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2007-03-29

SQL Server 2005: Regular Expressions Make Pattern Matching And Data Extraction Easier
Although T-SQL is extremely powerful for most data processing, it provides little support for text analysis or manipulation. Attempting to perform any sophisticated text analysis using the built-in string...
Cutting Edge: Perspectives on ASP.NET AJAX
Unless you've spent the past 12 months disconnected from the Net-perhaps vacationing on a remote tropical island or participating in a reality game show-you should know a few things about AJAX. But...
Service Station: The Service Factory for WCF
In my last column, I introduced you to the concept of software factories and gave a tour of the new Web Service Software Factory (also known as Service Factory) produced by the patterns & practices...
Foundations: Build a Queued WCF Response Service
In this column, I want to pick up where I left off in the December 2006 installment and begin translating the Text Query Language (TQL) Query class hierarchy from C++ to the .NET Common Type System (CTS)....
Netting C++: Mapping Native C++ to the Common Type System
I n this column, I want to pick up where I left off in the December 2006 installment and begin translating the Text Query Language (TQL) Query class hierarchy from C++ to the .NET Common Type System...
C++ At Work: Rationales, Highlights, and a Farewell
This month I'm going to deviate from my regular Q&A format to tell you about a really great document I discovered online. A few weeks ago, someone wrote me asking why he couldn't declare...

2007-03-28

GPLv3 third draft: Linus likes it, ACT hates it
Initial reactions to the latest proposed draft of a popular license for FOSS (free and open source software) have been wide-ranging, with the changes winning some kind words from the creator of Linux and...
Intel promises fast Penryn chips in 2007
Intel will begin producing its next-generation "Penryn" processors by the end of 2007, using greater power efficiency to push improved Core 2 and Xeon chips to speeds exceeding 3GHz, the company...
Survey shows U.S. slipping globally in IT use
European countries and Singapore are leveraging IT better than the U.S., according to a study issued Wednesday by the World Economic Forum. Denmark, for the first time, leads the "Networked Readiness...
IPv6 to power the 'city of the future'
The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, will experience a wide variety of new Internet-based services, such as mobile-phone commerce and clear Internet video, with the rollout of citywide IPv6, people working...
Downtime makes Google Apps customers wary
Google is having problems keeping its uptime pledge to some paying customers of its Google Apps suite of hosted services, throwing into question the company's ability to offer guaranteed levels of...
Cingular's Video Share service has business side
AT&T's Cingular mobile division is pushing its Video Share service at the CTIA Wireless trade show primarily as a consumer service, but the live-video-stream technology will also be supported...
SAP executive changes may leave leadership gap
SAP is losing one of its younger, vibrant executives who was slated to become co-CEO of the company in a change that one analyst says marks a return to the old guard. "It looks like the new...
Dell promises Linux on notebooks and desktops
Thanks to requests by its customers, Dell is going to start offering Linux pre-installed on its PCs and notebooks, the company said Wednesday. Based on customer feedback Dell began soliciting last month,...
Startup aims to keep network security vendors honest
With the help of one of the world's best-known hackers, a little-known Austin startup hopes to give Internet service providers and enterprises a way to tell if their networking hardware is living...

2007-03-27

Vista and Office: View Data Your Way With Our Managed Preview Handler Framework
Every version of Microsoft Windows and Office brings new methods and approaches for improving your ability to see, interact with, and understand data. Likewise, each version also presents new and improved...
SideShow Gadgets: Get Started Writing Gadgets For Windows SideShow Devices
Today's applications have lots of information to share with end users. However, screen real estate is limited and organizing all of the possible information is taxing for software developers as well...
Desktop Security: Create Custom Login Experiences With Credential Providers For Windows Vista
Windows Vista offers developers many new opportunities for integrating with the platform. The new Credential Provider model represents one of the most dramatic changes, making it much easier to implement...
Worldly Windows: Extend The Global Reach Of Your Applications With Unicode 5.0
Most major software vendors provide a number of localized or translated products, as well as products that are capable of handling non-Latin writing systems. But there's still a long way to go. Ultimately,...
Foundations: Using Templates to Customize WPF Controls
With the release of Windows Vista™ and the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0 come a host of new technologies for developers to learn about, discuss, and use. New tools, libraries, and paradigms will change...
Service Station: The Service Factory for WCF
In my last column, I introduced you to the concept of software factories and gave a tour of the new Web Service Software Factory (also known as Service Factory) produced by the patterns & practices...
Foundations: Build a Queued WCF Response Service
Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) enables disconnected work between clients and services. The client posts messages to a queue and the service processes them later. Such interaction permits a different...

2007-03-25

Least Privilege: Teach Your Apps To Play Nicely With Windows Vista User Account Control
I have worked with so many developers over the past year that their concerns and their eventual understanding of how User Account Control (UAC) works have all blended into a giant haze. There really...
Vista and Office: View Data Your Way With Our Managed Preview Handler Framework
Every version of Microsoft Windows and Office brings new methods and approaches for improving your ability to see, interact with, and understand data. Likewise, each version also presents new and improved...
Desktop Security: Create Custom Login Experiences With Credential Providers For Windows Vista
Windows Vista offers developers many new opportunities for integrating with the platform. The new Credential Provider model represents one of the most dramatic changes, making it much easier to implement...
Worldly Windows: Extend The Global Reach Of Your Applications With Unicode 5.0
Most major software vendors provide a number of localized or translated products, as well as products that are capable of handling non-Latin writing systems. But there's still a long way to go. Ultimately,...
Foundations: Using Templates to Customize WPF Controls
With the release of Windows Vista™ and the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0 come a host of new technologies for developers to learn about, discuss, and use. New tools, libraries, and paradigms will change...

