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

User Ed is a Microsoft blog written by a Senior Customer Program Manager, Ed Price. Ed enjoys Customer Engagement, UX Design, Small Basic, Visual Studio, Power BI, TechNet Wiki, and general education around Microsoft products. Oh, and I'm Awesome.

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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Code - NEW FEATURES: Git Services, Git Status, & GitHub!!!

    The 0.10.5 December release features a plethora of improvements, including... Scoped Git Services It is now possible to open a sub-directory of a Git repository in VS Code. VS Code's Git services will still work as usual, showing all changes within the repository, but file changes outside of the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Code - NEW RELEASE: v0.10.5 - New Insider's Channel + 32 New Features/Updates!!!

    We have a new December release! First, the Visual Studio Code team would like to thank you with a personal note and information about closing bugs on GitHub. Please read that here: https://code.visualstudio.com/updates Next, let's look at the new Insider's Channel feature so you can automatically...
  • 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

    This is Day 5 of 30 Days of Small Basic Part 1 . 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 - 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: 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: 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 a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) or Microsoft Community Contributor (MCC)

    I'm featuring my own article... How to Become an MVP or MCC Your own article? Really? Yes, really. (And now I'm talking/writing to myself.) But I'm passionate about it, and it's been featured on the front page of TechNet and has received many comments. So I'm pretty sure that folks want to...
  • 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: How to use a SQL Server database with your ASP.NET web site

    Today's featured TechNet Wiki article can be found here . It was originally authored by Larry Franks . =============== Intended audience : Web developers who are not familiar with SQL Server, yet want to learn how to use a SQL Server database with their ASP.NET web sites . This information assumes...
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