Time to change again already?

A (quick) look back Hey!  Remember ‘98-‘99? I do!  We had a bit of a run-up if you recall … Will that ever happen again?  Beats me, but I’m probably not the right guy to ask!  I remember when Ask Jeevs went public. I went to the site and asked it “How can a company…

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Trusting your gut …

I’ve worked with a lot of guys with gray hair in my career.  And by “guys with gray hair”, I mean guys who have been doing software development for a very long time.  These are the type of guys that have such a breath and depth of experience, that they seem to know what’s going…

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Set specific port for ASP.NET Development Server …

Just a quick tip … if you get tired of the ASP.NET Development Server (the HTTP Server formerly known as Cassini) deciding to start-up on whatever port it feels like using at the time, you can constrain that in the Properties of your Web Application.  This is particularly useful when your particular “Web Application” happens…

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Good Azure sites …

Check out AzureScope.  It’s got some good best practices, benchmarks and some small code samples for developing on Azure.  Also check out patterns & practices Windows Azure Guidance site and the WAAG – Part 1 – Release Candidate.

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MSDN Looks Different (Who Moved My Cheese?)

I’ve recently been having a Who Moved My Cheese issue with MSDN.  Pages seem to have a new look.  For example, I was recently looking up how to do COM Automation (formerly “OLE Automation” and now just “Automation”) in Silverlight and specifically, the AutomationFactory class (which itself is causing Who Moved My Cheese moments because…

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Do you know about Photosynth?

I didn’t until a friend pointed it out to me at the Web 2.0 Expo today.  Photosynth let’s you upload images in a zip file and stitches them together into a 3D view.  It’s very cool!

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Some tools I highly recommend …

All are free or relatively inexpensive (the ones with a license fee are well worth it).  Most are excellent learning tools as well as productivity tools. LINQPad: I can’t say enough good things about this gem!  It’s a scratch pad for .NET applications and so much more!  The .Dump() method is fantastic! .NET Reflector: Great…

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Do you know about the Visual Studio Extension Manager?

I didn’t until I saw the great Scott Hanselman talk about it during DevDays 10 NL.  It’s under the tools tab … I searched it recently for “layer diagram” and found this little gem from P&P.  It’s got layer diagrams that model the architectures from the Application Architecture Guide.  Great stuff!  Thanks guys!

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