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  • Where is the transparency, and no, Avalon this doesn't concern you

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    Interesting discussion going on in the comments, although Brian Shapiro ends with: "i was also hoping for discussion in the posts i made but nobody has really touched them." Alas, I don't have an answer. I was also hoping for more of a discussion by people
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  • Better Service

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    Why are there 10 million instant messaging applications? MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Skype... Let me tell you, an instant message at its most basic form is a commodity. Trust me. There are special services layered on top, but at the base (the text) it's a commodity
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  • The Smallest MSBuild Project

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    The smallest MSBuild project, considering of course, the included assembly could be excluded: < Project > < Item Type ="Reference" Include ="$(lapi)\Microsoft. NET \Framework\v2.0.31113\System.MessageBus" Name ="System.MessageBus" /> <
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  • Please Reconsider

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    I am sorry for the post to follow because I try to keep a very high signal to noise ratio on this blog, although I thought that some words were needed, that I had not yet seen in the blogosphere. Why must we taint Avalon by back porting it to XP? Obviously
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  • System.Help

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    System.Help So, they have been hard at work creating a task-oriented help system that is extensible and easy to understand. I guess it now time that we stop using our own system and partake in the fruits provided. Some clarifications from above should
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  • ObjectSpaces

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    ObjectSpaces The ObjectSpace technology, coupled with basic XML querying will eradicate current methods for database manipulation as we know them. At least, that is how I feel. In both statements, the back-end database remains essentially the same. It
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  • ContactPickerDialog

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    A semi interesting UI control is the ContactPickerDialog: Longhorn is slated to have many standard UI controls like this that represent social aspects, like Contacts. Anyway, programming against the ContactPickerDialog is straight forward. ContactPickerDialog
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  • Browse Together Article

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    This article will focus on the Real Time Communication stack that is present in Longhorn. We will implement an instant messaging application that allows two users to browse the internet and chat together. Further, an introduction to the managed web browser;
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  • Spell Checked Text Box

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    Source Code can be found here Spell Checking is an extremely helpful utility. I have actually come to rely on it greatly, which in no way helps the problem (of me learning to spell the word correctly). Anyway, there is no turning back, and I like to know
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  • System Stats Using Avalon Animation Lingo Article

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    This sample is intended to show the “wow” effect for Avalon, and still maintain a sense of functionality. We will build a Task Manager in the most basic form, using many types of Animation –RotateTransform, TranslateTransform, and TransformDecorator
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  • Designing the World

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    From Rob Relyea’s post, I think there are some things that need to be addressed ( http://longhornblogs.com/rrelyea/posts/1336.aspx ). I feel strongly that XAML is for the designer only (the loaded word designer applies in this case to a person designer
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  • On the Road to Longhorn

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    Like my first post on LonghornBlogs, I would now like to post my first one from Longhorn! I have installed it on one of my desktops, and I am still contemplating whether I want to use the other partition I made for WinXP. Longhorn is just so appealing
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  • Superfetch

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    Everybody has heard of the word in the PDC keynote. There are ideas that are going around, but no one really has a strong grasp. I Googled it and only found the word as used in keynote summaries. That is not much help for a word used in front of 8,500
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  • A Wonderful World

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    Having had a chance to settle down and peer into the Longhorn SDK, I can tell you it is going to be a fun ride. I mean, I knew there were going to be cool technologies, but not to this magnitude. Take a look for yourself, if you already haven’t
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  • Why there hasn't been development of IE

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    Intro to XUL and predictions about a similar Microsoft effort. I have been talking a lot about exciting upcoming technologies. Well, here is another: XAML, which stands for XML Application Markup Language. This is meant to be a primer for something that
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  • Designing Power-Aware Windows

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    Again, another session that is an incredible subject: “Designing Power-Aware Windows "Longhorn" Applications Track: Mobile PC and Devices Code: MBL304 Room: Room 402AB Time Slot: Tue, October 28 12 :30 PM-1:45 PM Speakers: Allen Marshall, David
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  • Synchronization

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    For all of those who are going to the PDC, I think some of the most interesting topics to be discussed are those that are most commonly overlooked. Sure, Indigo is nice (by the way, I have started to fall in line with everyone else calling all of the
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  • Sounding Off

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    First of all, this is a test for my new blog. Secondly, in the next couple of posts I would like to add on to what the esteemed Mr. Scoble had to say in his rant on Apple . The point is well taken. Apple is shipping, so what? We don't care what is shipping
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