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  • Blog Post: MVP Summit 2007

    It's that time again...the MVP Global Summit is happening this week in Seattle and Redmond. The first Summit was one of my favorite experiences so far working at Microsoft--I love talking to customers and hearing it "from the horse's mouth." It's not often that I get to actually meet with people face...
  • Blog Post: The Developer Solutions Team is in a Book!

    If you've been following my blog or the blogs of my teammates ( Josh , Sara , Jeremy , Bertan , or Kannan ), you might be interested in the very latest about Power Toys and tools for Windows development. Don't you just wish you could take more information about power tools and curl up in front of a fireplace...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back at 2006

    It's been nearly a year since I started this blog, and unfortunately as of late, I've been pretty bad at keeping it updated. I'll blame it on the craziness that was December 2006—between traveling for the holidays and Washington's recent string of weather-related maladies, it's been difficult to find...
  • Blog Post: TFS Administration Tool 1.2 Released

    I'm happy to announce yet another release of the TFS Administration Tool, incorporating another code gift from a great community member. This release of the tool adds the ability to administer TFS installations configured to use only SSL. Thank you Oren--your help is much appreciated! As always...
  • Blog Post: Idea: "Wiki" Code Snippets at the top of Forum Threads

    This is just a short, half-baked idea that I'd love some feedback about. It's pretty common in the forums for users to post a code snippet in their question, say "Hey! This isn't working!" and then having a conversation with the community about how they should fix their code so it works. The problem...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Code Snippet Designer – Alpha Release

    Wow—looks like I'm going to keep going on the "lazy" theme that I've started over the past few weeks, when I blogged about the availability of my team's Power Toy Pack Installer and Resource Refactoring tools. Everyone wants to be able to write code more quickly, and we all know that from app to app...
  • Blog Post: Another Power Toy...the Resource Refactoring Tool

    If you're like me, you're lazy. You'd rather order out than cook, rather buy a robot vacuum than vacuum yourself, and you don't like clicking around when you're writing code. You know that it's a good idea to put all of the strings in your program into a resource file--but it's just easier to type them...
  • Blog Post: Power Toys for Visual Studio Pack Installer

    Recently, I walked past our "Shared Source" poster hanging my team's hallway, and I saw it was covered in pastel Post-It notes. Sara , our "Queen of Shared Source", had hung a Post-It note for every one of the Power Toys that our team has been involved in helping to release. Some of them were brewed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 Released (w/ ASP.NET 2.0 configuration plug-in)

    I'm very happy to announce that today we released the 1.0 version of the Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer to the web. The Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer is a tool and framework that allows for the analysis of system elements against predefined "rules" to help users optimize their configurations...
  • Blog Post: ForumExplorer: A Better(?) Way to Moderate the MSDN Forums

    A couple of months ago I created a small tool that utilized some of the cool meta tag searching capabilities of MSN Search and published it out to GotDotNet. It was simple, but definitely helps overcome one of the biggest limitations in the forums--lousy search. That little tool catalyzed a project...
  • Blog Post: Searching for Code Online

    While drinking my much improved coffee this morning and doing my rounds through my RSS feeds, I happened about a Slashdot post about Google offering a new " code search ". It's interesting stuff--especially how the FAQ mentions that they can't guarantee that the code that they are returning to you is...
  • Blog Post: Preview Release of the Best Practices Analyzer Now Available from CodePlex

    Following hot the heels of the 1.1 release of the TFS Administration Tool, I'm pleased to announce the availability of the preview release of the Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer. This preview release includes an automatic updater that will update your analyzer rules from the Internet, a new rules file...
  • Blog Post: TFS Administration Tool 1.1 RTW - A Community-Driven Release!

    I'm happy to announce that the very first community-driven release of any of the Power Toys for Visual Studio , the TFS Administration Tool 1.1, was just published on CodePlex and is available for download ! Not only am I excited because I'm seeing a small group of great developers take interest in...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Bug Bash the 1.1 Release of the TFS Admin Tool!

    We've had quite a few community contributions to the tool over the past few months, and we're almost ready to release version 1.1 of the TFS Admin Tool, but we need your help! Go ahead, download the newest build, and let us know what you think! http://www.codeplex.com/Project/FileDownload.aspx?ProjectName...
  • Blog Post: What Would a Great Forum Moderator Toolbar Look Like?

    Moderating the MSDN Forums can be tough work. There are posts to be edited, questions to be moved, trouble users to deal with, and of course, questions to be answered. Internally, we've been using an application called "Answerme" to help ease the burden of this moderation. Answerme's essentially a webpage...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Forums MSN Search Tool

    I've blogged about using Live.com macros to make searching the forums a breeze, but the feedback I've gotten is that the macros themselves are difficult to create, especially for the forums. It's a pain to troubleshoot whether or not the queries are working, and how exactly to use the meta tags (do I...
  • Blog Post: Live.com Search Macros for the MSDN Forums

    One of the cooler recent features that the Live.com search team has released is the creation of macros for searches—essentially a way to save the long advanced search parameters that you can add to a search to scope your search down. A common example is scoping by site—adding “site:www.imdb.com” after...
  • Blog Post: Best Practice Analyzer for ASP.Net Alpha Released!

    One of the most difficult parts of ASP.Net 2.0 application creation is configuring your site correctly. It’s easy enough to actually set the settings, but how do you know the settings are correct? What are the best practices for ASP.Net site configuration, and how do you check that your site is following...
  • Blog Post: TFS Administration Tool 1.0 Released...with Shared Source!

    It's been a long road, but it's finally happened...the first version of the Team Foundation Server Administration Tool has been released to the web! The TFS Admin Tool allows a TFS Administrator to quickly add, delete, and modify permissions for TFS users across the three platforms that TFS utilizes...
  • Blog Post: Why the Developer Solutions Team is a Great Place to Work

    A while back, Josh asked for his blog readers' opinions on why somebody should want to join the Developer Solutions team that he leads. He's already received a great response from an outside reader , but I thought it might add something to hear a testimonial from the horse's mouth. I've been working...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 Video on VS Power Toys Team

    I didn't want to be the last one on my team to the blogging party today about mentioning that our team finally got its video posted to Channel9, but, hey, I had a root canal today. Take it easy on me. :) Check out the video here: http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=177200 I bet the...
  • Blog Post: TFS Administration Tool Updated to Support RC of TFS

    As I blogged about on the DDCPX Blog ... "Updated binaries have been posted on GotDotNet for the TFS Administration Tool, making the tool compatible with the most recent version of Team Foundation Server (the Release Candidate). The new release also fixes a bug where the tool would crash if a user...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Beta 1 of the TFS Administration Tool!

    Outside of just the MSDN Forums, I also have had the opportunity to work as the Program Manager on the Aftermarket Solutions / Power Toys team here in Visual Studio. Today we just released our first three Power Toys, including the Power Toy I acted as the Program Manager for, the TFS Administration Tool...
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