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When it comes to Microsoft Accreditation, what does 'retired' actually mean? [closed]

If one has completed 3 out of 4 exams for an MS certification, but that certification is 'retired' by MS before they can complete the fourth, does this mean there is no way to achieve the ...
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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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Does WinRt have support for .Net Framework and Wpf? [closed]

I want to find out if WinRt does or not support .Net Framework? WinRt does or not support WPF? Our company has developed applications using WinForms and they want to have them also running on ...
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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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Can Microsoft be held liable for releasing a bad browser? [closed]

I've basically had it with Microsoft releasing a new browser every time they feel like it, I've had to re-code and debug countless websites to comply with new features that Microsoft has implemented ...
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An intern interview with Microsoft [closed]

I'm currently in my second year(Computer Science and Mathematics). In two days I have an interview on campus with Microsoft. I'm a bit nervous, because this will be my first in person interview. I ...
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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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how to get accepted at a big company like google [closed]

I'm 18 Years old; I started teaching myself programming when I was twelve. I've developed many projects in PHP, Javascript, Ruby, Ruby on Rails. I know a very little about C, C++, Objective C and ...
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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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Are these good reasons for moving to Microsoft web development platform?

Background I do PHP and Ruby on Rails development in my spare time, and have learned quite a bit on my own. I chose those technologies because of the low cost of entry, since everything is ...
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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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Is it more difficult to upgrade your certification from SQL Server 2008 to 2012 than to get it from scratch? [closed]

I was wondering about the new MCSA certification on SQL 2012 and how it seems to be more difficult to upgrade your certification from 2008 to 2012 than to get the 2012 from scratch. Reason I think ...
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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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Does NaCl mean the death of Internet Explorer? [closed]

From the wikipedia - Google Native Client (NaCl) is a sandboxing technology for running a subset of Intel x86 or ARM native code using software-based fault isolation. It is proposed for ...
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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 there a massive other side to software development which I've somehow missed, revolving entirely around Microsoft? [closed]

I'm still a beginning programmer; I've been at it for 2 years. I've learned to work with a few languages, a bit of web development technologies, a handful of libraries, frameworks, and IDEs. But over ...
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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 ...
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Justification for learning/implementing newer Microsoft technologies

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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Test bed application for executing LinQ queries against AdventureWorks [closed]

I am looking for a "test bed" application which will help me to learn Linq by writing queries and immediately executing them against the AdventureWorks database. Why AdventureWorks? Because it is a ...
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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 article ...
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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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How many questions are on the 70-511 exam? [closed]

I'm preparing to take the Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 exam, but I'm not sure how many questions are on it. I know the exam should only take 90 minutes or so, but ...
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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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How do you study for MCPD? [closed]

my employer is encouraging us and even require us to take MCPD and get certified. They offer online ebook and practice exam from measureup.com but I get bored and tired when I read those self-paced ...
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Can we expect re-addition of Mobile SDK in future Visual Studio versions? [closed]

Microsoft stopped shipping the Mobile SDK in Visual Studio releases after the 2008 version. This wasn't a big surprise, as there were no takers for that feature and android made a big hole. But now, ...
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Will Metro-style Apps replace Desktop Apps? [closed]

Microsoft Windows8 supports new Metro-style apps, and Metro apps don't use Win32; they run on WinRT. I wonder if the Metro-style Apps was invented for only tablets. Does Microsoft hope that ...
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How hard would it be for Microsoft to support deployment of .net apps onto OSX and linux [closed]

Given the announcement of the windows 8 tablet edition and more details on the app store, it would be amazing if this infrastructure could be leveraged for the OSX desktop and or MonoTouch. ...
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What does Google or Microsoft get by hosting JS files on their Content Delivery Networks (CDN)?

As you know Google, Microsoft and jQuery.com offer JS files on their CDN. To do this, they must need to operate significant servers which must come at a cost to them. Why do they do this and what do ...
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Where can I read the original C# introduction paper by Microsoft? [closed]

When Microsoft presented .NET Framework and C# language in 2002, what was the first article to introduce C#? I'm looking for some paper published on MSDN or Microsoft website that would explain the ...
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Microsoft certifications

When looking through job postings I noticed some employers listing MCSD or MCAD certifications. Are these certifications correct ones for web developers? Which track should one choose?. I also noticed ...