MSDN Library Home Mockup to Simplify Finding the Product Docs

The MSDN Library is the primary showcase of our Microsoft product documentation.  It’s a treasure trove of gems.  The problem is, if you don’t know where to look, sometimes finding the documentation you’re looking for can be a challenge.   Part of your success hinges on finding the right information, so let’s see what we can…

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Customer-Connected Engineering (CCE)

I’ve originally shared this in other places and other ways, but I’m consolidating here to make it easier to share a link.  As more teams ask me about Customer-Connected Engineering (CCE), it’s easier to just point them here for a quick overview. Customer Connected Engineering is a practice we’ve used across our patterns & practices…

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Code Sample Collections Roundup for ADO.NET, ASP.NET, Silverlight, WCF, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone

Code Sample Collections are a simple way to gather, organize, and share code samples.  Rather than a laundry list, each collection is organized by a set of common categories for that specific technology.  The collections of code samples are created by mapping out the existing code samples from various sources including MSDN Library, Code Gallery,…

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ADO.NET Scenarios Map

The ADO.NET Scenarios Map is a consolidated and shared view of the common scenarios and tasks around Microsoft data access technologies. You will find Getting Started and Architecture scenarios first, followed by other common areas. Scenarios in each group should represent common tasks developers would face when building applications that access or interface with data….

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Silverlight Developer Guidance Map

If you’re a Silverlight developer or you want to learn Silverlight, this map is for you.   Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training.  The challenge is — how do you find all of the various content collections? … and part of that…

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ASP.NET Developer Guidance Map

If you’re an ASP.NET developer or you need to learn ASP.NET, this map is for you.   Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training.  The challenge is — how do you find all of the various content collections? … and part of that…

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The Design of the MSDN Hub Pages

This is a behind the scenes look at my involvement in the creation of the MSDN Hub pages.  The MSDN Hub pages you get to from the main “buttons” on the MSN home (pictured above.)   Specifically, these are the actual pages: Cloud Hub Desktop Hub Phone Hub Web Hub The intent of the MSDN Hub…

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Windows IA (Information Architecture)

One of my key projects over the last six months was to figure out an Information Architecture (IA) for the Microsoft Windows platform.  This post is a behind the scenes look at how I went about figuring out a simple IA for the Windows platform.  You can think of an IA simply as how you…

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The Power of Blue Books for Platform Impact

Why invest in prescriptive guidance or “Blue Books” for Microsoft platform impact?  While the answer is obvious to many, it’s not as obvious to others, so I’ll attempt to paint the picture here. Building Secure ASP.NET Applications was the first “blue book” at Microsoft, but it was Improving Web Application Security that really made people…

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My Projects on MSDN

This post is a simple way to browse the bulk of my patterns & practices work on MSDN and CodePlex.   After I walk customers through things, the next question is usually, "OK, so where do we find this?"  This is the link I’ll be sharing. Guides Application Architecture Guide 2.0 (CodePlex) Building Secure ASP.NET Applications…

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