Getting the Most out of My Blog

Viewing Old Posts by Category By default, this Website only displays seven (7) calendar days of blog posts.  If you would like to read posts that have scrolled off the page, go to the CATEGORIES section on the right hand side of the Web page and click your favorite category to see all related posts…

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Dream Job #2

Over the last two or three years, my passion for designing and documenting collaborative development tools like Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Foundation, and yes, even Visual SourceSafe has burgeoned into an irresistible interest in social software. Source control software tools provide structured software development teams with the ability to collaborate more effectively. Social software like blogs, wikis,…

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The “Name That Blog” Contest

I want to change the subtitle of my blog and I’d like your help doing so. If you suggest the subtitle (or title) that I decide to use and you are the first person to suggest it, then I will send you a shrink wrapped copy of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional English. To…

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Shelve and Shelveset: What do you think?

In my most recent blog article, Selecting Great UI Text, I suggest that one of the most important things you can do to ensure that you’ve chosen a great UI text string is, “5. Solicit FeedbackAsk your teammates. Ask your customers. The more eyeballs, the better.” Now, I’m going to put my money where my mouth is…

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Microsoft’s New Source Code Control Application

WoooHooo! I can finally write about the project I’ve been working on these last few months: Microsoft’s source control solution for the Twenty First Century: Source Code Control Services for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System (its friends just call it Hatteras, for short).  And just so that you don’t have to ask… Hatteras and Visual…

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Free Online Source Control, Bug Tracking, and Team Development Tools

If you’re reading my blog–and believe me, you really are–and you’re a software developer or IT professional, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with GotDotNet Workspaces.  If you have no idea what a Workspace is or have never created or joined one, here are a few of their advantages, all free for the taking:…

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Weblogs: An Asymmetrical Threat to Google Hegemony?

“The humble weblog has finally achieved dominance over Google, the world’s most-used search engine.”   -Andrew Orlowski in the Register This is old news in the blogosphere but it definitely deserves more press. Google, a company that I hold in the highest regard (unrivaled product | crafty revenue model | take their employees to Tahoe for a…

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The Future of Visual SourceSafe

A few months ago, I mentioned in Roadmap for SourceSafe and Beyond that the SourceSafe feature team is planning to do more than just fix bugs in the next release of VSS.  I did not provide too many details. I can now confirm that a new version of Visual SourceSafe will be included in the Whidbey release of…

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Eric Sink’s Tenets of Transparency

In his latest article for MSDN, Tenets of Transparency, Eric Sink continues his “non-legendary” crusade to confound his two point five critics and tickle his burgeoning horde of fans pink with superior writing, corn-fed frankness, and incisive insights into the business of making and selling software. As a former member of Microsoft’s SourceSafe and Visual Studio Team…

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Books for the Beach — Any Suggestions?

I’ll be out of the office, out of state, and off the grid for the next six weeks (paternity leave + holidays + vacation in TX, PA, and Hawai’i). I haven’t had six solid weeks to myself in…well…ummmm…since 1998. Whatever should I read? My daughter and I are biting off a few pages of Smart…

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