

Updated BizTalk 2006 Documentation
Microsoft has recently upgraded a lot of BizTalk Server 2006 documentation within the past week and is now available. Included in this is the following: BizTalk Server 2006 Installation and Upgrade Guides Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 Documentation Update (CHM) BizTalk Server Code Samples Among the 31 code demos, these I found interesting: BAM and HAT Correlation Convoys Policy Chaining SQL Adapter with Atomic Transactions in Orchestrations Overall, a great list of code samples well worth going through! ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 12:35 PM

Microsoft Free Tools - Best Practice Analyzer for ASP.NET
Microsoft has released a new tool called Microsoft Best Practice Analyzer for ASP.NET. This tool scans the configuration of an ASP.NET 2.0 application. The tool can scan against three mainline scenarios (hosted environment, production environment, or development environment) and identify problematic configuration settings in the machine.config or web.config files associated with your ASP.NET application. This tool is current in alpha right now and Microsoft is counting on your feedback on how to ......

Posted On Monday, July 3, 2006 12:19 PM

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