Coming Soon: Microsoft Visual Studio Tips by Sara Ford

Last week, I had the privilege of writing the Foreword for Sara Ford’s forthcoming book, Microsoft Visual Studio Tips, which is based on her popular Visual Studio Tip of the Day blog posts. Whether you’re a veteran of multiple versions of Visual Studio, or you are using Visual Studio for the first time, this book…

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Team System Preconference Course at PDC 2008

If you’re new to Team System, or if you’re ready to use Team Foundation Server for more than version control, you should consider attending the Team System preconference course taught by Brian Randell at PDC 2008: Get More Out of Visual Studio Team System 2008. Brian has been in and around Team System since the…

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Getting Started with Software Development via Facebook

Just found some really cool content on the Microsoft profile on Facebook for those learning to create applications for the Web and Windows using the free Visual Studio 2008 Express products. Sam used to work with me on my previous team. It looks like he’s really enjoying his new gig. Free Software, Free Learning: Visual…

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Visual Studio 2008 Hotfixes and SP1 Beta

If you installed any Visual Studio 2008 hotfixes and you’re now trying to install the SP1 Beta, you should take heed of this note we just added: Note If you previously installed a Visual Studio 2008 Hotfix, you must run the Hotfix Cleanup Utility before installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta. For more information, see…

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Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide, v1.08

A new version of the Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide is now available {NOTE: This product comparison is no longer available on the Visual Studio site}. Version 1.08 includes updates to a number or line items, but in particular it includes a lot of fixes in the debugging section and adds a section on…

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Some Recent Changes for Me

It occurred to me this evening that I haven’t posted to this blog since early February. Following the launch of Visual Studio 2008 last month in LA, I moved into a new role (still within Developer Marketing at Microsoft) to work on marketing communications for our broader developer & user experience marketing campaigns. In addition,…

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Updated: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison (v1.04)

Okay, another update (v1.04) to the Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison is now available {NOTE: This product comparison is no longer available on the Visual Studio site}. In this revision, I updated the Code Quality Tools section to better reflect the testing features that are now available in Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, as well as some…

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Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Update...Again

I just published v1.03 of the Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison with a minor update. I overlooked the Database Publishing Wizard in Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition and above. In Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, it’s accessed by right-clicking a database in Database Explorer. In Standard Edition and above, it’s over in Server Explorer….

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Updated: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide

The first major revision of the Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide is live. Here’s where you can find it: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison. {NOTE: This product comparison is no longer available on the Visual Studio site.} Here are some downloadable versions (DOCX/XPS/PDF): Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison downloads. This is version 1.02 (version…

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A Comprehensive Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison

See: Updated: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison  I just finished working on a very comprehensive product comparison of the Visual Studio 2008 product line. It only covers the IDE products, which means it doesn’t include stuff like Team Foundation Server or Test Load Agent. It covers: Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition Visual Basic 2008 Express…

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