Bringing UX to Developers – .NET Users Group Presentation

I had the opportunity to present at the Metro Toronto .NET User Group last Wednesday. Even it was the first snow of the winter in GTA, but there were still more than 40 people showed up to listen to my talk on “Building for People: 5 Practical Tips for Creating Great User Experience.” I was…

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Your satisfaction matters…and it’s clear that we need to do better!

Hi Everyone, In the sprit of being transparent and building connections, I thought I would share my teams mandate and goals with you.  My team is responsible for one key goal in Canada and that is to build your trust and support you in a manner in which to earn your satisfaction with Microsoft.   We…

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Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, PART 3

Note:  This is the third post in a three post series on succeeding as a professional in IT during a recession. Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes.  There’s an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement savings, disposable income and…

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Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, PART 2

Note:  This is the second post in a three post series on succeeding as a professional in IT during a recession. Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes.  There’s an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement savings, disposable income and…

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Finding Opportunities in a Recession Economy, PART 1

Without a doubt, most of us are experiencing the most serious economic recession in our lifetimes.  There’s an awful lot of uncertainty that goes with that; everything from our retirement savings, disposable income and job security.  IT as an industry is certainly not immune to these worries and as professionals in this space, I’m sure…

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Silverlight FAQ from TechDays

Thanks for everyone who came out to the Toronto and Montreal TechDays. The three Silverlight sessions in both cities are extremely popular with long line-up of people wanting to ask questions about after the presentations. Robert Burke (Silverlight Samurai Skills presenter in Toronto), Laurent Duveau (Silverlight Samurai Skills presenter in Montreal), and I (presented Silverlight…

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Dana Epp on the Microsoft SDL Threat Modeling Tool

Earlier today at Microsoft Tech·Ed EMEA 2008 – Developer in Barcelona, we announced the launch of the SDL Optimization Model, SDL Pro Network and the Microsoft SDL Threat Modeling Tool 3.1 Beta! You can read more about this announcement here or you can read more at the Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Blog. To better…


Canucks at PDC – Jeff Atwood on Stack Overflow

I love Stack Overflow. If you haven’t visited this site, you really owe it to yourself to fire up a browser window and check it out. So, what is Stack Overflow and why should you care? Well, Joey deVilla and I bumped into Jeff Atwood at Microsoft PDC and asked him exactly that question. Download(s):…


SharePoint for Developers Now Available on MSDN Ramp Up

MSDN Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based program that can help you save time in learning Microsoft technologies like SharePoint and Visual Studio. Additionally, it helps Java or VB 6.0 developers get up-to-date quickly on the .NET Framework. Recently, the folks who own MSDN Ramp Up updated the content and added a new track;…


Canucks at PDC – Michael Klucher on XNA

My fellow Developer Advisors and I are huge fans of XNA. It’s one of the coolest technologies out there. At Microsoft PDC, I dropped by the XNA booth and chatted with Michael Klucher (AKA, MechaDragon) about this amazing technology: Download(s): WMV FWIW, my GamerTag is TropicOfCanada. Looking for an easy kill? I’m your man.