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  • Blog Post: FREE Download - Windows Phone 8 Book

    Paul Thurrott , of Supersite for Windows fame, has finished the first edition of his Windows Phone 8 book, which he's making available for FREE download via his WindowsPhoneBook.com website. Better still, you can influence future editions of the book by sharing your feedback. Just download the PDF...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Mid-Atlantic Editorial for March 15th, 2011

    For those who don’t subscribe, here’s my local editorial for the MSDN Flash newsletter for Mid-Atlantic: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/gg681882.aspx In it, I cover why you should be looking forward to installing Visual Studio Service Pack 1 , and share information on upcoming Web Camps and User Groups...
  • Blog Post: Final version of Internet Explorer 9 is now available!

    Go grab it at http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ . Enjoy the fastest IE ever, with industry-leading JavaScript speed, full hardware acceleration, and HTML 5 support. Then there’s pinned sites, which allows your favorite websites to provide quick shortcuts to frequently-visited pages, like Amazon does in...
  • Blog Post: Community Megaphone Podcast Show #25 – Starting a New Conference with Chad Green!

    The latest episode of the Community Megaphone Podcast is up! In this episode, Andrew and guest host David Makogon talk to Chad Green, creator and organizer of CodepaLOUsa, about what’s involved in starting a new conference, why he wanted to subject himself to the amount of work involved, as well as his...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Available March 8th for MSDN Subscribers, general availability March 10th

    Great news! Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 will be available tomorrow for download for MSDN Subscribers , and will be generally available for download on March 10th, 2011. While the Service Pack is mostly focused on improvements in response to feedback on Visual Studio 2010, one new feature I want...
  • Blog Post: Show us Your Apps!

    I am loving my Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7 , and I’m working on a couple of apps that I think folks will like (details to come). Are you working on an app? Would you like to become a Windows Phone 7 developer? Now’s the time to get your applications in the marketplace, and be part of the growth of...
  • Blog Post: Tampa/Orlando Web Platform Firestarter Content and Links

    Thanks to all of the folks who came out for the Web Platform Firestarter events that Chris Bowen and I presented this week. If you’d like the slides from our presentations, you can find Chris’ slides via this post , and mine are available here . Additionally, some of the questions during the event prompted...
  • Blog Post: Slides from my DC Web Platform Firestarter, plus a Visual Studio / IE9 Workaround

    My thanks to all of the folks who came out for yesterday’s Web Platform Firestarter at our DC office yesterday. The room was packed tighter than a can of sardines, and I particularly appreciate everyone’s patience as we got the room squared away in the morning. I promised that I would post a link to...
  • Blog Post: IMPORTANT! Patch now available for ASP.NET POET Vulnerability

    Scott Guthrie has all the details, and links to manual installs for the patches if you don’t want to wait until they show up on Windows Update. If your site is hosted remotely, you should check with your web host to find out when they plan to install the patch.
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic Comes to Windows Phone 7!

    Well, if you were waiting for Visual Basic support before jumping on the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon, guess what? Time to start jumping! We’ve just released a CTP of Visual Basic support for the final release of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools. As with any CTP (community technology preview), you should...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Beta Released!

    http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ I’m at a team meeting this week, but I’ll be posting more thoughts and perhaps some demo videos once I’m back. For now, go get it! CAVEAT: Unlike the platform preview, which installed side-by-side with IE 8, the IE 9 beta will replace IE 8 when you install it, so if you...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio LightSwitch beta Training Kit Now Available for Download

    If you’ve seen the videos, or downloaded the Visual Studio LightSwitch beta, and you’re ready to dig in a little deeper, well you’re in luck. The team just posted a Training Kit for LightSwitch that contains demos and labs that will walk you through the process of creating a LightSwitch application,...
  • Blog Post: Slides and Code from CapArea.net User Group – Visual Studio 2010 Web Jumpstart

    I had a great time last night presenting at the Capital Area .NET User Group . I was thankful for the opportunity to share with the group what’s new in Web development for .NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 as part of their Visual Studio 2010 Community Launch event. What a great turnout, with over 65 folks...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 4 Now Available

    If you haven’t had a chance to try Internet Explorer 9, as a developer, you’re missing out on some great stuff. The fourth platform preview for Internet Explorer 9 is now available , and while it’s not intended as a replacement for your current browser (in fact, it installs side-by-side with previous...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix Introduced – Download Now Available!

    I’ve noted a couple of recent blog posts by Scott Guthrie announcing some nifty new tech bits, including IIS Express and SQL Server CE 4…now Scott has finally let the cat all the way out of the bag, announcing Microsoft WebMatrix , a new web development tool designed to streamline and simplify web development...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Azure Apps Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

    I noticed earlier this week, thanks to David Makogon , that a new release of the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio (v1.2) is now available . There’s much coolness in this release, particularly with respect to deeper Visual Studio integration (.NET 4 support, monitoring of compute and storage via...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 Now Available

    Very cool news from the Windows Team Blog : The Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7 was first introduced last May as a series of 6 applications that are designed to showcase Windows Touch in Windows 7 and to help people learn touch gestures. It consists of 3 casual games, and 3 Microsoft Surface applications...
  • Blog Post: New Favorite Tool: Windows Live Writer Backup

    If you’re blogging and not using Windows Live Writer to write your blog posts, stop reading NOW and go get it . Seriously. Just stop. OK. Now that that’s taken care of, if like me you rely on Windows Live Writer and the various plug-ins that are available for it (I use the Text Template plug-in for recurring...
  • Blog Post: Get Started Quickly with Web App Toolkits

    Just saw the following over at Marc Schweigert’s blog : http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/webapptoolkits/ “These FREE Web App Toolkits help you complete common web development tasks and quickly add new features to your apps. Whether it’s Bing Maps integration or adding social capabilities to your...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Lessons Learned Materials

    I just realized that I failed last week to post a link to my materials from my Silverlight Lessons Learned session at Richmond .NET UG . You can find the code and deck (these are from a previous delivery, but they’re mostly the same) on my SkyDrive site. Bing Maps Developer info can be found at: http...
  • Blog Post: Intro to jQuery Materials

    Thanks to all the folks who came out last night for my Intro to jQuery presentation last night at Charlottesville .NET . Apart from the whole getting lost thanks to my GPS refusing to acknowledge the new location of the group, I had a great time. As promised, here’s a link to the demo code , which...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Visual Studio 2010

    In anticipation of the launch of Visual Studio 2010 next March, I wanted to have some bling on my blog counting down the days ‘til the launch. The Visual Studio folks put together an HTML/CSS/JS widget that looked pretty cool, but was fixed  width, and wouldn’t fit the somewhat narrow sidebar on...
  • Blog Post: XAML PowerToys for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

    If you’re starting to work with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (and you should be, particularly if you’re doing WPF or Silverlight , Karl Shifflett has posted a new XAML PowerToys for the Cider designer in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 . The release includes a Grid Layout tool, as well as new menu options that...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit – October Preview

    Just got word via David Makogon that there’s a new release of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit available, the October Preview release. So if you’re itching to dig into what’s coming in the next version of Visual Studio and .NET, the training kit has hands-on labs, demos, and presentations...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is Here!

    If you’re an MSDN Subscriber, you can download Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 now via subscriber downloads . If you’re not, don’t fret, you’ll be able to get Beta 2 in just a couple of days. The nice folks at the 10-4 show have been kind enough to record a show walking you through...
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