Best Reason Ever for a Ridiculous Tattoo and a Mohawk…

I tend to keep this blog more professional, but since diabetes has affected so many members of my family, I tend to pipe up for the cause.  Also, hey, skinny white kid from my neck of the woods getting tattoos, piercings and a mohawk?  C’mon, that’s entertainment to boot!  So here’s the story…   I…

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Get ready to be inspired! PhizzPop Design Challenge in Chicago

The PhizzPop Design Challenge, hosted by Microsoft, is back for its second year, and we’re joining forces with The Chicago Convergence to deliver a top design competition you won’t want to miss. PhizzPop is a national interactive design competition with participation from top creative agencies. The Chicago event will take place on the evening of…

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VSTS User Group Meets in Chicago and Downers Grove Oct 29th and Nov 5th

On September 29, 2008, Microsoft announced that Visual Studio Team System Development Edition will be combined with the Visual Studio Team System Database Edition in Visual Studio Team System 2010.  Microsoft recognized that many developers write front end code in addition to working deeply with database code and database tables. Bringing the feature of Team…

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Latest and Greatest VSTS 2010 VPC Available Now!

Hey there all my techie friends!  In honor of PDC 2008, we have just made publicly available the FIRST CTP for Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0.  It is a Virtual PC image and there are some activation requirements which are well documented by Brian Keller’s blog (link below).  Download it today!  …

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MSDN Unleashed – SQL Server 2008 and Silverlight 2.0

MSDN Unleashed Join us at our MSDN Unleashed events for the latest tips, tools and technical information you need to build powerful applications and engaging user experiences. We’ll show you how SQL Server 2008 delivers new development capabilities, including support for Spatial Data types, a fresh storage mechanism and more. You’ll also learn how to…

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Microsoft ArcReady – Professional Patterns on the Job

Professional Patterns on the Job You’re smart. You deliver. What more could your company want from you?  Why don’t they come to you for the big technical decisions? Why won’t they listen to your proposals? It seems like everyone has an agenda and they’re doing everything they can to kill your great ideas. Join us…

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Great Article on Using TFS to Create a Robust Dev Environment

I just ran across a great article in Dr Dobb’s Portal written by Stephen Rylander, a peer of mine at CDW in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago.  In this article, Stephen shares his experiences around adopting TFS, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  OK, so it’s mostly good, but I really like that phrase…

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Can’t Go To PDC? Attend the MSDN Developer Conference

The nature of software development is radically changing… Are you ready? Prepare yourself for a demanding future. Attend the MSDN Developer Conference. Experience Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Platform Create applications that seamlessly bridge the gaps between PC, Web, and phone Be among the first to see Windows 7 See the latest advances in Multi-Touch Application Development…

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Channel 9 Videos I LOVE, Maybe You Will Too

Technorati Tags: Channel 9,LINQ,DSL,Domain Specific Languages,.NET Micro Frameowrk,Concurrent Execution,.NET Framework,PowerShell Channel 9 is just chock full of goodness.  I saw a few videos today that I really wanted to share and make sure people had a chance to hear about.  Check out anything that sounds good to you: Erik Meijer and Bart De Smet: LINQ-to-Anything…

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Silverlight and Expression Blend, New and Improved!

Microsoft® Silverlight™ Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (RC1) This package is an add-on for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 to provide tooling for Microsoft Silverlight 2. It can be installed on top of either Visual Studio 2008 SP1 or Visual Web Developer 2008 Express with SP1, and it provides a Silverlight project system for developing…

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