Tafiti Source Code released to CodePlex

For those of you who enjoy using the Silverlight-based Tafiti front-end to Windows Live Search,  or would like to know how it works, the source code has been released on our Open Source portal CodePlex under the Windows Live QuickApps project.  The source code is provided under the Microsoft Permissive License (MS-PL) meaning that developers…


Thanks DDNUG!

I wanted to make a public THANK YOU to the Dallas .NET User Group for the very generous recognition award they presented me at last week’s meeting/Casino Party:   click on the picture to see a larger version I’ve never received a community recognition award before, and I’m very appreciative of the Dallas .NET User…


DDNUG Casino Party – Smashing Success!

Last Thursday night was the first ever DDNUG Casino Party, held at the Microsoft offices in Las Colinas.  As expected, the party was a smashing success!  Casino tables, food and fun were everywhere.  Omar – you totally outdid yourself!  A big thanks also goes to Improving Enterprises for sponsoring the catering.  The BBQ was excellent,…


Announcing Dallas TechFest – May 3rd, 2008

Thanks to all the hard work of Tim Rayburn,  Jason Ragsdale, Tim Stiles, Erik Weibust, Adam Keys and Jeff Rush (plus I’m sure many others) we can finally announce the upcoming Dallas TechFest! Mark your calendars today for May 3rd, 2008 at the Addison Conference Center. The primary focus of this TechFest is to bring…


WPF Soup to Nuts Series

For those of you interested in learning more about WPF, you should definitely check out MSDN Evangelist Bill Steele‘s WPF Soup to Nuts series on the MSDN Webcast Portal.  Garnering an average score of 8.5 out of 9 across all 18 installments, this is one of the best WPF primers out there today.  And at…


Redeem your InstallFest Codes Today!

I just checked the web site 2 minutes ago, and you can now redeem the codes you received at InstallFest for your free copies of Visual Studio 2008.  The code should be on the back of the DVD on the red sticker.  Technorati Tags: InstallFest


Expression Blend 2 – December Preview now available

Not sure how I missed this one, but Expression Blend 2 – December Preview is now available for download.  There are a bunch of new features (and hopefully bug fixes) in this release – you can learn more about it from the Microsoft Expression Blend site, and download it from the Microsoft Download site. Please…


Free HD DVDs for buying an Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

A few months ago, I gave into the pressue to get into the high definition DVD market and purchased a Microsoft HD DVD player for my Xbox 360.  Part of what tipped me over the edge was a promotion stating that everyone purchasing the player would get a free copy of King Kong in the…


InstallFest-ers – Fulfillment Site *almost* ready…

OK folks – as I mentioned at the Tulsa and Dallas InstallFest events last week, the product fulfillment website would open on Dec 10th.  Well – I went out there today, and they’ve moved the date to 12/12/07.  Nothing to worry about, AFAIK, but instead of signing up today, you’ll have to wait until Wednesday….


ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview Now Available

ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview : The Official Microsoft ASP.NET Site Get it while it’s hot – the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview is now available from the ASP.NET web site. Contained in this *preview* release are the following bits (description taken directly from the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions web site) ASP.NET MVC ASP.NET MVC provides model-view-controller (MVC)…