Update: Getting started Resources

A few days ago I posted about the many resources Microsoft makes available to developers and how we can improve on making them easy to find.Nektar made a comment suggesting 5 points for Microsoft to help developers learning our technology. Proving my assumption that we do lots of things that developers are unaware of, here…


Anders as Austin Powers

Awesome pic from Scott Wiltamuth’s blog  

Imagine Cup 2006 registration is live!

Last year 17,000 students worldwide competed in the World’s premiere student technology competition. The quest for the 2006 Imagine Cup begins today. This year’s competitions include Software Design, IT, Short film, Algorithm, Visual Gaming and Interface Designer. For more info go to the Imagine Cup site at theSpoke.

Mind blowing (astronomy)

I was reading today this article on space.com about the discovery of a Neuron star which is formed when a star burn out and collapses into itself but somehow it does not become a black hole as previously thought stars always did. Let me give you some numbers: Our beloved Sun is huge. “The Sun’s…


MSDN Search hits an important milestone

One of the top requests we hear from developers is to improve search on our MSDN site. I am happy to announce today we are launching the beta of a vastly improved search with three new capabilities. You can try it at the Visual Studio Developer Center.What is new? The feature I am more excited…


Funny Visual Studio video from Korea

Ja Young Lee, a product marketer in Microsoft Korea created a developer song with funny flash animation for the launch and posted it on their launch site. It’s hilarious! – You can find other Microsoft marketers and 5 MVPs in the animation. I hope you enjoy it. Here is the translation for part of the…


Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 have shipped!!

Both are now what we call RTM (Release to Manufacturing), which means developers who have an MSDN subscription will be able to download the final releases probably within a few hours and that we are sending the final bits to duplicators to produce many CDs and DVDs to have them ready for our big Launch…

What will LINQ do for me?

When we announced LINQ at the PDC a few weeks ago, it was not entirely clear to many how it would present an advantage for developers who are already proficient with SQL. This week Anders Hejlsberg did a quick internal demo where he built an application using C# that queried a window process, joined the…


Many free resources to get started with Visual Basic

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,…


Java and .NET Security compared

The university of Virginia has published a report available here that compares Java and .NET security. One of their key conclusions “Where Java evolved from an initial platform with limited security capabilities, .NET incorporated more security capability into its original design. With age and new features, much of the legacy code of Java still remains for…