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    Blog: CodeRush 2.0.4 is available... my, how a minor revision update has been so eagerly anticipated!

    Earlier today, DevExpress posted the 2.0.4 build of CodeRush (and Refactor! Pro ). Those of us who’ve been waiting for the training… err… CodeRush tool window but haven’t been able to use it due to an issue with the window and IE7. Well, the 2.0.4 build is here and it fixes the issue! I’d seen the window in videos, but to have it at your finger tips, man, its pure coding sweetness.
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    Blog: Jacksonville Code Camp 2006 - August 26, 2006

    Now that the Tampa Code Camp is over and done with, we can start looking forward to another great community event. Time to start pimping my home town code camp! The Jacksonville Code Camp is next up on the Florida circuit and will be held at the FCCJ South Campus (downtown) on Saturday, August 26, 2006, just over a month from now. Organized by the Jacksonville Developer User Group JAXDUG , we’re going to be in for yet another great community event.
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    Blog: A little more on DevExpress' VS.NET Productivity Offerings...

    After the JAXDUG meeting the other night, I was talking to a few people who said that while they see value in things like DevExpress’ CodeRush & Refactor! Pro, many developers won’t care about it because you have to pay for it and it’s hard to explain the value to your management. My first reaction to that is in the case of DevExpress, go buy their tools and try them for 60 days .
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    Blog: Changes to my virtualization/dev tools Tampa Code Camp talk this weekend...

    As I previously posted , I’m presenting two sessions at the Tampa Code Camp this weekend… one on WCM (mostly one long demo) and one called “ Don’t be a Tool, Be a Better Developer Through Tools & Virtualization! ” The virtualization/dev tools talk is a semi-repeat of a talk I did last night at the Jacksonville User Group which ran long and eventually got cut short as I mentioned in the recap post earlier today .
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    Blog: RECAP: JAXDUG July 12 Talk on Virtualization and Developer Tools

    First, thank you to everyone who attended my talk at the JAXDUG meeting last night . I was quite surprised at the turnout with a last minute change in venue (what’s up with that Merrill Lynch security? Damn.. that’s some tight stuff!). Second, I’d like to apologize for not getting to spend as much time on the development tools like I had planned. I noticed the virtualization part of the talk was longer than expected, but I decided to wrap up the virtualization best practices piece and then we’d just run late and those not interested in dev tools could leave.
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    Blog: UPDATE: JAXDUG July 12, 2006 Meeting - Change of Meeting Location

    Right after I post an update about my talk tomorrow night I got word that the location has changed due to a facility issue at our current meeting location. The new location is at Merrill Lynch in the Southpoint area. I’ve included the address & details below… as well as map link: JAXDUG July Monthly Meeting - July 12, 2006 Topic: Don’t be a Tool, Be a Better Developer Through Tools & Virtualization!
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    Blog: Tampa Code Camp 2006

    The top notch Florida developer community is holding another Code Camp in Tampa on Saturday July 15th. While this event is free, there are a limited number of sessions that will be available. Last check, there were over 300 registered attendees with less than 50 spots available before it sold out… well, as sold out as a free event can be. While the event is being managed by others, I’ve got to give props to a kick-ass DE (Developer Evangelist) we’ve got in Florida: Joe Healy (aka: devfish)
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    Blog: Showing some delayed JAXDUG love & my talk at the July meeting

    I’m way late on posting this… frankly trying to slam out a bunch of work before TechEd, TechEd itself, and now trying to catch up on a bunch of work before I head for a relaxing vacation on a mountain in western North Carolina just kept me so damn busy I couldn’t get this post crafted until now. On June 7th, Tom Fuller (recent MVP Solutions Architect awardee) came and spoke to the Jacksonville Developer User Group about Software Factories and Domain Specific Languages (DSLs).
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    Blog: MSDN Documentation wiki

    Now if this isn’t just damn cool!!! On this site you can add content to VS 2005 documentation topics and edit contributions from other users. Our goal is to extend the documentation with code examples, tips and tricks, and other information that you add. And they’ve even added RSS feeds! MSDN Wiki Blog MSDN Wiki – Fresh Content » MSDN Documentation Wiki
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    Blog: Not attending TechEd? Then hit Tampa Bay's TechEd Outcasts!

