"Lost" and found

Where have you been? Assuming I haven’t lost all my readers by now, due to my silence, this seems to be a reasonable question. Does anyone out there watch “Lost”? I ended up getting hooked in the beginning and now I can’t avert my eyes. As I wrote this blog, I felt the “Lost” series…


RTM of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Client App Deployment)

I wanted to thank all the ISV’s, VAR’s, and SI’s I have spoken with and those who have replied to my requests for soliciting feedback on Client Application Development (e.g., Software as a Service (SaaS) and Rich Internet Applications (RIA)). This release has a number of significant features and bug fixes. The RTM announcement may be…


Configuring Visual Studio to Debug .NET Framework Source Code

Earlier I posted a link to the announcement on ScottGu’s blog about the framework source availiability for debugging. I wanted to follow-up with my experience using the reference source. I found the installation instructions on “Configuring Visual Studio to Debug .NET Framework Source Code” on Shawn Burke’s blog. I assume there is some official MS site…


Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 RTM

It’s official.  We have released to manufacturing. I am personaly very excited about the Add-in addtions to the BCL, but you can also find over 250 new features in this release (e.g., LINQ).  Check out the new release here.


.Net 3.5 for ISV’s, Channel 9 video

We have modified the Soapbox video by moving the WPF on BCL Add-in model demo to the start of the video and we have posted this updated video to Channel 9.  The video will also be on the Channel 9 home page for a while. From James, “Several weeks back James Vastbinder was able to…


What’s new in the .Net Framework 3.5 (Orcas)

Visual Studio (VS) 2008 and .Net 3.5, code named “Orcas”, will be released in the near future.  This release includes a number of new features and bug fixes.  The release includes new major features such as LINQ, Cider (The VS WPF designer), “Crossbow” (WPF and WinForms interoperability), and my personal favorite, the Managed Add-in Framework,…


Is he getting on his Soapbox again?

Last year, I did a webcast when I was attending an SI (Solution/System Integrator) Architect conference in Paris. Ah, Paris in the spring, love the Champs-Elysees and the Aviation club in particular. The webcast was done as part of an ISV webcast series. I blogged about this webcast previously but I received a number of…


Lights, Camera, Action!

Another Paris Hilton, Pam Anderson, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, or Political video? Nope, Sorry.  All business on this site.   I was recently interviewed by James Vastbinder, an ISV Platform Strategy Advisor for Microsoft. We discussed the needs of ISV’s and what’s new in the pending Orcas release (i.e., CLR v3.5 and Visual Studio 2008…


We saved the best for last!

VS 2008 and .Net 3.5 Beta 2 (code name “Orcas”) is now available. Here is the link to download.   I am extremely excited about this release due to a number of features that I have been passionately advocating on behalf of the customer for several years. For all those customers who have been asking…


Add-In’s (CLR and VSTA)

We have gone through some naming changes with WinFX and .Net.  And we have gone through a few on the MAF (Managed AddIn Framework), the WinFX AddIn model and System.AddIn.  The previous are all terms we use to discuss the Add-In model in the broad sense.  I admit, with my carpel tunnel, MAF is a…