E-Learning virtual lab woes

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from people who are having difficulty logging into our virtual labs. The login issues are mainly two fold. Users can’t find the login information as it is not posted in an obvious place. The password itself is difficult to enter for people in non-english speaking countries, as…

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Ten advantages of an ORM (Object Relational Mapper)

Updated,   Here’s a list of ten reasons why you should consider an ORM tool. Now not all ORMs are created equal, but these are key features that a first class ORM will handle for you.  1. Facilitates implementing the Domain Model pattern (Thanks Udi). This one reason supercedes all others. In short using this pattern means that…

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Tips for building plugins

In my last org I did a lot of work with plugins. Plugins can be a great way to solve a host of business problems within an application especially relating to extensibility and deployment. However there are a bunch of gotchas to be aware of that when not addressed can signficantly impact the performance and debuggability…

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Free .NET 3.0 e-Learning

We just launched a set of 3 e-Learning clinics covering core components of the .NET 3.0 framework including Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly Avalon), Windows Communication Foundation (formerly Indigo) and Windows Workflow Foundation. If you are a guru with .NET 3.0 then these clinics probably are not for you, however if you are familiar with .NET…

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FAQ: What is e-Learning?

Whenever I meet people in the industry at conferences, etc, I always ask them this question, ‘What is Microsoft e-Learning?’. I usually get a varied set of responses from a web casts, to online books, to the MSDN. I put together this small FAQ of what we are, and what we aren’t and how we build…

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A few (well maybe more than a few) things about me

Hi. My name is Glenn Block and I’ve been at Microsoft for almost a year. I came from the dev world where I worked in mostly small companies and startups for the past 10 years (and 1 or 2 large orgs) as a software engineer and architect. Coding is my passion, I love to make things work.  A little history… …

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