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back in june, there was a release from the patterns and practices team of their .  it is a tool that provides some analysis and resulting suggestions (with reasons/instructions on how to implement) for ASP.NET projects.

well, the team has just placed the guidance explorer on codeplex.  what is cool about this is not only can you look at how the explorer works, you also get source to the user interface to see how they may have done some cool things.  go check it out.

is growing to be quite an interesting microsoft community.  my only wish is that they fix the project creation issue ASAP!  there are some cool projects listed/featured on the homepage, but their descriptions never transfer and they just sit there with default text -- it might as well be lorum ipsum to me.

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well, one reason i haven't updated (which i now consider to be an archived project -- at least i won't be touching it) is that tagging support is now added into the latest refresh of :

newtags

the tagging support now included was exactly the direction tag4writer was heading with exposing the templates for configuration, etc.  you'll notice the tagging support in writer has some cool memory-sense (intellisense-ish).

along with tagging support, here are some other updates:

  • blogger beta
  • categories changes
  • improved startup
  • improved style detection
  • and some others...

learn about all the updates and get the refresh from the .  install it, then make sure you install :-).

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now has a category for windows live writer.  just released a new version with better performance and more streamlined options (yeah, there were too many buttons with icons ;-) and you had no idea what did what).  The latest version is on windows live gallery as well as the current release on .

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some important news came out today regarding visual studio 2005 and visual studio version support on vista.  you can read about it on soma's blog here, but here are some nutshell bullets:

  • Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta released today - pending feedback over the next few weeks, this is planned to be released out of beta in the next 3-4 months
  • VS2005 SP1 will run on Vista, but may have some compat issues, teams are working together to find those issues and provide a set of fixes beyond SP1.
  • .NET Framework 1.1 and 2.0 applications will work on Vista (runtimes are supported)
  • Visual Studio 2002 and Visual Studio 2003 will not be supported on Vista.
  • VB6 runtime and IDE will be supported on Vista

some of this is good news (SP1) and some not-so-happy-face-news (VS2003 on Vista).  start preparing now...

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well, i've been telling my friends and family (secretly replacing their search defaults :-)) that live.com is the bomb and it has been producing more relevant searches for me for the past few months since i told myself i'd start using it.  that's a claim i stand by -- so flame away.

until today.  i was responding to a blog post where someone referred to "Fuslogvwr" and i had no idea what that was.  so i searched on live...no results.  put quotes around it, no results.  and not "no results" in the sense of no relevant results, there were literally none returned.

argh, i used google.  53 results, an a suggestion for 'fuslogvw' (which was the actual exe name).  what a difference.  i went back to live and entered fuslogvw and sure enough, relevant results.

and yes, i did report the feedback ;-)