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    Expression Web Style Management

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    After the MSDN event in Dallas this week an attendee stuck around to talk about Expression Web. He's a designer and had been working with XWeb for over 6 months, since it first was available as a beta. I asked him what he thought was the coolest feature...
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    XNA Beta 2 Demos

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    Coding for fun? Today in Fargo we got a chance to play around with the latest XNA Express tools for building games on the XBox 360. Some changes in how it works, so I've got some new sample code you can download by simply registering on my site. Check...
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    Need help with C#?

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    Looking for love in all the right places... What? You want to know everything there is to know about a new language? Well, ff you're looking to learn how to develop in C# and want to learn all there is to know, you need to visit Bill...
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    SQL Tuning Webcast

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    As promised I'm posting the code we used for doing some of our analysis for tuning SQL Server applications. In today's webcast we started out by assuming we didn't know much about the schema we were working with, so we captured a profile trace of what...
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    Questions from Portland

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    On Tuesday this week I had the pleasure to join the rain-soaked crowd in Portland at the MSDN event. We had a great turn out, with lot's of great questions about how to use "Team Data" and Workflow. Some were interested in how to implement persistence...
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    Election Day!

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    Yes, that's right. It's time to get out and participate. If you haven't already, go out and vote. Not only does that give you a chance to determine the direction we're headed, but it also gives you the right to complain.
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    Going Mobile!

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    Today I had the rare and great opportunity to tag team with my TS2 counterparts to deliver a Mobility Seminar in Minneapolis. My good friend and presenter extraordinaire Fred Pullen and I tag teamed a presentation which showed what is possible with Microsoft...
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    MSAM - More than just MSDN?

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    Those who've joined me at the live MSDN Events might be aware that the team I'm part of is broader than just developers. It's called Microsoft Across America or MSAM for short, and consists of event programs in a variety of areas. One of these I was actually...
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    Rocking in the Heartland

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    Here I am...Rock you like a Hurricane! Wow! This Friday I had the chance to make it to Omaha for the 2006 Heartland Developer's Conference. As one of the major non-MS run events in the central region, this event has doubled it's participation and attendance...
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    Meandering across America...

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    What a week. I've been fighting a cold since Monday, when I left for Kansas, then went through Houston & on to El Paso. Tomorrow morning I fly off to Denver then on to Omaha to speak at the Heartland Developer Conference. Finally I'll be returning...
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    Road warrior??? Hmmmm....

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    Wow, this week looks to be busy. Sometimes it seems like a lot, and other times it doesn't. This week I'll be doing something different almost every day. I'm staring out Monday afternoon with a webcast on AJAX - XMLHttpRequest object, in which we'll be...
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    In or Out?

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    So what will it be? Are you in or out? A player or simply on the team? Life is about participation, getting into the game and seeing where your natural talents take you. I was thinking about this the other day, and it seems to me that there is a lot of...
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    What's your language?

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    If you've got something to say, then say it already... - unknown Writing software over the years has meant that I've had to learn a number of languages. In college I had a class where we had to write a program in Pascal, C, Fortran, Lisp, Prolog, ADA...
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    What's new?

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    MSDN Events gives us a chance to connect with people from all around the country to show what's possible with the new technologies. This quarter we're talking about 3 great new products and tools that address holes in the technology map and provide innovative...
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    AJAX Novice to Proj JavaScript Webcast

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    They say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I found that when looking at web development, there are techniques that I didn't have time to learn and I just assumed that they must be hard. I think that the bark is worse than the bite. Today we...
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    AJAX Components Webcast

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    Today's webcast will be talking about the components that make AJAX work. Specifically we'll look at doing 2-3 demos including showing how you can debug client side scripting from Visual Studio 2005. It will be a lot of fun, and as usual I've posted the...
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    Thinking about Atlas?

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    In case you're interested, I'm starting a run of weekly webcasts on Atlas/Ajax to help introduce and get developers up to speed with this exciting new technology. So here's the synapsis: This webcast series is aimed at people who are new to writing...
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    XNA Demo Stuff

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    For our campus events we've been showing the new XNA Express tools to create X-Box type games and the such. I found that the environment was very easy to use, and with a little digging into it I'm able to create my own games and have some fun doing it...
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    XNA at University of Texas

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    For those who are in Austin and are interested in seeing the latest new cool tool for developers who are into gaming, come on over to University of Texas in Taylor Hall rm 2.124 for a demo of XNA Express. This is Microsoft's free developer tool built...
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    Blog anew...

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    So, I've been blogging off of my old site blogs.benko.com/michael and now It's a new site. I'm excited to be part of the MSDN team and working on making the world a safer place for technology. Tomorrow I'll be at University of Texas showing off the new...
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