Archives / 2007 / April
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Moscow

    I’ll be in Moscow next Monday, presenting to a .NET user group there.  The topic will be .NET Caching Best Practices.  The meeting place and time are as follows: Moscow dot NET Alliance (MDNA) GroupMicrosoft Russia, Building 1, 17 Krylatskaya Str., Moscow, Russia19.00 May 7, 2007 Thanks to Gaidar Magdanurov, Microsoft DE for the area, for helping to set this up on relatively short notice.  I hope there is a fair turnout and I also hope that my lack of Russian language skills will not be a major problem.  This is actually my first time presenting on another continent (though I have spoken in Montreal, but they at least include English among their official languages). more

  • Silverlight Resources

    Here are some useful links related to Microsoft Silverlight: Microsoft Silverlight Home Silverlight Forums Official Community MSDN for Developers [categories: silverlight]   more

  • Old Team System News

    This is all from last month, but I’ve been busy so it’s been in my queue.  Sorry for the late “news”: Microsoft acquired TeamPlain, makers of TeamPlain Web Access for connecting to TFS via a browser.  TeamPlain will be free to anybody with a TFS CAL.  Full announcement. Patterns and practices announced the publication of prescriptive guidance for TFS/VSTS.  JD Meier had the details. In related news, the VSTS team published 40 pages of strategies for branching and merging with TFS on CodePlex, here.   more

  • The Region for Microsoft Regional Directors

    There is a new web site which aggregates content from Microsoft Regional Directors call The Region, which went live last week.  Keep an eye on it to keep tabs on Regional Directors as a whole, and to see what they’re collectively doing and talking about. [categories:regional director] more

  • Speaking at Connection in Vegas in November

    I found out that I should be speaking at the DevConnections show this fall.  The show is being held in Las Vegas again, November 5–8th.  I apologize to anybody that had hoped to see me present last month in Orlando at the spring show – I was unfortunately out of the country due to circumstances beyond my control (but which you’ll see more details on in a future blog post very soon). At the Fall 2007 show I’ll be presenting the following: Test Driven Development and Continuous Integration for ASP.NET and VSTS I’ve given this talk once before myself and it was one of my talks this spring that was covered for me.  It’s one of my current … more

  • Outlook 2007 POP3 Slowness

    Outlook 2007 has a number of issues with performance, one of which relates to downloads taking a very long time with POP3 email accounts.  Microsoft has recently published a KB article that should fix some scenarios where this occurs, specifically on Windows Vista, which may be caused by network hardware device(s) that do not support a networking feature called TCP Window Scaling. The short version of this is to run this command as administrator and see if it helps your situation any: netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled   If not, then probably your Outlook 2007 performance problems have other causes (of which there could be many), but this is worth a shot and … more

  • Display Current Bin Folder Content Information

    As part of my automated build and test process, I wanted to be able to confirm that my third party components were the proper version and, more importantly, that they were fully licensed.  For some components, I can create a new instance of the control or component and test its IsLicensed property.  For others, the assembly itself is different for evaluation versus professional versions, and another approach is required.  In the first case, the code required to test if the control is licensed is trivial – the second case requires slightly more work. These assemblies live in the /bin folder of my ASP.NET application.  The best way to determine whether or not the … more

  • Free Remote Desktop Manager Tool

    If you remote into many machines, this should appeal to you.  Terminals is a free, open source project on CodePlex that allows much better management of remote desktop connections than the default XP/Vista experience.  Check it out today, it’s a quick download. Free+Tools, Cool+Tools more

  • Expression Added To MSDN

    Initially it seemed that the Expression suite of products would not be included in the MSDN subscription, which caused a fair bit of uproar among developers who will be charged with working with designers and, often times, mocking up their own designs of WPF apps.  Well, Microsoft took this feedback and acted on it, announcing today that some SKUs in the Expression line (but notably not the full-blown suite) will be available to developers via MSDN.  Specifically, Expression Web and Expression Blend will be available at no extra charge to MSDN Premium Subscribers.  Read more from ScottGu and Soma. [categories:Expression]  Tags: Expression, .NET, WPF more