• Chris Koenig

    Visual Studio 2008 / .NET 3.5 SP1 Now Released!

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    The long anticipated update to Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 – Service Pack 1 – has now finally been released.  Many of you have probably been using the SP1 bits for some time now, so it’s time to upgrade to the final release bits...
  • Chris Koenig

    Want a PDC 2008 T-Shirt?

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    Then help us design it!  The PDC organizing committee is holding a contest for people to design the PDC 2008 Attendee T-Shirt.  The shirts will be Maroon this year (I need to talk to them about a Burnt Orange shirt next year) and the logo can...
  • Chris Koenig

    SQL Server 2008 RTM!

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    Grab your hats and clear out your bandwidth – it’s time to start downloading SQL Server 2008!  Previously codenamed “Katmai”, SQL Server 2008 represents some serious enhancements over SQL Server 2005 – read more about it at the SQL Server 2008 Press...
  • Chris Koenig

    New Release of Windows Live Tools for Visual Studio

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    The Windows Live team recently released and update to their Windows Live Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio, and added a new ASP.NET Server Control for Virtual Earth!  Now it is super easy to add a Virtual Earth capabilities to your ASP.NET applications...
  • Chris Koenig

    PostSharp now supports Silverlight 2!

    While I was over in Poland a few weeks (or is it months now?) ago I met Gael Fraiteur, creator of the awesome Open Source .NET AOP container called PostSharp .  We had a great talk about development, trends, history and music, as I recall, but one...
  • Chris Koenig

    Houston TechFest Registration is Now OPEN!

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    Registration is now open for Houston TechFest 2008 !  Scheduled for September 13, 2008 at the University of Houston, there are 40 sessions currently listed with more being added all the time.  According to the agenda , the list of speakers is...
  • Chris Koenig

    Live Mesh Simplifies Signup and Adds More Users

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    If you’re not already on the Mesh – now is a great time to join.  Here’s a recent post from the Live Mesh Blog: Interested in trying out the Live Mesh Technology Preview? The process for joining just became a lot easier. From the Live Mesh forum...
  • Chris Koenig

    Ann Arbor GiveCamp a HUGE Success!

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    Congratulations to Jennifer Marsman and the team running the Ann Arbor GiveCamp event last weekend.  What an amazing experience!  Read all about it on Jennifer’s blog .  I know from my personal experiences helping to organize and run a...
  • Chris Koenig

    User Group Meetings in South Central Distrct

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    According to last count , we’ve got about a bazillion user groups in South Central (that’s Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana).  Here’s some info on some upcoming user group meetings that you might be interested in: Thursday, July 17, 2008 6...
  • Chris Koenig

    More than you care to know about me…

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    I don’t usually go in for these things, but since it was Dave O’Hara that tagged me, I have to respond: What I was doing ten years ago I was working as a Senior Microsoft Development Consultant at Step Consulting in Greensboro, NC.  I had been working...
  • Chris Koenig

    First Dallas XNA Community User Group Meeting

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    Tonight marked the first ever Dallas XNA User Group meeting at the SMU Guildhall.   Most of the core group of us, as well as some new friends, were able to get together tonight to check out the venue, discuss what the group was going to cover...
  • Chris Koenig

    Ann Arbor, Northwest Arkansas and Houston GiveCamp Events

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      It looks like the GiveCamp phenomenon is really starting to catch on! This weekend is the first ever Ann Arbor GiveCamp event.  Jennifer Marsman , a friend and fellow Developer Evangelist from the Michigan area, planned a GiveCamp event for...
  • Chris Koenig

    Dallas XNA User Group

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    Just a reminder to everyone that the first ever Dallas XNA User Group meeting will be held on July 15th, 2008 at the SMU Guildhall .  The first meeting is all about getting to know the people who are interested in developing an XNA community in Dallas...
  • Chris Koenig

    GiveCamp Houston Needs Your Help!

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    My buddy and fellow DE J Sawyer is organizing a GiveCamp event over in Houston and needs your help .   Putting on a GiveCamp event takes a lot of work – coordinating charities, participants, volunteers, venue, food, prizes can easily become...
  • Chris Koenig

    Silverlight + Virtual Earth = VIEWS

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    My teammate Jared Bienz informed me the other day about a CodePlex project he just helped finish called VIEWS , which is a really cool Virtual Earth Wrapper for Silverlight. It's released as a a managed layer for integrating mapping in your Silverlight...
  • Chris Koenig

    Northwest Arkansas Trip

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    For those of you in the Northwest Arkansas area, I'l be visiting there on Monday-Wednesday of this week visiting various user groups and customers. I've put up a calendar of my travels so that everyone can see where I'll be and if I'll be speaking. If...
  • Chris Koenig

    Customizing the SharePoint/WSS UI – Part 1

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    Have you noticed that you can almost always spot a SharePoint site when you encounter one on the web? They all seem to have the same layout, with the familiar blue menus, and the little team icon in the upper-left hand corner. It’s always bugged me that...
  • Chris Koenig

    Speeding up Vista boots

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    I know it’s usually tacky to link blog, but this is too good to pass up.  Phil Wheat posted a great tip yesterday on speeding up your boot time on Windows Vista.  Here’s the post: Catching up on posts, and saw that Bryant Likes (over at my former...
  • Chris Koenig

    My Recent Trip to Poland

    I want to extend a HUMONGUS THANK YOU to my new friends in Poland for allowing me to travel out there a few weeks ago and meet with so many wonderful people in their community.  I had a great time travelling to and speaking at 5 different cities...
  • Chris Koenig

    Team System Gadget Contest

    Mike Azocar , Team System MVP in Houston is running a contest for people to create cool Team System gadgets.  He’s giving away an MSDN Team Suite subscription to the winner, so I’m sure there will be LOTS of submissions.  There are some rules...
  • Chris Koenig

    PDC Session List Announced

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    There are a TON of great sessions planned for PDC this year – and the session list is now posted . Some of the sessions I’m most interested in are:   Silverlight: Developing for Mobile Devices Silverlight provides the same great capabilities on mobile...
  • Chris Koenig

    Upcoming WF and WCF WebCasts

    There are a series of Deep-Dive MSDN WebCasts coming up that look to be very excellent!  Hosted by some of our communities most clever fellows and noted industry experts, we will all learn a lot about the advanced sides of Windows Communication Foundation...
  • Chris Koenig

    CodeFest comes to Second Life

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    If you’ve got some free time tomorrow, June 11th, you might want to check out the .NET CodeFest in Second Life/Live Meeting tomorrow afternoon.  My colleagues in Chicago Dave Bost and Larry Clarkin are hosting two sessions – one at 12PM PST and the...
  • Chris Koenig

    Bring on Silverlight 2 Beta 2!

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    Ok Silverlight fans, Silverlight 2 Beta 2 is now available for download .  It comes with a whole host of updated accessories including new versions of the Silverlight 2 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 , a new version of the DeepZoom Composer and an...
  • Chris Koenig

    Managed Services Engine - Home

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    The June 2008 CTP of  the Managed Services Engine is now available for you to download from CodePlex.  For those not familiar with MSE, it is a framework for developing Enterprise SOA : The MSE fully enables service virtualization through a...
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