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  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009 – Embrace Open Source on CodePlex (DPR301)

    I’m at TechEd 2009 presenting on CodePlex – from how to consume and contribute to open source software using the CodePlex feature set, to how we use agile development to deploy every 3 weeks. All sessions will be available 24 hours after the talk. Stay tuned on Thursday for the link. Your Challenge I...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Tips Gadget

    Ever since I joined the CodePlex team, I’ve wanted to learn something web developer-ish. At long last, I was finally able to make the time to start learning CSS and Javascript by writing the CodePlex Tips Gadget and by re-skinning the CodePlex Team blog. ( http://blogs.msdn.com/codeplex ). The gadget...
  • Blog Post: Introducing CodePlex Tips

    Am I really doing this to myself again? Well yes, kinda. One thing I learned from the Visual Studio Tip of the Day is that you can get a lot of great feedback if you scope a blog post to a single piece of functionality. I want to get this level of feedback for CodePlex, because I want CodePlex to have...
  • Blog Post: How I Learned to Program Manage an Agile Team after 6 years of Waterfall

    Agile is the single greatest things a team could do to significantly improve the user experience and quality of their site. Now having said that… If I could go back in time… 3 things I would tell myself about Agile For a long time, I’ve said that my biggest job on the CodePlex team is to learn agile...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Open Source Club on CodePlex – Project of the Month: Rawr

    Over on the CodePlex Team Blog, I announced the Open Source Club on CodePlex . An except from the post: The Open Source Club (OSC) is a group of volunteers who contribute what they can to the specified open source project each month. If you’ve ever wanted to contribute to an open source project, but...
  • Blog Post: Geek Dinner w/ Me in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Feb 25, 2009

    I’m going to be in town after Mardi Gras, so I thought it would be fun to do geek dinner that Wednesday. Keith Elder, the Hub City .NET User Group leader, has the details : Who can attend : Anyone that wants to talk about open source software, codeplex, programming, etc Where : Crescent City Grill, Hattiesburg...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex 2008 Stats published

    Over on the CodePlex blog , I just posted the stats for the year in review. Here’s a sneak peek: Site Traffic 2008 2007 % increase from 2007 Visits 19,493,502 8,891,178 +119% User Hours 2,804,898 1,237,356 +127% Unique Visitors 9,811,365 4,532,440 +116% New Registered Users 66,553 38,651 +72% New Projects...
  • Blog Post: Attending CodeMash 2009

    I’m heading back to Ohio next week for another CodeMash. My write-up from last year says it all. And yes, I found my friend Rob again by writing a hand-written letter. I can’t recall the last time I wrote a letter to anyone. I’m looking forward to chatting with people about CodePlex features and everything...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex in Denmark and Sweden

    Last week, I spoke at the Engineering Excellence / Trustworthy Computing Forum to Microsoft employees at the Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen about CodePlex. I also attempted to do 101 Visual Studio Tips in 50 minutes, but only got through 85 tips. I lost track of time thinking I had the full...
  • Blog Post: Video from CodePlex Town Hall meeting at PDC now available on Channel 9

    I do most of my blogging about CodePlex over on the CodePlex team blog , but every now and then there’s something cool I want to share over here with you all. We did our first ever CodePlex Town Hall meeting at PDC with members of the CodePlex community demo’ing their favorite projects, then in the last...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Day 2 - 4 pictures

    My camera battery died after Day 2. Must buy new camera that charges via USB (instead of draining.) As announced on the CodePlex team blog, Channel 9 and I hosted the first ever CodePlex town hall. Thanks to Tamir Khason , Joseph Guadagno , and Kevin Dostalek for doing demos of their (or their favorite...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Day 1 Pictures

    And some more pictures… In the slides preceding Monday’s keynote, my name was shown for the book signing. It was quite moving to see my name in front of 6,000 people. The book signing   And some CodePlex supporters visiting the booth. Below is Tracy Bannon who got one of the CodePlex women’s jackets...
  • Blog Post: I’ve been deep fried on Deep Fried Bytes – Podcast on book and CodePlex Agile development

    http://deepfriedbytes.com/podcast/episode-15-visual-studio-tips-and-running-an-agile-team-with-sara-ford/ Wow, was i tired at the beginning or what? I was in the middle of my southern speaking tour, driving all around the south at all hours of the day and night. I called Keith at 3pm telling him my ETA...
  • Blog Post: ReMix Sessions (CodePlex, Visual Studio Tips) now available online

