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Microsoft is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington that develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing. Microsoft is known for producing the Windows Operating System, Microsoft Office suite, Xbox gaming system among other product lines.

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Am I understanding the new C# naming conventions right?

A couple months ago, Microsoft updated their C# Naming Conventions (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/csharp/fundamentals/coding-style/coding-conventions). As the developers of C#, I consider ...
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What does it mean to implement a development framework?

I've seen this in the context of Microsofts SDL (Secure Development Lifecycle). Is it just those 12 practices and if the team follows those, you can say you implemented them? Are there any "hard&...
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How to produce different versions of a software manual from the same MS Word document? [closed]

I am trying to create different versions of a software manual from a single source which is in MS Word format. Is it possible to do this algorithmically or must it be done manually for every version? ...
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Simplest Architecture to separate UI and business logic on Windows

I guess the goal of separating UI and business logic goes way back. I found a Martin Fowler article, from nearly 20 years ago, which is pretty clear about the benefits of the separation: https://www....
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Is it a good idea to make common Electron libraries available globally on Windows? [closed]

I build and run many Electron apps on Windows. I noticed that all of them have the same common api files / libraries to run. They all take about 30mb of space. I'm thinking of installing these files ...
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how to provide search feature on website with ASP.net application

I have an old website (https://www.recordsforliving.com/) with a search feature. Up until recently, it was running on Windows 2012 server, and used Microsoft Index Server, and ... OleDbConnection ...
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What is the difference between end of support and end of life?

SQL Server 2008 reaches its "end of support" date next year: 7/9/2019 But it reaches end of life much later: 7/31/2023 link What is the difference? Is this terminology common to Microsoft, or to ...
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What does this statement about C# and Java being half of a language mean? [closed]

In the article: Why POCO, there is this sentence: Maciej Sobczak puts it well: “I just don’t like when somebody gives me half of the language and tells me that it’s for my own protection”. I don't ...
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Microsoft or Open Source? [closed]

Why do some companies prefer private Microsoft solutions when in the majority of cases there are open source solutions or free software for them? What does Microsoft offer that the open sourece or ...
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Why is there such a fight for companies to produce new languages + frameworks

There's currently a huge growth in larger companies offering new languages and / or frameworks for us to use to create websites, apps or software and I'm interested to know for what reason do people ...
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Why the name MailboxProcessor in F#?

It seems that the standard practice is to immediately alias MailboxProcessor<'T> to Agent<'T>. So why the name in the first place anyways? Why don't they just call it Agent<'T>, if ...
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Why is .NET VM based? [duplicate]

Java has been designed to run on a virtual machine to allow portability for programs. However .NET has been designed from the start specifically for Windows. Than what is the reason for .NET ...
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Sign up user using Microsoft Exchange Account in Node.js MongoDB

I have a question about whether a programming technique is at all possible. Most of the apps these days come with sign up with Facebook, Twitter or gmail functionality. My company has its domain ...
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Best approach to write windows service

We got a situation where we need to write a windows service using c#, the service need to be install on a particular -single- server. Also service need to communicate with a DB to access certain table ...
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Does Microsoft still have C++ container limitations when passing to DLLs? [duplicate]

Microsoft has had a fair amount of trouble in the past when passing STL containers like string and vector pointers and references to DLLs. See, for example, You may experience an access violation when ...
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Use of NOLOCK on Microsoft SQL Server

The (NOLOCK) optimizer hint is well known by most SQL developers for setting the isolation level so that tables with rows or escalated page locks can be read. I've always known about the bad and ugly; ...
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Should I avoid using 'break' during a coding interview? [duplicate]

I have an upcoming internship interview with Microsoft and, although I rarely use break in my own code, it does simplify things a lot of times and bring me to a solution faster when coding on the ...
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Web Forms and MVC in the same web project

I'm working in a large legacy project which was build with ASP.NET Web Forms and the idea to add in the MVC libraries to the same project has been tossed around. I know that this is possible (there ...
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What made BASIC profitable? [closed]

In the 1970s, a man called Bill Gates developed an interpreter for BASIC: the Altair BASIC. Per my understanding, he was able to persuade the guy in charge of a microcomputer company to include the ...
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Where do service implementations fit into the Microsoft Application Architecture guidelines?

The guidelines discuss the service layer with its service interfaces and data/message/fault contracts. They also discuss the business layer with its logic/workflow components and entities as well as ...
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How Microsoft Market DotNet? [closed]

I just read an Joel's article about Microsoft's breaking change (non-backwards compatibility) with dot net's introduction. It is interesting and explicitly reflected the condition during that time. ...
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Why did Microsoft abandon IronRuby and IronPython? [closed]

Several years ago, Microsoft announced that Ruby and Python were coming to .net. The projects were called IronRuby and IronPython, respectively. Microsoft said that the projects would be built on ...
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Need a simple compact program to execute few commands

(On Windows 7 64 bit)... I am looking for a program, something similar to the default Windows Terminal, what I need it to do is: Load text from a given URL, split the code in two variables and then ...
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What is the difference between Microsoft.Web.Helpers and System.Web.Helpers?

What is the difference between Microsoft.Web.Helpers and System.Web.Helpers? Did one take the place of the other (same thing, different version/name), or are they separate things. If so, how do they ...
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Why isn't there a private deployment option for the .NET framework? [closed]

Here are reasons why one would want this: 1) We often don't use all the dlls but we force customers to install the entire .NET framework. It would be great to just deploy the dlls we need. 2) We ...
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C++ or C#: Which language is Microsoft going to use in development of future Windows versions? [closed]

I heard almost all parts of Windows are written in C and C++ with some assembly. Why did Microsoft skip C#? Is there any scope for C# in the development of future Windows versions?
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Is MSDN / Azure Active Directory information available in different formats?

