Windows 8 App Contest

The holidays are definitely for spending time with family and friends however for me, when there’s an app/dev contest to win I can’t help but think about coding. It started innocently enough as a few members of my team said they had some ideas for an app and that building them and comparing notes (what…


Me and My Surface RT

What do you get when you combine a legendary company meeting with an edict from Steve Ballmer? Why you get a Surface RT of course (you were thinking of something else, weren’t you? Admit it!). Seriously though, there’s no denying the fact that 2012 is a huge year for Microsoft. One only has to look at all…


.NET SDK for Hadoop Update

If you’re doing any development in the “big data” space then you’ll want to be aware of an update to the .NET SDK for Hadoop. This release contains updated versions ( of Map/Reduce, LINQ To Hive, and a new WebHDFS client. This SDK currently contains an API for writing [Map/Reduce] jobs, as well as submitting…


ALM Summit 3

If you are an ALM manager, lead, or practitioner who is passionate about mastering your craft, you should register now to attend ALM Summit 3 this coming January 28 – February 1, 2013 at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Washington. When you attend the ALM Summit you will gain deeper insight into your application…


Upgrade or Die

Enhancements in technology move at a blistering pace now a days and before you know it that device which was once “state of the art” is now a museum piece. Of course there’s some hyperbole to that statement but some of it holds true. This movement can easily be found in mobile devices and carrier…


Windows Azure Community Event

On November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure community members. Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event will allow you to see how…


Introduction to TypeScript

I enjoy developing software in a multitude of languages although I will freely admit that I’m not a huge fan of JavaScript (or should I say ECMAScript?) by any stretch of the imagination. However, if you’re more familiar with that language than say, C#, VB.NET, etc. you now have the ability to create some very…


Team Foundation Service is Live

We all knew this day would come and so it has. Well actually that day was yesterday (10/31) but due to Hurricane Sandy I’m a day late. The Team Foundation Service (TFService) is now in production and pricing information can be found here. A few noteworthy items: The new URL for the service is….


Hurricane Sandy and My Windows Phone

I’ve lived through my fair share of hurricanes, snow storms and other natural disasters but after Sandy I could easily write a book that had an ending scene of epic proportions. Although Sandy was only a category 1 hurricane, you would’ve thought it was a category 5 as the wind that was generated and the…


Windows 8 Launches to the World

I’ve spoken to a few people here at Microsoft who were around during the Windows 95 launch and they say that the excitement around Windows 8 is similar if not greater than that launch. I wholeheartedly agree as the “buzz” is amazing. That really is an incredible accomplishment when you think of the impact that Windows 95…