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  • Blog Post: A Map for the Microsoft Application Development Platform

    When you can speak the language, it’s easier to find your way around.   One of the key things I’ve learned at Microsoft is that I can find my way around the platform fast, *if* I know the language.   The language usually consists of scenarios or topics, features, and APIs. The toughest...
  • Blog Post: Developer Guidance Maps Roundup for ADO.NET, ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Azure and Windows Phone

    Developer Guidance Maps are treasure maps and guided tours of our developer content collections.  They are consolidated and organized views of content collections spanning Channel9, MSDN Developer Centers, MSDN Library, Code Gallery, CodePlex, the All-in-One Code Framework, www.ASP.net, www.Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Guidance Map

    If you’re interested in development with the Microsoft Windows Phone, this map is for you.   Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training.  The challenge is -- how do you find all of the various content...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Developer Guidance Map

    If you’re interested in Microsoft data access (ADO.NET, Entity Framework, etc.), this map is for you.   Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training.  The challenge is -- how do you find all of the various...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Developer Guidance Map

    If you’re a Windows Azure developer or you want to learn Windows Azure, this map is for you.   Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training.  The challenge is -- how do you find all of the various content...
  • Blog Post: Code Sample Collections Roundup for ADO.NET, ASP.NET, Silverlight, WCF, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone

    Code Sample Collections are a simple way to gather, organize, and share code samples.  Rather than a laundry list, each collection is organized by a set of common categories for that specific technology.  The collections of code samples are created by mapping out the existing code samples from...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Code Samples Collection

    The Microsoft Windows Phone Code Samples Collection is a roundup and map of Windows Phone code samples from various sources including the MSDN library, Code Gallery, CodePlex, and Microsoft Support. You can add to the Windows Phone code examples collection by sharing in the comments or emailing me...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Code Samples Collection

    The Microsoft Windows Azure Code Samples Collection is a roundup and map of Windows Azure code samples from  various sources including the MSDN library, Code Gallery, CodePlex, and Microsoft Support. You can add to the Windows Azure code examples collection by sharing in the comments or emailing...
  • Blog Post: WCF Code Samples Collection

    The Microsoft WCF Code Samples Collection is a roundup and map of WCF code samples from  various sources including the MSDN library, Code Gallery, CodePlex, and Microsoft Support. You can add to the WCF code examples collection by sharing in the comments or emailing me at FeedbackAndThoughts at...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Code Samples Collection

    The ASP.NET Code Samples Collection is a roundup and map of ASP.NET code samples from various sources including the MSDN library, www.ASP.net, Code Gallery, CodePlex, and Microsoft Support. You can add to the ASP.NET code examples collection by sharing in the comments or emailing me at FeedbackAndThoughts...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Code Samples Collection

    The ADO.NET Code Samples Collection is a roundup and map of some of the various data access code samples from  various sources including the MSDN library, Code Gallery, CodePlex, and Microsoft Support. You can add to the code examples collection by sharing in the comments or emailing me at FeedbackAndThoughts...
  • Blog Post: Scenario Maps Roundup for ADO.NET, ASP.NET, Silverlight, WCF, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone

    Scenario Maps are a simple way we collect, organize, and share user scenarios for a given problem space or technology.  They serve as a fast and scannable index of the problems that users face.  They are one of the most effective ways to see the forest from the trees.  Rather than get...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Scenarios Map

    The Microsoft Windows Phone Scenarios Map is a consolidated and shared view of the common scenarios and tasks developing applications hosted on Windows Phones. You will find Getting Started and Architecture scenarios first, followed by other common areas. Scenarios in each group should represent common...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Scenarios Map

    The Windows Azure scenarios map is a consolidated and shared view of the common scenarios and tasks developing applications for the Windows Azure platform. You will find Getting Started and Architecture scenarios first, followed by other common areas. Scenarios in each group should represent common tasks...
  • Blog Post: WCF Scenarios Map

    The Microsoft WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) scenarios map is a consolidated and shared view of the common scenarios and tasks around developing WCF services. You will find Getting Started and Architecture scenarios first, followed by other common areas. Scenarios in each group should represent...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Scenarios Map

    The Microsoft Silverlight Scenarios Map is a consolidated and shared view of the common scenarios and tasks developing Silverlight applications. You will find Getting Started and Architecture scenarios first, followed by other common areas. Scenarios in each group should represent common tasks developers...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Scenarios Map

    The Microsoft ASP.NET Scenarios Map is a consolidated and shared view of the common scenarios and tasks with ASP.NET. You will find Getting Started and Architecture scenarios first, followed by other common areas. Scenarios in each group should represent common tasks developers would face when building...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Application Platform at a Glance

    “To stay on the map you've got to keep showing up.” -- Peter Gallagher Periodically I create a map of the Microsoft application platform.  (Here is my previous map of the Microsoft application platform .)   Making the map helps me stay on top of the platform, identify potential changes...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Scenarios Map

    The ADO.NET Scenarios Map is a consolidated and shared view of the common scenarios and tasks around Microsoft data access technologies. You will find Getting Started and Architecture scenarios first, followed by other common areas. Scenarios in each group should represent common tasks developers would...
  • Blog Post: 5 Keys to Effective Scenario Maps

    The better the map of the problem space we have, the better we can shape our platform and technologies, improve our tooling, and create more effective prescriptive guidance.  The key to an effective map of the problem space is creating a simple frame for the problem space, and getting customers...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Developer Guidance Map

    If you’re a Silverlight developer or you want to learn Silverlight, this map is for you.   Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training.  The challenge is -- how do you find all of the various content collections...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Developer Guidance Map

    If you’re an ASP.NET developer or you need to learn ASP.NET, this map is for you. Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training. The challenge is -- how do you find all of the various content collections? …...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Developer Centers at a Glance

    I created a simple map of the MSDN Developer Centers. I’m doing a quick assessment and evaluation of the Information Architecture across the various Dev Centers. I exposed the URLs so I could see at a glance, where the Dev Center actually lives. Before I give my feedback on the Dev Centers, I like...
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