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  • Blog Post: Stop 6 (Final Stop): Budapest, Hungary

    On Thursday, we had our last VSX European Tour event at the Microsoft office in Budapest. It was wasn't just a talk for a user group this time. It was a half day event focused specifically on VSX. Sandor Nacsa from the Budapest office helped us set up the event. We had the pleasure of sharing the day...
  • Blog Post: Stop 5: Prague, Czech Republic

    Our European Tour has brought us to Prague on Monday. This was the first time for me to visit Prague and I was completely blown away by the beauty of this city. I thought Paris was beautiful; Prague is even more beautiful (to me anyway)! In the afternoon, we met with 5 Developer Evangelists from the...
  • Blog Post: Stop 4: Zurich, Switzerland

    With the help of Rolf and Susan who organized the event, Jean-Marc and I presented to a user group in Zurich yesterday evening in a 3 hour session. We were somewhat disappointed at the low attendance - we only had about 20 people. But the audience was very engaged, so quality made up for the lack of...
  • Blog Post: Stop 3: Munich, Germany

    We are in Deutschland now and we visited the Microsoft Technology Center at Munich yesterday. It was a very nice set of buildings, and the meeting rooms are much more impressive than building 41 back in Redmond. They have multiple projectors and multiple LCD screens in the meeting room. Fancy.  ...
  • Blog Post: Update from Brussels

    You may have already seen my post about out session at Brussels. Sven Cipido from Ordina has just sent me some more pictures taken during our Brussels section, so I wanted to post them here. Jean-Marc and I in Ordina's office for Vsug.be.   See his entire photo collection of this event here .
  • Blog Post: Stop 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Bikes, lots of bikes. And trams too. Then there are also motorcycles, scooters, and cars. You better watch where you are walking while you are in Amsterdam! That was my first impression of this spectacularly amazing and energetic city! Jean-Marc and I arrived in Amsterdam to speak at DevDays. We spent...
  • Blog Post: Stop 1: Brussels, Belgium

    Yesterday in Brussels, we made our first of a series of presentations in our European tour. I met up with Jean-Marc in the morning at the Microsoft office in Brussels. We ran through our preparation work one more time to make sure we have everything ready. At noon, our host Katrien from DPE took us out...
  • Blog Post: Launch event wrapping up

    I just finished with my Chalk Talk session , and the launch event is winding down. Folks are heading over to the Launch party at 7 pm, but I will be flying home tonight. My session went well. Typically, chalk talks don't get much attendance, and I was expecting 20-30 people. But in this case, every single...
  • Blog Post: HEROES happen {here}

    I am in L.A. today and tomorrow, to attend and speak at the Visual Studio, SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 launch event. I feel very lucky to be able to participate in this historical event. This launch wave is the largest one ever for any developer / IT Pro based products. If you are not in L.A....
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates visits University of Waterloo

    Not that this has anything to do with VSX directly, but I came across a news bit about Bill visiting my alma mater earlier today. You can view more photos and read more about his visit here . Personally, I think he looks pretty good in the U of Waterloo sweat shirt ;-)
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Book on VSX

    I got pinged by Keyvan today. He and I have never met before, but he told me that he is in the process of writing a book on VSX, and would like our team to review it. My response is: OF COURSE! It's awesome to see that there are developers in the VSX Community who are doing that. In case you are interested...
  • Blog Post: Source Code Outliner PowerToy is now available for VS 2008!

    The popular Source Code Outliner PowerToy has been updated for VS2008. Get it now from MS Download Center !
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 IDE Tips and Tricks

    As some of you may know, I used to work in the Visual Studio IDE team before I joined the Ecosystem team. While I was there, I worked on various IDE features such as Visual Studio settings, Window Management, Command/Menus, Toolbox, Task List/Error List, Customer Experience Improvement program, etc....
  • Blog Post: New Team Mascot...

    I forgot to mention that shortly after our team shipped VS SDK 3.0, our team got a new mascot. The good folks on the marketing team was kind enough to give us our new team mascot after our team bowling event... SUSAN! Here is a picture of Susan sitting in my office. Best of all - Susan comes with...
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