Noah Coad

A Microsoft Program Manager on Visual Studio Platform (and an underground coder, lifehacker, hockey player)

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  • Blog Post: Farewell Microsoft

    After three Visual Studio releases and five and a half years with Microsoft, I’m moving back to Texas! My journey began on a mysterious new product code named “Burton”, which became Visual Studio Team System.  Those first three years with VSTS shipping “Whidbey” (VS 2005) and “Orcas” (VS 2008) were...
  • Blog Post: Hannah Wins National Poster Contest

    In 2003 my 5th grade sister Hannah Joy entered the Arbor Day National Poster Contest and took 1st at State, and then went on to win 1st in the national round out of 75,000 participating schools.  At state she planted a tree on the State Capitol property with the Governor of Idaho and then was flown...
  • Blog Post: Joined the Visual Studio Platform Team

    In my pursuit of getting closer to the heart of our development tools, I've taken up a new position as a PM on the Visual Studio Platform team! Team System has been my home since I first joined Microsoft three years ago and I believe it is an amazing product that is helping making software development...
  • Blog Post: Backpacking Alaska Lake

    Dawn and I went backpacking this past weekend to Alaska Lake, up the Gold Creek Trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area of Washington.   It was a beautiful 6 mile hike, crossing three streams, and climbing 1200 feet in the last mile on an unmaintained old trail.  There were majestic...
  • Blog Post: Backpacking Lower Lena Lake

    This past weekend Dad, Josiah, Dawn and I went backpacking at Lower Lena Lake in the Olympic National Forest in Washington. It was absolutely beautiful, even though it raining lightly when we started out. Here are some pics... J Watch a slide show to see all the photos (on flickr ). We also have a tiny...
  • Blog Post: Jan 28th - My 28th Birthday

    Yup, it's 28 yrs as of today. Just thought it'd be fun to drop a quick note on the world that I've survived another year. It's also my grandfather's 78th birthday, Happy Birthday Grandpa! :) What's in a Name? My Mom reminded me that when I was born, she had never personally known or knew anyone living...
  • Blog Post: I've Been Tagged - 5 Things About Me

    I've been tagged by Jeff Beehler & Jim Lamb , so here's 5 things about me you may have not known... - 1- I grew up on a small farm in Texas. Since I was lactose intolerant, but loved cereal, we had a few goats and I milked one twice a day growing up. At any given time we had about 100 chickens, half...
  • Blog Post: Friends? You+Me+Netflix

    Got a Netflix account? Let's be friends , and share queues / recently watched lists. I'm always looking for good recommendations and perhaps you can find some too. My netflix account is noah@coad.net Please include your real full name when adding. :) As a related link, awhile back I posted some of my...
  • Blog Post: Music I Wrote as a Kid

    When I was about 14yrs old I was playing around with MIDI on the PC, I didn't have a piano keyboard, long before MP3s were around. I wrote the three little tunes. I recently came across them and thought I'd share. :) Friends , my 1st, a duet for piano and violin (1min), but that's a "trumpet" sound playing...
  • Blog Post: Chris and Sharon Wed at Ren Faire

    Dawn and I just visited the Texas Renaissance Festival where friends of ours, Chris Aquino & Sharon O'Brian, got married! Dawn and Sharon have been best of friends since they were young. It was truly a renaissance wedding and absolutely beautiful!! Here are a few photos, use this link to see all...
  • Blog Post: Texas Renaissance Festival

    This past weekend my wife and I flew down to Houston Texas for the largest renaissance festival in the US, the Texas Ren Faire . Dawn has been going to the fair for over a decade and I've been the last four or five years. We always have a blast! There are just a few posted here, use this link to see...
  • Blog Post: Andre Rieu Concert

    Last week Dawn , my sister Sarah, and I attended an Andre Rieu concert in Seattle, it was a blast! Andre is known around the world for his orchestra w/ choir and traveling guests. The orchestra ladies dress in beautiful gowns, they play fun music, and have excellent soloists. The shows are frequently...
  • Blog Post: Gang Green Team Photo

    My hockey team, Gang Green , just entered the Winter 2006 season of the Greater Seattle Hockey League (part of USA Hockey ). This is our 2nd season and we just got new jerseys! Our team website is http://ganggreen.org/ That's me in the middle with the C on my chest. (p.s. Yes, we won this game!)
  • Blog Post: Dawn Does 1st Triathlon, The Danskin

    My wife has been training and preparing for months to do the Danskin Sprint Triathlon , which is a 1/2 mile swim, a 20k bike, and a 5k run. She just did the whole thing on August 20th in just 2 hours! Congratulations Dawn , I'm so proud of you!!! It was an amazing event. Over 3,800 participants. Dawn...
  • Blog Post: My 13yr old Sister Hannah is Blogging! + Counts Binary on Her Fingers

    Family came in from Idaho this weekend and last night we set up my 13yr old sister Hannah Joy with her own e-mail address and her own blog. It’s great to see you blogging sis! Dancer Hannah Joy http://dancerhannahjoy.blogspot.com/ When she was just 9yrs old I taught her how to covert numbers...
  • Blog Post: My Wife, Dawn

    My wife, Dawn Melody Coad , and I have been married for just over a year now! Wow, what a year! We’ve been through a lot, and come through everything closer together than ever. Being married is just amazing… always someone there to support you, love you, be your motivation, and share life...
  • Blog Post: My Book is Published - Pro VSTS by Wrox

    It’s about time I blog that… my book has been published! Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System by Wrox Press . This has been over a year in the making! #1 thanks goes out to Jean-Luc David , the lead author. Not only did he let me participate in the book, but he was very easy to...
  • Blog Post: You are: Iron Man

    My friend, and a VSTS MVP, Joe Sango had this on his blog, he is The Hulk , so I gave it a try. Quick easy and fun. My results below. ———————————————- You are Iron Man Iron Man ...
  • Blog Post: Work Life Ballance, a Perspective

    In today’s busy, long hour, stressful work force, keeping a good “work life balance” is a key goal. But what does this mean for the work part? I’m working with some managers in Visual Studio to address our people staffing needs and this issue came up today. Say you work 8 to...
  • Blog Post: My Hockey Team - Gang Green

    I realize now I haven’t blogged a thing about my hockey team! About two months ago I enrolled in a 10 class / 5 week “learn to play” ice hockey course. It was great! I played a season of roller hockey in high-school, but have always wanted to try ice. It’s a lot harder to skate...
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