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  • Blog Post: MSDN Library Home Mockup to Simplify Finding the Product Docs

    The MSDN Library is the primary showcase of our Microsoft product documentation.  It’s a treasure trove of gems.  The problem is, if you don’t know where to look, sometimes finding the documentation you’re looking for can be a challenge.   Part of your success hinges on finding the...
  • Blog Post: Customer-Connected Engineering (CCE)

    I’ve originally shared this in other places and other ways, but I’m consolidating here to make it easier to share a link.  As more teams ask me about Customer-Connected Engineering (CCE), it’s easier to just point them here for a quick overview. Customer Connected Engineering is a practice we’ve...
  • 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: 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: 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: The Design of the MSDN Hub Pages

    This is a behind the scenes look at my involvement in the creation of the MSDN Hub pages. The MSDN Hub pages you get to from the main “buttons” on the MSN home (pictured above.) Specifically, these are the actual pages: Cloud Hub Desktop Hub Phone Hub Web Hub The...
  • Blog Post: Windows IA (Information Architecture)

    One of my key projects over the last six months was to figure out an Information Architecture (IA) for the Microsoft Windows platform. This post is a behind the scenes look at how I went about figuring out a simple IA for the Windows platform. You can think of an IA simply as how you structure, organize...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Blue Books for Platform Impact

    Why invest in prescriptive guidance or “Blue Books” for Microsoft platform impact? While the answer is obvious to many, it’s not as obvious to others, so I’ll attempt to paint the picture here. Building Secure ASP.NET Applications was the first “blue book” at Microsoft, but it was Improving Web Application...
  • Blog Post: My Projects on MSDN

    This post is a simple way to browse the bulk of my patterns & practices work on MSDN and CodePlex.   After I walk customers through things, the next question is usually, "OK, so where do we find this?"  This is the link I'll be sharing. Guides Application Architecture Guide...
  • Blog Post: New Release: patterns & practices App Arch Guide 2.0 Beta 1

    Today we released our patterns & practices App Arch Guide 2.0 Beta 1 .  This is our guide to help solution architects and developers make the most of the Microsoft platform.  It's a distillation of many lessons learned.  It’s principle-based and pattern-oriented to provide a durable...
  • Blog Post: WCF Security Guide is Now Available in HTML

    Our guide, patterns & practices Improving Web Services Security:Scenarios and Implementation Guidance for WCF is now available in HTML.
  • Blog Post: New Release: patterns & practices WCF Security Guide (BETA)

    Today we released our WCF Security guide, patterns & practices Improving Web Services Security: Scenarios and Implementation Guidance for WCF . This is our Microsoft playbook for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF - "Indigo".) It shows you how to build secure Web services using WCF. It's a compendium...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices WCF Security Practices at a Glance Now Available

    For this week's release in our patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance project, we released our first version of our WCF Security Practices at a Glance . Practices At a Glance gives you a bird's-eye view of how to perform common tasks. They are scannable and outcome-driven so that you can quickly...
  • Blog Post: 6 New patterns & practices WCF Security How Tos

    We have 6 new How Tos for this week's release of our patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance Project . WCF Security How Tos How To - Perform Input Validation in WCF How To - Perform Message Validation with Schemas in WCF How To - Use basicHttpBinding with Windows Authentication and TransportCredentialOnly...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices WCF Security Questions and Answers Now Available

    What are your key security-related questions with WCF? More importantly, what are the answers? For this week's release of our WCF Security Guidance Project , we posted our WCF Security Q&A (Questions and Answers) to CodePlex. To create the questions and answers set, we first gathered and organized...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices WCF 3.5 Security Guidelines Now Available

    For this week's release in our patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance project , we released our first version of our WCF 3.5 Security Guidelines . Each guideline is a nugget of what to do, why, and how. The goal of the guideline format is to take a lot of information, compress it down, and turn...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance: Updated Application Scenarios

    For this week's release in our patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance project , we added new sections to our WCF Security Application Scenarios . We added sections for analysis, code and configuration examples. The analysis section explains the rationale behind some of the decisions. The idea...
  • Blog Post: patterns and practices WCF Security Guidance Now Available

    Our patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance Project is in progress on CodePlex. This is our first release of prescriptive guidance modules for WCF Security. How Tos Our How Tos give you step by step instructions for performing key tasks: How To - Create and Install Temporary Certificates...
  • Blog Post: Guidance Share Sweep

    One of the most important things I did while I was on vacation was sweeping Guidance Share . Guidance Share is where I consolidate my body of software engineering guidance and test user experiences. I redesigned the home page for simpler browsing and findability. It was more pain than pleasure for me...
  • Blog Post: Now on Amazon: Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications

    Our patterns & practices Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications book is now available on Amazon. Buy the Book on Amazon Download the PDF Browse the HTML
  • Blog Post: Now on Amazon: Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server

    Our patterns & practices Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server book is now available on Amazon. Buy the Book on Amazon Download the PDF Browse the HTML
  • Blog Post: Now on MSDN: patterns & practices Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications

    You can now find our patterns & practices Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications on MSDN in HTML. It's the same guidance we hosted on CodePlex. CodePlex was our channel for agile release of the guidance. Once we baked the guidance, we ported it to MSDN. Contents at a Glance Here's the...
  • Blog Post: Now on MSDN: patterns & practices Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Guide

    You can now find our patterns & practices Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server guide on MSDN in HTML. It's the same guidance we hosted on CodePlex. CodePlex was our channel for agile release. Once we baked the guidance, we ported to MSDN. For some customers, MSDN is a trusted...
  • Blog Post: New Release: patterns & practices Team Development with Team Foundation Server Guide

    Today we release the final version of our patterns & practices: Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server . It's our Microsoft playbook for Team Foundation Server. It shows you how to make the most of the Team Foundation Server. It's a compendium of proven practices, product team...
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