Attention Web Developers and Designers

Microsoft is organizing a new event called MIX 06 in Las Vegas on March 20-22nd, 2006. A lot of things are going on the web including new business models, new technologies and a logical evolution that people are calling Web 2.0. If you work on this space this is the time to learn about the new stuff….


Moving to Seattle – what about the rain?

When I moved to Seattle in August of 2004, all my friends from Austin, TX told me i was going to turn into a mushroom. You know, Seattle has a reputation of getting too much rain. In my first week here, I remember a T-Shirt I saw at a Pike Place Market store which read: “Seattle Rain…


Free trial hosting for ASP.NET and SQL

If you are interested in learning about web development with .NET, Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition (yeah, it’s a long name) is an awesome tool (and free), but you might also need hosting to see your work live. The web team is offering a no-obligation 30-day hosting account that includes 50Mb of disk space and…


Java is a Dinosaur?

Mike Hall in our embedded division blogs about a Business Week article published today about the decline of Java technology and how .NET and “simpler languages” like PHP are gaining more acceptance. The article quotes insteresting numbers from IDC, Evans data and others that demonstrate the growth of .NET as an enterprise platform. Check it…


Visual Studio Extensibility – did you know there are over 200 VSIP partners?

Many developers love the Eclipse platform in large part because of its extensibility: an ecosystem of partners that have built plug-ins and the ability to create your own plug-ins. At the same time, Visual Studio is perceived as a closed platform, while in reality it provides a high degree of extensibility and a very rich…


.NET Framework 2.0 soon in millions of computers near you

After the launch of the .NET Framework 2.0, it became available as an optional download via Windows Update. For ISVs and developers building commercial and shareware applications this is awesome news because it means there is a higher likelihood a customer evaluating or purchasing your software won’t have to go through the process of downloading…


Tons of free resources to learn Visual Studio 2005

For years, Microsoft has focused on the experienced professional developer. With the launch of Visual Studio 2005 there is a big change in that we are extending our focus to lifecycle developers at the high-end but also at beginners, tire-kickers, novices, students, or experienced developers who want to evaluate new technologies. Now there are all…


Internet social networks put people in power

I found this very interesting: Thomas Hawk posted on his blog about a pretty bad experience with an online camera retailer that apparently has been extremely abusive of him as a customer. (Some unethical retailers post very low prices to try to sell expensive accesories, more like forcing you to buy them otherwise cancelling the…


Coding 4 Fun

Check out the Coding 4 Fun video at Channel 9 where Dan Fernandez and Brian Keller talk about the site and some cool projects including game development, Wireless security keys, GPS programming and more. Make sure you visit the Coding4Fun site where you fill find lots of cool and interesting stuff including the intorduction to development…


GotDotNet party in Redmond

The Gotdotnet team is throwing a Birthday Party and all Gotdotnet users are invited! The party will occur at the Microsoft Visitor Center this Friday, November 18, 2005 between 6PM and 10PM. For more event details, see or visit the Gotdotnet homepage.