Everyone I’ve Sent Mail To

For a farewell mail to my colleagues at Microsoft (I’ve decided to move on, but will continue contributing to this blog), I was worried I might miss someone.   Using the arguable presumption that the “important people” were those who I’d sent mail to, I figured I would write an Outlook macro to go through my…

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Top Ten Things at PDC 2009

I’m sitting at LAX writing this summary of PDC which is just wrapped up.  Although I went “on my own dime” (i.e. I paid my own way), it was definitely worth it for the ten reasons below… Learning a bunch more about Azure storage and SQL for Azure at Jai Haridas’ session and Brad Calder’s…

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Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC 2009) : Tuesday

This is the first time I’ve been to PDC in a number of years, and it is fun to be back.  Here are some impressions really more than details about the first day. It is big.  Just walking around the LA Convention Center from session to session gives a sense of the thousands of people…

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Azure – from July CTP to November 2009 PDC Release

Well, the official PDC 2009 release of the Azure SDK is out and there are a lot of changes.  I’m not going to do a release-notes style narrative on changes, but thought it might be interesting to instead focus on changes I had to make to get a simple service that was working with July…

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DevDays Seattle – Scott Hanselman

Lolcode.net – funny site with a domain-specific language that mimics IM syntax.  Actual code MVC When you create an MVC project, you get default code for controllers and views but nothing for the model. ASP.Net MVC lets you use nHibernate, Linq to SQL, whatever for your data access. The URL hierarchy is a form of…

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DevDays Seattle – Joel Spolsky

We get interrupted too much by a computer that has an agenda of its own for ourselves. Examples: Windows updates Outlook: Any exceptions associated with the recurring appointment will be cancelled. Is this OK? <OK> <CANCEL> but Cancel doesn’t mean cancel the appointments, it means cancel the change. Even shutting down your computer involves a…

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DevDays Seattle

I’m at DevDays Seattle, an event sponsored by Stack Overflow and Microsoft.  I look at it as a day of seeing “how the other half codes”, i.e. those not using the Microsoft stack (IIS, ASP.Net, Azure, C#, etc.) but more open source tools like jQuery, mySQL, etc.  One of my favorite tech bloggers, Joel Spolsky,…

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Azure Service: Moving Storage from Development (local) to the Cloud

As part of the process of moving my Azure test service from running entirely locally (on what’s called “Development Fabric” and “Development Storage”, i.e. for development on your local machine) to the Cloud, I followed the steps on MSDN which suggest moving to the Cloud in two steps: Run your service locally (on “development fabric”)…

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MVC and CSS

I’ve spent some time trying to figure out why my simple MVC site (built on Azure) isn’t rendering correctly on my development machine, and of course tracked it down to the CSS file not loading.  I spent time playing around with paths, etc., but finally found a simple solution: You have to enable “Static Content” for…

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Simple Azure Service Experience

I started a couple of days ago working on my first Azure service and have learned a lot.  It’s a cliche, but there is a ton of good information on the web on this.  One of the challenges is wading through it all and piecing together the great information in one blog (but which leaves…

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