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Inside and Out... An attempt to understand technology better... June 2004 Entries
BizTalk 2004/VS.NET Developer Contest
BizTalk 2004 Developer competition is on the go. One will need to develop solutions using BTS 2004 and VS.NET with the first prize to the tune of $15K. For details, visit

Posted On Thursday, June 24, 2004 6:38 AM

ClickOnce - Install and Execute Anywhere [with .NET 2.0 or later]
I had been waiting for ClickOnce to finally work in the latest Community TechnPreview of VS 2005 and it does [May 2004 Edition]! For starters, this is the upcoming technology that will be based out of the next version of the CLR [implying will require .NET Framework 2.0] and will ease the deployment strategy for Smart Client application. It shares the philosophy of no-touch deployment, but goes beyond it and will be extended even more in the Longhorn time frame. The idea is really simple: 1) Build ......

Posted On Thursday, June 17, 2004 4:51 PM

I returned from the Students Advocates Day conducted by Microsoft India's Academic Evangelism Team where I talked about where Microsoft is headed from the perspective of its developer tools. So, I talked about the next version of the .NET Framework [2.0] and how we can align our development for Longhorn. Upon return, got to know from Deepak yesterday that I have been nicknamed Terror by the students! Wondering why - ??? Any pointers ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2004 4:00 PM

Python for the CLR
IronPython is the Python implementation for the CLR and Mono. Interestingly, as evident from the following blog entry, the author of Iron Python wanted to show how bad CLR design is for dynamic languages, but ended up finding it a good target instead, and consequently resulted in writing Python for the CLR: ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 2:07 PM

RSS Bandit and Bloggar: Read/Publish blogs without web access!
For some unknown reason, I had been navigating the web for blogging tools that plug into Outlook, let me read and publish blogs (I try my level best to avoid going on the web and writing blogs!). So, here are the results that impressed my close friend and collegue, Deepak Gulati, tons! So with him impressed, am sure these are good :) 1) Download RSS Bandit (news/RSS aggregator written in C# and is free!) from and install it. 2) Download Bloggar from ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 9:19 AM

Rotor Whidbey in action
Whidbey version of Rotor runs without a hitch on Longhorn! Check the following post at Joel Pobar's weblog:

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 8:57 AM

VS 2005 May 2005 CTP and more...
So yesterday I finally got hold of the May 2004 Community TechPreview of VS 2005 and installed it in VPC. Its looks good and quite stable over the March edition. Plus, I see support for Quality, Performance and more... I want to try ClickOnce... it was broken in the March edition. Will update on that. Also, this version has support for Visual Studio Team System that has been creating waves. Will keep updated on that as well. And lots more is happening that's keeping me busy. I was on MSDN Yatra (the ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2004 6:10 PM

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