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Tweakomatic
Stumbled upon a kool tool ( tweak-o-matic ) Microsoft’s Tweakomatic is a nifty new utility that writes scripts that allow you to retrieve and/or configure Windows and Internet Explorer settings. So what, you might ask. Well, think about it. Because these are WMI scripts, they can be used to configure settings on remote computers. Need to change something on a remote machine? Then haul out the Tweakomatic. And think about this: because the Tweakomatic writes scripts, you could do something ......

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 9:07 PM

Patterns and Practices Live !

Patterns and Practices Webcasts

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 8:18 PM

Building Enhanced Windows Forms Support into Your .NET App
Draft a Rich UI: Ground Rules for Building Enhanced Windows Forms Support into Your .NET App -- MSDN Magazine, May 2005. Since last Windows® Forms 2.0 in May 2004, Microsoft has renamed, improved, and added a considerable number of features. The features discussed in this article are from the December 2004 Community Technology Preview, so you can definitely expect some things to change in the final release. (For our first article on Windows Forms, see Craft a Rich UI for Your .NET App with Enhanced ......

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 8:11 PM

& This is why I use Anti-virus and Firewalls
Jacques' Hack Attack We're always telling you how important anti-virus and firewall software is for securing your home PC - the Internet is a dangerous place for unprotected PCs. Spencer Kelly met up with a reformed ex-hacker, who gave him a demonstration of just how much damage a worm or virus can do to your home computer. See Spencer's Report : (Windows Media) Low | Medium | High / (Real Player) Low | Medium | High Check out the video clip from BBC World, showing an ex-hacker at work. Seems way ......

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 8:07 PM

My dating personality profile :))
Your dating personality profile:Outgoing - You can liven up any party. You've got a way with people and have little difficulty charming your dates.Funny - You laugh often. People never accuse you of lacking a sense of humor. You don't take yourself too seriously.Athletic - Physical fitness is one of your priorities. You find the time to work athletic pursuits into your schedule. You enjoy being active. Your date match profile:Funny - You consider a good sense of humor a major necessity in a date. ......

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 7:37 PM

Developer Express gives away free Refactor! for VB.NET 2005
First, What is Refractoring ? Refactoring is the process of making small changes to working code, to improve the internal structure without altering the external behavior of that code. As an analogy, consider the math statement 2*4*5*3, you can convert this to 1*2*3*4*5 without changing its meaning and from there into 5!. They all mean the same thing but are increasingly easier to read. Refactor! does the same thing but with working source code. Refactor! for Visual Basic 2005 Beta 2 is a free plug-in ......

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 4:31 PM

No more Spam :)

Finally i dont hav to delete the comment spams and worry accidental deleting of other comments! anymore! with new verification added to comments section. I can finally take a break from deleting all the spam comments! now that there wont be any! hopefully !!!

Yippie!

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 11:06 AM

Generic WMI Coding Techniques using VB.Net
This code snippet from devx shows a simple technique of passing multiple WMI requests into generic WMI processing code. By passing in different classes and parameters to a generic method, the code is easy to maintain and reuse. For example in the two separate calls to processMetrics the below example targets two different WMI classes. The code can be easily extended to map to any number of different WMI classes: Copy the declarations and code below and paste directly into your VB project. Declarations:Imports ......

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 9:59 AM

FREE AppDev CD-ROM Training Samples
Free self-study CD-ROM training courses including SQL Server 2000, Visual Basic .NET, ASP.NET, Visual C# .NET, and ADO.NET!Get Here.PS: Each free CD-ROM is a $95 value. P&H free in US others, pay only for the shipping/handling costs—$5.00 for up to 2 CDs, $2.00 for each additional CD ......

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 9:50 AM

Add Virtualization to Your Development Toolbox
Why add virtualization to your next project? How about a protected sandbox environment, easily recoverable systems, and preconfigured demonstration and training machines for a start? It's time again to open up your developer's toolbox and make room for the new must-have tool, Virtual Machines. Enter Virtual Machines! Virtualization technology has come a long way in the past few years, and hardware is now fast enough to make a virtual machine feasible for interactive development. Virtualization software, ......

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 9:33 AM

Learn to write c# the funny way.
Learn a fun way to write in C#! As the first educational institution in the world to offer a Bachelor of Science degree program in Game Development, DigiPen Institute of Technology introduces participants to the concepts of video game production in this webcast series. Presenters will demonstrate the key stages in the process of developing the core game engine through the creation of a "top-down shooter" game called "Star Trooper," using Visual C# 2005 Express Edition, the new lightweight integrated ......

Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2005 8:52 PM

Automating the XML Data Mapping Process in Excel 2003
Learn how to use XML maps to customize Excel as a data input and display system. Many automated spreadsheet solutions support the fact that XML maps in Microsoft Office Excel 2003 provide a fast and flexible way to move data between scattered spreadsheet cells and a back-end data source. Custom automation of the XML mapping process does three things: Eliminates errors when spreadsheet authors want to change the layout (for example, add or remove or move data cells) Significantly decreases change-processing ......

Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2005 8:29 PM

MSDN Webcasts!
MSDN Webcast: Introduction to Microsoft Office Information Bridge FrameworkFind out what the buzz is all about. Microsoft Office Information Bridge Framework is a technology that enables developers to create powerful Office-based solutions. In this session, you will learn how to use the Information Bridge Framework to build solutions that extend the value of the Microsoft Office System by providing information workers with the ability to consume line-of-business data from within Office applications. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2005 8:22 PM

MSMQ for .NET Developers!
MSMQ provides robust and easy-to-use messaging capabilities that let you send and receive messages between applications running on one machine, different machines, and even across the Internet, both synchronously and asynchronously. Unfortunately, MSMQ is notoriously underused. Find out how to get started with MSMQ and what you can do with it. Read the two part series here: one, two ......

Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2005 8:16 PM

Working with Windows Forms Configuration Files in .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005
The newest version of the .NET framework extends strong data typing to configuration files, adds scope for settings, a GUI-based property editor, and drops the read-only restriction for configuration classes. Among the many new features in the forthcoming .NET 2.0 are the revamped System.Configuration namespace and the Visual Studio 2005 configuration editor. The new classes raise configuration for both desktop and Web applications to a new level of sophistication compared to prior implementations. ......

Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2005 8:13 PM

Longhorn will run on some older PCs too...
Although Microsoft is recommending that computers be pretty modern to fully run the next version of Windows, Longhorn will probably also run on a good number of older machines. The difference wud be the look and run wud be quite different on those older systems! Computers with a 3GHz processor and 512MB of memory, for example, will get all of the bells and whistles including fancy graphics and the ability to handle multiple video streams. According to its early testing, Microsoft says that older ......

Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2005 8:04 PM

code.google.com
Google Code: Google's place for Open Source software.
Also chk its Open Source Projects page.

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 2:02 PM

is it FAKE or FOTO ?
Today we're presented with images in movies, on TV and in the press that are of such good quality we don't even think to consider whether the picture is of something that exists in reality or if it was generated by computer software. Of course, the right tools combined with the skills of computer graphics (CG) artists are central to the final result. The movie “Final Fantasy” can be considered as being at the high-end of the range of uses for CG imagery, but there are many more day-to-day ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 1:44 PM

Best Practices of Coding
An article on best practices of coding from anand kumar, fellow core - mugh Quality makes the application masterpiece and it’s the responsibility of the developers to focus more on high quality coding. This article covers few recommendations to leverage the quality, how to avoid bad coding in .NET by using FXCop 1.30 and how to write custom rules through introspection engine. Get the Article ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 1:38 PM

NAnt !
for all those who dont know about NAnt ! NAnt is a free .NET build tool. In theory it is kind of like make without make's wrinkles. In practice it's a lot like Ant. New build supports .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 2.“ Demo: NAnt Integration, the NAnt integration inside #develop. From build file generation to deep integration, this demo will show what you can do: NAntAddin.wmv (2.97MB) ” ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 1:29 PM

Tech Ed - 2005 Webcast Series
“ Microsoft Tech·Ed 2005 is sold out but you can still explore Microsoft technologies and solutions in this series of webcasts. Join us through the end of May for pre-Tech·Ed webcasts, then tune in for a special week of webcasts June 5-10, 2005, as we simulcast certain sessions live from Orlando, Florida. We will open registration for the simulcasts soon, so check back. Also, stay tuned for our live "best of" Tech·Ed 2005 webcasts this fall, as we highlight some of the ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 12:53 PM

N-Tier Applications and .NET: Achieving Isolation between UI and BOL
Read the following articles: N-Tier Applications and .NET, N-Tier Applications and .NET: A Simple Example and N-Tier Applications and .NET: Achieving Isolation between DAL and BOL to understand how a typical 3-tier application looks like and how to achieve isolation between Data Access Layer and Business Object Layer. in the last article u will see that we still have tight coupling between UI and database. This is due to the fact that our Select methods are returning DataSets which contain actual ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 12:23 PM

Longhorn gets licence virtualization !
Microsoft plans to release Virtual Server Service Pack 1 later this year and, in the next generation of Windows, make its .vhd format open and extensible. Steve Ballmer, chief executive at Microsoft, has announced a beta release of Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 and plans for new virtualisation support in Longhorn -- including opening up the virtual server format for extensibility and introducing "smaller, thinner hypervisor" technology. Microsoft also planned to support Intel Virtualization ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 11:15 AM

