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  • Blog Post: Community-based music producing

    Many years ago I saw Jill Sobule do a show - and I enjoyed her sense of humor and stage presence. Bought a few of her CDs to check them out. Anyway, was looking around today and found this site . It's called Jill's Next Record! and asks the community at large to help her produce her CD. She offers various...
  • Blog Post: Devteach in Vancouver and Party with Palermo

    I'll be speaking on Silverlight at Devteach in Vancouver the week of November 26th. Devteach is an awesome conference - and this year has a full track on XNA - which should be interesting. And improving on things this year, Jeff Palermo is throwing one of his "Party with Palermo" free parties at the...
  • Blog Post: German VFP, SQL Server and .NET conference in October

    I'll be speaking at a conference in Frankfurt, Germany on November 8-10. I'll be keynoting the VFP conference and doing a session on VB.NET (including things like LINQ, Silverlight and future releases). This is one of my all time favorite conferences - Rainer really focuses on the attendees - great food...
  • Blog Post: Did Blogs save Microsoft?

    Here's a great post about blogging and its usefulness in corporations. The quote I wanted to point out: What did Microsoft do? I don't know if they had it before, but it takes certain organizational cultural values. It's not about process, or rules. In fact, it requires acceptance of uncertainty...
  • Blog Post: Off to Prague!

    I'll be leaving this week for the annual VFP Devcon in Prague , Czech Republic. This is the largest VFP conference in the world and I had a great time there last year. Great speakers, great price.
  • Blog Post: We have a beta up and available

    I wrote a little while ago about what we were trying to accomplish with our efforts. Well, the initial beta is out. This will hopefully give you some insight into what we're working on, and a place for you to give us feedback. The overall information, FAQs, videos, and other good things are here . You...
  • Blog Post: Watch the videos directly...

    Some folks contacted me and said that they'd prefer to watch the videos I mention below directly. Here they are: Bob's video: Video: It's All About Bringing People Together and my video: Video: The Architect's Perspective
  • Blog Post: Some Microsoft.community videos up on Soapbox

    Gotta run to a friend's for dinner, but wanted to point out a few videos up on Soapbox. One video is of Bob Rebholz - our Group Product Manager, and one is of me . Both videos talk about some of what we're working on.
  • Blog Post: Showing what we got...

    When I left the developer division a number of months ago, people were curious as to why. I explained that this new gig was one that kept me awake at night thinking of all the cool things we could be doing. I wrote a little about this when I first joined the team . Well, now everyone can see an early...
  • Blog Post: How I feel about making the VFP announcement

    I said earlier that I wasn't really ready to talk about how I feel about the announcement. I did, however, post something on the Universal Thread last week in response to a question that a few folks have told me I should post here. Interestingly enough, since I know so many people on the UT personally...
  • Blog Post: Interviewed at MVP Summit

    Sandy, Doug and I were interviewed at the MVP Summit about some of the stuff we're doing around online community development. Check it out here.
  • Blog Post: More thoughts and comments

    Had a few more questions come up. I'm still at the MVP summit, but keeping up as much as I can. What about the MVPs? The MVP program is tied to the communities, not to the products…so to the extent there are active/vital communities, we would expect to continue to recognize and award outstanding...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts and comments

    Since we made the announcement, I’ve been reading comments on this blog and others as well as various community sites like the Universal Thread . The comments have ranged from the good to the, er, not so good <g>, to the challenging. I’ve also personally spoken to over 50 different companies, people...
  • Blog Post: Twenty years and counting...

    I was talking to some of the MVPs today about the VFP announcement that we've made and we started talking about some of the things we've shared over the years. I've been involved with Fox since Foxbase days back in 1986 or so. Many of my best friends come from the community. I'm not really ready to...
  • Blog Post: MVP Summit!

    Tomorrow afternoon, the fun begins. First, a BBQ at Rod Paddock's house, followed by the Palermo Party . Lots of folks from my team will be at the latter - should be great. Then, on to business, our Community team is throwing breakfasts on Monday and Friday for around 20 MVPs each - to talk about some...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0, Generation Y and a new blog

    Sean O'Driscoll has a new blog that I think will be a really good one. Sean is the General Manager of Community Support and MVP, and I work closely with him and his team. He has a post up on community transparency and the driving forces behind it. He looks at three things: A new generation (Gen...
  • Blog Post: CoDe Focus Magazine: Sedna

    We've been working with CoDe Magazine to put out another free CoDe Focus issue - this time centered around Sedna and post-VFP9 information. The magazine articles will all be available online, and you can get a free copy just by asking! Click here to sign up for a free copy - be sure to mention that...
  • Blog Post: Off on another speaking tour

    I'm heading out tomorrow morning to Atlanta and Knoxville where I'll be speaking at the following locations: Atlanta FoxPro Users Group - speaking about Sedna Atlanta Code Camp - speaking about Test Driven Development East Tennessee .NET User Group - speaking in Knoxville about Test Driven...
  • Blog Post: I've been tagged meme

    I was tagged by Maurice so here are five things you may not know about me. Though, it's hard to come up with them, since I've been blogging for a while... As many people know, I'm a big baseball and football fan. This year, I made the cover of Yahoo Sports for a short time, rooting for the A's...
  • Blog Post: Social Bookmarking Beta released

    Our team just released a beta of our social bookmarking offering codenamed TagSpace. The best roundup of it is on Dave's blog . This is a really early release - but we're looking for comments in our forum . Docs on using it are available here . Finally, to borrow from Dave's entry: This is: ...
  • Blog Post: Codeplex team interviewed on Channel9

    Channel9 interviewed some of the Codeplex team in their centralized work area. People's comments seem favorable. Check out the video!
  • Blog Post: Calvin's got another cool utility

    Calvin has written a blog crawler with both VFP and VB.NET versions that allows you to back up your own blog posts. The post that started it all with the VFP version The post with the VB.NET version One comment on the utility And one more ... I particularly enjoyed watching it move...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Development Process

    One of the questions I got asked in the interviews I discuss below was whether we used agile methods and how things worked. Brad, from the CodePlex team, has a great post with an introduction to their process. One sample paragraph: On the team, our process is very similar to eXtreme Programming...
  • Blog Post: Interviews online

    I was interviewed by Level Extreme for two of their online magazines: .NET Magazine and Universal Thread Magazine. In the .NET Magazine interview , we talked about my new position here on the Communities Team, .NET in general, Linq and a number of other things. In the UT Magazine , we talked about...
  • Blog Post: SednaX renamed to VFPX and is now on CodePlex

    Just a quick note that VFPX is now on CodePlex . Looks like things are still being moved over - but this is exciting to see...
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