I'd like to read the documentation of Azure Active Directory on my kindle (or similar device), but don't want to use "Print to Kindle" for each and every page. Is the Microsoft documentation for this ...
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Microsoft Public License vs MIT?

I'm working with a new plugin (flexbox), and I ran into the MS-PL license, which I had not run into before. In the past, I've used mainly MIT and Apache licensed projects, so I have no idea what the ...
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Why does Internet Explorer have so many incompatibilities with other browsers?

Internet Explorer has a number of proprietary features that aren't found in other browsers as well as a number of incompatibilities with the standards. Does anyone have an idea what is the cause of ...
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Microsoft Dev Centre accounts [closed]

Looks like Microsoft is offering a special offer of 95% of the yearly subscription for the Phone Dev Centre (I didn't say anything about desperate). What I was wondering is do you need a seperate ...
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Which things I need to purchase to develop and distribute application to customer in .Net

This is the first time I got one customer and I am developing one application for him in c#.net and winforms. I want to distribute .net framework with my application since customer may not have it ...
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Webservice Return Generic Result Type or Purposed Result Type

I'm building a webservice which returns JSON / XML / SOAP at the moment.. and I'm not entirely sure which approach for returning results is best. The Client Consuming the Services will generally be ...
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Why is the use of the STE template no longer recommended for EF5?

I was looking to upgrade my project from EF4.1/Framework 4.0 to EF5/Framework 4.5. After reading up on migrating the t4 templates for STE's (Self-Tracking Entities), I came across this link that ...
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microsoft .Net license

Am about to start coding using microsoft .Net technologies, am just worried about the license, so if I compile my code using the .Net compiler "not visual studio" can I distribute, sell or use my ...
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Why doesn't Microsoft release UX frameworks to build UI's like their current UIs?

When I started learning programming with the .NET framework, I started by using WinForms as a UI technology. It uses “classic” menus just like this office 2000: A few years later Office 2007 was ...
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Future of WPF and free controls ? [closed]

I am willing to work on a personal project that I would like to release publicly. I am working with Silverlight and have experience with XAML, as it is my full-time job. It is enjoyably for me to ...
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Where does Microsoft currently stand on dynamic languages? [closed]

With languages Python and Ruby still having a good foothold in the market what is Microsoft's current stance on dynamic languages? Does Microsoft have any plans to incorporate or invent it's own ...
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Can I use metro style interface in my own web application?

I am wondering if I would need to license the Metro style or if I can just freely use it in my own applications. I mean, is it patented or protected in any way that would prevent me from building my ...
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Is Microsoft Prism alive and active?

I've been doing a lot of reading these last two days on Microsoft Prism, but the thing I'm still not very sure of is what does the future look like for it? I know that version 4.1 was just released a ...
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INI files or Registry or personal files?

I want to save the configuration of my project which includes Screen size Screen position Folder paths Users settings and so on. The standard places where you can save these are configuration values ...
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Justification for learning/implementing newer Microsoft technologies [closed]

I work at a large healthcare organization as a mid-level software developer. I have over 10 years experience in the IT industry using Microsoft technologies (ASP.NET & SQL Server). When I go to ...
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Is Visual Source Safe (The latest Version) really that bad? Why? What's the Best Alternative? Why? [closed]

Over the years I've constantly heard horror stories, had people say "Real Programmers Dont Use VSS", and so on. BUT, then in the workplace I've worked at two companies, one, a very well known public ...
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Do CDNs (such as MSFT and Google) act on the referrer header sent by clients?

Will my site be automatically indexed, or search ranking affected based on my use (or non use) of the Google/MSFT CDN? My clients will be sending them the referrer header which I may or may not want ...
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Is it possible to release Code using the MS Solver Foundation under GPLv3?

I have written a piece of software using the Microsoft Solver Foundation. Now the work is done I want to release the code under the Terms of the GPLv3, if that is possible. The problem is, the GPLv3 ...
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What is (was) an update channel?

I was checking out what version of Firefox I'm using and it was telling me that I'm on the 'release update channel'. So I googles "Update Channel" and I finds this seemingly antiquated MSDN ...
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What's the best way to learn the MS Business Intelligence stack? [closed]

What's the best/easiest way to get into the MS BI stack on my own (preferably with a [kindle] book)? Specifically, I'd like to learn more about SSIS, SSRS, and SSAS in that order. I've tried looking ...
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I want to sell my software [C# desktop application] but I was Stuck in licencing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: if I use .NET Framework for my application, do I have to pay anything to Microsoft? I have developed a desktop application called "Institute Management System" which has ...
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Which Resource Would Be Best for Learning C# / .Net? [closed]

I'm a PHP / Java / Objective-C programmer, looking to finally learn some MS technologies, to increase my marketability, etc. I am looking at these two books, can anyone experienced in the field ...
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Small Basic vs Microsoft Small Basic [closed]

Are Small Basic (SB) and Microsoft Small Basic (MSB) related or is this a confusion based upon similar names? I have read that SB is written in C and is GPL. The oldest date on SourceForge is 2004 ...
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What technology is used to build "Visual Studio 11"?

A preview of the new "Visual Studio 11" was recently shown at Microsoft's BUILD conference. Out of interest, what technology is being used to create it? I assume it's not WinRT (which I've been led ...
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