40 years of moore's law !
Forty years ago this week, future Intel co-founder Gordon Moore postulated the amazing theorem that the power of computer chips would double every 24 months at the same time as their prices would halve. The pronouncement has since taken on the aura of the ultimate high-tech prophecy and has even spawned a parody on the cartoon show "The Simpsons" in which the mad scientist Professor Frink said: "I predict that within 100 years, computers will be twice as powerful, 10,000 times larger and so expensive ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 9:45 AM

RUN BOY RUN !!!
Project Code Name: Burn!Objective : To neutralize my “coffee day tummy” !Effort : jogging, running, skipping, fruity diet!. “ I started exercising early hours to bring down my “coffee day tummy” a 20 km run, skipping, jogging and a fruity diet!. Here something interesting about exercise in early hours, advantages are many! I feel light as a feather there is also a feeling of HIGH!!! its be’caz of endorphins natural pain killers released by the body to sooth the ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 9:31 AM

What's New @ MSDN This week !
Download Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 Get the new Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 release, which includes the latest tools for building Windows, Web, and mobile applications, as well as the first beta release of Visual Studio 2005 Team System. (April 15, Download) Unlock the Hidden Features of Windows Installer Discover these unexplored features that allow an application to repair itself at runtime, or to install optional components based on the user's interaction with the application. (April 20, Article ......

Posted On Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:45 PM

10 yrs of Computing !!!
As I recall, those days were of great fun! days of my schooling (i was in 6th grade) when off the regular I was forced to join a computer course called "Chota Byte" an APTECH and ZEE sponser'd course in my SUMMER VACATION! Little did i Knw then that that would change my life ?!? Had I not joined that course my interest’s wud made me either a professional F1 racecar driver (wud hav made a good team with narayan karthikeyan! LOL), or a boxer, I still box! or Definitely a scientist! (now who cud remember ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2005 3:34 PM

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager
Simplify and strengthen your backup strategy with Data Protection Manager (DPM), the new Microsoft server software solution for rapid and reliable data recovery. Lower your total cost of ownership with efficient and near-continuous data protection. To find out more:• Download the Data Protection Manager beta software• Read the top 10 benefits of Data Protection Managertwo things spl abt this product are:This is a new product that is available as a beta after 2 years of development The entire product ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2005 5:51 AM

Generating Documentation for Your Visual Basic .NET Applications on the fly !
Documenting your code is often the last thing you would do in your typical project cycle. While the importance of writing documentation has been stressed umpteen times, developers usually devote the best part of the project cycle to building new features, and then finally doing a mediocre job at the end writing the dreaded documentation. Borrowing the popular clean as you go phrase found in a lot of kitchens, the best way to churn out top quality documentation for your project would be to document ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2005 2:36 AM

ASP.NET 2.0 Tutorials !
The ASP.NET QuickStart is a series of ASP.NET samples and supporting commentary designed to quickly acquaint developers with the syntax, architecture, and power of the ASP.NET Web programming framework. The QuickStart samples are designed to be short, easy-to-understand illustrations of ASP.NET features. By the time you finish reading this tutorial, you will be familiar with the broad range of the new features in ASP.NET 2.0, as well as the features that were supported in earlier versions. ASP.NET ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2005 2:03 AM

LOL !!!

Posted On Tuesday, April 19, 2005 11:09 PM

Click. eLearn. Win.
One more gift to the developer community from Microsoft. Today the Developer e-Learning portal was launched, targeting the strongest asset of Microsoft - "The Developer Community". What is eLearning?eLearning is an effective and efficient system of self-paced personal training, available over the Internet. Microsoft has made courses available in eLearning form to cover several of the important new technologies in Visual Studio 2005, including Connected Systems and Smart Clients, plus Windows Server ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 19, 2005 3:16 PM

Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions
Finally, found time to check out the beta2! gr8 >>>Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions [What are these?] I am ON: < Beta 2, Installed n ready to rock!!!, wat abt u ?!? > Top 14 Cool Features of Visual Basic Express 2005 Beta 2Top 10 Cool Things about Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition Top 10 Cool Things about Visual J# 2005 Express Edition Wat's on ur Mind is on ur Machine :-) LOLBeta 2 tastes gud!!!, Yummy...PS: ( you mite wanna hav a look @ these) Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 19, 2005 12:05 AM

XUL Web App !
I just came across a kool webapp built on XUL Check it out here. these apps are preety fast too!XUL or XML User Interface Language is a markup language for describing user interfaces.With XUL you can create rich, sophisticated cross-platform web applications easily, more...Check out other kool web apps! Click Here ......

