Merry Christmas, Happy holidays and Happy New Year!

It’s a pleasure connecting and supporting each and every one of you through the year, both personally and from a team perspective … I am lucky to have a role and great team that is focused on supporting and helping you make a positive difference in Canada.  I also feel so lucky to have this…

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I (Heart) WinDev: WPF Application Quality Guide v0.4

Yesterday, the folks at WindowsClient.NET posted an update to the WPF Application Quality Guide, a document that provides an overview of testing Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications and controls. The document is intended for developers, testers, and vendors who use Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). You can download a copy of this guide here (Word document,…


ASP.NET MVC Code Gallery Released

Joe Stagner, one of the people at Microsoft that I greatly admire wrote in his blog about this nice little gold nugget about the ASP.NET MVC Code Gallery being released. If you are a fan of the MVC pattern and you’re interested in using the ASP.NET MVC framework, this is a great place to start. …

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Out-Of-Band Hotfix Released For Internet Explorer

In an effort to enable organizations to have a predictable and timely schedule around patches, Microsoft implements a process whereby patches to software are released on the second Tuesday of each month. Out-of-band hotfixes are rare and are released to help resolve critical issues identified in the field. While we don’t normally post hotfix release notifications…


A (Quick) Web Developer’s View of Oxite

With weather conditions being what they are here in Calgary, I decided to spend some time playing around with Oxite, a blog engine written using ASP.NET MVC. Oxite is well suited for Web developers wanting understand out how to leverage some of the capabilities of ASP.NET MVC. However, it needs work. That stated, here’s a quick…


A Quick Word on the Tech·Ed 2008 North America DVDs from TechDays

In the Microsoft Tech•Days Canada 2008 learning kit, you received the full Tech·Ed 2008 North America DVD kit. Recently, Microsoft has released Silverlight 2 which is not compatible with the beta version of Silverlight that the Tech·Ed North America DVD user interface was built with. In order to continue accessing the content from the TechEd…


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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