User Ed - The blog of Ed Price, Customer Program Manager

User Ed is a Microsoft blog written by a Customer Program Manager, Ed Price. Ed enjoys Customer Engagement, Experience Design, TechNet Wiki, and general education around Microsoft products.

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  • Blog Post: VB.NET Guru - How to Handle a Huge Collection of Strings

    It's time for another July TechNet Guru winner! Congratulations to Reed Kimble , our VB Guru winner for July! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for July 2013 . About Reed : [Adult Swim] fan, EQII player, and has broad interests in computers, electronics, and programming. Enjoys outdoors...
  • Blog Post: C# Guru - Named Pipes IO for Inter-process Communication

    It's time for another TechNet Guru winner! Congratulations to Dan Randolph , our VB Guru winner for June 2013! To find all the competitors for June (and more information about this monthly contest), see the Wiki article: TechNet Guru Contributions for June 2013 . Dan's blog : http://danrandolph...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Guru - Uploading (and Resizing) Images to a SharePoint Picture Library via a Webpart

    Let's showcase another June TechNet Guru winner! Matthew Yarlett is our SharePoint TechNet Guru for June! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for June 2013 . About Matthew : I'm a solutions architect primarily focused on delivering business solutions built on top of the SharePoint platform...
  • Blog Post: T-SQL Guru - Dynamic Pivot on Multiple Columns

    Naomi N is our TechNet Guru for May! See more about the Technology Guru TechNet Wiki for May contest. She had two winning articles. Here is one: T-SQL: Dynamic Pivot on Multiple Columns And here's an excerpt from the article: The problem of transposing rows into columns is one of the most...
  • Blog Post: VB Guru - How to Create Video Games in VB.Net (Windows Forms)

    Congratulations to our VB Guru winner for May 2013! To find all the competitors for May (and more information about this monthly contest), see the Wiki article: TechNet Guru Awards, May 2013 . Here are our three winners: Visual Basic Technical Guru - May 2013 ...
  • Blog Post: Where can you find MSDN and TechNet Forum Support?

    Today's featured Article: MSDN and TechNet Forum Support Forum Issues Forum Click here for the Forums Issues forum . The Forum Issues forum is for submitting bugs and discussing current Forum issues. Possible "answers" include solutions, getting the bug logged to the product team, and/or...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic E-Books

    Today's TechNet Wiki article comes from me. Small Basic E-Books Learn more about Small Basic and find detailed samples by reading sample chapters from one of three e-books that we are providing to you at no cost. If you like using the e-book format, we have links on each page to where you can...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC Web Application With Federated Authentication

    Welcome to today's featured Wiki article! ASP.NET MVC Web Application With Federated Authentication It was written by a great community contributor, Alik Levin : In this scenario you are developing ASP.NET MVC web application and you need to implement authentication using either Internet...
  • Blog Post: Get started with Windows Workflow Foundation and ASP.NET

    Today's featured wiki article is... Getting Started: Windows Workflow Foundation and ASP.NET It was written by my friend and co-Wiki Ninja, Horizon Net . Windows Workflow Foundation is a great technology for creating workflows. It can be used in combination with different technologies...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit BOM

    My good friend and teammate Roger Doherty is at it again, with this fantastic Wiki article: SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit BOM Overview Important: Submit your ideas and feedback at http://bit.ly/sql2012kitfeedback ! This wiki provides a comprehensive list of all of the SQL Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Forum Support

    Today's Wiki article is... MSDN and TechNet Forum Support Forum Issues Forum Click here for the Forums Issues forum . This forum is for submitting bugs and discussing current Forum issues. Possible "answers" include solutions, getting the bug logged to the product team, and/or links to other...
  • Blog Post: Should you self-propose an answer in an MSDN forum?

