5 Years At Microsoft

Five years ago today I walked into Microsoft building 41 as green as the first day of college.  This entire time I’ve been in the Developer Division with the pleasure to work on improving some of the best software development tools in the industry.  The first 3.5 years were in Visual Studio Team System and…

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Released

We just released VS2010 Beta 1 to the web for public download!!  This is very exciting as my team, the Visual Studio Platform (VSP) team, has made tremendous effort and new functionality in this release of VS.  My VSP team is specifically responsible for the new editor, new WPF based shell, MS Build, VS Extensibility,…

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Visual Studio 2008 + .NET 3.5 is LIVE!

It’s official!  The product we’ve all be waiting for is released!  It’s been a fun ride, 2 years 12 days since VS 2005 was released.  Our new version has a lot of great new functionality. Check it all out at the MSDN site for Visual Studio 2008.  The .NET Framework 3.5 is ready, there’s a…

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Hang’n at the VSIP Conference

The Visual Studio Industry Partners conference is going on right at the Redmond Marriott hotel in Redmond, WA (close to the MS main campus).  It’s a time when we get to interact with partners who are creating addins and packages for VS (like ReSharper & CodeRush).  We’re talking about new technologies, VS futures (my team),…

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Multi Monitor Support in VS10

What would a perfect world look like where your using Visual Studio with two or three (or more) monitors?  One of the new Visual Studio 10 (Visual Studio 2008 = VS9) I’d like to nail is darn good multi monitor support, but I’ve got a lot more investigation to do to know what this would…

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Can You Use Visual Studio as Your Text Editor?

Most developers I know (including myself) use at least two text editors on their box, a full blown development environment like Visual Studio, and a lightweight editor (or mid-weight) like notepad.exe, Notepad++, Notepad2, vim, emacs, UltraEdit (my favorite), SlickEdit, EditPlus, TextPad, etc. If you use Visual Studio, the question I pose is why not use…

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Visual Studio Macros

One of the areas I’m taking charge in Visual Studio is the Macro system.  We want to make macros rock in the next rev so I’m collecting customer evidence data to figure out how people are using VS macros and what would make them rock (like supporting C#, DLR, etc).  Dylan Lingelbach (face pic –>) is the…

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Your Bugs Are Our Top Priority

It’s true.  Believe it or not.  When you submit a bug report related to Visual Studio through https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio, they become our top priority.  They’re higher priority than even our own internally submitted bugs!  We also track suggestions for improvements through this same process. The other day I submitted a bug directly into the ASP.NET team’s…

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