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    What is an evangelist (Developer Evangelist in my case)?

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    Dictionary.com defines “evangelist” this way (there are three other definitions but they are very similar to this one): “A bringer of the glad tidings of Church and his doctrines. Specially: (a) A missionary preacher sent forth to...
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    What is a Microsoft MVP?

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    Well, let's start by getting out of acronym land: Microsoft MVP = Microsoft Most Valuable Professional. The official MVP program website is here . First, I don't work in the MVP program so what I'm about to say is, in some cases, my perspective on...
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    Microsoft and developer support......

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    I think that some MVPs and a very small percentage of Microsoft employees misrepresent these groups because it makes them feel more important and/or makes the program look very desirable to those on the "outside". This has a positive and a negative effect...
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    If you could make Microsoft do five things for developers.....

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    Robert Scoble believes that MSDN Magazine is like the PDC (in terms of content) but a cursory glance at the articles over the last 17 months doesn't support that claim. There wasn't a single issue in 2003 with content (that made the cover - most articles...
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    .NET Application Foundation?.......

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    Stefan Demetz wants Microsoft to create an Apache Foundation like organization for .NET developers . Here are a few observations (and my personal opinion) regarding the .NET community: Personal opinion: Microsoft should be a supporter and active...
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    To Webcast or to hold a local event?

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    I would like to know if developers are more likely to watch a webcast or attend a local event (assuming the topic is the same and it is of interest to them? Personally, I like the local events because there is more to be gained from the event than just...
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    Have you used the Eclipse development tool?

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    If you have used Eclipse  then I'd love for you to post some comments to tell us all what you like so much. What features exist in Eclipse that aren't in VS.NET or WebMatrix that you'd like to see included? I'd love to hear your opinions on the subject...
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    Looking for web based bug/defect tracking software.....

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    And I'm having a hard time finding one I like. I am interested in what you folks have used for web based bug tracking software...? Please give us all some good links, etc. in my comments section as I'm sure others are interested in this as well. I...
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    Microsoft is missing the SDLC boat....big time....

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    I think Visual Studio .NET is a pretty darn good IDE. Don't get me wrong, it has it's quirks (anyone else have to use TaskManager to 'Switch To' VS.NET when it becomes "stuck" in the task bar?) and idiosynchracies that I could do without. All in all,...
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    Do you miss ASPToday.com?

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    For those of you who didn't have a subscription to the site, I wrote a monthly column on ASPToday that focused on various software development issues. Shortly after Wrox went into liquidation and ASPToday.com was "turned off", I had a handful of people...
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    Do you miss 'Edit-and-Continue'?

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    I do. I loved the 'Edit-and-Continue' feature in Visual Basic 6.0. My C fill in the blank friends tell me that's because I write buggy code but I don't really care. I know one thing - I used it and I liked it. I'm glad that Microsoft plans to add this...
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    Language Wars.....

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    Chris Sells says: " Let The Language Wars Continue I think that the CLR languages *should* have different capabilities and that programmers should be proud of their choice of language! The skinning the pretends to separate two nearly identical...
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    Simple custom cache class.....

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    One of the projects I'm working in is a large ASP.NET application that will have both Mobile and WinForms bits plugged into it in the future. We want to cache data but we don't want it tied to the ASP.NET cache (even if it will work now without IIS on...
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    Making .NET accessible to our youth....

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    Martin Spedding had a discussion with friends in which they deduce that the young folks in software development are more interested in non-.NET platforms, tools, languages . I believe that your friends observation is accurate of many recent college...
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    Different part of the world means a different DevDays...apparently......

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    I've seen a few posts in the blogosphere regarding the DevDays events that have occurred throughout the world. The one thing that is very apparent is that you are not guaranteed to see the same content or even get the same “goodie bag” from...
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    Developers are not clueless.......

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    Ok, so I've now seen a bunch of posts on the subject of "why developers don't build scalable systems". Sure, it's been phrased different ways: “Why don't .NET developers grok scalable distributed computing? “ ” Disinterested Programmers...
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    DevDays 2004...I'll be there.....

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    I will be presenting at the DevDays event in Detroit, MI (March 3rd), Columbus, OH (March 17th), and Cleveland, OH (March 10th). Please track me down and say hi if you are at one of these events! The event will consist of two tracks: Web and Smart...
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    Do you read asp.netPRO magazine?

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    asp.netPRO magazine is the only ASP.NET magazine on the market (AFAIK). I wrote an article (and a handful of tips) for the magazine last year and have been reading the magazine since its first issue. I'm trying to decide where I would like to focus...
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    High School kids build ASP.NET Websites using Linux and Microsoft WebMatrix.....

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    Ok, so the heading is a little misleading and I'll explain in detail why later in the post. A few months ago (in March) I volunteered to work with a group of high school students at a local high school here in Detroit, MI. U of D High is a private...
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    Do you subscribe to MSDN Flash?

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    Is MSDN Flash useful to you? Do you subscribe? If you do, what do you like/dislike about the newsletter?
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    Great webcast on the Application Blocks is coming......

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    MSDN Webcast: Applying Microsoft Application Blocks to Increase Developer Productivity and Reduce Application Time-to-Market Live Event: October 29, 2003 - 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Pacific Time / 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time Event Description: The Microsoft...
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    Is AspToday.com worth the cost?

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    I remember when AspToday.com content was free. Here are the current prices for an AspToday.com subscription (found on http://www.asptoday.com/subscribe.asp ): All AspToday content (ASP.NET and Classic ASP) 12 months - $99 US 6 months - $60 US 3 months...
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    Space shuttle Colombia == Sadness

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    We, in the United States, often forget how blessed we are in many ways. Space travel has become routine and things like a shuttle returning to Earth barely get 30 seconds on the evening news. Well, today, our routine little world once again came crumbling...
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    Back from vacation.....

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    and it stinks. I mean, it was 75 degrees in Orlando, Florida and now I'm back home and it's 25 degrees (with three feet of snow) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Oh well, I have a nice Internet connection now so all is good. =) While I was sitting by the...
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    What is a Microsoft Regional Director?

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    Disclaimer: I don't work on the team that runs the Regional Director program but I do have a fundamental understanding of the progrma and I frequently work with the Regional Directors in my district.When in doubt, refer to the official Regional Director...
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