Pedro Silva's Blog

Development lead on Visual Studio Platform team focusing on the extensibility of Visual Studio.

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  • Blog Post: Changing blog layout

    Well, I tried using a prettier stylesheet layout for my blog, but it's not very good at should code. It doesn't use the screen real estate very well... Oh well, it was worth a shot. But, now I'm going back to a code-friendly layout.
  • Blog Post: Comic Sans typeface

    Apparently there's quite an upheaval over the Comic Sans typeface... with folks even wishing to ban it (there's a Ban Comic Sans movement even). Though I think they could probably use a new hobby... :) Don't know, I've always kind of liked that font... not that developers are a good measure of aesthetics...
  • Blog Post: Happy Easter

    Had a really good week talking with a lot of customers at our VSIP clinic. Met a lot of the folks extending Visual Studio in cool interesting ways. It did remind me how much I enjoy helping folks out with our products... Sometimes that gets a little lost when we're so concentrated on delivering new features...
  • Blog Post: This Not Blogging Has Got to Stop

    I've been busily working on Visual Studio 10 and haven't had much time for blogging. I know that's a pretty lame excuse, but it's the only one I have. Being a development lead I spend a lot of time in meetings, triaging bugs, and dealing with fires in builds and integrations, so I haven't had much exciting...
  • Blog Post: SkyDrive Beta Today

    The latest Windows Live service just went into Beta this morning - SkyDrive . SkyDrive is a hard drive in the cloud that lets you save personal files out on the web. Along with private folders that only you can access, it also lets you create shared folders that can be viewed by other registered users...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Moves Ahead with Software Modeling

    There's an interesting story in eWeek about Microsoft's work on Software Modeling . A lot of discussion about the future, but DSL Tools is really the present and the tip of the spear for a lot of the work that Microsoft is doing in software modeling. As the DSL runtime evolves we'll get more functionality...
  • Blog Post: Funny Thing Happened While I Was Walking Down the Hallway

    I was walking down the hallway, heading home yesterday evening, and I see Ali jumping across the hallway from his office into another office with an open door. I'm thinking: hmm, that's a little strange. Why would he be doing that? But, apparently, his blog explains all... :)
  • Blog Post: C# For XBox 360 Development

    There have been lots of great news from the Game Developer's Conference this year. But, my favorite thus far is the announcement that C# will be supported in XNA for developing games for the XBox 360 . I think this is great and will allow small companies to quickly create games for XBox. Tie that to...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Desktop Search UI

    Microsoft Research has created a cool new UI plug-in for Windows Desktop Search, called Phlat , that does much better querying and filtering and seemlessly integrate search and browse functionality. If you like Desktop Search, but want a better interface to the results, this is definitely a plug-in to...
  • Blog Post: First Blog-iversary

    It was a year ago today that I posted my first entry to this blog, talking about Whitehorse (the enterprise designers for VSTS 2005). Since then, there's been lots of posts and a change over to talking about DSL Tools, as my job has been more focused on that since last March. It's been fun writing about...
  • Blog Post: BillG, That's The End Calling...

    I've been patiently watching and listening to a campaign run by a local radio station ( 107.7 The End ) to get Bill Gates on their show for an interview and their music challenge (where they face-off two local celebrities to pick their best song to play and then voted on by listeners). They started off...
  • Blog Post: UConn Huskies Ranked #3

    The UConn Huskies , my alma mater, is ranked #3 in the preseason NCAA Mens' Basketball poll . It's nice to see the Huskies highly ranked again -- last year was a bit of a disappointment after their championship in 2004. The road is going to be tough though, especially early on, since their starting point...
  • Blog Post: RSS Feed Authoring Tool

    Duncan MacKenzie created a tool to create an RSS 2.0 file from user entered data rather than as a feed from a blogging engine. Sometimes you have content that you want a feed for without it necessarily being in your blogging engine. Duncan created this for use on MSDN, so that some of they're article...
  • Blog Post: Chief Engineer Scotty, Beaming Up

    It's a sad day. Our favorite chief engineer passed away today. James Doohan (Star Trek's Scotty) died early this morning . Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) at his Redmond, Washington, home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said...
  • Blog Post: Twelve Pounds Is A Lot of M&Ms

    It's a Microsoft custom on your hire-date anniversary to provide 1 pound of M&Ms for every year that you've been with the company. Today is my anniversary. I started at Microsoft on June 21, 1993 (yeah that's right 93). A lot has changed in the last 12 years. At the time, Microsoft was still shipping...
  • Blog Post: .NET Class Hierarchy Posters

    Have you ever wanted to see the high-level class diagrams of an entire .NET library? Well, here's your chance. You can even print them out poster size and wallpaper your office or cubicle with them. You can find them on MSDN .
  • Blog Post: Revenge Is Getting Close

    Obviously, the release of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is getting close. Not only have your friendly, neighborhood Visual Studio team members received mail inviting them to viewings of the movie, but there appears to be lots of new, fun Star Wars related articles: Why the Star Wars light saber...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Tidbits

    There's been lots of interesting posts and news that have come up in the last couple of weeks. Since I didn't get to blog about them at the time, I thought I would just put together a quick list of the most I found most interesting: The most obvious, of course, is that Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2...
  • Blog Post: Portuguese Discoveries Theme Pack for Windows XP

    I just read in a blog post that Microsoft released the Portuguese Discoveries Theme Pack for Windows XP . It sounds pretty cool: Show your pride in Portuguese culture! The Portugese Discoveries Theme Pack features wallpapers, icons, mouse pointers and color schemes dedicated to the period of Portuguese...
  • Blog Post: PatternShare Site

    The Microsoft Patterns & Practices group has just launched PatternShare.org . A site that collects various sets of patterns that have been developed over the years: The Patterns and Practices group at Microsoft has just published a new wiki for sharing patterns called PatternShare.org. The site already...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2005 in June

    I'm not sure if everyone noticed yet (with the holidays and getting back to work), but TechEd 2005 has been announced. It will be in Orlando, FL from June 5th to June 10th. If you want to sign up, you can do so here . It should be an interesting TechEd. And, I'm sure there will be lots of discussion...
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