Rob Caron

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  • Blog Post: Top 9 Microsoft Developer Links for Friday, December 30th

    ALM Summit 2011: Managing the Agile Process with Aaron Bjork Eric Lippert: Shadowcasting in C#, Part Six Raymond Chen: Using the MNS_DRAGDROP style: Dropping in Gautam Goenka: How To: Bulk edit action recording? Brian Group: The Benefits of an Architecture Review Matthew Manela: A Monadic Pratt Parser...
  • Blog Post: How to Read a Computer Book

    As someone who has spent a small fortune on books over the years, this paragraph from Seth Godin's recent post on How to read a business book has me wanting to expand on this topic: Computer books, of course, are nothing but bullet points. Programmers get amazing value because for $30 they are...
  • Blog Post: 4-Year Blog Anniversary

    Successful blogs, like successful journalists, are usually associated with a particular beat. For example, Mary-Jo Foley has worked the Microsoft beat for a couple of decades. Four years ago, I started this blog to write a bit about Team System. When this blog had its highest throughput, I was working...
  • Blog Post: Nine Years at Microsoft

    Just a quick post to commemorate my ninth anniversary at Microsoft. I spent time on Friday getting rid of several boxes of accumulated clutter, including a bunch of printed specs for projects that never happened. I even found two drawings my daughter created almost 9 years ago. And now she's in college...
  • Blog Post: Some Recent Changes for Me

    It occurred to me this evening that I haven't posted to this blog since early February. Following the launch of Visual Studio 2008 last month in LA, I moved into a new role (still within Developer Marketing at Microsoft) to work on marketing communications for our broader developer & user experience...
  • Blog Post: TED: Simply John Maeda

    Earlier this year ( Managing Complexity ) I blogged about John Maeda's book, The Laws of Simplicity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) . Now you can watch a presentation he did around the same time at TED . The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art ...
  • Blog Post: Sell Your Software on Windows Marketplace, Get Paid Twice

    You may be familiar with Windows Marketplace , which is one way you can sell downloads of your software online. As you would expect, you get paid when someone buys your software through the site. If you haven't added your software title to Windows Marketplace yet, see the Windows Marketplace Partner...
  • Blog Post: Reorganizing for Productivity

    Seth Godin has a post ( Reorganizing for profit ) that makes an interesting point about how retailers organize merchandise in ways that seemingly work better for the retailer than they do for the customer. When you go to Home Depot to get what you need to build something out of wood, why don't you find...
  • Blog Post: Coining a New Acronym

    Just a passing thought that came up during a conversation with J.D. Meier today: Aggregated Human Aggregation (AHA) - The notion that we choose to collect information for our own personal knowledge base is merely an aggregation of information aggregated by others. Usually, when you find something worthy...
  • Blog Post: The Greatest Story Never Told

    While reading the comments on Sam Gentile 's post, What's Great about Being a Microsoft Developer , I followed a link to a post by Martin Plante that ended with: So for me, the "Microsoft Way" is only a street name , as there is no Microsoft Way, no real influence in the future decisions we make, no...
  • Blog Post: Redmond-Kirkland Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony

    A couple of weekends ago, we participated in the American Cancer Society 's Redmond-Kirkland Relay for Life at Redmond High School. The highpoint for me this year was my daughter Steph's speech at the Luminaria Ceremony . Due to the low light condition, I had to capture it with the night vision setting...
  • Blog Post: Steve McConnell Succumbs to Blogging

    Noted author and software industry thought leader, Steve McConnell , has finally yielded to the pressure to start a blog, which you can find on the new Construx Conversations site : SteveMcC's Blog . I've been reluctant to start a blog because the things I would blog about are just not the things that...
  • Blog Post: Light Up the Web

    If you haven't heard about it by now, you should go take a look at Microsoft Silverlight . LAS VEGAS — April 15, 2007 — Today at the 2007 National Association of Broadcasters conference (NAB2007), Microsoft Corp. unveiled Microsoft® Silverlight™, a new cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering...
  • Blog Post: David Platt at SD West on Why Software Sucks

    Some excellent excerpts from David Platt 's keynote at SD West this year on Why Software Sucks . Why Software Sucks: Geeks Drive Stick Shift Cars (2:01) Why Software Sucks: Geeks Think You Want To Use It (3:16) Consider subscribing: Techrant , or purchasing the book: 1287
  • Blog Post: Sam Gazitt on Planning Tech•Ed

    We're all in! I can now proclaim that 100% of my team is blogging. That's right, both of us have blogs. Sam Gazitt launched his blog today, and his first order of business is to blog about his number one job - planning a great Tech•Ed for developers. Be sure to drop by his blog and let him know what...
  • Blog Post: Reviewing Managed Code

    Last week we published an article on MSDN on the topic of reviewing managed code, which you may find interesting if your team performs code reviews or you're just looking for ways to improve your own code. Reviewing Managed Code Author: John D'Addamio Publishing Date: 02/09/2007 Printed Pages: 6 This...
  • Blog Post: Sharing the Power of Wishes

    On Thursday, my daughter participated in this year's Make-A-Wish Radiothon at Northgate Mall, which aired on 100.7 FM The Wolf . She was interviewed during the morning show, Fitz in the Morning . She spent about ten minutes on the air telling her wish story (see 525,600 Minutes ) and the story about...
  • Blog Post: J.D. Meier on World-Class Testing

    J.D. Meier of patterns & practices fame has an interesting post on testing based on a book he recently read, Managing the Design Factory by Donald G. Reinertsen, which J.D. considers to be "...a choose-your-own-adventure book for product developers." I've highlighted my take-aways from the "World...
  • Blog Post: Five Things You Didn't Know About Me

    Thanks, Martin . I need a mental break, so I'll play along. Here are five things you didn't know about me: When I was about a year old, I reached and pulled the cord of a coffee percolator from my high chair, which came crashing down on me resulting in a number of severe burns. To this day (almost forty...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine Now Available Online in 11 Languages

    As with the November 2006 and December 2006 issues, the January 2007 issue is available online in multiple languages. However, the January issue expands availability to an impressive eleven languages: English French Spanish German Italian Russian Portuguese Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Korean...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft 2007 Launch Events in US for Windows Vista and Office

    From mid-January to March, there are 74 business launch events (part of Ready for a New Day Launch Tour 2007 and Microsoft Across America Launch Events) in the US for technical decision makers, IT professionals, and developers to learn more about Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system. You can find...
  • Blog Post: Pass@word1, Virtual Machines, and Windows Keyboard Layouts

    If you're one of the many people on the planet who uses a keyboard with a non-US English keyboard layout, you may have encountered difficulty using some of the Team System virtual machines that using Darren's Pass@word1 password. If I understand the issue correctly, the virtual machine guest OS is using...
  • Blog Post: Rob Caron's Top 10 Blog Posts for 2006

    Here are the Top 10 Posts for 2006 for my blog based on traffic (highest to lowest): A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Studio 2005 Team System, Part I - (4/15/2005) Free Download: MSDN Library May 2006 Edition - (7/26/2006) Viewing Downloaded CHM Files - (6/23/2005) Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 - ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Robotics Studio Released

    If you're looking for an inexpensive (as in free) holiday gift for your favorite geek, take a look at Microsoft Robotics Studio , which Microsoft released on Tuesday. Microsoft Robotics Studio is a development environment for creating robotic software for a wide variety of hardware platforms. You can...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 Released

    XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 Released on Monday. There was much rejoicing. The XNA team is proud to announce the availability of the 1.0 release of XNA Game Studio Express and the XNA Framework, aimed at helping students and hobbyists build games for Windows and the Xbox 360. This release supports...
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