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25 Jan 2012   Updated: 25 Jan 2012   Rating: 4.99/5    Votes: 30   Popularity: 7.37
Licence: CPOL    Views: 46,997     Bookmarked: 16   Downloaded: 0
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Welcome to our continuing series of Code Project interviews in which we talk to developers about their backgrounds, projects, interests and pet peeves. In this installment we talk to Michael Dunn
Desktop Programming
ATL
6 Dec 2001   Updated: 9 Dec 2001   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 56   Popularity: 8.59
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A detailed tutorial on writing your own Explorer namespace extensions.
16 Nov 2000   Updated: 1 Jun 2002   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 36   Popularity: 7.60
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An index of all the articles in the Idiot's Guide
26 Mar 2000   Updated: 15 Mar 2006   Rating: 4.92/5    Votes: 190   Popularity: 11.05
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A step-by-step tutorial on writing shell extensions
28 Mar 2000   Updated: 15 May 2006   Rating: 4.97/5    Votes: 46   Popularity: 8.17
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A tutorial on writing a shell extension that operates on multiple files at once.
2 Apr 2000   Updated: 24 May 2006   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 23   Popularity: 6.61
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A tutorial on writing a shell extension that provides custom drag and drop functionality.
7 Apr 2000   Updated: 24 May 2006   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 29   Popularity: 7.26
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A tutorial on writing a shell extension that adds pages to the properties dialog of files.
19 Apr 2000   Updated: 26 May 2006   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 32   Popularity: 7.46
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A tutorial on writing a shell extension that can be used on the Send To menu.
10 Sep 2000   Updated: 31 May 2006   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 28   Popularity: 7.17
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A tutorial on adding columns to Explorer's details view via a column handler shell extension.
28 Oct 2000   Updated: 2 Jun 2006   Rating: 4.95/5    Votes: 42   Popularity: 7.88
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A tutorial on writing an extension to customize the icons displayed for a file type.
1 Nov 2000   Updated: 3 Apr 2001   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 6   Popularity: 3.89
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This article shows how to add your own pages to Control Panel applets by writing a property sheet handler.
14 Feb 2003   Updated: 14 Feb 2003   Rating: 4.94/5    Votes: 37   Popularity: 7.74
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How to manage submenus in a context menu extension
1 Jul 2000   Updated: 27 Jul 2000   Rating: 4.91/5    Votes: 512   Popularity: 13.27
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A tutorial for programmers new to COM that explains how to reuse existing COM components, for example, components in the Windows shell.
22 Feb 2001   Updated: 3 Apr 2001   Rating: 4.56/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.17
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A utility that lets you browse to a MS Knowledge Base article right from the Run dialog
MFC
29 Nov 1999   Updated: 29 Nov 1999   Rating: 3.00/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 1.81
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A combobox that encapsulates the functionality of CRecentFileList
29 Nov 1999   Updated: 30 Nov 1999   Rating: 4.93/5    Votes: 227   Popularity: 11.58
Licence: CPOL    Views: 1,392,413     Bookmarked: 511   Downloaded: 8,193
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Using the custom-draw features in version 4.70 of the common controls to customise the look and feel of list controls
29 Nov 1999   Updated: 29 Nov 1999   Rating: 4.67/5    Votes: 14   Popularity: 5.04
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A control that shows drive names and icons like Explorer
29 Nov 1999   Updated: 29 Nov 1999   Rating: 4.83/5    Votes: 12   Popularity: 5.03
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24 Nov 2000   Updated: 13 Dec 2002   Rating: 4.90/5    Votes: 103   Popularity: 9.86
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A step-by-step description of how to drag and drop files between your application and Explorer windows.
29 Nov 1999   Updated: 29 Nov 1999   Rating: 4.86/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.32
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The CSeparator class is an enhancement to standard static text controls that duplicates the look of the Office 97 products' options screens, like Word
WTL
31 Mar 2008   Updated: 31 Mar 2008   Rating: 4.92/5    Votes: 13   Popularity: 5.13
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No, that's not a typo
19 Mar 2007   Updated: 19 Mar 2007   Rating: 4.92/5    Votes: 67   Popularity: 8.88
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A library and a visual editor that make it easy to build task dialogs and use them in your C++ applications
18 Dec 2006   Updated: 18 Dec 2006   Rating: 4.91/5    Votes: 48   Popularity: 8.08
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Using the TaskDialogIndirect API to show feature-packed dialogs that help the user make a decision.
6 Dec 2006   Updated: 29 Dec 2006   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 61   Popularity: 8.63
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How to use Vista's new file open and file save dialogs with WTL.
2 Oct 2006   Updated: 29 Dec 2006   Rating: 4.86/5    Votes: 99   Popularity: 9.53
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How to add glass to your application's main window.
5 Oct 2006   Updated: 29 Dec 2006   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 18   Popularity: 5.88
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How to use power status notifications to make your applications conserve power when necessary.
