Rob Caron

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  • Blog Post: Top 10 Microsoft Developer Links for Wednesday, August 8th

    David Catuhe: Tips and Tricks for C# Windows 8 developer: Try to catch the famous ‘It works for me’ bug Bob Familiar: Windows 8, XNA and MonoGame - Part 3, Code Migration and Windows 8 Feature Support Jim O'Neil: Windows 8 Notifications: Local Notifications Mohamed Yamama: How to develop a Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET 4.5 Beta

    Many of you probably already have the bits by now, but here’s my obligatory post that Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET 4.5 Beta are now available! The Visual Studio 11 Beta site is now live in English and 9 additional languages: French Italian German Russian Brazilian-Portuguese Japanese Korean Simplified...
  • Blog Post: Top 9 Microsoft Developer Links for Thursday, December 29th

    ALM Summit 2011: Agile Development with Peter Provost Scott Guthrie: ASP.NET Security Update Shipping Thursday, Dec 29th Visual Studio Extension Of The Day: PHP Language Support Gautam Goenka: Sample XPath utility for Coded UI Test Raymond Chen: Using the MNS_DRAGDROP style: Dragging out Cristian Berescu...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Microsoft Developer Links for Tuesday, December 20th

    A day late on publishing, but here it is: ALM Summit 2011: It's Getting Cloudy with Mark Russinovich Samidip Basu: SkyDrive usage through Live SDK on Windows Phone Rico Mariani: Performance Guidelines for Properties Lingli Zhang: Restrict(amp) restrictions part 0 of N – introduction Amir Karim: Repeat...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Microsoft Developer Links for Wednesday, October 19th

    Quality Assurance in Mixed Technology Environments Webcast Visual Studio Tips and Tricks: Visual Studio 2010 comes with multiple monitor support Build SharePoint Web Parts using a design surface in  Visual Studio 2010 Info leakage--Break of security or overhyped – Grant Gross delivers details Practical...
  • Blog Post: Etiquette Rule #1 - Don't be a Sycophant

    Today's edition of the Redmond Channel Partner newsletter links to a piece titled Minding Your Microsoft Manners , which is an interview with some companies who advise Microsoft partners on how to work with Microsoft. As I was reading it, I thought it was written as a piece of satire. Unfortunately,...
  • Blog Post: eScrum Update: ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit Version Conflicts

    For those who have experienced any problems getting eScrum ( Now Available: Microsoft eScrum Version 1.0 ) installed and working due to ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit version conflicts: Since you can't download previous versions of the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit, and eScrum is compiled with a specific...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Microsoft eScrum Version 1.0

    If you're looking for another Scrum template to try with Team Foundation Server, consider using eScrum , which is an implementation of Scrum that's used internally by some teams within Microsoft: eScrum is a Web-based, end-to-end project management tool for Scrum built on the Microsoft Visual Studio...
  • 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: Discuss Beta 1 with the Team System Team

    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group on Friday, April 27th from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team System. In addition, discuss what's new in the Visual Studio code name “Orcas” Beta 1 releases for Team Suite and Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: 1 KB Files for Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Beta 1

    For those are downloading Visual Studio code name "Orcas" Beta 1 files from Microsoft Downloads, you may have seen what appears to be a misprint: I can assure you that the Team Foundation Server with Team Suite VPC is much larger than 9 KB total and that we're not using a compression technology from...
  • Blog Post: Déjà Vu All Over Again

    About a month ago I wrote a post titled, Groundhog Day at MSDN . In that post I talked about cleaning up the content mess on MSDN and I likened it to organizing things at home. This weekend I started reading The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda . In Law 2: Organize, I found this passage, which hits again...
  • Blog Post: The Expense of Failed Knowledge Transfer

    J.D. Meier posted a great comment to my recent post on Community Facilitates Knowledge Transfer (emphasis mine): "Shipping the knowledge is just as important as shipping the product" ... YES! ... and a product without knowledge is support waiting to happen ! - JD Source: Rob Caron : Community Facilitates...
  • Blog Post: Community Facilitates Knowledge Transfer

    Back in August 2005, I wrote a blog post in which I tried to answer the question, What is Community? Here's an excerpt from that post: The greatest service a product team can do for its community is to impart as much of their knowledge of the product as possible. This happens in a variety of ways...
  • Blog Post: Groundhog Day at MSDN

    Last month, my wife and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. It's not romantic, but one of the topics of conversation this time of year is our constant struggle with clutter at home, and how much we've accumulated over the years. Eighteen years ago, we had a one-bedroom apartment that was so empty...
  • 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: My Q&A with Redmond Developer News

    For those who are interested, an interview I did with Doug Barney of Redmond Developer News is now live on their Web site, and it also appears in the January issue of the publication. The Man Behind the Message Microsoft's Rob Caron spends his days (and probably nights) trying to keep developers up-to...
  • Blog Post: Orcas Feature Specs Online

    As noted in Brian Harry's blog ( More Transparency ), we published a bunch of the Feature Specifications for Visual Studio and .NET Framework "Orcas" up on MSDN. These are the actual feature specifications, not glossy versions of them. I'm happy to tell you that we have reassessed our plans and reinvigorated...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Scott Swigart on MSDN Wiki for Dr. Dobb's Journal

    Recently, Scott Swigart interviewed Molly Bostic (MSDN Wiki PM) and I about MSDN Wiki for Dr. Dobb's Journal . The interview is now available online ( Dr. Dobb's | MSDN Wiki: What's Up? | November 14, 2006 ). In it you'll learn about more about MSDN Wiki's origins, where it is today, and where it's headed...
  • Blog Post: FASTDash: A Visual Dashboard for Fostering Awareness in Software Teams

    A very cool video on Channel 9 ( FASTDash: A Visual Dashboard for Fostering Awareness in Software Teams ) with Team System evangelist, Brian Keller , talking with Mary Czerwinski & Greg Smith on a project from Microsoft Research (celebrating its 15th anniversary this month) named, FASTDash. Visual...
  • Blog Post: Brian Harry Catalogs What's Fixed for Team Foundation Server in SP1

    This service pack ( Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta and Team Foundation ) includes both fixes and new features. For those who want line item detail of what was fixed for Team Foundation Server in SP1 Beta, you should go read Brian Harry 's latest post ( Bug fixes in TFS SP1 ). When reviewing this...
  • Blog Post: Update: September 2006 Dogfood Stats

    Brian Harry has the current dogfooding stats for our use of Team Foundation Server within Developer Division ( September TFS DevDiv Dogfood Statistics ), including info on some changes coming in the Orcas release. Dogfood activity continues to be brisk but growth has slowed some in the last month. I...
  • Blog Post: Jeff Beehler on Team System Community Plans

    Jeff Beehler posted on Team System community efforts for this fiscal year. There are many ways that a product team can choose to interact with the users of their product. In discussions over the summer, Jeff led a team of representatives from across the Team System product team to decide how and where...
  • Blog Post: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

    Today is my last day as Team System Content Architect in Developer Division User Education (DDUE). I started working on Visual Studio docs as a writer in early 1999 for what became Visual Studio .NET 2002, which included some of the original docs for Web services. After that, I contributed docs on enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Team System in the Microsoft OEM Division's IT Center of Excellence

    As part of a continuing series of How Microsoft Does IT , we just published a new technical case study ( Implementing Visual Studio Team System in the Microsoft OEM Division's IT Center of Excellence ) on TechNet that describes how the Microsoft OEM Division's IT Center of Excellence implemented Team...
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