Maze App in WPF

My colleague, Paul Harrington, has created a 3D maze in WPF (runs in the browser) that’s certainly worth checking out.  The interesting thing is that it totally built using WPF Data Binding.  It has 3rd & 1st person views, and walks you through as it solves the maze in 1st person.  Paul has also shared…

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Parallel Computing for .NET CTP Released

The Parallel Computing Platform team has launched a new Parallel Computing Dev Center along with our the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of extensions to .NET for parallel computing. Parallel Extensions to the .NET Framework CTP download Soma’s Blog Post on the release Parallel Computing Developer Center With CPUs going ‘ManyCore’ instead of increasing clock…

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VSTS Profiler

The Visual Studio Team System Profiler is a tool that helps find resource bottle necks in your application.  Like slow code (CPU bottleneck), disk thrashing, memory allocation, etc.  I’m on the team that builds the Profiler, so here are some Profiler goodies. I’ve recorded a quick ~5min demo of how to get started using the…

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Script Debugging Improvements in Orcas

We’ve made some significant improvements to script debugging!  The VS script debugger hasn’t seen real improvements since VS6 (pre-.NET).  Now with ASP.NET AJAX (MS’ new AJAX framework), script debugging has caught a new wind.  You can try these out in the new VS Orcas March CTP. Here are the improvements we’ve made.  They’re all captured on…

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Cool Developer Downloads

What’s better than free bits to make life better?  As in life I’m refering to a developer’s life in code.  I was just digging around and found these golden nugets to share.  The last two are non-Microsoft apps I’ve used for awhile. XML Notepad 2007A little app for working w/ XML  ASP.NET AJAXAdd AJAX power…

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MSDN Wiki – Top Contributor is David M. Kean

If you haven’t checked it out yet, check out MSDN Library’s Wiki!  It is the full MSDN Library, but allows the community to add comments to the end of each article. Some may argue it’s not a “true wiki” in that you can not edit the original article or create new articles, but I think…

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What Would Make Debugging Cool?

The Visual Studio Debugger is probably one of the most used dev tools in the world, but what could make it cool and exciting again? Visual Studio is the #1 dev tool, and regardless of language, they all use the same debugger.  When you hit F5 to run your app, it runs under the debugger. …

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KANO Analysis – Prioritize Your Backlog

A product I once worked on completely failed when it got into the customers hands and the business eventually went under, for one key engineering reason.  The product had too many customer dissatisfiers (missing key features, broken workflow, etc) because customer feedback wasn’t used to prioritize the work.  Recently my team here at Microsoft had…

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Profiling a Unit Test

A little known feature of VSTS Team Developer is the ability to use the run-time analysis of the Profiler specifically targetting the code in a Unit Test.  There are a two key scenarios this integration feature targets: Collect Performance Data on Specific CodeNormally you’d have to kick-off your entire application with profiling turned on and collect…

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