2007-03-24

Inside MSDN: Building the MSDN Aggregation System
Have you visited msdn2.microsoft.com? It’s the new online face of the MSDN® Developer Tools and Enterprise Server documentation. The infrastructure behind it includes a system developed by my team at...
SQL Server 2005: Regular Expressions Make Pattern Matching And Data Extraction Easier
Although T-SQL is extremely powerful for most data processing, it provides little support for text analysis or manipulation. Attempting to perform any sophisticated text analysis using the built-in string...

2007-03-23

Inside MSDN: Building the MSDN Aggregation System
Have you visited msdn2.microsoft.com? It’s the new online face of the MSDN® Developer Tools and Enterprise Server documentation. The infrastructure behind it includes a system developed by my team at...
Inside MSDN: Building the MSDN Aggregation System
H ave you visited msdn2.microsoft.com? It’s the new online face of the MSDN® Developer Tools and Enterprise Server documentation. The infrastructure behind it includes a system developed by my team...

2007-03-22

Security Briefs: Using Protocol Transition?Tips from the Trenches
I covered protocol transition and constrained delegation in detail in a previous Security Briefs column, where I dove in deep and looked at the underlying S4U Kerberos extensions that actually make it...
Cutting Edge: Perspectives on ASP.NET AJAX
Unless you've spent the past 12 months disconnected from the Net-perhaps vacationing on a remote tropical island or participating in a reality game show-you should know a few things about AJAX. But...

2007-03-21

Security Briefs: Using Protocol Transition?Tips from the Trenches
I covered protocol transition and constrained delegation in detail in a previous Security Briefs column, where I dove in deep and looked at the underlying S4U Kerberos extensions that actually make it...
ASP.NET 2.0 CSS Friendly Control Adapters 1.0 Released
Welcome! ASP.NET is a great technology for building web sites but it would be even better if it provided more flexibility for customizing the rendered HTML. For example, the Menu control makes it simple...
Cutting Edge: Perspectives on ASP.NET AJAX
U nless you've spent the past 12 months disconnected from the Net-perhaps vacationing on a remote tropical island or participating in a reality game show-you should know a few things about AJAX....

2007-03-20

Vista and Office: View Data Your Way With Our Managed Preview Handler Framework
E very version of Microsoft Windows and Office brings new methods and approaches for improving your ability to see, interact with, and understand data. Likewise, each version also presents new and improved...
Debug Leaky Apps: Identify And Prevent Memory Leaks In Managed Code
T he first reaction many developers have to the idea of memory leaks in managed code is that it's not possible. After all, the garbage collector (GC) takes care of all memory management, right?...
CLR Inside Out: Introduction to COM Interop
A DO.NET does more than simply allow you to retrieve and save data to and from a database. It provides myriad features that allow you to manipulate data both for business logic and for display purposes...
Data Points: Column Expressions, DataRelations, and Computations
DO.NET does more than simply allow you to retrieve and save data to and from a database. It provides myriad features that allow you to manipulate data both for business logic and for display purposes in...
Cutting Edge: The Server Side of ASP.NET Pages
A s an ASP.NET developer, you probably have a pretty good idea about how ASP.NET handles code in an .aspx resource, how that markup is parsed and transformed into a Visual Basic® or C# class on the...
Foundations: Using Templates to Customize WPF Controls
W ith the release of Windows Vista™ and the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.0 come a host of new technologies for developers to learn about, discuss, and use. New tools, libraries, and paradigms will...
Team System: Team Foundation Server Version Control
I didn't know it at the time, but in February 2004 this column was conceived. Around that time, I was at the Microsoft campus in Redmond for a software design review covering an upcoming product...
Extreme ASP.NET: Client-Side Web Service Calls with AJAX Extensions
S ince its inception, ASP.NET has fundamentally been a server-side technology. There were certainly places where ASP.NET would generate client-side JavaScript, most notably in the validation controls...
Security Briefs: Using Protocol Transition?Tips from the Trenches
I covered protocol transition and constrained delegation in detail in a previous Security Briefs column, where I dove in deep and looked at the underlying S4U Kerberos extensions that actually make it...
RibbonX API: Extend The 2007 Office System With Your Own Ribbon Tabs And Controls
I f you've seen the 2007 Microsoft Office system, you will have noticed that the new Microsoft® Office user interface is radically different from that of previous Office releases. So you probably...
Office Add-Ins Develop Add-Ins For PowerPoint And Visio Using VSTO
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office system (VSTO) is a powerful set of tools and features that let developers extend and customize Microsoft® Office applications using Visual Basic®...
Test Run: AJAX Test Automation
В течение прошлого года популярность веб-приложений, использующих технологию AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML), устойчиво...
Perspectives on ASP.NET AJAX
Unless you've spent the past 12 months disconnected from the Net-perhaps vacationing on a remote tropical island or participating in a reality game show-you should know a few things about AJAX. But...

2007-03-15

Train more workers, say IT industry leaders
IT companies are finding it harder to recruit skilled workers, and government and industry alike must take action to restore the balance. That was the message from industry and government leaders at the...

 

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