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Microsoft SQL server R Services GPL

R is licensed under GPL. How does Microsoft offer SQL R services without providing the source code for the SQL server. It does provide a the source for the R base packages. Does this mean that any ...
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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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Why does Microsoft have such a bad reputation with the people involved in open source? [closed]

Are there any particular incidents which are responsible for the low reputation Microsoft (and Bill Gates) has in the eyes of the open source community? Microsoft is clearly not the only proprietary ...
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Using Microsoft Contoso company for own examples in microsoft based products? [closed]

We are currently planning to create a 'preview' version for one of our asp.net mvc apps. Is it allowed to use a company like Microsoft's contoso for such a case (Branding etc.)?
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What is the term for IntelliSense in a non-Microsoft world?

When talking about IDE software or about what a programming language allows you to do or not at the source level, I often use the word IntelliSense, which has a precise meaning in the Microsoft world, ...
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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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In the world of .Net, managed code and the web is there still a place for VBA?

Microsoft has moved away from the COM stack, VB6 is so last century and .Net rules the (MS) roost. Yet I find myself still banging out reams of VBA code am I dinosaur? The need for VBA is a new ...
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Why do so few large websites run a Microsoft stack? [closed]

Off the top of my head, I can think of a handful of large sites which utilize the Microsoft stack Microsoft.com Dell MySpace PlentyOfFish StackOverflow Hotmail, Bing, WindowsLive However, based ...
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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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The need for source control software - Team Foundation Server? or something different? [closed]

Recently, Here at the company, more than one programmer was appointed in charge for a LightSwitch(C#) software development project and immediately there was a need of some sort of source control/sync....
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Using regions in C# applications [duplicate]

What is cons and pros using #region - #endregion tags in a C# application? Generally people are asking as disadvantages of using #regions. But I am asking if there is some advantages of #regions. I ...
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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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Qt's future in the light of Nokia-Microsoft partnership [closed]

In case you missed it, a lot has happened in the last two day that could potentially impact the Qt framework, for the worse. :-( It will impact the mobile sector in several and probably not currently ...
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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 is needed to deploy an application that uses Microsofts new LocalDB?

I'd like to know what microsoft components need to be installed for this new LocalDB to run on a users machine. Now in CTP3: SQL Server Express LocalDB LocalDB is a new lightweight deployment ...
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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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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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Why does Microsoft charge a fortune for its developer tools? [closed]

Microsoft charges thousands of dollars for most versions of Visual Studio. Compare this with companies like Apple and Google and with organizations like GNU and Eclipse that give away developer tools ...
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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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WPF vs. WinForms - a Delphi programmer's perspective?

I have read most of the major threads on WPF vs. WinForms and I find myself stuck in the unfortunate ambivalence you can fall into when deciding between the tried and true previous tech (Winforms), ...
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Best place to learn Component Object Model [closed]

I need to learn COM for my current project. I am a noob and I haven't been able to find good starting points for COM. I have been looking into MSDN and googling... I did find some interesting articles ...
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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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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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Are these good reasons for moving to Microsoft web development platform? [closed]

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 open-...
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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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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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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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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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What does an MSDN subscription offer? [closed]

I'm curious because I notice that the Ultimate subscription costs $12,000... for one year (after that, it's $3,800 to renew). Looking at the subscription chart, you do get quite a bit of software that ...
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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 ...
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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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Reason to use mingw win32 headers and libs with LLVM/Clang

Is there any good reason (except "GCC is better") to use the MinGW win32api/headers/libs with LLVM/Clang. Suppose that in two to three years, Clang has matured enough (in C++0x and performance) that ...
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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 ...