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  • Producing documentation from your code with Sandcastle

    Another bit of news that had passed me by. There's a new blog site up here; http://blogs.msdn.com/sandcastle/default.aspx which has the details of a tool that can produce documentation from your .NET code. In going around and talking about Visual Studio 2005...
  • Loading workflows into Workflow Foundation

    One of the interesting things about Workflow Foundation is the dazzling array of services that you can plug into it in order to alter/extend the base functionality. I’ve just been playing very slightly with plugging in a WorkflowLoaderService which takes responsibility...
  • The future of ADO.NET?

    Did you see this yet? http://msdn.microsoft.com/data/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnvs05/html/nxtgenda.asp I missed it (until today). Looks pretty interesting to me.
  • Want to work in development at Microsoft in the UK?

    Gareth 's team is currently looking for developers to join them in working on aspects of Visual Studio such as the Domain Specific Language tools and the Guidance Automation Toolkit . There aren't many opportunities to do development work for Microsoft in the...
  • Returning to the Mother-Ship

    It might be a bit quiet on this site over the next week or so as I’m off to sunny Seattle for an internal Microsoft junket of some sort. I’ve not been out to Seattle for about 2 years or so and really don’t get there very often so I’m...
  • The Windows Vista Shell, Thumbnails and Managed Code

    Quick update on this post - Ian kindly gave me a nudge and said that running of .NET code inside of the shell might not be supported in that the shell loading COM components implemented in .NET might cause some versioning problems. I'll see if I can find an...
  • Lost in the maze of Vista/Net Fx 3.0 CTPs?

    If you're struggling to work out which bits of .NET Framework 3.0 work with which Operating Systems and which bits of tools then you need this post; http://blogs.msdn.com/tomarcher/archive/2006/07/17/668572.aspx
  • Trying to keep the noise down with a Toshiba Tecra M3 laptop

    Maybe it's the heat but my Toshiba M3 laptop is driving me nuts with amount of noise it generates. So, here's my top tip. I saw a colleague do this recently and then forgot all about it but it certainly worked for me today with my M3 (which has a worryingly...
  • MSDN Nugget Videos

    Whilst some additional content has just been posted to the UK MSDN Nugget Site I thought I'd refresh the various ways we've got of accessing this content. Firstly, there's the site itself; http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/events/nuggets.aspx Then there's the...
  • UK Messenger Robot Competition

    There's a (relatively) new kind of software interface in town and it's the automated Messenger Robot. The first example that I saw was the Microsoft Encarta robot that you can add to your friends in Messenger (useful when, like me, your friend list is a little...
  • Acquisitions

    I think that there were other acquisitions that went by today but this one interested me most; http://news.com.com/Microsoft+buys+Windows+utility+software+maker/2100-1016_3-6095376.html?tag=nefd.top
  • Workflow Videos

    The list of the screen captures (we call them "MSDN Nuggets" in the UK) that I made around Windows Workflow Foundation has grown a little today in that we've published a bunch more material to the UK MSDN site. There's now around 15 or so videos on Workflow...
  • CardSpace/InfoCard Sandbox

    I’m really pleased to see this. There’s a new area of the www.netfx3.com site which lets you play around with CardSpaces/InfoCard. The link is here; http://sandbox.netfx3.com/ I’ve yet to try it because it’s based on the newly released...
  • .NET Framework 3.0 - July CTP

    According to the item up here http://www.netfx3.com/blogs/news_and_announcements/archive/2006/07/17/4488.aspx there’s a new July CTP of .NET Framework 3.0 that came out yesterday/today. I’m just back from holiday and I’m in a bit of a mess...
  • (On Holiday) Progress on Vista 5456

    I'm on holiday at the moment but I've been upgrading my desktop PC at home to Vista in order to both see how it goes and also because my XP installation had too many quirks to it - not quite sure why but I think too much trial software got installed over time...