T is for… Tracepoint

I’ve presented various sessions on Debugging Tips and Tricks as part of the Northeast Roadshow and MSDN Events series, and one of the undiscovered gems in that presentation is that of tracepoints.  Tracepoints have actually been around since Visual Studio 2005, but weren’t all that discoverable until Visual Studio 2008. What exactly is a tracepoint? …

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Northeast Roadshow

It’s that time again!  The latest edition of the Northeast Roadshow is now open for registration – with not just five, but six venues to choose from.   If you have no idea what the Northeast Roadshow is…well, it’s an all day, free event in which I and my fellow evangelists, Chris Bowen and Bob Familiar,…

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Windows Runtime–what’s supported where?

As I’m sure you’ve heard, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Store (nee Metro) applications share a common core operating system, and that’s great news for developers looking to take advantage of both platforms with a single or complementary applications. The common core does not, however, mean that the platforms are identical – in fact, only…

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O is for… Oomph

Oomph?!  no, I’m not making it up.  Oomph is a toolkit for developers facilitating the incorporation of microformats into web applications.  Ok, so what are microformats, you ask?  Here’s a definition from the go-to site on the subject, microformats.org: Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats…

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New England GiveCamp 2011 Recap

Over the weekend of April 29 through May 1st, representatives of 28 non-profit organizations and 120 area technologists (developers, designers, project managers, social media experts, and others) gathered for a weekend hackathon at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center in Cambridge MA.  About 40 of the participants even spent both nights at…

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It’s For-IE-day: Week 4

I often think of Internet searching as a U2 moment, you know, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…”  Well my life got easier with some of the IE8 search enhancements, and even better, I can add my own custom search providers right in the mix – a great productivity boost when you’re doing…

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Code Camp 11 – “Developer Stimulus Package”

Here’s one stimulus package that causes no debate.  The team of Chris^2 (Chris Bowen and Chris Pels) has announced the 11th edition of the institution that is the New England Code Camp. This time around, it will be a one day mega-event.  Come rested, leave enriched! Date: Saturday, March 28th Time: 8:30 a.m. – 7…

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Couchbase on Azure: Configuring Admin Access to the Couchbase Cluster

This is the sixth and final post of a walkthrough to set up a mixed-mode platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service application on Windows Azure using Couchbase and ASP.NET. For more context on the application, please review this introductory post. To wrap up this series, there’s one last configuration step I want to cover, and that’s highlighted below…

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See You at the Roadshow?

Here’s a quick reminder that the Northeast Roadshow kicks off its Fall 2009 run tomorrow in Manchester, New Hampshire.   There’s still space available at all the venues, so register today, and we’ll see you soon!   City Date Event Registration Link Manchester NH Sep. 10 1 – 6 p.m. Northeast Roadshow Rochester NY Sep. 18…

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Feeling @Home with Windows Azure, at Home

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months working with and talking about Windows Azure to a variety of audiences, but if you’re anything like me, it can be hard to truly ‘get it’ until you touch it.  So to bring it all home (pun intended), my colleagues Brian Hitney, John McClelland,…

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