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XBOX 360 Under Ground Pics
A new image of Microsoft's Xbox 360 has surfaced on web forums this evening, where it is believed an industry insider leaked the image. Sources we spoke to who have already seen the hardware themselves confirmed that this image - despite being a render rather than a photo - is indeed the official finalised design of Xbox 360. Other scant details have also been revealed to us by our sources. Apparently, as well as removable media for saving games, gamers will be able to save games on to their home ......

Posted On Friday, April 29, 2005 4:37 PM

Consuming a Web Service with Flash
Can't believe this is so simple. Its even easier than consuming a web service any other way. This is because Flash provides a way to bind values returned by a web service to Flash Components. No coding is required; only a couple of clicks and drags, thats it! This is a great way to develop Flash tickers to display data (possibly Stock Quotes, Currency Exchange Rates, etc.) on a web page without ever needing to refresh it for updated data. So, how to go about doing this? Very simple. 1) Create a Web ......

Posted On Thursday, April 28, 2005 4:15 AM

Office 2003 Primary Interop Assemblies made Redistributable (finally!)
Thanks to Microsoft for making Office 2003 PIA redistributale. Initially we were told not to bother about PIAs and deployment issues for Office 2003.... Office 2003 was supposed to handle it not the programmer himself. But now this comes as a great option of having PIAs under your hood.Download Office 2003 PIA from:Download details: Office 2003 Update: Redistributable Primary Interop Assemblies: "The Office 2003 Primary Interop Assemblies (PIA) redistributable is a Microsoft Windows Installer package ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:54 PM

PC Design Competition :: Microsoft reveals its mystery website
As Microsoft Windows celebrates its 20th anniversary, Microsoft and IDSA want to envision the future with you by offering a unique challenge. Whether you're an established design team, and independent designer, or a student, here's your chance to help shape the future of the Windows-based PC experience and to win up to $125,000 USD, the recognition of the industry, and a distinction unlike any other. Download the design kit today - online submissions begin May 18, 2005! Eligibility Open to designs ......

Posted On Monday, April 25, 2005 11:04 PM

Register Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 and get a free online book from MS Press
Microsoft Learning has partnered with the Visual Studio team to provide developers with additional incentive for registering Beta 2. Developers who register their copy of Beta 2 will have access to a free developer title from Microsoft Press. After downloading the Beta they receive an email telling them about the benefit, and encouraging them to register their Beta. When a user completes the registration process they will receive an email with a link to the online books, and an access code. Each ......

Posted On Thursday, April 21, 2005 8:50 PM

Transactions In .NET XML Web Services
Few important points to remember when programing transactions using .NET XML Web Services . Your class (the one that provides transactions) does not need to inherit from WebService class. You dont need to explicity commit or rollback your transactions. It is done “automatically“ i.e. if your method doesnt throw any exception then transaction is committed otherwise it is rejected. Since HTTP is stateless your web service transactions (e.g. your web methods) can only take part in transactions ......

Posted On Thursday, April 21, 2005 5:36 PM

Upcoming C# Language Chat
The C# team will be having an online chat about the C# language and new features in .NET 2.0 on Thursday April 21st at 1pm PST and Friday 1 AM Pakistan Standard Time. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered directly from the C# product team. Register for the C# Language Chat. Zeeshan Muhammad User Group Leader - NED.net Infrastructure Member - INETA MEA INETA Pakistan EXCOMM ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2005 12:26 AM

Coding4Fun
Microsoft has launched a new website aimed at developers who program for fun instead of profit with articles and information about how to use .NET 2.0 to develop games, media applications, and other personal use utilities. While aimed at the "hobbyist" developer, the site has some examples of how to use new .NET features that Enterprise developers can also learn from. In particular, there is a very interesting article on building network utilities that shows how to use the new Semaphore class as ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 20, 2005 12:19 AM

Frodo Debuts the Next Xbox
The highly anticipated next version of the Xbox console will be revealed to videogame fanatics, music lovers, and MTV viewers via a high-energy half-hour program titled “MTV Presents: The Next-Generation Xbox Revealed.” The special will be hosted by entertainment icon, seasoned gamer, and Xbox fanatic Elijah Wood, known globally for the Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Island Records’ renowned Las Vegas rockers The Killers will deliver electrifying performances ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 19, 2005 9:06 PM

Reading binary data from SQL Server and then De-Serializing it
For one of our applications we needed to serialize Excel 2003 files as XML documents in the database. And then as and when required by the application we were to de-serialize them. Following is the code for de-serializing xml file. One side note for developers, whenever you want to read blob or text or binary data that is massive in size then always make sure that you use propper command behaviour(System.Data.Comma... your ExecuteReader method of SqlCommand. Since by ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 19, 2005 7:09 PM

Microsoft Mystery Website
A few days ago a mysterious site popped up that is owned and maintained by Microsoft. With it is a minute long video telling us: something is coming something fun something with reward something with recognition something with style something inspired We have to wait till April 25th to get the mystery revealed. View the site here. Zeeshan MuhammadUser Group Leader - NED.netINETA Pakistan EXCOMM MemberInfrastructure Member - INETA MEA ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 19, 2005 5:10 PM

Effective VUI Design + SRGS
System: Welcome to FoodTalks.NET Food Ordering service. Please say your Customer Account Number? Caller: The account number is FT1234. System: Please say or key-in your 5 digit code number. Caller: 78699 System: Thank you; Would you like to place a new order or would you prefer a repeat of your previous order. Caller: I think I will go for a new order. System: Very well. Please say the meal ID on the FoodTalks.NET menu card that you would like to order. Caller: Ummmm...Meal ID 786. System: I understood ......

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2005 10:10 PM

Hitchhikers guide to using "MMC : Microsoft Management Console"
Recently we decided that our tool should have management console that will have a management/configuration snap-in that will be hosted in MMC much like the ones we all see with IIS, SQL Server etc. So I was asked to look into all the possibilites of using and developing MMC snap-in. Following is a small narration of my findings for your information. MMC an Introduction: MMC stands for Microsoft Management Console. It provides simple, consistent, and integrated administration user interface for managing ......

Posted On Monday, April 11, 2005 10:05 PM

MVP for Windows Server System - XML Web Services.
I am very happy today. I receieved an email from Microsoft that mentioned that I have been declared MVP by Microsoft for Windows Server System - XML Web Services.For more details on this please check out my profile available at MVP web site:https://mvp.support.mi... am thankful to Allah Almighty for granting me this success. Last but not the least i am grateful to INETA and Microsoft Pakistan who backed me up and nominated me for this position, ......

Posted On Saturday, April 2, 2005 2:14 PM

MSDN Webcasts on C# Express Beta 2
There is a wonderful opportunity to see Beta 2 of Visual C# 2005 Express Edition in action. As you may or may not know, beta 2 of the Express Edition tools will not be released for a few more weeks, but the Express Edition teams at Microsoft are sponsoring a series of 3 one hour live MSDN Webcasts hosted by Bob Tabor of LearnVisualStudio.NET. He'll be building an entire application (an RSS Reader) from concept to deployment using the upcoming beta. They are free, and only require you signup at Microsoft's ......

Posted On Saturday, April 2, 2005 1:33 PM

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