Where have you been, Jen?

I haven’t blogged in awhile (other than "come to this event" posts, which don’t count).  In addition to the lovely vacation I just took, there have been two major things that have been taking up my time this summer: I’ve been helping to organize the Ann Arbor Give Camp.  I’ve been cranking out webcasts.  I’ll…


Write your own games for the XBOX: XNA Development Videos

Back in September, I did a series of webcasts for Code To Live on XNA Development, which allows you to create games for either the XBOX or your PC.  Check them out: Part 1: Getting Started with the XNA Framework Part 2: Differences Between Windows and XBOX Game Development Part 3: The Five Essential Gaming…


Ann Arbor Give Camp

I am truly fortunate to be part of such an amazing developer community!  I am still reeling from the passion that I experienced at the Ann Arbor Give Camp last weekend.  The Ann Arbor Give Camp was a weekend-long codefest where developers, designers, and DBAs volunteered their time to create websites and applications for non-profit…


Celebrate Contribupendence Day on July 3!

My fellow developer evangelist for Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee – the great Jeff Blankenburg – had an extremely cool idea.  On Thursday July 3, the day before Independence Day in the United States, he is celebrating “Contribupendence Day”.  This is a day where we recognize the contributions of others by taking some time to…


Register for the Ann Arbor Give Camp!

The local software development community, in partnership with Microsoft, is throwing a Give Camp in Ann Arbor!  A Give Camp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. This custom software could be a new website for the nonprofit organization, a small…


Lansing Day of .NET

The Lansing Day of .NET will be held this Saturday, June 21, 2008.  Like previous Days of .NET, there is an amazing lineup of speakers.  Check out the session list – topics include WPF, WCF, Windows Workflow, Silverlight, the Dynamic Language Runtime, Windows Live, SQL Server 2008 development, LINQ, and various testing topics.  I’m going…


CodeStock 2008 – registration open!

CodeStock is a software development conference held in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 9, 2008.  The session list looks good, and there is a fabulous group of speakers.  The Grand Prize giveaway for one lucky attendee is Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite with MSDN Premium ($10K value)!  Register today!   


Featured Woman in Technology: Dianne Marsh

Dianne Marsh co-owns a software consulting company called SRT Solutions, with Bill Wagner.  They focus on learning and implementing new technologies to help their customers make technology decisions.  Dianne actively works with customers as a software consultant.  She typically enjoys back-end development and that which is "computationally intensive".  One recent project involved the University of…


Software Development Meme

I did not line up a Featured Woman post for today, but as luck would have it, I was tagged by Jeff Blankenburg to answer some questions about how I got into software development.  (These questions were originally posed by Michael Eaton here.)  So this counts as today’s Featured Women in Tech post, right?  :) …


Is your website ready for Internet Explorer 8?

In IE8, some default settings are changing in order to be more standards-compliant.  Make sure that your website will still render well!  Here’s the official announcement:  Consistent with our efforts to promote further interoperability across the Web, Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer 8 to render content in its most standards-compliant way by default. Giving…