What is an evangelist (Developer Evangelist in my case)?

Dictionary.com defines “evangelist” this way (there are three other definitions but they are very similar to this one): “A bringer of the glad tidings of Church and his doctrines. Specially: (a) A missionary preacher sent forth to prepare the way for a resident pastor; an itinerant missionary preacher. (b) A writer of one of the…

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What is a Microsoft MVP?

Well, let’s start by getting out of acronym land: Microsoft MVP = Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. The official MVP program website is here. First, I don’t work in the MVP program so what I’m about to say is, in some cases, my perspective on the program and it may not reflect the feelings/opinions of the…

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Microsoft and developer support……

I think that some MVPs and a very small percentage of Microsoft employees misrepresent these groups because it makes them feel more important and/or makes the program look very desirable to those on the “outside”. This has a positive and a negative effect: Positive – many developers desire to be in the group so they answer many questions…

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If you could make Microsoft do five things for developers…..

Robert Scoble believes that MSDN Magazine is like the PDC  (in terms of content) but a cursory glance at the articles over the last 17 months doesn’t support that claim. There wasn’t a single issue in 2003 with content (that made the cover – most articles are referenced on the cover) focused on future technology. Three of five…

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.NET Application Foundation?…….

Stefan Demetz wants Microsoft to create an Apache Foundation like organization for .NET developers. Here are a few observations (and my personal opinion) regarding the .NET community: Personal opinion: Microsoft should be a supporter and active participant in the .NET community. Microsoft should NOT be the community. That said, you obvioiusly can’t please everyone – people…

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Have you used the Eclipse development tool?

If you have used Eclipse then I’d love for you to post some comments to tell us all what you like so much. What features exist in Eclipse that aren’t in VS.NET or WebMatrix that you’d like to see included? I’d love to hear your opinions on the subject.

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To Webcast or to hold a local event?

I would like to know if developers are more likely to watch a webcast or attend a local event (assuming the topic is the same and it is of interest to them? Personally, I like the local events because there is more to be gained from the event than just technical information. The networking and other…

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Microsoft is missing the SDLC boat….big time….

I think Visual Studio .NET is a pretty darn good IDE. Don’t get me wrong, it has it’s quirks (anyone else have to use TaskManager to ‘Switch To’ VS.NET when it becomes “stuck” in the task bar?) and idiosynchracies that I could do without. All in all, though, it has a lot of great features…

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Looking for web based bug/defect tracking software…..

And I’m having a hard time finding one I like. I am interested in what you folks have used for web based bug tracking software…? Please give us all some good links, etc. in my comments section as I’m sure others are interested in this as well. I’d like something that is written with .NET and is…

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Do you miss ASPToday.com?

For those of you who didn’t have a subscription to the site, I wrote a monthly column on ASPToday that focused on various software development issues. Shortly after Wrox went into liquidation and ASPToday.com was “turned off”, I had a handful of people send me email directly to voice their concern about ASPToday.com. Now that…

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