12 Dec 2006   Updated: 29 Dec 2006   Rating: 4.85/5    Votes: 19   Popularity: 5.97
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Using the Vista TaskDialog API as a replacement for MessageBox
19 May 2009   Updated: 19 May 2009   Rating: 4.90/5    Votes: 42   Popularity: 7.79
Licence: CPOL    Views: 110,776     Bookmarked: 85   Downloaded: 1,768
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An intro to using jump lists with your Windows 7 applications
29 Jun 2009   Updated: 29 Jun 2009   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 21   Popularity: 5.88
Licence: CPOL    Views: 67,795     Bookmarked: 36   Downloaded: 1,188
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Create custom tasks in your app's jump list on Windows 7
14 Sep 2009   Updated: 14 Sep 2009   Rating: 4.97/5    Votes: 55   Popularity: 8.17
Licence: CPOL    Views: 131,358     Bookmarked: 113   Downloaded: 3,757
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An intro to using Taskbar progress bars and overlay icons with your Windows 7 applications
21 Feb 2011   Updated: 21 Feb 2011   Rating: 4.94/5    Votes: 38   Popularity: 7.80
Licence: CPOL    Views: 115,709     Bookmarked: 117   Downloaded: 3,242
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A tutorial that shows how to get started using the Ribbon in your applications
27 Apr 2011   Updated: 27 Apr 2011   Rating: 4.92/5    Votes: 25   Popularity: 6.87
Licence: CPOL    Views: 38,471     Bookmarked: 28   Downloaded: 1,229
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This article describes how to lay out controls in the Windows native Ribbon
18 Jul 2011   Updated: 18 Jul 2011   Rating: 4.91/5    Votes: 15   Popularity: 5.77
Licence: CPOL    Views: 38,835     Bookmarked: 38   Downloaded: 2,591
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This article shows how to control various Ribbon and command properties at runtime
11 Sep 2011   Updated: 11 Sep 2011   Rating: 4.89/5    Votes: 15   Popularity: 5.75
Licence: CPOL    Views: 50,912     Bookmarked: 46   Downloaded: 2,432
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This article demonstrates new button and menu features of the Ribbon
20 May 2007   Updated: 20 May 2007   Rating: 4.91/5    Votes: 51   Popularity: 8.29
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Busted features? APIs failing? Use this guide to get your IE plugin up and running again in protected mode!
26 Mar 2003   Updated: 22 Dec 2005   Rating: 4.97/5    Votes: 157   Popularity: 10.90
Licence: CPOL    Views: 601,597     Bookmarked: 233   Downloaded: 5,975
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WTL programming for MFC developers - frame windows.
21 Mar 2003   Updated: 22 Dec 2005   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 299   Popularity: 12.26
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An introduction to WTL programming for MFC developers.
19 May 2003   Updated: 10 Jan 2006   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 87   Popularity: 9.57
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A tutorial on hosting ActiveX controls in WTL dialogs.
12 Sep 2003   Updated: 13 Jan 2006   Rating: 4.94/5    Votes: 67   Popularity: 8.96
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A guide to creating property sheets and wizards in WTL
10 Jul 2003   Updated: 18 Jan 2006   Rating: 4.95/5    Votes: 85   Popularity: 9.48
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A tutorial on using WTL splitter windows and pane containers.
8 Feb 2006   Updated: 8 Feb 2006   Rating: 4.99/5    Votes: 77   Popularity: 9.24
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A tutorial on using GDI and common dialogs in WTL.
16 Jun 2006   Updated: 16 Jun 2006   Rating: 4.95/5    Votes: 39   Popularity: 7.71
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A tutorial on using drag and drop in your WTL application.
24 Jun 2001   Updated: 20 Jul 2001   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 28   Popularity: 7.09
Licence: Not specified    Views: 364,138     Bookmarked: 86   Downloaded: 2,643
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How to use WTL's built-in support for resizable dialogs
11 Apr 2003   Updated: 22 Dec 2005   Rating: 4.94/5    Votes: 79   Popularity: 9.35
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The basics of using toolbars and status bars in WTL applications.
26 Apr 2003   Updated: 22 Dec 2005   Rating: 4.97/5    Votes: 106   Popularity: 10.01
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Using dialogs and controls in WTL.
26 Apr 2003   Updated: 31 Dec 2005   Rating: 4.96/5    Votes: 85   Popularity: 9.55
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Using the new WTL classes that implement advanced dialog UI elements
4 May 2006   Updated: 4 May 2006   Rating: 4.93/5    Votes: 23   Popularity: 6.52
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How to handle the extra application buttons on keyboards and mice
6 Oct 2002   Updated: 12 Oct 2002   Rating: 4.95/5    Votes: 160   Popularity: 10.84
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A guide to the string wrapper classes provided by Visual C++ and class libraries
2 Dec 2001   Updated: 3 Feb 2002   Rating: 4.89/5    Votes: 8   Popularity: 4.42
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An advanced utility that scans computers for missing hotfixes, and helps you download and install them.
