Jennifer Marsman

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    Live Blogging from the 2009 Give Camp

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    Today, we kicked off simultaneous Give Camps in Ann Arbor, Columbus, and Knoxville!  I'm at the Ann Arbor camp.  At this location, here is the breakdown of technologies used on our 16 projects for nonprofit organizations.  DotNetNuke -...
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    Azure Pricing Announced!

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    Everyone has been waiting for this for a long time (if I had a dime every time I was asked the pricing model for Azure, I'd be rich), and here it is...the pricing for Azure has been announced!  For Windows Azure specifically, here is the skinny:...
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    Upcoming Give Camps on July 17-19: Geek Out for a Good Cause!

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    Those of you who know me well have probably heard me gush about Give Camps at one time or another.  If you haven't, take a minute and read last year's Ann Arbor Give Camp writeup or Lansing's Give Camp summary .  In those posts, I link to a...
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    Work-Stealing in .NET 4.0

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    There is some truly amazing support for parallel programming in .NET 4.0.  One of the compelling new features of the Thread Pool in .NET 4.0 is work-stealing, which allows work to be processed by worker threads more efficiently.  First of all...
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    Architecture Summit in Southfield, MI

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    nPlus1.org is hosting its fourth Architecture Summit on July 31st at the Microsoft office in Southfield, MI.  The topic of this summit will be Patterns and Principles. Session One: Software Patterns Patterns are an important tool to use as architects...
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    Parallel.For in .NET 4.0

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    In version 4.0 of the .NET Framework, there is a lot of support for parallel programming. One cool class to know is System.Threading.Parallel , which contains a number of static methods to parallelize loops and regions. Consider this code which uses...
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    XBOX Project Natal

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    I am completely psyched about XBOX Project Natal .  How sweet is that? Without a controller, the game responds to your body’s movements. You can watch real people using it at the E3 conference.
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    Events hosted by SRT Solutions

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    SRT Solutions is running a number of events next week, which may be of interest to those in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area.  First, there is a Software Stimulus lab on Monday, June 15.  This features two distinct sessions: the morning session introduces...
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    Interview on Windows Azure, hosted by David Giard

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    David Giard hosted me on his webcast series .  The topic was Windows Azure .  Links: http://www.davidgiard.com/2009/05/28/JenniferMarsmanOnWindowsAzure.aspx http://www.viddler.com/explore/dgiard/videos/135/
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    Queues in Windows Azure Storage

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    This warrants calling out - the queues in Windows Azure aren't your typical FIFO queue/dequeue mechanism.  They actually use a two-step dequeuing process.  Imagine the typical Windows Azure architecture where a web role (or multiple web roles...
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    Windows Azure Developer Contest - Win Fame and Fortune (literally)!

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    This new CloudApp() contest looks extremely cool: the objective is to create a cloud application running on Windows Azure.  There are categories for both .NET and PHP applications.  The contest will be judged by Michael Cote, Om Malik, and you...
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    Surface Development Part 5: Futures and Resources

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    Hopefully you've learned a little about Surface development this week!  I didn't originally intend to have a fifth section, but wanted to include the new announcements and some resources for further investigation.  First, at TechEd last week...
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    Surface Development Part 4: Reacting to Physical Objects

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    Surface has the ability to recognize and respond to actual physical real-world objects placed on the Surface top, and it does this by means of tags.  Recognize There are two types of tags that are recognized by Surface's vision system: Byte tags...
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    Surface Development Part 3: ScatterView

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    One of the special facets of Surface applications is that they are highly collaborative, because you have a 360-degree view of the application.  To support this amazing experience, a good class to learn is ScatterView , in the namespace Microsoft...
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    Surface Development Part 2: Surface Controls

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    Are you familiar with WPF?  If so, you’re most of the way there with Surface development!  Many of the Surface controls derive from and have similar functionality to corresponding WPF controls, but provide extra enhancements for the Surface...
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    Surface Development Part 1: What is the Microsoft Surface?

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    This post is the beginning of a four-part series on developing for the Microsoft Surface .  But before you can write cool apps for the Microsoft Surface, you should understand what it is.  The Surface is a coffee-table-sized touch computer that...
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    Lansing Give Camp 2009: Coding for Charity!

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    I am truly proud of the amazing people in our software development community.  The Lansing Give Camp was an inspirational weekend of coding for charity.  The Lansing Give Camp was held April 24-26, 2009 at the Impression 5 Science Center (which...
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    Missed MIX?

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    Yes, so did I.  :)  I attended PDC this year, and my colleague Jeff Blankenburg covered MIX .  In case you're not familiar, MIX is a conference for designers and developers focused on user experience and innovative web solutions. ...
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    Upcoming Speaking Engagements

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    I'm giving a number of upcoming public presentations.  If any of the below topics interest you, feel free to attend.      Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing (MICWIC) - 4/3/2009-4/4/2009  http://www.egr.msu.edu/~msuwic...
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    Featured Woman in Technology: Rebecca Norlander

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    Rebecca Norlander is one of my personal heroines. Microsoft holds an annual Women's Conference, and I remember attending when I had just joined the company out of college, and being inspired by Rebecca's talk. She is one of the most senior-level women...
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    Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day!

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    Tuesday, March 24 is "Ada Lovelace Day".  Ada Lovelace is credited with being the first computer programmer.  She worked with Charles Babbage, who designed the first mechanical programmable computer, called the "Analytical Engine"...
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    Building Applications with SQL Server 2008

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    Yesterday I gave a webcast on developer functionality in SQL Server 2008.  I covered SQL Server spatial  support, T-SQL enhancements, Visual Studio integration, and SQL CLR.  Here is a link to the recording on LiveMeeting: https://www.livemeeting...
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    MSDN Developer Conference Video

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    Andy Erickson attended the MDC in Atlanta, and created this amazing video that truly captures the energy of the event.  Thanks, Andy!  I'm getting really excited for the Detroit MDC next week!  You can still register at http://www.msdndevcon...
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    My Favorite Feature in Windows 7

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    It's the little things that matter most.  My favorite new feature in Windows 7 is this dialog right here: Oh yes!  A default printer can be associated with a network.  That means that you can have a default printer at work and a default...
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    Missed the PDC? Catch the content live at the MDC!

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    The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is one of my favorite conferences.  But it is an investment, especially when you factor in the cost of airfare and a week in a downtown LA hotel, in addition to the cost of the conference.  In today...
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