Missed the PDC? Catch the content live at the MDC!

The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is one of my favorite conferences.  But it is an investment, especially when you factor in the cost of airfare and a week in a downtown LA hotel, in addition to the cost of the conference.  In today’s unstable economy, some people missed out on a lot of cool technical…

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Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2010: Making Testing Easier

During the Mark Mydland tour, we got a glimpse of the new features in VSTS 2010, with an emphasis on the new features around testing for both developers and testers.  Here’s a quick summary of the cool features coming specifically in the dev and test editions.  First, a little background.  At Microsoft, we have 2…

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What is Windows Azure?

Today, during the opening keynote of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC), Ray Ozzie announced Windows Azure.  Windows Azure is an operating system for the cloud.  You may have also heard it called by its codename "Red Dog".  Windows Azure provides the same facilities that a desktop OS provides, but on a set of connected servers…

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Meet the Principal Group Manager of VSTS Test!

Mark Mydland is the Principal Group Manager of the Visual Studio Team System Test Edition team (that means that all program managers, developers, and testers on VSTS Test in Redmond report up to him).  He is touring through Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee for a short time in November.  Mark will be visiting companies during…

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Watch the PDC Keynotes Live!

You may have heard about the Professional Developers Conference (PDC), happening October 27–30 in Los Angeles.  Microsoft is going to make major announcements around: The Software + Services vision for computing Upcoming Cloud Computing efforts The next version of Windows For those that can’t attend the PDC in person, there are a number of small…

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"More Effective C#" Book Signing in Ann Arbor

This week, Bill Wagner will release his second book, More Effective C#.  (Can you guess what his first book was called?)  The editorial reviews on Amazon are extremely impressive: members of the Visual C# product team and Microsoft MVPs praise Bill’s latest work.  Bill is speaking at the Ann Arbor Computer Society in November.  Bill’s…

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The Thirsty Developer Toasts Women in Technology

At our team’s recent offsite meeting, I was interviewed for a "Women in Technology" episode of The Thirsty Developer, along with some of my colleagues.  From left to right, that is Beth Humphreys, me, Angela Binkowski, and Rachel McKane.    Listen to the episode at: http://thirstydeveloper.com/2008/08/30/TheThirstyDeveloper33WomenInTechnologyPanel.aspx   Thanks to our wonderful hosts, Larry Clarkin and…

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New Windows Ad, starring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld

Last night during the opening NFL game, I saw the new Windows ad, which features Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld.      The sheer randomness of the plot is a little puzzling, but the ad did make me smile.  Nothing like Bill Gates shaking his booty to get you giggling like a schoolgirl!  What do…

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.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 released today

The .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 was released today.  You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7.  As noted on the website, the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 provides the following new features and improvements: ASP.NET Dynamic Data, which provides a rich scaffolding framework that enables rapid data driven development without writing code, and a…

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Popfly Olympic Games

Whoo hoo!  I participated in the Olympic Games and won a gold medal in Synchronized Swimming!  OK, so it wasn’t the actual Olympics.  I was visiting the Microsoft Popfly website.  The team has released a series of 10 Olympic-themed games built using Popfly that you can play or embed into your own website.  In case…

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