My time at the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference (PDC) 2009

What is it? The PDC has traditionally been held when Microsoft has something big to announce instead of an annual event.  In the past that meant announcing the .NET Framework in 2002, Longhorn in 2003, Office 12 in 2005 and last year’s PDC announcement was Windows Azure. My first PDC was in 2005 and it…

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Getting Geeky with Windows 7! My house party and visiting Best Buy on launch day.

Best Buy Windows 7 Launch One of the great things about working at Microsoft is the company has so many customers, regardless of what your role is people understand at least who it is you work for.  I work with developers and designers day to day on our application development stack but my relatives all…

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Coding .NET (including VS2010) on a Netbook

Why a Netbook? Several weeks ago I decided to go out and purchase a Netbook.  A Gateway LT Series Netbook to be exact.  Why you ask?  For starters Netbooks are the fastest growing pc market and more customers will be using those netbooks over the coming months.  As a developer I was curious to see…

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Are you a developer or designer in the NJ/PA/VA area? I’m hitting the road and would love to meet you!

Over the next three weeks I will be packing it up, hitting the road, and talking directly with Developers and Designers like you!  From Philly to Norfolk to Harrisburg to Pittsburgh I’ll be showing off in person everything Expression Studio 3, Silverlight 3 and Windows 7 can bring to your applications.   MSDN Mid-Atlantic Roadshow…

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How to install cool, custom fonts (like PDC09) into Windows and use it in your Silverlight application (or even Microsoft Word)

Whether you are someone who leans more towards design or coding you have probably come across the need for some interesting fonts.  Typography is a fascinating area with a long history dating back to the origins of print.  When we look at creating an engaging user experience today we are often trying to make a…

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How much will I REALLY save on Cloud Computing?

At the Philly Cloud Computing usergroup last night Chris Rolon, a local Azure wiz, showed off a new application from Neudesic called Azure ROI.  This freely available application takes the currently announced Azure pricing and allows you to play with numbers around what your usage would be.  Want to see what it would be like…

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Windows7 was just released for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers. Oh happy fresh, Windows install day!

The downloads just went live a few minutes ago!  If you are an MSDN or TechNet Subscriber you can download Windows7 now. The downloads include both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions as well as Ultimate.  I can’t help but feel such excitement downloading a fresh new operating system and installing it across my machines.  Brings…

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How do I enable my Silverlight 3 application to run Out of the Browser?

This question has come up a couple times recently during my presentations and I wanted to point a potential snag you may hit.  In order for Silverlight to run Out of the Browser (OOB) it needs to have an xml manifest file included in your project. The file looks like this… You can have this…

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