ViaWindowsLive – 2007 summary

Being the last day of 2007 and all, I thought I’d do a recap on the ViaWindowsLive community site.  Since we launched the Beta site on September 7, we’ve had 27 articles sumbitted by you..keep them coming. Article Contributions John O’Brien (7) Bronwen Zande (4) Derek Chan (3) Daniel Wissa (2) Vasudev Gurumurthy (2) Beth…

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Reseeding autonumber columns in SQL Server

Here’s one I always have to look up. You’ve cleared out all the data in your tables and you want to set the autoid back to the beginning…or you want to start it at a particular number. DBCC CHECKIDENT is the command for you. E.g. command signature: DBCC CHECKIDENT(table_name, RESEED, new_value)usage: DBCC CHECKIDENT(Customers, RESEED, 0)

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Using CutePDF to save some trees

While helping out on a project, I ran a few unit tests.  When it ran, my collegue remarked, “There’s the letter coming out of the printer now”. I was a bit surprised and asked if there was a config setting to prevent it from printing everytime i ran the tests.  Unfortunaly no was the answer….

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Maybank – Live Agent

Came across “Agent M” today on this blog.  “Agent M” is a Windows Live Agent to help it’s banking customers with enquiries, faqs etc.  If you want to have a play with it just add m.m2u@maybank.com.my to you Live Messenger friends list and start asking questions etc. I love seeing new examples of agets.  I’ve played…

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Clockwatchers

After working at home, for ourselves, on fixed priced work for over 12 months I’m finding it difficult to work in an office again.  It’s not just feeling cut off from the world…it the change in mentality. In an environment where everything is measured in time and not deliverables your focus quickly changes. Instead of…

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Tafiti Search Visualisation Released as QuickApp

Bored this Christmas and looking for something cool to play with? How about playing with some very new code that combines Silverlight and Windows Live Services. If you haven’t played with it you should: http://tafiti.mslivelabs.com/ And the big announcment today is the source code is available for you sink your teeth into: http://codeplex.com/WLQuickApps So if…

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C# developer in a VB.Net world

What do you do when you’re a C# developer plunged into a world of VB.Net?  The project I’m working on requires me to use VB.Net.  Which isn’t too bad most of the time but the syntax can be quite different.  My new best friend is this online converter: http://labs.developerfusion.co.uk/convert/csharp-to-vb.aspx. Put in how you’d do things…

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Wed 5 – Exam review and buying toys

Today was my big adventure out to Microsoft campus..started off not so well when my cabbie had no idea where to go and drove around in circles.  Lucky a nice catering lady showed us the way…otherwise i may still be driving in circles 🙂 The VE exam review was really interesting and glad I took part..though not…

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Mon 3 – Made it to Seattle

After lots of flying and waiting in airports I made it to Seattle.  Almost came without a jacket and my ipod but John was really nice and went home and back to grab it for me. Qantas has got lounges in the gate waiting lounges now…really good when you get there early and just want to lay…

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