New Video on Sharepoint and C# by Kathleen McGrath

Microsoft guru Kathleen McGrath has created an elegant and informative new video on SharePoint features found in Visual Studio 2010, Beta 2. In the video programming writer Norm Estabrook demonstrates how to create a model for the Business Data Connectivity service that returns information about contacts in a sample database. You can read Kathleen’s post…


Getting Started with IronPython

I recently spent some time getting IronPython up and running on my system; I will review what I learned in this post. Hosted inside an interpreter, Python belongs to the same family of scripting tools as VBScript, JavaScript, Perl and Ruby. You can fairly compare Python to a general purpose language such as C#. Developers…


Live Writer

Today I am testing various tools for writing blogs. Live Writer is in beta, and I want to see if I can use it to post a blog. If you are reading this, then my test worked. They have a set of forums you can read if you need help with the product.  I was taken…


CSharp “How Do I Videos (Podcasts)” for the Zune Software

It can be handy to create custom RSS feeds for the Zune so that it is easy to download and watch selected videos. You can watch these videos either on your PC, or on the Zune itself. Here is a custom feed I created that contains all the new C# 4.0 language and IDE How…


Community Convergence XXX

Welcome to the thirtieth Community Convergence. This edition has a wide range of articles on numerous topics and is not quite so narrowly focused on LINQ as most of the recent posts have been. The C# team has some wonderful bloggers, and one of the best is Eric Lippert. In this Community Convergence, Eric posts about the…


Tech Days Canada 2009 Call for Speakers

Peter Ritchie has posted about the upcoming Tech Days Conference in Canada, stating that you can contact him or Justice Gray about speaking slots in the Developer Foundations tracks if you are interested in the Vancouver or Toronto sessions. Click these links to Tweet @PeterRichie or @JusticeGray. Of course, you might just want to attend…


Video: Azure Services in Visual Studio Beta 2, Part II

This is the second in a series of three videos showing how Visual Studio 2010 provides support for the development and deployment of Azure Services applications. In these short How Do I Videos, I filmed Jim Nakashima as he demonstrated practical techniques for quickly deploying applications to the cloud. These videos will eventually be published…


Community Convergence LVII

Welcome to the fifty-seventh issue of Community Convergence. In this post I’ll focus on new articles from the C# team, as well as events taking place at PDC. From the C# Team Eric Lippert Closing over the loop variable considered harmful Three Umpires (The Compiler Calls ‘em as it Sees ‘em) Simple names are not so…


Community Convergence LIII

Welcome to the fifty-third edition of Community Convergence. Here at Microsoft the C# team is still busy polishing C# 4.0 so that is shines and glistens. Below I provide some links to recent articles of interest by C# team developers, other Microsoft employees, and community members. Included is a fun video by Kirill Osenkov on…