Posted On Monday, April 18, 2005 11:29 PM

The transparent desktop optical illusion !!!
" Yeah, you just take a shot of whats behind your screen and make it your desktop background. now, Why didnt we think of that? buzz! easy said than done! stare @ this complete awesomeness."Here's More... -->via Keith--> ......

Posted On Monday, April 18, 2005 3:17 PM

DevCon 2005, Hyderabad : India
DEVCON 2005, A SUPER DUPER HIT! A full day event focusing on various latest technology topics of Microsoft Product line, featuring Dev Guru's and IT Celebrities of India, from Microsoft Developer Evangelism Team, MS IDC and MS GDCI. These sessions covered the upcoming cutting edge technologies Indigo, Visual Studio Team System and Whidbey and SQL Server Mobile 2005. Over 500 members registered online with the event and more than 130 members attended and participated in a very interactive way. We ......

Posted On Monday, April 18, 2005 2:17 PM

do u D2D ???
Early today, I came across a kool site MSD2D.COM Now this has most of the things i was planning and working up for MSGEEKS.NET I enjoyed browsing thru the site it had tons and tons of KB i just cudn't stop readin! MSD2D is a community site for Exchange, SharePoint, .NET and Security support. Articles, forums, downloads, newsletters, webseminars and all these a click away just register for free and u can browse thru a variety of content. "MSD2D is a community dedicated to providing the top resources, ......

Posted On Monday, April 18, 2005 8:47 AM

Late nite movie :-)
Channel 9 has put up this very kool video starring The Avalon team! u just wudnt wanna miss this! Pablo Fernicola, group program manager (guy who runs the Avalon team), Arik Cohen, lead program manager, and Rob Relyea, lead program manager on the XAML team, talk about the four-year development of Avalon, which is the future way you'll program Windows applications.The really kool demos start at 33:30, by the way. Don't miss those! Nathan Dunlap is the designer on those and his blog is here.For more ......

Posted On Monday, April 18, 2005 2:24 AM

www.microsoftsearchengine.com
Now, here's a search engine that focuses on Microsoft technology! they cover Microsoft Server applications, .NET and programming, Operating Systems, Microsoft desktop and Office applications, and gaming. Now you have an easy to navigate site designed for the senior Microsoft administrators, developers, decision makers and end-users ......

Posted On Sunday, April 17, 2005 11:38 PM

Google Gulp !!!
Quench your thirst for knowledge.At Google our mission is to organize the world's information and make it useful and accessible to our users. But any piece of information's usefulness derives, to a depressing degree, from the cognitive ability of the user who's using it. That's why we're pleased to announce Google Gulp (BETA)™ with Auto-Drink™ (LIMITED RELEASE), a line of "smart drinks" designed to maximize your surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent, and less thirsty. Think fruity. Think ......

Posted On Sunday, April 17, 2005 8:41 PM

Another gr8 use of GMAIL!
Necessity Is the Mother of Invention! MUGH CORE MAILING LIST IS NOW POWERED BY GMAIL ! Flashback(u can skip this part): NECESSITY: " Now u might hav heard of gmail being used as gmail drive and many other things. but this is kool (my ideas are generally kool, LOL) a couple of weeks ago our ( mugh core ) mailing list software crashed! we were using an opensource tool that is installed on to ur server cleans all spam and only delivers mails from and to the members of the mailing list. it was the time ......

Posted On Saturday, April 16, 2005 11:58 PM

Sudha has a new blog on MSDN!

Sudhakar now has a new blog to added to his fame!
http://blogs.msdn.com/devnotes

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2005 11:47 PM

Happy Birthday Channel 9 :-)
Channel 9 has completed it's first birthday. Thanks to Channel 9 guys for entertaining the Developer community in a Great and Innovative way. They have uploaded 5 great videos for thier birthday ...worth of watching all of them.. Scott Guthrie - Demo of next version of ASP.NET (Happy Birthday Video #1)http://channel9.msdn.com... Rico Mariani - Making .NET Perform (Happy Birthday Video #2)http://channel9.msdn.com... Anders Hejlsberg - More C# Talk from ......

Posted On Thursday, April 7, 2005 7:46 AM

INDIA won Brainbench Games ! -&- I am now a Brainbench Certified Professional !
India won the brainbench games ! it has the Most Certified Citizens in a nation count. (i am one of them,lol)Here are My Certifications ;) YEP these are mine, I am now a certified professional in all these :) Wrote most of them on 4th of this month last day ;) of the bench games (all tests were free from 31/03 to 4/03) Not bad if u are gettin bored! LOL. You can take the tests for 49.95$ or more now. lucky me!PS: "If u wanna have a taste of Brainbench tests go ahead, All beta's on brainbench are ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 6, 2005 7:08 PM

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