In a bit of daring do, I’ve decided to self-host my blog instead of having it hosted at MSDN.  This blog has been here for 2 years, but I’d really like to explore what it will mean to host my own blog platform, and experiement with some other technologies as well.  I’m still hosting on…


Get up to 25% off select Microsoft Certification exams

In this tough economy, are you looking to get ahead? Do you want to stand out? Microsoft Certification can help you pursue a new career in IT, move from one job role to another, or become indispensible in your existing role. Microsoft Certifications are continually evaluated and updated to ensure their relevance in the marketplace….


SQL Azure Database CTP Available

The official CTP for SQL Azure (a.k.a. SQL Data Services, a.k.a. SQL Server Data Services) has now been released into the wild!  Head over to the SQL Azure Team Blog to learn more, or directly over to the SQL Azure web site to request a token and get started! For those that don’t know, SQL…


Chris Tullier and Todd Girvin at PDC09

Not sure if everyone knows this, but SCD’s own Todd Girvin and Chris Tullier are teaming up to present a pre-conference workshop at PDC 09 titled Developing Quality Software using Visual Studio Team System 2010. If you’re planning on attending PDC, I’d highly recommend also adding a Pre-Conference registration to you trip and attending this…


Real World Azure with Microsoft IT

Come spend a day with us to explore Windows Azure™ – Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications – from a real world point of view! During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has learned migrating internal line-of-business applications to Windows Azure™. What is Windows Azure™? When should I use it?…


Who wants to win a Surface Table?

As you probably heard, Windows Marketplace for Mobile has been announced as a new offering for WinMo users.  In order to get some applications up there, The WinMo team at Microsoft has created a little friendly competition called the Race to Market Challenge.  When you submit your application to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, you’ll…


DevCares July – DotNetNuke

Hey everyone – got some great info about the upcoming DevCares event at TekFocus this week.  This time around the speaker is my good friend Jason Kergosien and he’s talking about DotNetNuke.  Here are all the details: DevCares July – DotNetNuke Click here to register Session: DotNetNuke With the advent of content management systems and…


Announcing Microsoft Tag API

Yesterday, the Microsoft Tag team announced the release of their Tag API.  The Microsoft Tag API allows anyone to create Tag from the web, the desktop, mobile devices. By using the Microsoft Tag Web Services API, you can programmatically access many of the same operations used on the Microsoft Tag Web site. Using Visual Studio…


Register NOW for Houston TechFest

Hey everyone – the Houston TechFest site is opened up for registration!  You can visit and get signed up and registered for one of 12 tracks including .NET (2 tracks), Java (2 tracks), Methodology, Agile, ALT.NET, Silverlight/WPF-specific, SharePoint, IT-Pro and a couple of “Special” categories.  I’ll be presenting 2 sessions: A Tour of Visual…


Thrive for Developers

Although the economic news is looking a little brighter, we know it’s still tough out there…. to help Microsoft has put together Thrive – a website that’s all about helping developers survive the recession and manage their careers in this tough economy. Thrive pulls together a ton of great resources to help you learn new…