Power Commands for Visual Studio 2010 – Extension #8

I’m way behind in my extension series. Relocation + New Job + Work Travel, it’s been a crazy year! The Power Commands for Visual Studio are back! The Power Commands were an extremely popular add-in for Visual Studio 2008, giving you even more options for your IDE. To Install The Power Commands extension can be…


The Rematch – Webcast of my 101 VS tips in 55 mins via O’Reilly is now available

Earlier this week, I decided to rematch the clock to demo 101 VS Tips in 55 minutes with O’Reilly Media hosting and recording the webcast. In an earlier attempt, I missed by 15 seconds. And like the earlier attempt, if I make it, all attendees receive a free copy of my Visual Studio Tips ebook. …


5 years later – remembering Hurricane Katrina

I wanted to pause for a brief second to remember the 53 people in my hometown who lost their lives 5 years ago yesterday, when Hurricane Katrina took my hometown off the map. If a town doesn’t have any buildings, is it still a town? Waveland answered that question by surviving. For those of you…


How I Bonded with my Windows Phone – a cycling misadventure

I had an interesting bike ride on Saturday, where I unexpectedly got to do some serious bonding with my Windows Phone. And since we have a big Windows Phone event coming up next month, where I’ve been heads-down learning the developer tools, I had to share this story, especially since this is the longest blogging…


Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Event

For you all in the North California area, we’re hosting an all-day event in Silicon Valley on everything you need to know to develop for Windows Phone 7. All developer skill levels are invited to attend. There will be Windows Phone 7 handsets at the event to test on! DATE:              Saturday, September 11, 2010 LOCATION:    …


My first month with my Vibram Five Fingers (Barefoot running shoes)

I got my vibrams about a month ago, and have slowly been trying to break my feet in. I can now drive in them and wear them almost 3/4 of a day. I haven’t tried running yet, although i did try a small baby hike (slight elevation, 1.5 miles roundtrip at most). Result wasn’t good….


Recap: TechEd 2010 in New Orleans – We’re Jazzed Ya’ll Were Here!

Wow! What a week! I remember the first time I saw a TechEd backpack was back in 2003, where the words “New Orleans” caught my eye. And after 7 years of waiting, my career-long dream came true of attending a Microsoft conference back home. Earlier this month, TechEd returned to New Orleans for the first…


Video: 101 Visual Studio Tips in 55 minutes!

Last week I blogged about my challenge to do 101 Visual Studio Tips in just 55 minutes, and if I succeed, everyone in the audience gets a signed copy of my Visual Studio Tips book. Let’s just say I couldn’t have planned for better drama at the end. Thanks to Channel 9 for hosting the…


Tipping against Time – Sara’s Visual Studio Tip Challenge

I’ve been known to talk fast when I’m excited in my Visual Studio presentations, and maybe even a little too fast. But what if I didn’t try to slow down? What if I actually tried to talk as fast as possible? In a race against time, I will attempt to demo 101 Visual Studio Tips…


Collapse Selection in Solution Explorer – Extension #7

Recursively Collapse Nodes in the Solution Explorer! The Visual Studio IDE team has heard a lot of feedback asking for a way to recursively collapse nodes in the solution explorer. For example, right out of the box, when you collapse a node in Solution Explorer, it only collapse just that node. But, what if you…