WebMatrix & Razor: A new option for beginning developers

We’ just announced WebMatrix, a new, simple IDE to build and customize Web sites. As someone who believes we need to provide a better offering for beginners and non-professional developers, WebMatrix, and specifically, the Razor syntax is a huge leap forward. Given that most customers are familiar with HTML and JavaScript, being able to have…


Correcting Grammar for Microsoft Products and Technology

I see book authors, editors, bloggers, press, team members, and occasionally even a VP misspell our products, technologies, and features that I thought I would build and maintain a list of the correct capitalization and spelling of the most commonly misspelled Microsoft products and technologies. Sources: Internal site (brandtools) and the Microsoft Trademarks Web site….


Happy Valentine’s Day from Channel 9!

Yes, it’s Valentine’s day on Channel 9, time to have some more fun. Kudos to Laura Foy as this is her brain-child and of course Nic Fillingham and Larry Larsenfor some great cameo roles!


Visual Studio Documentary Part 1 & Part 2

I’m the last person to blog about this, but we’ve launched the Visual Studio documentary on Channel 9. I’ve embedded the videos below, Part 1 Part 2 We’re also doing the full length interviews with all of the participants that will be posted over the next few weeks We’re also going to be doing a…


Download Visual Studio Express Editions

 * Updated 3/31/2015 While this post was originally written in 2009, it still gets a ton of hits! Today, we have lots of new offerings for developers looking for free tools including Visual Studio Community Edition and updated Visual Studio Express Editions. I’ve updated the page with relevant links below Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition…


My Picks for PDC 2009

With a little over a month to go before Microsoft’s biggest and best developer event, I wanted to pick out which PDC sessions look super interesting (to me) this year: Dan’s picks Windows 7 Developer Boot Camp (Mark Russinovich, Arun Kishan)– I’ll be setting up some projects during this time, but it would be great…


Popfly Game Downloader Available

While it’s sad that Popfly is going away, it’s cool that the Popfly team put out (an unsupported) tool, Popfly Game Downloader, that enables you to download and run Popfly games offline. – Step-by-Step instructions on Coding4Fun – Project on MSDN Code Gallery   You can download any shared games, whether they’re your games or…


TweetCraft – A World of Warcraft Twitter client

After much ado, we finally launched TweetCraft, one of our new Coding4Fun applications. Shout-outs to the other members of the TweetCraft team – Gabor Ratky, Mike Sampson and Lincoln Anderson for building a kick-ass v1. TweetCraft Overview TweetCraft is an in-game Twitter client for World of Warcraft. TweetCraft has two major components: Windows client – A…


Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Cheat Sheet

  Hey folks, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is now available for the world to download and here’s your cheat sheet of links you’ll want to know about Download: Visual Studio Team System Beta 1, Web installer, VSTS Beta 1 ISO, .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1  Readme: VSTS Readme Installation Tips & Tricks: Be sure to…