Visual Studio Gallery

Microsoft launched yesterday Visual Studio Gallery, a site hosting Visual Studio extensions. Currently, there are over 350 such extension, free or per charge. The extension include macros, add-ins, packages, project templates. A good thing is that anybody can contribute with content to this gallery. There are some very good extensions available in the gallery. You…

Microsoft DreamSpark

Recently Microsoft launched a program called DreamSpark addressed to students from all over the world (though currently the program is available only in 10 countries) that allows them to used for free software created by Microsoft. This includes: development tools: Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition XNA Game Studio 2.0, 12-month…

Microsoft Office Binary File Formats

Last week Microsoft published the 97- 2007 binary file formats for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Drawing. They can be downloaded from here. Joel Spolsky has a very good article on the subject. A normal programmer would conclude that Office’s binary file formats: are deliberately obfuscated are the product of a demented Borg mind were created…