Hurricane Sandy: Katrina’s Loud Echo

Six and a half years ago I traveled down to post-Katrina New Orleans to write a feature story for Redmond Magazine titled Storm Warning. The article looked at the impact that Hurricane Katrina had on the IT infrastructure of New Orleans and surrounding Jefferson Parish, and detailed the extraordinary efforts of the people tasked with…


MSDN Magazine November Issue Preview

October was our busiest month. Between our regular October issue and the super-sized Windows 8 special edition that went out mid-month, we more than doubled our usual editorial output for the month. And we did so while a lot of our Microsoft contributors were absolutely slammed working on the release of that Windows 8 thingy…


Follow Up: Jeremy Likness on Windows Runtime Components in a .NET World

Jeremy Likness wrote this month’s feature titled Windows Runtime Components in a .NET World. A principal consultant at Wintellect and a seasoned Silverlight developer, Likness has been involved with Windows 8 since the initial Developer Preview, and started work at that time on his book, Building Windows 8 Apps using C# and XAML. He also…


Windows 8 Special Edition of MSDN Magazine

Welcome to the Windows 8 special edition of MSDN Magazine. Over the past several months a talented team of authors, editors and Microsoft technical experts have worked together to produce a bonus issue of MSDN Magazine focused entirely on Windows 8, Windows Runtime and the development of Windows Store applications. As I explain in my…


Standing Desk Experiment

Like a lot of developers, my job has me spending a LOT of time sitting in front of a computer monitor. So much so that I’m constantly struggling with discomfort of one sort or another, be it a sore back or stiff neck or aching shoulders. By the end of the day I’m struggling with…


Developer Guide: Working with Windows Phone and the Cloud

The good folks over at Microsoft Patterns & Practices are up to their old tricks again, this time releasing a useful publication aimed at Windows Phone developers. Titled Developing an Advanced Windows Phone 7.5 App that Connects to the Cloud, the guide leads you through creating a Windows Phone 7.5 app that integrates with remote…


Windows 8 Release Preview Announced

Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows 8 Release Preview. The pre-release code is available for immediate download in 14 languages. This latest release follows the February release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which Microsoft says was downloaded more than 1 million times in the first 24 hours. No doubt Windows 8 Release Preview will…


MSDN Magazine June Issue Preview

Tomorrow the next issue of MSDN Magazine officially hits the street. Leading off things are a pair of articles in our ongoing Common Language Runtime (CLR) feature series. Immo Landwerth offers a nice overview of the updated BCL with his piece, “What’s New in the .NET 4.5 Base Class Library.” Alok Shriram, meanwhile, dives into…