MVP Summit 2007

It’s that time again…the MVP Global Summit is happening this week in Seattle and Redmond.  The first Summit was one of my favorite experiences so far working at Microsoft–I love talking to customers and hearing it “from the horse’s mouth.”  It’s not often that I get to actually meet with people face-to-face, so to actually…

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The Developer Solutions Team is in a Book!

If you’ve been following my blog or the blogs of my teammates (Josh, Sara, Jeremy, Bertan, or Kannan), you might be interested in the very latest about Power Toys and tools for Windows development. Don’t you just wish you could take more information about power tools and curl up in front of a fireplace and…

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Looking Back at 2006

It’s been nearly a year since I started this blog, and unfortunately as of late, I’ve been pretty bad at keeping it updated. I’ll blame it on the craziness that was December 2006—between traveling for the holidays and Washington’s recent string of weather-related maladies, it’s been difficult to find enough time to really sit down…

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TFS Administration Tool 1.2 Released

I’m happy to announce yet another release of the TFS Administration Tool, incorporating another code gift from a great community member.  This release of the tool adds the ability to administer TFS installations configured to use only SSL. Thank you Oren–your help is much appreciated! As always, you can download the newest version of the…

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Idea: "Wiki" Code Snippets at the top of Forum Threads

This is just a short, half-baked idea that I’d love some feedback about.  It’s pretty common in the forums for users to post a code snippet in their question, say “Hey! This isn’t working!” and then having a conversation with the community about how they should fix their code so it works.  The problem is…

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Microsoft Code Snippet Designer – Alpha Release

Wow—looks like I’m going to keep going on the “lazy” theme that I’ve started over the past few weeks, when I blogged about the availability of my team’s Power Toy Pack Installer and Resource Refactoring tools. Everyone wants to be able to write code more quickly, and we all know that from app to app,…

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Another Power Toy…the Resource Refactoring Tool

If you’re like me, you’re lazy.  You’d rather order out than cook, rather buy a robot vacuum than vacuum yourself, and you don’t like clicking around when you’re writing code.  You know that it’s a good idea to put all of the strings in your program into a resource file–but it’s just easier to type…

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Power Toys for Visual Studio Pack Installer

Recently, I walked past our “Shared Source” poster hanging my team’s hallway, and I saw it was covered in pastel Post-It notes.  Sara, our “Queen of Shared Source”, had hung a Post-It note for every one of the Power Toys that our team has been involved in helping to release.  Some of them were brewed…

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Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 Released (w/ ASP.NET 2.0 configuration plug-in)

I’m very happy to announce that today we released the 1.0 version of the Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer to the web. The Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer is a tool and framework that allows for the analysis of system elements against predefined “rules” to help users optimize their configurations and identify any known issues.  The Microsoft…

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ForumExplorer: A Better(?) Way to Moderate the MSDN Forums

A couple of months ago I created a small tool that utilized some of the cool meta tag searching capabilities of MSN Search and published it out to GotDotNet.  It was simple, but definitely helps overcome one of the biggest limitations in the forums–lousy search. That little tool catalyzed a project that I’ve blogged about…

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