    Didn’t sign up for teched this year? Couldn’t get anyone to foot the t&e for travel to Boston? Too late, TechEd is filled up anyway. Do you or your customers still have a craving for deep geek knowledge, and want to interact with some local speakers at the same time? Have I got the deal for you!!! Joe Healy , .NET Developer Evangelist for MCS Gulf States, has put together the Tampa Bay TechEd Outcasts series going on the same week of TechEd.
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    Blog: **FREE** MSDN TechNet Briefing: Jacksonville, FL June 8

    Later this week MSDN’s TechNet Briefing series stops in Jacksonville, FL. Topics include: Language Enhancements in the .NET Framework 2.0 Exploring the Enterprise Library for the .NET Framework 2.0 Creating Customizable User Interfaces with Web Parts and ASP.NET 2.0 When: Thursday, June 8, 1–5p Where: Regal Avenues Stadium 20 Theater on Phillips Highway (near I-95) Registration is required, but it’s free! Unfortunately I have a conflict and will miss out… sucks, I was looking forward to being spoon fed Enterprise Library material!
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    Blog: About MSBuild & Community Tasks Project

    As many are already aware, the .NET Framework v2.0 added MSBuild. MSBuild is a build platform that decoupled the build process our of earlier versions of Visual Studio. This makes it easy for you to automate and orchestrate the build process on machines that don’t have Visual Studio involved, or to dramatically customize your build process. When you build a project in Visual Studio 2005, the IDE is actually calling MSBuild.
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    Blog: Great SharePoint 2007 Web Part series by Sahil

    Sahil , on his new blog , is on a tear writing quite a few detailed nuts-and-bolts articles on ASP.NET 2.0 Web Part development with focus on MOSS 2007: » ASP.NET 2.0 WebPart Communication: The Preface to Sharepoint 2007 WebPart communication » Writing Custom Webparts for Sharepoint 2007 » Sharepoint 2007 WebParts Communication » Writing custom editors for Sharepoint 2007 and ASP.NET 2.0 WebParts » Sharepoint 2007 WebPart Connections - The Theory before the Code
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    Blog: TechEd vBoston 2006 : Mindsharp, where I'll be, CMS/WCM events/sessions

    Just when you turn around, it hits you… BAM, and TechEd is upon us! I’m anticipating a busy next two-three weeks writing and working with the latest MOSS Beta 2 (which, if you missed it, will be available sometime by the end of May ), so I wanted to get my obligatory “YOU ARE HERE” post. In this post you’ll find: where I’ll be, sessions (both ones I’m going to try to hit and CMS/WCM specific ones), and some Mindsharp info.
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    Blog: Random valuable finds...

    Over the last month or two, I’ve been under a rock with work or had problems with my blog that I’ve been unable to post. During this time there were things I wanted to post but never had the time or the ability to post them… this post will serve as my catchall of things worth noting… ok… they are things that were big news to me… Development Visual Studio 2005 Web Application Project v1 Released (via ScottGu ): Basically this VS2005 add-on gives you the ability to have web projects that don’t use the VS2005 models but rather the VS2003 model where everything is compiled into a single DLL.
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    Blog: When 'F5' debugging doesnt cut it and manually attaching to processes takes too long...

    In this post, learn how to address when F5 debugging doesn’t work, and when manually attaching to a process takes too long.
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    Blog: Florida developer community scores another MVP! Congrats Tom!

    Congrats to Tom Fuller , the man behind SOAPitStop . Tom was awarded Solution Architect MVP. If you frequent any of the Code Camps on the Florida circuit, you’ve probably sat through one of Tom’s sessions. He was one of the folks on the recent ASP.NET Podcast roundtable at the Orlando Code Camp . Congrats Tom!
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    Blog: DevFish.net: What a sell out!

    No, not that kind of a sell out… I’m talking Joe Healy ’s events… they are all sold out !!! Next week’s Orlando Code Camp is sold out (as much as a free event can be sold out) with 350 registered attendees! Previously I mentioned that I would be presenting a session on Virtualization targeted to developers… that as since been changed. I can’t say exactly what I’m presenting on until next week, but let’s just say that Ryan Rogers [MSFT] recent post about the 2007 Microsoft Office System NDA’s all the beta testers are under will soon be lifted and that next week’s Office DevCon is a non-NDA event has something to do with it (anything presented at Office DevCon, because it’s a non-NDA event, can be discussed in the public forum, ie: OCC).
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    Blog: Gotta love TheDailyWTF.com ...

