Microsoft’s Plans for ‘Orcas’ and ‘Rosario’

Prashant Sridharan, Microsoft group product manager for Visual Studio, announced Monday, March 26, 2007, that Microsoft plans to release Visual Studio code-named ‘Orcas’ by the end of the year, and it also plans to release Visual Studio code-named ‘Rosario’ (the next version after ‘Orcas’) within an year timeframe after that. A CTP for ‘Rosario’ might…

LINQ example: listing directories

LINQ is a valuable feature for database and XML programming, but not only. Basically, you can use LINQ with everything that returns an IEnumerable. Here is an example, when I want to list the directories of a parent directory, in alfabetical order, and grouped by the file attributes (first all that have only the flag…

Guidelines for Installing Visual Studio 2005 under Vista

This is a simple guideline from my own experience for installing Visual Studio 2005 with SP1 and SP update for Vista. Installation of Visual Studio 2005 is pretty straight-forward. It does not take more than one hour. For the rest you should consider these: download Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite Service Pack 1 (it…

Interview with Titans

Channel 9 forums has posted in January a video interview with Anders Hejlsberg (chief architect of C#), Herb Sutter (architect of C++), Erik Meijer (architect of VB.NET and C#) and Brian Beckman (physicist and architect of VB.NET). For one hour they talked about new trends in programming, the new issues and dificulties faced, and what…

Installing Orcas March CTP

This week I decided to test the March CTP of Visual Studio code-named ‘Orcas’. So I started with a google search for the the download page, I found two: Microsoft Pre-release Software Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” – March Community Technology Preview (CTP) (Self-extracting Install): contains 7 archives totalling 4.5GB Microsoft Pre-release Software Visual Studio Code…

Symantec says Microsoft Windows Most Secure OS

Surprize! According to the latest Internet Security Threat Report release on March 19, 2007 by Symantec, Microsoft Windows is the most secure operating system. The survey covered the second half of 2006, in which period Microsoft Windows had 29 vulnerabilities, with 12 of highly priority or severe, and the turnaround for fixing them was 13…

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Customize Places Bar in Common File Dialog

Recently, CodeGuru has published my article about customizing the Places Bar of the common file dialog. In this article I have explained how to twick the registry to display your own list of shortcuts in the places bar. The folders are specified in registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER in Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ComDlg32\PlacesBar in two ways: either by IDs for…

Cool Pictures From the Summit

I have decided to select and post several more pictures from the summit. In the first you can see Bill Gates delivering his keynote on March 13 to a group of 1700 MVPs from 95 countries. Just after Bill Gates’ speech, the Canadians gathered for a group picture, all wearing jerseys of their national hockey…

LINQ presentation

Anders Hejlsberg, creator of Turbo Pascal and C#, delivered a great presentation on LINQ on Tuesday. This was actually my first contact with LINQ (which stands for Language INtegrated Query), but it makes me envy the C# and VB.NET programmers, because these are the only two languages that support it. LINQ defines a set of general-purpose…

First Contact

On Monday 12, I have successfully made contact with several fellow MVPs from CodeGuru: Brad Jones, the site manager John Czopowik Alin Negru, a fellow Romanian, that used to live in the same city and work at the same company as I, but now lives in Canada Raymond Hawco aka Arjay., who is actually from…