Rob Caron

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  • Blog Post: Coming Soon: Microsoft Visual Studio Tips by Sara Ford

    Last week, I had the privilege of writing the Foreword for Sara Ford's forthcoming book, Microsoft Visual Studio Tips , which is based on her popular Visual Studio Tip of the Day blog posts. Whether you're a veteran of multiple versions of Visual Studio, or you are using Visual Studio for the first time...
  • Blog Post: Team System Preconference Course at PDC 2008

    If you're new to Team System, or if you're ready to use Team Foundation Server for more than version control, you should consider attending the Team System preconference course taught by Brian Randell at PDC 2008: Get More Out of Visual Studio Team System 2008 . Brian has been in and around Team System...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Software Development via Facebook

    Just found some really cool content on the Microsoft profile on Facebook for those learning to create applications for the Web and Windows using the free Visual Studio 2008 Express products. Sam used to work with me on my previous team. It looks like he's really enjoying his new gig. Free Software, Free...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Hotfixes and SP1 Beta

    If you installed any Visual Studio 2008 hotfixes and you're now trying to install the SP1 Beta, you should take heed of this note we just added: Note If you previously installed a Visual Studio 2008 Hotfix, you must run the Hotfix Cleanup Utility before installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta. For more...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide, v1.08

    A new version of the Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide is now available {NOTE: This product comparison is no longer available on the Visual Studio site}. Version 1.08 includes updates to a number or line items, but in particular it includes a lot of fixes in the debugging section and adds a...
  • 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: Updated: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison (v1.04)

    Okay, another update (v1.04) to the Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison is now available {NOTE: This product comparison is no longer available on the Visual Studio site}. In this revision, I updated the Code Quality Tools section to better reflect the testing features that are now available in Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Update...Again

    I just published v1.03 of the Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison with a minor update. I overlooked the Database Publishing Wizard in Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition and above. In Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, it's accessed by right-clicking a database in Database Explorer. In Standard...
  • Blog Post: Updated: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide

    The first major revision of the Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison Guide is live. Here's where you can find it: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison . {NOTE: This product comparison is no longer available on the Visual Studio site.} Here are some downloadable versions (DOCX/XPS/PDF): Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: A Comprehensive Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison

    See: Updated: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison I just finished working on a very comprehensive product comparison of the Visual Studio 2008 product line. It only covers the IDE products, which means it doesn't include stuff like Team Foundation Server or Test Load Agent. It covers: Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Content: Love it or Hate it?

    Some of the most laborious writing that happens in creating Visual Studio doesn't happen in code. I'm talking about the millions (literally) of words that go into the product documentation and other content to support the product. As with most aspects of the product, we thrive on your feedback to help...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 at Developer Conferences this Fall

    If you want to learn more about Visual Studio 2008, consider attending one of the following conferences this fall in Las Vegas: VSLive! Las Vegas 2007 - October 15-18 "VSLive! Las Vegas returns to the city that never sleeps with four days of the very best in Visual Studio and .NET. With over 75 intense...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Island Dev to Dev Speaker Series: Amanda Silver

    If you're a Second Life resident, you should come visit the Visual Studio Island tomorrow (Tuesday, July 31st) for a presentation by Amanda Silver from the Visual Basic Team. Details: Visual Studio Island in Second Life: Developer to Developer Speaker Series Join Amanda Silver, Lead Program Manager in...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Overview White Paper

    If you'd like an overview of what you'll find in Visual Studio 2008, you should download a copy of the following white paper, which was updated for the Beta 2 release. It is available as a Word document, PDF, or XPS. This white paper provides an overview of Visual Studio 2008 and how it delivers...
  • Blog Post: Using Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 VPCs

    I know how it is. You find the download page you're seeking and you immediately scan the page to find the cherished Download button. For this reason, I always advise teams not to rely on download page content to ensure customer success with the download. As a case in point, if you downloaded one of the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Installation Guide (Beta)

    If you'd like a jump on getting the prerequisites in place while you're downloading the bits, you can download the latest version of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Installation Guide . Since Beta 1 is still available for download, you'll see two versions of the guide on this download...
  • Blog Post: An Easier Way to Download Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

    Psst! Looking for an easier way to download those huge Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 files? Go grab the Microsoft Secure Content Downloader from Microsoft Research. All you have to do is pick your favorite flavor of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and tell it where to save it. Please note that this...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is Served. Come and Get it!

    See Soma's post for the details: Announcing the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET FX 3.5 Beta 2, and Silverlight 1.0 RC 1323
  • Blog Post: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio 2008, Part II

    If you don't already follow Sara Ford's blog , you really should subscribe to her Visual Studio 2008 Tip of the Day . She'll enlighten you daily with nuggets of good info about Visual Studio 2008. For Visual Studio 2005, she ran a Visual Studio 2005 Tip of the Week that was an excellent resource. It...
  • Blog Post: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio 2008, Part I

    When you download and install Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, you may notice that some of the product names have changed for this release. On the Help menu in Team Suite, click About and you'll find that many of the products in Team System have a new name. Since we released Visual Studio 2005, we’ve heard...
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