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  • Chat with the IE team TOMORROW (Thursday 8th)

    Hey, I was just ranting about the lack of IE star-power in another post. What a coincidence!

  • Is the MSDNTV RSS Feed Not Automated?

    Is the MSDNTV RSS Feed Not Automated?

    The RSS feed for MSDNTV did not automatically update itself when Craig Skibo’s Building Tools Using the Visual Studio Automation Model appeared yesterday. Are they using a bunch of unmanaged flat files to run the site? It is instructive to learn that the management of data is challenging even among the best of us. Someone@msdn.microsoft.com is dealing with this problem and is courageously eating their own dog food.

  • More IE requests...

    Microsoft supported the CSS adequately in IE. But now the IE team is probably too busy dealing with security issues to get intimate about the user experience.

    Have we seen any Channel9 videos from the IE team?

    Are we more into XAML than XHTML right about now?

    PS: I should be writing this post with an instance of "Microsoft Word Express" that can transform the data I enter here into XHTML 1.0 strict. I should have this functionality out of the box instead of spending years trying to build it myself. Will ASP.NET 2.0 have a Word Control on the ToolBar? Probably not.

  • Config file questions

    Check this out: Building a Better Configuration Settings Class...

  • Flippant Remarks about David Berlind's ​"​Microsoft's patchwork mess"; ZDNet; ​Download.​Ject;

    ZDNet Executive Editor, David Berlind, "Microsoft's patchwork mess" (July 3, 2004) writes:

    "The notice, which was posted on Microsoft's site by 9 a.m. on July 2, 2004, says the Windows Update service will be distributing the fix later in the day. People who want to move more quickly are directed to download the code from Microsoft's Download Center."

    "But clicking the link will lead to a page that offers not a clue about where to find the fix that Microsoft says is there. The site lists popular downloads and even featured downloads. But nowhere is something that says, 'If you've come here for the download that protects you against Download.Ject, click here!'"

    This story underscores a huge chunk of my life's work (so far). A non-technical manager should have been able to post a change to the relevant web pages in the relevant web sites but clearly this did not happen. My guess is that the site in question is not database driven---or the database behind this web page(s) is not web-service driven--or the web service---well, you get the idea.

    I'm seeing some Microsoft program manager updating Microsoft websites with as much ease as sending an email---with as much ease as opening a "master document" in a Word Processor and routing an updated paragraph in that document to the appropriate web site. Having seen MSDN web programmers lecture on MSDNTV about XSD schema stuff driving MSDN webs, clearly the tools are there. It is just a matter of making them available to the right people at the right time. And SharePoint Portal Server is not one of those tools.

    Why did Don Box stop working on his WordML XSLT transform?