    Every few days, I check my /Entertainment folder that has about 10 or so feeds in it. Three of the feeds always have something amusing from the previous few days, then there’s Dilbert … can’t ever get enough Dilbert. Two recent posts stood out at TheDailyWTF.com, a blog that takes submissions from developers about development “things” that make you just go WTF ?!?! Post 1 ( actual post source ):
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    Blog: Modifying the VS 2005 file templates

    Everyone has their own coding style. There isn’t a specific one that’s better than the rest. Personally, I like what the guys at IDesign : IDesign C# Coding Standard, which is a development guideline and best practices for C# development. I also like customizing the file templates within Visual Studio so when I create a new file, its setup the way I want it. For example, I am a region-a-holic… I stick everything in this buggers.
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    Blog: Subtext v1.0 is fully baked!

    Congrats to the entire dev team , SubText v1.0 was wrapped up on March 1. I’ll migrate my blog once things settle down a bit. Right now I’m hosting two copies of my modified .Text for my blog and my son’s blog , with two copies of the tables in one database. What I’d like to do is merge the two into one Subtext database. From the docs, it looks like I can do this … just need to verify and migrate my two skins to the Subtext codebase.
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    Blog: Windows Installers

    I usually don’t ask questions on my blog, but I’m not finding much info on the subject. I need to create an installer for a project that will do the following: copy files to (1) specific place on the file system and (2) a user defined place on the file system create an IIS virtual server (web site) create an IIS virtual directory execute a handful of command line commands create a Windows Task Scheduler task with specific properties It doesn’t seem like it’s that big of a task, but I’ve never done this before and a quick search in the newsgroups and on Amazon yielded surprisingly little info.
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    Blog: ASP.NET RSS ToolKit

    Dmitry posted last night about new project his ASP.NET team posted an awesome little RSS toolkit for ASP.NET 2.0 . This project makes it VERY easy to publish and consume RSS feeds in ASP.NET applications. The model is quick simple, just select the RSS Data Source and bind it to a standard ASP.NET data bound control. Scott Guthrie posted a followup with a walk through that includes boatload of screenshots.
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    Blog: Orlando Code Camp - More promo (and Healy rocks!)

    As I blogged 10 days ago, the Orlando Code Camp is just over a month out. Joe Healy has locked up all the session slots and speakers. When I heard all the presentation slots were filled, I took a peek… holy crap! I agree with Kirk and David , now THAT’s an agenda? We’re not talking 100–level ASP.NET 1.0 databinding (ok, there is some DNN stuff in there ), we’re talking:
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    Blog: Orlando Code Camp, March 25... don't miss out!

    I missed out on South Florida two weeks ago, but I won’t miss Orlando! The Orlando Code Camp will be held on March 25, 2006, in Orlando, FL (duh)… hosted by the Orlando .NET User Group . The exact location is yet to be announced. This *FREE* event is open to anyone but targeted to developers… registration is required and they do cap the number of attendees so don’t delay!
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    Blog: Jacksonville, FL Fortune 500 looking for a .NET/CMS/SharePoint developer

    Looking for a .NET development position? Know CMS and/or SharePoint (WSS/SPS)? Want to work for a STRONG and growing company? Fidelity Information Services , a division of Fidelity National Financial , has an opening for a senior .NET developer. The usual senior .NET developer qualifications apply such as strong OO background, ability to problem solve, self-motivated, ability to multi-task (and code in multiple languages [VB.NET & C#]), troubleshoot & problem solve complex performance problems, and posses a working knowledge of MS SQL Server (2000 & 2005).
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    Blog: DXCore & a combo solution explorer - class viewer tool window

    Last week I posted a little testimonial about DevExpress’ DXCore addin for Visual Studio. In the post I mentioned that I was working with Mark Miller on a little tool window plugin built using the DXCore. Today Jon Skeet posted an article that shows exactly what I was working on (although this is in Eclipse and not in Visual Studio). His article compares Eclipse & Visual Studio (BTW: a great read).
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    Blog: DevExpress' DXCore, CodeRush, Refactor!, and Mark Miller

    You’ve probably seen others rant & rave about two development productivity utilities offered by DevExpress : CodeRush & Refactor! I first got my paws on these two utilities in April of 2005… right away I was hooked. Since then, I’ve been meaning to post my $.02 on these two VS2003 add-ins but I kept putting it off again and again. DXCore Building add-ins for VS requires an in-depth knowledge of VSIP.
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    Blog: Does the ObjectDataSource really suck this much?

