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, UX Design, Small Basic, Power BI, TechNet Wiki, and general education around Microsoft products.

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  • Blog Post: History of the For Loop

    As everybody knows (or should if they don't), a For Loop is a statement in programming languages that allow you to iterate (repeat) a body of statements. That's what a loop is (repeating a body of statements). There are three common loops: For Loop, While Loop, and GoTo Loop. Some folks don't like...
  • Blog Post: NEW WHITEPAPER: Using Power BI in a Hybrid Environment

    Summary: Many organizations are taking advantage of the benefits of cloud computing such as lower capital expenditures and increased agility, while still maintaining data in on-premises data stores. This paper describes best practices for security, networking, and component architecture for building...
  • Blog Post: Collecting ASCII Art

    This blog post is just exploring some ASCII art that can be used for quick exercises for new programmers to display on a TextWindow. 1. Elf Man *------* _| (.)(.) |_ \| /\ |/ | \__/ | *-- | | --* __/\__ 2. Hello __ __ ____ / / / /__ / / /___ / /_/ / _ \/ / / __...
  • Blog Post: Good Comments and Bad Ones

    Different languages use different methods to block off code comments. Here are three different syntaxes of code commenting: <!-- Code Commenting to give a section title --> // Code commenting, usually after a statement on that same line ' Code commenting, usually after a statement on...
  • Blog Post: The Hunger Board Games

    We're looking at some crazy ideas for community challenges in the Small Basic forums: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/smallbasic/threads/ So what about Hunger Board Games? What would that look like? I think it would be an interesting group project (usually they are individual...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM Forum & Blog Community - Farsi Language

    You can check out the Dynamics CRM community for the Farsi/Persian language here: http://www.xrmir.com/ As everyone knows, one of the missions of Microsoft TechNet is to disseminate knowledge in all languages. Because there currently is a gap in Farsi-language forums and blogs about Microsoft Dynamics...
  • Blog Post: NEW FREE eBook - Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (+ Power BI)

    Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 By Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner April 2014 125 pages In this book, the authors explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. They also describe...
  • Blog Post: Interview with a Visual Basic MVP and MSDN Forum Moderator - Reed Kimble

    Welcome to another interview with an MVP!!! Behind Naomi N, Reed currently has the most TechNet Guru Gold Medals (6; all in VB). You can see the awards for VB here: TechNet Guru Contributions - Visual Basic (thanks to Naomi, Mahesh, and Carsten for keeping that article alive). Here is Reed's...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2014 - Power View for Multidimensional Models

    Power View for Multidimensional Models The ability to create Power View reports against multidimensional models was first introduced in SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Cumulative Update 4. Power View for Multidimensional Models functionality is now included as part of SQL Server 2014. Power...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2014 - SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)

    Updates to Design Tool installation SQL Server Data Tools for Business Intelligence (SSDT BI), previously known as Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS), is used to create Analysis Services models, Reporting Services reports, and Integration Services packages. In this pre-release version...
  • Blog Post: Interview with a SQL Server Guru: Shanky 621

    My interview is with Shanky_621 . Shanky has 19K Recognition points, over 1K forum answers, and he has 3 TechNet Guru medals (for SQL Server), including 1 gold medal! SQL Server is also my product I work on, so I love to see community members championing SQL Server! Let's get the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Database Guru - Shrink SQL Database During Restore

    It's time for another July TechNet Guru winner! Congratulations to Pituach , our SQL Server Database Engine Guru winner for July! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for July 2013 . About Pituach : Ronen Ariely, Programmer professional, SQL & BI Architect. with more than 12 years of experience...
  • Blog Post: Why create a TechNet Wiki article when you can just link to an MSDN Forum thread?

    So why should you create a TechNet Wiki article when you can just link to an existing forum thread? This blog post is part of the Social Synergy series . Well, I think the need for a Wiki really hit me a few years back when I was searching for a solution to get my software installed. The clock...
  • 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: SQL Server 2012 - SET ANSI_PADDING Setting and Its Importance

    It's time to feature another TechNet Wiki article! Check out this article from Naomi N: SET ANSI_PADDING Setting and Its Importance Problem Description Recently I got an interesting escalation to solve for the client. Our VFP based application was getting the following SQL Server error...
  • Blog Post: How to Launch Windows Phone 8 Emulator without using Visual Studio 2012? - by Isenthil

    This is our Silver Medal winner from the June TechNet Guru competition: Windows Phone Technical Guru - June 2013 Tiziano Cacioppolini Maps and clusters Peter Laker : "Excellent subject, nice detail!" Ed Price : "Great code and explanations! It...
  • Blog Post: VB Guru - How to Communicate with a Microcontroller or Other Serial Device in VB.Net

    And the TechNet Guru winners keep rolling in! Congratulations to Reed Kimble , 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 . About Reed : [Adult Swim...
  • 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: Reporting Services Guru - Using Custom Code in SSRS Reports for Advanced String Operations

    It's time for our next June TechNet Guru winner! MCC award winner Tim Pacl is our SSRS TechNet Guru for June! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for June 2013 . About Tim : Retired from the U. S. Navy Submarine Force. Working in computer industry since 1998. 4 years of that at Razorfish as...
  • 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 - SQL Server PIVOT

    It's time for another May TechNet Guru winner! Naomi N is our T-SQL TechNet Guru for May! See more about the Technology Guru TechNet Wiki for May contest. About Naomi : I am an IT professional with more than 15 years of experience in variety of programming languages and technologies. I am a...
  • 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: 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...
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