    Authoring on TechNet Wiki can be fun because you can write about anything Microsoft related, including Microsoft Forums: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/whether-or-not-you-should-self-propose-an-answer-in-an-msdn-or-technet-forum.aspx I created this list of pros and cons...
  • Blog Post: How to Become an MSDN Forum Moderator

    Today we're going to feature this article... How to Become an MSDN or TechNet Forum Moderator This article is part of the Wiki series: MSDN/TechNet Forums . How to Become a Moderator To become a Moderator, here are some recommended steps: Find a technology's forum (on MSDN or TechNet...
  • Blog Post: Hadoop on Windows

    Welcome to today's Article Spotlight! Check out the full version of the article here: Hadoop-based Services For Windows This blog post is a preview of the content in that article (you'll find 3-5 times more information in the TNWiki article ). The article (and many others about Hadoop) is...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Training and Certifications - MCDP, MCITP, MTA, MCTS

    Welcome to my Wiki article spotlight! I'm going to feature an article. But here's the kicker. It's more like 50 articles. Yeah, all by one person... Horizon Net : Sometimes someone has the right balance of passion and knowledge, and today that person is Horizon Net ....
  • Blog Post: How to Embed SQL Server Express in an Application

    Today's featured TechNet Wiki article can be found here . It was originally authored by Larry Franks . =============== Which Edition of SQL Server Express to Use There are several editions of SQL Server Express, from a database only install to database, advanced services, and manageability tools...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric - Frequently Asked Development Questions

    Today's featured TechNet Wiki article can be found here . It was originally authored by Mike McKeown . =============== AppFabric General Development Q: What do I need to do to my WF or WCF applications to have then work in AppFabric? A: There are no special requirements for creating an application...
  • Blog Post: List of MSDN Forums

    Technologies Here are the MSDN Forums listed by technology and in alphabetical order: .NET .NET Compact Framework ADO.NET - Managed Providers DataSet Entity Framework & LINQ to Entities ASP.NET BizTalk Server Commerce Server DevLabs Axum Code Contracts Debugger Canvas (in VS) Dryad on HPC...
  • Blog Post: Patterns Determine Decisions (microwaves are EVIL!!!!)

    This is Day 7 of 30 Days of Integrated Assistance . Rush hour Have you ever noticed that when you do something regularly, you develop a pattern? Yeah, I know, I’m a genius, but think about it. You build habits and routines. You take the same exit on your way to work. You drive the...
  • Blog Post: Confusion is GREAT!!!

    This is Day 6 of 30 Days of Integrated Assistance . Confusion is a good thing. I look for it and ask people about it whenever I see it. If I can identify what the confusion or mistake is, then I can identify a solution. Sure, confusion means there’s something wrong, but it’s also an...
  • Blog Post: Sought Content (RTFM – read the fascinating manual)

    This is Day 4 of 30 Days of Integrated Assistance . The customer must be able to seek and find content at any time. Providing customers with the basics of what they require is the least that we can do. It doesn’t have to be a ton of content. It just has to be enough to answer their basic questions...
  • Blog Post: Solicited Content (remember Clippy? now forget him)

    This is Day 3 of 30 Days of Integrated Assistance . So now that we’ve established that no help is the best kind and that your elevator is a labyrinth of Integrated Assistance solutions (IAS), I’d like to divide the types of IAS and Help in half (I’ll use other divisions later). ...
  • Blog Post: The best help is NO HELP!!! (what is integrated assistance?)

    This is Day 1 of 30 Days of Integrated Assistance . The best Help that users can have... is none : It’s a better user experience if users never have to use Help . While that is ultimately impossible, the degree to which that is true can always be increased. Rather than sending users to find...
  • Blog Post: Integrated Assistance... and your elevator

    This is Day 2 of 30 Days of Integrated Assistance . Ingegrated Assistance is not unique to software. The more we see it in everything around us, the easier it is for us to automatically implement it into our user interface (UI) designs. For example, let's take a look at an elevator. 1. Floor...
  • Blog Post: About User Ed

    User Ed is a blog written by a User Education professional, Ed Price. On this blog, I will typically write on a topic for 30 days in my "30 Days of..." series (such as " 30 Days of Integrated Assistance "). The basic idea is that I will write 3 blog posts a week for 10 weeks on that topic, totaling...
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