    I haven’t had the op to work on a VS2005 project yet (more than tinkering with projects already written that I just review or compile & use) thanks to my current workload and working in a CMS SP1 & SPS SP2 so much these days. At TechEd, I was first introduced to the ObjectDataSource (or maybe I saw it earlier… but this is when I really got to see it for the first time).
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    Blog: Using VS2005 to <s>develop</s> build v1.1 projects

    Back in early November, just after the RTM release of VS2005 & SQL2005, I posted about a custom targets file you can use with MSBuild to get VS2005 to build projects against the v1.1 CLR . This is fantastic as you can use some of the great new IDE features within VS2005 and remove VS2003 from your machine and thus, freeing up some much needed disk space for virtualization, music, pictures, or anything else.
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    Blog: Managed Debugging : Part 1

    This will be the first of a few posts on managed debugging… just too much to discuss in one post. Ever had one of those moments (maye not a single moment, but in general an experience) where you learn something and think to yourself “wow, this is a big eye opener… this is something I need to investigate?” My latest one was this past August. I was in the second of two sessions by Tim Walton (MSFT PSS) at the Jacksonville Code Camp .
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    Blog: Visual Studio 2005 PowerToys updated for RTM

    If you’re using the Class Designer in VS 2005, these PowerToys are a must. This set of add-ins augments existing functionality in the Visual Studio 2005 Class Designer and the Distributed Systems Designers. The Design Tools Enhancements add-in provides a common set of features that can be used by both the Class Designer and the Distributed System Designers, such as pan/zoom window and rich formatting commands. The Class Designer Enhancements add-in provides additional functionality for the Visual Studio 2005 Class Designer, such as HTML export and nested type creation commands.
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    Blog: WWF API usability study videos on C9

    Here’s something I’d never thought of: doing a usability study on an API. Two videos were posted to Channel 9 earlier in the week that show an intro & an actual usability study lab. Here’s the kicker: the lab participant isn’t allowed to use VS .NET, intellisense, help, or the workflow designer… they can only use notepad! Why? Because if the WinFX/WWF team built a killer designer/intellisense/help system, it could be because he API flat out sucked.
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    Blog: Nikhil's Web Development Helper ROCKS... a MUST HAVE for any web developer or designer!

    In the beta days of .NET 2.0, I saw Nikhil Kothari’s Web Development Helper . It’s an IE AddIn that displays a ton of extra information about a webpage. I didn’t install it because it (1) was developed with .NET 2.0 (something I wasn’t going to put on my primary machine because it was beta) and (2) I wasn’t working on any .NET 2.0 projects so there was nothing to show.
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    Blog: Use VS2005 to build v1.1 assemblies

    A few days ago I noticed in a post on Scott Hansleman’s blog regarding MSBuild… specifically he points to a post on Jomo Fisher’s MSBUILD blog (btw: ) that documents how you can use VS2005 to target & build v1.1 projects! I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent any time looking at MSBuild, and seeing 9 steps in the process to make this work, I thought to myself “great, another hack”. Jomo, I apologize… his freaking rocks!
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    Blog: Professional ASP.NET 2.0 WROX! (err... by WROX... but it does ROCK)

    I saw it mentioned on Scott’s blog mentioned on Scott’s blog a few weeks ago and jumped at the pre-order discount. I’ve always been a fan of WROX books. Back when the v1 of the Framework came out in 2001, I got the Beginning C# , Professional C# , and Professional ASP.NET 1.1 books which all helped me get off the ground VERY fast so the track record was there.
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    Blog: Opportunity in the Tampa/Clearwater, FL area for VB.NET/C#/ASP.NET

    Just learned of a great opportunity at great company in the Tampa/Clearwater, FL area: Evatone Inc. . I have family who currently works for Evatone and highly recommended it as a great place to work. They are looking for .NET developer who will run the whole project show from design/develop/test/deploy. Here’s the jist from the Monster post (see URL to job posting below) Senior .NET Technical Lead and programmer for the design and development of multiple eBusiness applications including: Content Management System s , Web Portals, Multi-media applications (e.
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    Blog: NOW AVAILABLE: VS.NET 2005 & SQL 2005 on MSDN Subscriber Downloads

    Go check your downloads… all versions appear to be there! Now… how many times will we see this on the blogsphere? I’ll take the over at 2005.
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    Blog: Need a good host? CrystalTech.com ROCKS!

