Featured blog: Developernotes.com

My buddy and former employee (intern) of mine, Nick Parker, has his blog http://developernotes.com featured on the Visual C# Development Center: Blogs page, along side the C# team’s own blog; our wonderful Microsoft Developer Network blogs you’re reading now; and some of the leading C#, Common Language Runtime (CLR), and XML developers in the world…. Read more

Spaces.msn.com comes online

Spaces.msn.com is a new MSN service that ushers Microsoft into the growing blog space and offers several nice features, such as sending messages from a mobile device via SMS to be published immediately or entered as a draft. I decided to give this a try with a personal blog and can’t wait to see what… Read more

Featured Visual C# MVPs

As I was routinely perusing the Microsoft Developer Network today I ran across a novel idea: a list of featured Visual C# MVPs. As a former Visual C# MVP myself (before coming to work for Microsoft), I think this is an excellent idea. MVPs are like the right hand of Microsoft, reaching out to the developers… Read more

Wireless Gaming

In preparation for the biggest release in entertainment history – Halo 2 – I finally decided to buy a wireless bridge. The Linksys Wireless-G Game Adapter (WGA54G) seemed a little pricey at first glance, but after using it tonight I think it’s well worth it. Not only should Wireless-G (802.11g) be around for a while, but… Read more

Attack of the Tegenaria Gigantea!

No, this isn’t about another campy 80’s flick, but about the Tegenaria gigantea, or “giant house spider”. Dubbed the world’s faster spider by the Guinness Book of World Records, this rather large spider is commonly mistaken for the Tegenaria agrestis, or “hobo spider”, which is commonly mistaken for the Loxosceles reclusa, or “brown recluse spider”…. Read more

And the Winner is…

Tonight was the first time I’ve played Texas Hold’em and gambling with an actual cash buy-in. The first game was cut short but I took a portion of the winnings split between two of us (the other guy had to leave). The second game was full of daring actions from all players. At one point… Read more

The Smart Client Revolution

MSDN TV has posted a video about .NET Smart Client Applications and “the buzz around the .NET Smart Client Application Revolution.” Well, call me a revolutionary then since having architected such a large-scale solution during the .NET 1.0 RC2 I was doing ths several years ago. While I no longer work for the company I can attest… Read more

Improvements to Localization in Visual Studio 2005

Designing and developing applications for the global economy can often be difficult, but the .NET Framework made globalization and localization much more simple. In Visual Studio 2005 resources are handled a little bit differently, providing you – the application developer – a class you can easily use throughout your application to access resources as their native Type. One… Read more

Now Blogging on MSDN

For almost as many years as I can remember, I’ve spent my days on the outside looking in. But now I’m here at Microsoft and with my very own blog associated with my most favorite site on the ‘net: the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). Before coming to Microsoft I was the software architect for a startup… Read more