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Ah, the joys of using non-API APIs :-).  I say that in jest because essentially my first stab at the MSDN search gadget wasn't using any *real* API, but rather just formatting queries correctly and hoping that the format would stay the same.

Well, when you do this you run the risk of things changing.  For MSDN (and TechNet) search, things have changed 3 times now.  Mike Ormond points out that another change breaks the default MSDN gadget that I had created.  He's posted a fix that works for him (until the next change) and should for others.

Thanks Mike for posting the fix!

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brad abrams kicked off some webcasts regarding silverlight over on msdn.  you should check out the on-demand as well as the upcoming webcast series...

Kickoff Webcast:

designers:

developers:

i love the title of the last one "how to work alongside a designer" -- makes it sound like it is going to be a therapy session.

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i'm surprised how much is going on in the month of december...usually it is pretty idle...but this is my largest travel month.

after just visiting the and the (thanks to both for hosting), i'm off tomorrow to redmond for the silverlight firestarter event.  i come home just in time for our annual festivus party which i'm super excited for.  i've been storing some prizes that i've gotten throughout the year and am stoked for this weekend.  i'm pissed at myself for not getting t-shirts made this year...argh...oh well, i hope everyone enjoys themselves nonetheless.

after that i'm heading to los angeles all next week to chill with the Phizzpop Design Challenge folks.  i just got a new hd camera and am hoping to talk to some design folks throughout the week (side note: any suggestions for software for vista that can edit hd content from an xh-a1 are appreciated).  i hear master chief might even make an appearance out there!  in the middle of the week i'm heading down to irvine i think to hang with woody for their installfest.

i won't be at the phoenix barcamp, but if you are in the area and want to share something, you should head over to the barcamp phoenix...a great group of peeps putting that free event on as well!

i then come home for the weekend, breathe (maybe), hug my kids, wash some clothes and then head out to riverside for the for some chatting.  i hope you all show up for this one and heckle me...i'll be tired enough so my guard might be down ;-) -- i am also bringing a new zune to give away -- perfect timing for the holidays.

i'll have some downtime after that and then we have a full day of .NET-ness in phoenix on 20 DEC with the MSDN power series event and another installfest.  whew!  just maybe i'll have some time -- in between that i have some "use it or lose it" vacation time i need to squeeze in.

if you are in any of these areas the same time i am, let me know and maybe we can hook up a nerd dinner or something.

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due to some feedback, microsoft has added an msdn/technet event to the phoenix area on 26 SEP 2007.

for msdn, the topics covered in the half-day session are:

please join us and register for both the technet and the msdn event!  they are both free events!

register for technet

register for msdn

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thanks to for prodding me about updating the msdn search sidebar gadget.  i had found this issue as well myself when i realized it wasn't working anymore.  well, it was because msdn went through a redesign and their urls changed...so much for scraping :-)

well, i updated mine and i'm sure is swamped and may not have a chance to update his (and i didn't want to redist his code, but here's what i did).

on mine you can just download the new one here: MSDN Search Sidebar Gadget

when i say "mine" it is just a basic typical gadget.  nikhil's was written using his which is fantastically awesome.  he also has some UI updates.  which one is better?  they both yield the same result...i actually use nikhils because his UI is better...i'm merely updating mine here for the masses (same download link).

on to nikhil's changes required.  if you want to just update the currently installed one, go to C:\Users\<youruserid>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets and look for the installation point.  on my machine it is called "MSDNSearch.gadget" and open that folder.  in there you will find an MSDNGadget.js file.  go to line 26 and change:

http://search.msdn.microsoft.com/search/data.ashx?&query={0}

to

http://search.msdn.microsoft.com/search/Feed.aspx?query={0}&feed=rss

boom, then you are done.  if you want to modify the script# project, then open the MSDNSearch.cs file and make the same change to the SearchUrlFormat private string on line 13.  then you can recompile and all is well.

hope this helps...and thanks for the nudge mike!