Descriptons Are OPTIONAL. OK, so it looks like a couple people* in the community are not happy with the new “descriptions” feature. They are of course entitled to their own opinions, but I will NOT be removing this feature. And nor should you; my argument was for more choice not less so that the reader…

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I have been giving some thought about this recently. I am going to release an optional “short-description” feature tonight that I hope everyone will use for posts longer than a sentence or two. (instead of the full post text appearing in the feed, only the short-description will appear).  …but I personally want to see the…

Managed Office Add-In Info

Managed Office Add-In Info: Office XP Primary Interop Assemblies Download Building Outlook 2002 Add-ins with Visual Basic .NET Working with the Office XP Primary Interop Assemblies Office XP Primary Interop Assemblies Known Issues Deployment of Managed COM Add-Ins in Office XP Using the COM Add-in Shim Solution to Deploy Managed COM Add-ins in Office XP

Scott Guthrie opens a window on ASP.NET. It’s great to see that Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s ASP.NET lead, haspopped upon the blog radar screen. Back in 2001, for Dr. Dobb’s TechNetCast, Scott gave a fascinating and candid talkon the genesis of ASP.NET. [Jon’s Radio] I hadn’t heard this before and it is a fascinating listen, even…

HOW TO: Connect to Microsoft Desktop Engine (Q319930) Includes how to change MSDE from the default NT authentication to mixed mode authentication either during installation or after installation by tweaking the registry.

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Haven’t looked at this in any great detail but might be worth returning to: Problem: ASP.NET gives a developer the opportunity to programmatically add controls to a web form using ParentControl.Controls.Add(new Control()); However, these controls are not persisted in any way thus having to be recreated for each subsequent request. Goal: To create a control…

Side-by-Side COM with Windows XP and .NET

Yesterday, I spent some time experimenting with the side-by-side support for COM components within Windows XP. I've uploaded my sample code here. Windows XP uses .manifest files a bit like .NET uses .config files to describe "assemblies" and to identify where the files containing the implementation of specific versions of COM component are located. This…

Hitting Code Complete. A tester — sitting in their office — can configure the operating system and hardware they want to use (for example: Windows Server 2000, Advanced Server Edition on a 2 processor hardware configuration with a German language build) as well as the test suite they want to run (for example: all session state…