    When I got my first domain and website, I setup an account with www.crystaltech.com . I loved their service and whenever I had an issue, their support group was right on top of things. I did have one gripe: their lower-end package only allowed for a meager SQL database (something like 15MB I think… don’t quote me, that was around 2002). So I opted to jump ship and run to www.
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    Blog: GotDotNet CodeSlam

    A few weeks prior to the MVP Global Summit, I got an email inviting me and a guest to the first CodeSlam. This event was a ton of fun discussing various ideas!
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    Blog: JAXDUG Election Results

    Last night we held elections for the Jacksonville Developer User Group (JAXDUG) for President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster, and Director of Marketing. I ran for President, but lost in a close vote to Dennis who’s now the JAXDUG President. I will take on the role of Vice President. The new structure will be posted to the website shortly.
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    Blog: MVP Global Summit Day 2-3

    I’ve been quite impressed with the MVP Global Summit & the Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area. It’s been a blast meeting and hanging out with everyone (not to mention the content!… seriously… I’m not mentioning the content of the Summit). Some nights have turned into be quite rough (like last night), but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ve added thumbnails to all my pictures at the end of this post. On Wednesday night I headed over to Quest Field where we had the Americas Regional Dinner.
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    Blog: GotDotNet vNext

    Joel openly ponders… I know it’s coming, but the question is when. And what, for that matter. When I talked to the GDN team at Tech Ed, they alluded to new features, but no real details. But, it sounds like MVPs at the MVP summit got a sneak peak. Now, what does a normal guy have to do to get a look at this? Hmm… I dunno what you’re talking about, MVPs seeing the next version/revision (*wink*)… but I do know that CodeSlam was very slick *wink* *wink*.
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    Blog: And the VS team's promise was as true as it could be... until O12 popped from around the corner...

    For a while, one of the points the VS.NET team was touting in their demos and selling points was that ~finally~ we were going to get the latest and greatest UI controls that were used in the flagship products, namely Office. When VS 2003 shipped, we didn’t get the same controls that were included in Office 2003. Some third parties were able to provide the same look & feel as well as the same functionality such as Infragistics , DevExpress , and ComponentOne to name a few.
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    Blog: I'd like to be your president (of your user group if you're in NE Florida)

    Next week on Tuesday, October 4 from 6–8p , the Jacksonville Developer User Group ( JAXDUG ) will hold elections for a new group of leaders of the user group. We are holding elections for the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The current President of the JAXDUG , David Strommer , recently announced his intention to step down from his responsibility to spend more time with his family (not to mention the recent birth of his 2nd child), career, and other interested including returning to school.
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    Blog: On my way to Redmond & the Microsoft campus for the first time...

    I’m on my way to Redmond & the Microsoft campus today for the first time for the 2005 MVP Global Summit. After missing PDC, I’m hoping (and probably a good guess) to see a lot of the O12 stuff first hand… especially the server products (SharePoint, MCMS 2002 [or as it seems to be known now as ECM], and Project Server) but I also have a keen interest in the client apps as well.
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    Blog: Microsoft Showcases New User Interface for Office "12" Core Applications

    Some slick screenshots of the Office 12 UI in the core apps… the Access one towards the end is very cool… QUITE a step forward. There are a few other screenshots here . The new UI – the most dramatic change to the way Office applications work since introduction of the toolbar in 1997 – will help users become more proficient with Office and produce better-looking documents faster. » MSFT PressPass: Q&A: Microsoft Showcases New User Interface for Office “12” Core Applications
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    Blog: MSFT PDC 2005 - It all starts today

    Today is the first real day of the Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Now I know what it was like for those who weren’t at TechEd… living virtually through the bloggers and the news that trickes out of the event. With over 1,000 bloggers at this year’s PDC, I’m sure we’ll hear all the news as it breaks! I’m bummed (I’m not there), I’m stoked, and I’m totally distracted!
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    Blog: VS2005 RC & SQL2005 September CTP are on MSDN downloads

    I saw someone else blog this earlier today, but it wasn’t showing on my downloads. Now it is. There is a RC of VS2005 Team Suite available for download, posted today, and a bunch of SQL 2005 Sept CTP downloads available today. Perfect timing… was just starting to build out a Virtual PC with the older CTP stuff for a pet project! I meant to post this a few hours ago, but it looks like the blackout in Los Angelas hit WebHost4Life , which didn’t have enough juice.
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    Blog: Want to get the June 2005 Release (v1.1) of the Enterprise Library into the GAC?

    I did! In creating an assembly that will tap the SharePoint Document Library Event Sink, I needed to get the Enterprise Library into the GAC so we wouldn’t have to copy the DLL’s to every SharePoint virtual server /bin directory as my assembly is using the Configuration, Data, Exception Handling, and Logging application blocks. Amazingly, I was surprised that the Enterprise Library wasn’t strongly named OOTB. No biggie… until I saw how they coded the AssemblyInfo.