One of the key areas of my job is to help developers who want to learn Visual Studio find all the resources we have available for them. Very quickly after I joined Microsoft 15 months ago I realized one of our problems is that we have too many resources for developers produced by different groups, and that we have a long way to go to find the best way to present all this information to developers.
Especially for a new developer, it is hard to discover everything we make available (often for free) on the vast MSDN site, Channel 9, GotDotNet, Asp.Net, Msdncontent.com, our Support group, Microsoft Learning and so on.
On a recent thread on Joel’s forum , someone was looking for a free training video to get started with Visual Basic. Here are the resources I recommended:
– Introducing ASP.NET 2.0
– Introducing Microsoft® Visual Basic® 2005 for Developers, and
– Writing Secure Code, 2nd Edition
Two things are very evident: One, that we have excellent resources for beginner developers and second that all these resources are in different sites. We also need to do a (much) better job in promoting our partner’s rescources. In the next few months we are making a number of improvements to start to solve this problem. If you have any ideas or comments I would love so hear them!