PDC 2009: Day 2 – silverlight, Free Laptops, and the Underground

There were several exciting announcements today, but the one that topped the list (at least technology-wise) was the availability of Silverlight 4 Beta.  There’s a lot of new stuff going into Silverlight (I’ll let you read the full “What’s New”), but my favorites: Webcam & microphone support Full print support HTML hosting Full design surface…


Day 1: PDC – Information Overload

After hopping a shuttle bus from the hotel to the LA Convention Center, the official PDC “Day 1” started off with a flurry.  Ray Ozzie and Bob Muglia (along with several other demo helpers) kicked off the conference with several announcements. I won’t go in to full details, but the highlights: Windows Azure is going…


Watch the Underground @PDC Live!

LIVE from the The Underground @ PDC 09! People are still talking about last year’s event at the Edison downtown.  Because not everyone can make it to Los Angeles or PDC, The Underground is going LIVE ONLINE! Tune in to see Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie, Corp VP of Microsoft’s .Net Developer Platform and much, much more….


PDC 2009: Day 0 – It’s All About Software Quality

After my 2.5-hour flight from Denver (The entire Denver contingent of Microsoft Developer Platform & Evangelism was on my flight) to Los Angeles at the you-know-what crack of dawn this morning, I was excited to arrive at my first Microsoft Professional Developers Conference.  In my 4+ years at Microsoft, 2 of which were in Sothern…


Querying the TFS Database to Check TFS Usage

Why would you want to know how many users are actually using Team Foundation Server?  Well, for starters: You want to make sure that each user in your environment using TFS is properly licensed with a TFS CAL (Client Access License).  You want to show management just how popular TFS is in your environment. You…


Visual Studio for Oracle Developers – “Project Fuze”

The fine folks at Quest Software are currently in beta with “Project Fuze”, a DSP (Database Schema Provider) that brings Oracle database development into the fold of Visual Studio.  Like you can with SQL Server today, Fuze will give Oracle developers the full benefits that Visual Studio has to offer, such as: Full change management…


Microsoft Acquires Teamprise Assets, Provides Cross-Platform Support for Visual Studio

Today Microsoft announced (at Tech Ed Europe) the acquisition of Teamprise (press release), a fantastic technology partner that provides client applications for accessing Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Foundation Server from Eclipse and Eclipse-based IDEs, and from other operating systems, including UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X. Teamprise Client Suite currently includes the following: Teamprise Plug-in…