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  • Blog Post: Trying out Code Contracts from Microsoft Research

    There are two sections that get added to VS 2008 after you install the add-in from MSR to test Code Contracts .  The first one is simply called 'Contracts'. The second tab is named 'Code Contracts'.  The MSR team did a presentation at PDC08 about Code Contracts and the Pex automated-testing...
  • Blog Post: What's in your Visual Studio?

    As I continue my current language-exploring mode, I've noticed that Visual Studio 2008 is becoming a candy store for me.  Is it just me, or do we have an incredible amount of new stuff to play with?  I can't really remember the last time I watched TV, other than Slumdog Millionaire there hasn...
  • Blog Post: CodeRush Xpress for C#

    I'm all for free developer productivity tools.  Check this one out.   CodeRush Xpress for C#
  • Blog Post: TechZulu asks 'What does ScottGu do for fun?'

    Check out TechZulu's two interviews with Scott Gutherie at the PDC Underground party. In the second video (linked), Scott talks PDC announcements, enhancements to the ASP.NET stack and more. Scott Guthrie Talks about Microsofts Future Plans and what it takes to be the Gu in ASP.NET
  • Blog Post: I tell Geoff everything (again!)

    Check out Geoffrey Emery's interview with me at PDC Underground. Language Specialist Meets BI Expert Held together by Girl Geek power this and more with Lynn Langit
  • Blog Post: Screencasts on emerging .NET developers technologies

    Hey check out these cool screencasts from the braniacs over at Pluralsight .  They show you current and emerging technologies, such as AtomPub, Atom feed, implementing WCF, sequential workflows and much more.  My personal favorite is Jon Flanders talking about the new 'M' (modeling) language...
  • Blog Post: SERIOUS PLAY @PDC08 and more

    I really love PDC - so many announcements (check out MSDN Ch9 videos from the event), seeing so many friends in person, geekdom and now WomenBuild with Serious Play from Lego - oh, and it's in my home town too! The many funny T-shirts are cracking me up as well. See more pictures from PDC08 LEGO SERIOUS...
  • Blog Post: MS Surface in the real world ATT Retail Demo, and, at PDC08

    Interesting to see 'real-world' use of Microsoft Surface.  This video was taken an an ATT phone store California and it shows a store employee explaining how to use the MS-Surface application to help customers. Since I am getting ready to head downtown LA for a week to attend PDC08.  I can...
  • Blog Post: PDC, TechDays, CodeCamp, BarCamp - Oct / Nov Developer events in SoCal!

    We'll we've got a raft of live events coming up in SoCal for developers in late October and early November.  You may be thinking, hmm...which one(s) do I go to? how do I choose?  I'll write a bit about all them here, maybe that will help you to choose. If you can afford it, PDC08 is always...
  • Blog Post: Psst...wanna' meet some geekGirls at PDC08?

    Then join us at WomenBuild . So, what the heck is this? It's a free session for developers who are registered for PDC08. Guess what - it's for both men and women! The pre-con session is centered around building your career as a developer. It will be held on Sunday, Oct 26 from 10 am to 5:45 pm at the...
  • Blog Post: Solving Microsoft PDC Hard Hat Challenge #4

    Do you like code puzzles?  Did you know we were throwing out challenges around PDC?  To read how a 15-year old from Hungary solved this week, just check out the blog link below.  Congrats and geek-cred to Niner 'palotasb (Boldizsar) ' Solving Microsoft PDC Hard Hat Challange #4 [updated...
  • Blog Post: The Art of Multiprocessor Programming

    What are you reading these days?  Here's what I am 'up to':   I am really enjoying this book, for it's balance of theory and practical application.  Now, it does use Java for it's examples, although I generally code in C#, I find enough similarity between the two languages that the Java...
  • Blog Post: Cool PDC2008 Contests

      The Professional Developer's Conference (Oct 27-30, 2008) is already my favorite public, Microsoft technical event because of it's pure geekiness - I mean where else will you find sessions like "Parallel Programming for C++ Developers in the Next Version of Microsoft Visual Studio" or...
  • Blog Post: Two weeks in Seattle with SoCalDevGal

    I've just returned from a trip to Seattle.  Many of you have asked, "What are you doing there?"  So, here you go.... The overall purpose of the trip was technical readiness.  To that end I (mostly) attended a MS-internal conference called TechReady.  Nearly all sessions...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008 registration is open

    Among the goodness at this year's PDC in LA in this October is a pre-con session that I'm particularly excited about.  If you ask me really nicely, I'll tell you the story of how Asli and I cooked up the idea for this one over drinks on a train one night last fall. WomenBuild... inspiring career...
  • Blog Post: What inspires you?

    Here's a series on Channel 9 that does it for me... WM_IN (for Women in Technology)
  • Blog Post: conceptually LINQ

    I just can't seem to get enough of LINQ (Language Integrated Query) - particularly if this concept is new to you, then it's time to pay attention to it, as it's coming in the Orcas timeframe (next version of VS). There is no better way to get started then to hear from LINQ's architect - Anders Hejlsberg...
  • Blog Post: Shows, shows, shows - which one should I go to?

    I've attended or worked at most major Microsoft shows over the past few years and am often asked "Which show is best and why?" Having just returned from attending a terrific week-long show (TechReady - it's for internal MS employees only), I've been thinking a bit about this. First here's my non-inclusive...
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