March 2007 - Blake Niemyjski

  • XML Notepad 2007 (Version 2.3) Released

    Lately it seems that Microsoft is really focused on pushing regular updates to its XML Notepad application. XML Notepad 2007 comes with even more improvements over the semi recent 2006 release.

    • Tree View synchronized with Node Text View for quick editing of node names and values.
    • Incremental search (Ctrl+I) in both tree and text views, so as you type it navigates to matching nodes.
    • Cut/copy/paste with full namespace support.
    • Drag/drop support for easy manipulation of the tree, even across different instances of XML Notepad and from the file system.
    • Infinite undo/redo for all edit operations.
    • In place popup multi-line editing of large text node values.
    • Configurable fonts and colors via the options dialog.
    • Full find/replace dialog with support for regex and XPath.
    • Good performance on large XML documents, loading a 3mb document in about one second.
    • Instant XML schema validation while you edit with errors and warnings shown in the task list window.
    • Intellisense based on expected elements and attributes and enumerated simple type values.
    • Support for custom editors for date, dateTime and time datatypes and other types like color.
    • Handy nudge tool bar buttons for quick movement of nodes up and down the tree.
    • Inplace HTML viewer for processing xml-stylesheet processing instructions.
    • Built-in XML Diff tool.
    • Support for XInclude
    • Dynamic help from XSD annotations.
    • Goto definition to navigate includes and XSD schema information.
    Download ( XML Notepad 2007 )

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  • Microsoft to release FoxPro ‘Sedna’ as Shared Source

    Mary Jo Foley whose currently in Seattle at the Microsoft MVP summit has learned that "Microsoft plans to release by the end of this summer the Foxpro "Sedna" bits as Shared Source on its CodePlex code-repository site". For the complete article check out the source.

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  • Important Daylight Savings Time Update for Developers

    A while back I received an email from Microsoft regarding a Daylight Saving Time (DST) update, which will take place via Windows Updates sometime soon. I highly recommend that everyone takes the time reads the below message even if this does not affect you, because it may help someone you know.

    "Dear Valued Microsoft Customer,

    In 2005, the United States government passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This act changes the start and end dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) as of spring 2007. These changes may impact the way applications run. Microsoft is releasing an update for Windows through Microsoft Update that reflects these changes.

    Developers who use the .NET Framework may find their applications affected if the application uses the time zone information for historical purposes or if they have derived custom classes from System.TimeZone to provide custom time zone information. The standard System.TimeZone class provides a managed wrapper for the underlying Windows Operating System time zone functions.

    In addition, developers who use Visual C++ may find their applications affected if they use the CRT time functions, or the TZ environment variable. Microsoft is currently working on a fix for this issue and will post information about its availability on the Visual Studio Support page.

    Most applications that use these affected classes will not need to be modified as this update will ensure that the correct data is provided seamlessly to the application. However, applications that use these classes or the underlying Windows API to perform historical time look-ups will need to be modified. For more information, see the FAQ that follows.

    In most cases, developers who have extended the .NET Framework’s time zone support by creating custom time zone classes derived from System.TimeZone, or by direct access to the Win32 API, will not have to update their applications as long as the available updates to the operating system are applied. However, solutions that rely on private time zone data, or that retrieve system time zone information by accessing the registry directly, may need to be updated. Applications that deal with historical time zone data may also need to be updated.

    Microsoft advises all developers who make use of time zone data to test their applications against this update to ensure that their applications function correctly.

    For more information, see Preparing for daylight saving time changes in 2007 and KB928388: 2007 time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    Further Assistance

    Microsoft values your business.  For more information visit, or contact Microsoft for assistance.  A list of phone numbers is located at  Microsoft Premier Customers may engage their Technical Account Manager directly.

    Please DO NOT REPLY to this email as this is not a monitored inbox. If you have questions/inquiries please visit

    This e-mail is intended for distribution within the United States. Please contact your local Microsoft subsidiary for similar offerings outside the US.

    Thank you,

    Microsoft US Developer Team"

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  • Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista Released

    Microsoft earlier today released an Visual Studio 2005 SP1 patch that fixes certain application compatibility problems when running Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista.

    Download ( Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista );
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