Grab Yourself a .NET Nugget

One of my last passing shots as I left the UK for Redmond was to put forward an idea for producing short nuggets of 5-10 minutes of on-demand technical content. It's my assertion as a developer that most of us love clear, concise, spin-free technical information on practical aspects of .NET development, but the webcast model of hour long presentations requires a distraction-free environment and plenty of patience which I know I don't have myself.

Well my ex-colleagues back at Microsoft UK have done an awesome job of turning this embryonic idea into reality. Mike Ormond, Mike Taulty and Mike Pelton (as a non-Mike, I was always a misfit in the UK developer community team!) have delivered the first six nuggets and they’re fantastic. The first six topics are as follows:

Visual Studio

SQL Server 2005

If you've got a couple of moments to spare, check out the MSDN Nuggets page. The Mikes inform me that they've got a number of these in the pipeline and that they're planning to release several each week, so it's worth checking back every now and again. Great job, guys!

Comments (11)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very useful. Just the right length to watch over a cup of tea.

    BTW what software do you guys use to record these type of demos?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Glad you like the Nuggets James. To record them we’ve used both Windows Media Encoder ( which has the advantage of being a free download and Camtasia Studio ( which has some nice features such as cursor highlighting, zoom & pan and integrated editing. The Nuggets you see on the site were recorded with Camtasia Studio and the Windows Media 9 codec.

    We’ll be releasing new Nuggets on a weekly basis. You can get an RSS feed that will alert you when new content is posted by signing up for MSDN Connection (

  3. Anonymous says:

    I remember having a chat with Joel Semeniuk last Autumn around the usefulness (or not) of webcasts. My contention was that they are great for little snippets of information – particularly highly visual demos, but the longer webcasts just pass me by. The good news (for me at least) is that I am not the only person to have thought.

  4. Anonymous says:

    they are great, in fact we have started doing them in our IT department for the users on Outlook tips

  5. Anonymous says:

    Shame they’re all in C#… do you know if there are any plans for some VB ones ?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dan, you make a great point. I think this is just an oversight in the first few nuggets – hopefully there will be some VB ones coming very soon. In the meantime, have you seen the VB at the movies site? There’s loads of good videos here that will hopefully give you everything you want and more. is the URL.

  7. Anonymous says:

    this ought to be opened up, into a web site or something and let anyone submit them (subject to moderation) you’d quickly build up a fantastic set short nuggets, stick the blog for new nuggets up and your cooking on gas…

    should i be saying this out loud, i may get the domain and build the site…

  8. Anonymous says:

    I just became addicted to nuggets – sat and watched 4 of them straight off 🙂

    Thanks guys

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