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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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Can a developer get a discount for Microsoft products? [closed]

If I would start to focus on the .NET platform and be self-employed, then I probably would like to have some Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2010 licenses just for the development ...
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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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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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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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Does Microsoft really offer “support”? [closed]

One of the arguments against using Open Source is that there is no "support". However, do big vendors (e.g. Microsoft) really offer "support" of any kind? I'm sure there is some sort of 4-figure-per-...
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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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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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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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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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How long was Microsoft working on .NET before they released it?

With the whole CLI, CTS, CLS, etc., not only did they release a powerful platform/infrastructure, but they released all the specs that describe it etc. It supports potentially infinite myriad ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I transition to a job using the Microsoft stack? [closed]

I graduated from university with a computer science degree (BSc), having done some C, C++, Java, Python, and Oracle along the way. I did some freelancing while I was at university and carried this ...
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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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When is it appropriate to use Microsoft's Enterprise Library (EntLib)?

I'm not exactly sure when to use Enterprise Library, and when not to... and that is making me not learn it at all. I feel that I have enough of a reason to start learning then perhaps one day I'll ...
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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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Microsoft SDE Interview vs Microsoft SDET Interview and Resources to Study [closed]

I have always heard that SDE interviews are much harder to crack than SDET. Is it really true? I have also heard that if candidate doesnt do well in SDE interview he is also sometimes offered SDET ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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if I use .NET Framework for my application, do I have to pay anything to Microsoft?

I am planning to develop an enterprise application using .NET Framework. I will sell that application to other companies. Do I have to make any payment to Microsoft, like royalties or something else?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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What is the history behind the .NET platform's origins?

I watched Douglas Crockford's JavaScript talks recently, and at one point, he said that Microsoft did not consider JavaScript important because they saw the web as a passing phase of internet usage ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Credibility of Windows azure architect program from Sundblad & Sundblad

I am planning to attend the Windows Azure Architect Program from S&S. http://www.windowsazurearchitect.com/ Although the website says it is a Microsoft Training Program, not sure how much ...
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Why is WCF is called Windows

I'm wondering why it isn't called Microsoft Communication Foundation. Does it rely on Windows and will it rely on Windows in the foreseeable future?
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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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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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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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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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Sql Server: Compact and LocalDB Denali

Does anyone knows the differences between these ones? http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/editions/express.aspx (Look for CTP3 LocalDB in the page) http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/...
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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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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 ...