Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

November, 2008


    Small Basic


    Just found out about this from Paul Thurrott's Supersite Blog. Very cool.


    Small Basic is a project that's aimed at bringing "fun" back to programming. By providing a small and easy to learn programming language in a friendly and inviting development environment, Small Basic makes programming a breeze. Ideal for kids and adults alike, Small Basic helps beginners take the first step into the wonderful world of programming.

    Small Basic


    MSDN Flash Links


    I wanted to post this for those who weren't aware of the information available in the monthly MSDN Flash. You can actually customize your subscription and you'll hear about events and opportunities from your local field evangelists. Check it out here:


    MSDN Flash Biweekly Newsletter

    A Great Developer Resource: All of Microsoft's Developer News in One E-mail

    MSDN Flash delivers critical developer news to you in one information-dense, compact newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest development news from Microsoft by subscribing today. Learn about the latest resources, SDKs, downloads, partner offers, security news, and national and local developer events. Every other week you'll get an e-mail containing pointers to all of the new articles, samples, and headlines from MSDN Online, the MSDN Library, the Knowledge Base, the Developer Centers, and other Microsoft Web sites. In addition, look for announcements of Microsoft and industry events, training opportunities, chats, and webcasts.

    Get the Developer News You Want with the Customizable MSDN Flash

    Whether you're a new or long-time subscriber, customizing MSDN Flash is easy. Just visit the MSDN Flash customization page (if you're not a subscriber, you'll be asked to subscribe on the way). From there, you can check which sections of MSDN Flash you want to receive, and your next issue will include all the headlines for that section. Clear the check boxes for the sections you're not interested in, and you'll receive only the top story for those sections.

    If you're an MSDN subscriber, or interested in news for students or public sector software developers, make sure you check the boxes for MSDN Subscriber Benefits, Student News and Resources, or Government Resources.

    See the Current Issue of MSDN Flash

    Interested? Check out the latest issue of MSDN Flash.


    New geekSpeak episodes posted to Channel 9


    I'm in the process of posting a small backlog of really excellent episodes of Glen Gordon's geekSpeak show to Channel 9. Keep your on on the page for updates over the next couple of days, or subscribe to one of the feeds listed below.



    Total Episodes: 42 | Subscribe:

    geekSpeak is a weekly “talk-radio” for developers by working developers. Co-hosted by Glen Gordon and Lynn Langit (MSDN events). You ask the questions – working experts answer. Engaging talk with whiteboard and demos – live or recorded. Pre-show questions and post-show resources on the geekSpeak blog.

    geekSpeak recording - SharePoint Wikis with David Mann
    geekSpeak recording - ASP.NET Dynamic Data with Rachel Appel
    geekSpeak recording - Virtualization for Developers with Step
    geekSpeak recording - Dynamic Languages and the DLR with Mike Vincent
    geekSpeak recording: The Mole Visualizer with Karl Shifflet


    Got Startup? Microsoft BizSpark


    Update: Here's a better BizSpark Link.

    New from Microsoft. (Who said this was a bad time to start a new company?)

    Microsoft BizSpark

    Microsoft BizSpark—Turning today’s most promising Startups into tomorrow’s most successful businesses.

    BizSpark is an innovative new program that unites Startups with entrepreneurial and technology resources in a global community with a common goal of supporting and accelerating the success of a new generation of high-potential Startups.


    Updating my domain forward and RSS


    This morning I updated my domain to point to this blog ( I also updated my Feedurner RSS feed to include the RSS from this blog rather than my old spaces blog.

    Things won't change to much if you're already subscribing to my feed, but you might see a few really old blog entries until I build up a number of new entries.

    If you haven't subscribed to my RSS feed and you want to, I would suggest using, which points at my FeedBurner feed and which will usually be pointed at whatever the latest RSS feed(s) I'm using.

    I should also mention that I'm on Twitter and if you want to follow me, just visit and click follow. And finally, you can always e-mail me directly at


    Live Mesh For Windows Mobile


    Update: I installed this and got a message that they were at capacity. So you might want to hold off for a bit.

    Another good find today on Channel 10.

    Live Mesh For Windows Mobile | Sarah In Tampa | Channel 10

    If you have a Windows Mobile 6.x phone and like either in the U.S. or U.K., then you can download and install the new Windows Live Mesh for Mobile client software, which is only being provided on a limited basis -  meaning, first-come, first-serve. To access the downloadable file, visit from your phone’s browser. If you had previously been running an older version of the Mesh Mobile Client, you’ll need to make sure that you upgrade to version number 0.9.3424.6 (You can check this through Menu -> About). If you need the upgraded client, the direct link is After installation, your phone becomes a member of your device ring, just like your desktop and laptop computers are, and you can then add mobile files to your mesh as well as access files from your other devices.


    Microsoft Security Threat Research


    One of the things you need to do to keep your software safe is to be aware of trends and vulnerabilities that are currently being exploited by attackers.

    Today I followed a link to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center from one of my friends on Twitter. Excellent find. This is a fantastic resource with tons of good information. (I've been out of the security business for way too long.)

    The Latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

    The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) provides an in-depth perspective on the changing threat landscape including software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software. Using data derived from hundreds of millions of Windows users, and some of the busiest online services on the Internet, this report also provides a detailed analysis of the threat landscape and the changing face of threats and countermeasures and includes updated data on privacy and breach notifications.


    WomenBuild at the PDC and the MDC


    I saw this morning that my friend Asli (among others) was interviewed by  Laura at the PDC last week about WomenBuild. Check out the interview and note that WomenBuild is going to be at the various MSDN Developer Conferences around the US.

    WomenBuild... inspiring career paths in technology | Laura Foy | Channel 10

    Last week at PDC I made it a point to swing by the WomenBuild networking event. The idea was to give groups of individuals (not necessarily solely women) LEGO® Bricks to build with as part of the LEGO® Serious Play Program (LSP). The goal was to incorporate the hands on process with the creative mind and....PLAY. It's always inspiring and astounding to see what happens when great minds gather and open conversation takes place amongst the worlds greatest developers and aspiring developers. It almost made me want to be a developer...Check out their FaceBook page and join me!
    Please REGISTER for the MSDN Developer Conference coming to a city near you for more experiences with WomenBuild!


    Microsoft PhizzPop Design Challenge for web designers and developers


    The first stop on the PhizzPop tour is tomorrow (Nov 4) in NYC. You can get details on that event here

    Microsoft PhizzPop Design Challenge for web designers and developers - Home

    PhizzPop is back for another round and we're searching the nation (and the globe) for top creative talent to join the PhizzPop Online Design Challenge and PhizzPop Tour. Join us on the PhizzPop Tour to watch the top agency talent as they show us their Expression Studio and Silverlight skills. Or, show us your design and development talent by submitting an entry to the PhizzPop Online Challenge. Are you ready to show us what you've got?

    There's also an online competition for those that can't make it to the cities on the tour. Check that out here.

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