Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Events

For those outside of Northern California or can’t make these dates, you can watch our launch event live on Oct 12 from Mountain View. Attend either day or both days!  Note that Day 2 is all Hands-on Labs, and no presentations. More information about each day below. ————————————————————————————— Mountain View, CA | Microsoft Silicon Valley…


Emacs Commands – Extension #10

Use your Emacs commands once again! If you have opened the Tools – Options – Keyboard page, looking for the “Emacs” keybindings, but only found disappointment instead. This extension is for you! To Install To Use In order to finish the installation, you must open/create a project. This will prompt you for elevated permissions…


VS File Explorer – Extension #9

Get a Windows Explorer experience within the IDE! My series continues with the VS File Explorer. I call this extension out because of its tag line: The Visual Studio File Explorer Add-in (sexy name we know, but hey, it’s self documenting) Gotta love self-documenting Add-in names. Rock on. Seriously, it was the Shell Extension within…


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…