Programming Languages
C++
26 Dec 1999   Updated: 27 Oct 2001   Rating: 4.88/5    Votes: 55   Popularity: 8.45
Licence: Custom    Views: 446,678     Bookmarked: 137   Downloaded: 7,709
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A tool for viewing clipboard and drag-and-drop data
31 Aug 2000   Updated: 30 May 2006   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 31   Popularity: 7.39
Licence: Not specified    Views: 492,195     Bookmarked: 127   Downloaded: 5,046
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A tutorial on using owner-drawn menus in a context menu shell extensions, and on making a context menu extension that responds to a right-click in a directory background.
26 Nov 1999   Updated: 26 Nov 1999   Rating: 4.85/5    Votes: 20   Popularity: 6.09
Licence: Not specified    Views: 205,904     Bookmarked: 64   Downloaded: 4,059
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An easy-to-use wrapper for the Win32 SHFileOperation function
15 Jul 2001   Updated: 27 Jun 2003   Rating: 4.94/5    Votes: 74   Popularity: 9.23
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A list of frequently-asked questions taken from the C++ forum.
11 Jan 2001   Updated: 3 Apr 2001   Rating: 4.97/5    Votes: 151   Popularity: 10.77
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A tutorial for programmers new to COM that explains the internals of COM servers, and how to write your own interfaces in C++
27 Jan 2000   Updated: 27 Jan 2000   Rating: 3.00/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 1.43
Licence: Not specified    Views: 158,688     Bookmarked: 64   Downloaded: 0
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How to test your Unicode program with foreign-language characters on Windows 2000
19 Jan 2001   Updated: 14 Feb 2001   Rating: 3.45/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.08
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An editorial about year 2000 issues and why they are still relevant today
6 Dec 1999   Updated: 17 Mar 1999   Rating: 4.73/5    Votes: 11   Popularity: 4.73
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Save time and impress co-workers with these great keyboard shortcuts
29 Feb 2000   Updated: 24 Dec 2002   Rating: 4.92/5    Votes: 41   Popularity: 7.93
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A shell extension that deletes compiler temp and intermediate files.
4 Oct 2002   Updated: 4 Oct 2002   Rating: 4.94/5    Votes: 215   Popularity: 11.48
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A guide to the multitude of string types used in Windows.
26 Nov 1999   Updated: 26 Nov 1999   Rating: 3.55/5    Votes: 9   Popularity: 3.39
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A macro to help alert you if unreachable is ever reached
XML
15 May 2002   Updated: 24 May 2002   Rating: 4.58/5    Votes: 8   Popularity: 4.14
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A Code Project screen saver written in Win32 API
Web Development
HTML
18 Jan 2007   Updated: 29 Jan 2007   Rating: 4.32/5    Votes: 35   Popularity: 6.38
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This article shows a Vista Sidebar gadget that you can use to browse the APOD site and view previews of each day's picture.
6 Feb 2000   Updated: 6 Feb 2000   Rating: 4.95/5    Votes: 8   Popularity: 4.47
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A wrapper class for the progress dialog provided by IE 5.
29 Mar 2000   Updated: 17 May 2006   Rating: 4.91/5    Votes: 21   Popularity: 6.50
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A tutorial on writing a shell extension that shows pop-up info for files.
29 Nov 1999   Updated: 29 Nov 1999   Rating: 4.95/5    Votes: 12   Popularity: 4.95
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22 Apr 2001   Updated: 16 Jul 2005   Rating: 3.93/5    Votes: 58   Popularity: 6.93
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The Code Project SearchBar gives you quick access to the Code Project site, and lets you do searches at any time, from any web page.
2 Sep 2001   Updated: 6 Dec 2001   Rating: 4.67/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.23
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This article demonstrates redirecting output of a child process, and displaying a web browser UI using DHTML.
27 Dec 1999   Updated: 27 Dec 1999   Rating: 4.93/5    Votes: 39   Popularity: 7.68
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This article presents two methods of using the URLDownloadToFile function in IE3+ to download files.

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Software Developer (Senior) VMware
United States United States
Michael lives in sunny Mountain View, California. He started programming with an Apple //e in 4th grade, graduated from UCLA with a math degree in 1994, and immediately landed a job as a QA engineer at Symantec, working on the Norton AntiVirus team. He pretty much taught himself Windows and MFC programming, and in 1999 he designed and coded a new interface for Norton AntiVirus 2000.
Mike has been a a developer at Napster and at his own lil' startup, Zabersoft, a development company he co-founded with offices in Los Angeles and Odense, Denmark. Mike is now a senior engineer at VMware.

He also enjoys his hobbies of playing pinball, bike riding, photography, and Domion on Friday nights (current favorite combo: Village + double Pirate Ship). He would get his own snooker table too if they weren't so darn big! He is also sad that he's forgotten the languages he's studied: French, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.

Mike was a VC MVP from 2005 to 2009.