Welcome to my new home on the Microsoft Developer Tools and Services blog site


Hi, everyone. The Microsoft Developer Tools and Services folks have been kind enough to give my blog a new home. The new site has a mobile-friendly design, and redirections have been put into place¹ so that links to the old site will come here.²

The Developer Tools and Services folks also created a really nice graphic for me, which I’ve put at the top of the home page, though you don’t get the full effect unless you’re on a large screen. Sorry.

I’m still trying to figure out the new site, so don’t be surprised if there are things that look weird. In particular the formatting of most posts is messed up. I’m working to fix them in my copious spare time, but it will take a while to update over 5000 articles. I’m working backwards, so the oldest posts will be the last to be updated.

The new site doesn’t give me as many customization opportunities as the old site did, so my SVG and CSS magic diagrams may not come out right. I’ll work with the blog hosting folks to see how much of it I can get working again, but my first goal is to fix the worst of the formatting issues.

One thing you’ll probably notice is that comments from the old site were not carried forward. Sorry.

If you have other questions about the blog migration, you can check the Developer Blogs FAQ to see if they’re answered there.

If you have questions about the new blog site that are not answered in the FAQ, you can ask them here and I’ll try to find answers to them.

¹ Redirections for posts from February and March of this year haven’t yet been set up. Thanks for your patience.

² This blog has moved so many times, you can probably get some sort of frequent-traveler reward for going to a really old link and redirecting through multiple sites before finally landing here.


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    • ChDF T

      Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer. I’m not affiliated with the blog team or Microsoft.
      EU data protection law requires that users have the option to delete content they submitted. On the old blog that was done through a “request removal” button below each comment, when logged in as the author.

      Carrying the comments over would mean that there would have to be a way to identify the authors of old comments in the new blog system. I guess, that this is a non-trivial problem given that the new blog seems to use another authentication mechanism for Microsoft Accounts.

      • Chris Crowther

        It seems to use one that actually lets me use my work profile to login to the blog, whereas the old one didn’t.

    • Ji Luo

      My psychic decoding: If the old comments are carried over, it’s much harder to deal with comment deletion requests (authentication and stuff, cuz the new site uses a different account system). Citing the previous post: “It would be a lot of work and we are lazy.”

      • Gunnar Dalsnes

        GDPR is not retroactive so all comments before 25 May 2018 could at least be carried over:-) But yes, lazy.

        • Samuel Bronson

          Or even … all comments on posts that had comments closed by then, no?

  • Brant Gurganus

    I do appreciate that you set up redirects. Many sites are just lazy about that or don’t get most of that in place before they make the switch.

    • W S

      It would be nice if they just kept the old site up without redirects, at least for a couple of weeks so archive.org can get a copy. The comments are often almost as good as the main post and losing them is very sad. Comments on most of the posts going all the way back to the .net era should be in the archive except for a little stint where comments came from silly javascript and failed to archive properly.

      Archive.is supports archiving from Google cache, I’ll try to save as many as I can on there…

      • W S

        Most of them (from the last couple of days) should be on Archive.is now. A couple of comments missing here and there and all comments from “What order are pages in a memory-mapped file flushed out to disk?” are sadly gone (1 visible in Bing cache, at least 8 gone).

  • David Gardiner

    Can you please change the RSS feed to include full post content, rather than just a summary?

    • Don Hacherl

      Yes, definitely.  It’s not that I’m trying to avoid your really nice title page graphics, but having content show up inside the RSS reader saves me from a burdensome two extra mouse clicks.

      • Diamond Zircon

        Also, full posts gives me a nicely sorted archive without the bother of filtering emails, nor of wondering which mad path I saved last year’s posts under… I need to have a word with the person in charge…

    • oldnewthing@andreparames.com

      +1, this was jarring when I first saw the new posts. If I find the post interesting I’ll click it anyway.

    • Raymond ChenMicrosoft employee

      I asked the server people if they could change it, and they did! Do be aware that I am even less in control of the blog server than I was on the old site.

  • Ian Boyd

    I was hoping that one day that back-end system would understand `MarkDown` in comments, and retroactively re-format correctly done markdown as styling.

    Little did i guess that a stray country would mandate that all that valuable knowledge be purged from the Internet everywhere. 

  • Ji Luo

    The RSS feed is producing duplicated entries in Outlook… But that’s not a big deal — only the recent ones are duplicated.

    • Diamond Zircon

      It’s not just you; I use SeaMonkey for RSS and I have dupes (but not all of them) back through March 4th. Probably some get resent when a blog moves house.

  • Gunnar Dalsnes

    I really miss number of comments on front page. The rating is gone too, but that I don’t miss as much.

    • cheong00

      It seems when logon IE11 my account name is correctly displayed as cheong00 (the display name), then in Chrome it uses my full name instead.

      Really strange.

      And as I changed my full name, I found that I can no longer edit/delete my posts.

      Is it using name instead of some kind of userid to distinguish between accounts? //horror

      EDIT: Seems “Edit/Delete” is only available during the same session as you posted the message. After you re-login these buttons are no longer displayed on the post you made in previous session.

      The only way to edit is still in “All My Comments” section. 

      • cheong00

        Okay. I found my first comment in “All My Comments” section of my profile to delete it.

        The “user name” of the post now changed from my full name to “anonymous” now. I guess I’ll settle the settings like that for now.
        And here’s the original message in the first comment:

        “Oh a WordPress site. Not really see that coming. For some reason when I try to post message with IE11, as I’m typing the message the switch out the focus, the textarea become readonly and I can’t type in anymore. But since I see a lot of error throwing out in debug window, I guess we can conclude IE11 is no longer supported here.”

        • cheong00

          I tried to send comments regarding issues I encountered on this site, the greeted with “Recipient address rejected: Access denied [BL2NAM06FT010.Eop-nam06.prod.protection.outlook.com]”
          Perheps the most important thing when Raymond have chance to talk to them is that their email address (devblogsfeedback@) is not accepting (some) external mail.

          • Raymond ChenMicrosoft employee

            Yup, the server team is working on it. In the meantime, they recommend using the Feedback button in the bottom right of every page.

  • Steve Mansfield

    When you’ve clicked on a link and gone into reading a post, there doesn’t seem to be any route back to the listing of posts other than the browser back button. And yes, it’s a shame that the titles get truncated on the front page. Other than that, nice refresh and I’m sure we’ll all get used to the new look & feel soon enough!

  • Jernej Simončič

    Is there any way to fix the order of comments? Newest on top is annoying.