    My 2 talks, plus my 20 Visual Studio Tips in 7 minutes micro-talk, are available at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/remix08/agenda.aspx I highly recommend checking out the 7 minute presentation, but don’t take my word for it. Thanks to Guy Smith-Ferrier for these kind words, “You should take 6 minutes 40...
  • Blog Post: Matt’s Snippet Designer finally sees the light of day!

    Sara Aside: Matt and I were IM’ing each other this morning, and he congratulated me for the book being sent to printing yesterday. He asked me if I planned to sleep with it like a stuff animal. I said of course I was going to.. One of the hardest things about working at Microsoft is to see the cool applications...
  • Blog Post: Remembering ReMix08 UK – 3 talks in Brighton, England last week

    Last week, my career-long dream of becoming an international speaker came true. I had the opportunity to speak at ReMix08 UK in Brighton, England. Thanks to Dave Sussman and Phil Winstanley, who ran the Community Track session, for inviting me out to speak. Also thanks to Mike Ormond for fitting me into...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at ReMix on Thursday – first international flight in nearly 15 years…

    I’m speaking at ReMix on Thursday in England, where I will demo the new Subversion client support for CodePlex .  I will also present the Visual Studio IDE Tips and Tricks. http://www.microsoft.com/uk/remix08/ Well, i’m off to catch my flight. i’ve only looked at the date and time about 100 times...
  • Blog Post: Southern United States Speaking Tour – 7 cities in 6 days

    Back in late April, before I started on the book, before I started on the TechEd breakout session, and way before I even thought to start on the OSCON talk (in other words, before I realized I would not be sleeping this summer) I wanted to do something special for the 3 year anniversary of Hurricane...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Myths and Facts about CodePlex

    Yesterday was an incredibly fun day for me.  Wanted to break up the endless series of IDE tips and tricks posts with a little something different… On the CodePlex team blog , I wrote down the Top 5 Myths and Facts about CodePlex : Myth #1:  Software hosted on CodePlex is only for developers...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention this Friday

    If there ever were a “Sara needs a hug” moment… I’m doing a talk on Friday called Towards a Stronger Open Source Ecosystem .  It’s a story about what I’ve seen and ideas I have for the future.  I actually put together this abstract 2 years ago, so it isn’t necessarily a talk about the future...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday CodePlex!

    Today is the 2nd anniversary of the CodePlex launch announcement.  I brought in some birthday cake on this nice, warm and sunny Friday afternoon in Seattle. CodePlex team members who are not currently on vacation.   We have a few who are out of office right now. And yes, i’m wearing one...
  • Blog Post: Are there any women with projects on CodePlex?

    I’m sitting here looking at women’s swag apparel wondering how many women we have as project owners on CodePlex (or who work on CodePlex projects).  I remember talking to a handful of women at TechEd regarding CodePlex, but i don’t recall anyone working on a project or owning a project. I found...
  • Blog Post: I've been Microspotted for open source!

    Microspotting – Like the paparazzi, but for geeks.  Here’s my interview with Ariel, where we talk about community, blogging, CodePlex, agile development, and of course open source: Sara Ford on what Microsoft can learn from open source And, Ariel is also an amazing photographer.  I liked the...
  • Blog Post: Two Talks at TechEd 2008: CodePlex and Visual Studio Tip of the Day

    It’s funny that I’ve never actually given a formal talk at a conference before, and at this year’s TechEd, I’ll will give two talks =)  Just don’t tell me to break a leg.  We don’t need another TechEd Scooter-Cam 1 (or a bob haircut!). Also Noah Coad is giving an VS 2008 IDE tips and tricks...
  • Blog Post: Matt, "my dev," on DotNetRocks!

    Back in my power toy days, Matt Manela was a developer intern on our team, which you might remember from this post about writing a custom Visual Studio editor .  Well, he came back full time last fall, and was just recently featured on .NET Rocks about MSDN Code Gallery and his experiences being...
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