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    Scott Cate – Microsoft Regional Director



    Prior to joining Microsoft, I served for years as a Microsoft Regional Director. When I first heard the title, I was at lunch with Pete Miller (now with Statera). When he handed me his business card, I noticed the title "Microsoft Regional Director".  I asked if he worked for Microsoft (common question), and he said no (at the time, he was working for Cunningham Consulting). He then when on to explain it was an honorary title bestowed by Microsoft upon an individual in a certain geography, and with the title came benefits such as close communication with Microsoft. I didn't think much of it until very soon thereafter I was informed I had been selected to be Pete's replacement (Pete stepped aside to pursue other lofty ambitions) as the "RD" in the Desert Mountain region (AZ, CO, NM, UT, NV) of the USA.

    When I attended my first RD meeting, I was in the company of people like Richard Campbell, Carl Franklin, Clemens Vasters, and Scott Hanselman just to name a few. It was an honor to be in company with people that I professionally admired. I made some great contacts via the RD program, and I was in no hurry to walk away from it.

    Then I decided to join Microsoft...

    So, when I joined Microsoft the latter part of 2010, I had to surrender the title of RD and give up my MVP status as well. This meant that there was an opening for a new RD in Desert Mountain. With all that said, (drum roll) the new Microsoft Regional Director based out of Phoenix, AZ is Scott Cate with Many developers in the southwest portion of the USA know Scott well. Scott is an MVP, published author, speaker, and community leader. Scott has helped bring major talent to the Phoenix area to share technology tips such at Scott Hanselman and Scott Guthrie! Scott is very motivated to also share what he has learned with others, and will do so with all the more fervor. So with a virtual round of applause, please welcome Scott Cate in his new role as an RD!

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    Web Camp (MVC 3 and jQuery) Silicon Valley, February 2011



    I had a great time presenting on MVC 3 at the Web Camp in Silicon Valley. We (Doris Chen, Dan Waters, and me) presented to a full house of developers willing to sacrifice a Saturday to learn more about MVC and jQuery.

    For those who were in attendance, thanks for all the feedback! The resources for the event can be found at the official Web Camps site.

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    Video: WordCampTV Goodbye IE6, Hello IE9


    Please click on the image below to watch the “Lightning Talk” (5 minutes) I did at WordCamp earlier this year in Phoenix, AZ.


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    A .NET Love Story


    Originally posted in 2005

    I have a managed heap of memories regarding you - none of which are IDisposable.  Therefore I am compiling my references, and persisting them to you in this file, which is ISerializable and will last for generations (at most 3).

    I remember how I met you... heartbroken over java (how slow that old relationship was).  When I first heard of you, I heard you were COOL.  Then I found out how diverse you were in so many languages.  You marshalled right over to my world.  How easy it was for you to communicate over so many platforms!  You understood my profile, and now I could see sharp-ly into your IIdentity.

    You took me to your visual studio - it was RAD.  So many views and hidden regions!  You were so organized with your task list.  I love how everything was color coded.  It was in that environment when I broke down and stated: "You auto-complete me..."

    We had our bugs to work out - we were not the exception.  One time you thought we had a break-point.  But we would continue to try.  Nothing went unhanlded.  We caught everything, and finally we come to this moment.

    How do you do it?  You stay true to so many standards, yet manifest so much.  You have such class!  There is no other type like you.  As I reflect about you, I see that you have many methods - some very internal, some private, and some very protected.  Some of your ways are too abstract to know.  But what is public about you, anyone can see why you encapsulate so much inside.  From what I derive, we can override anything (unless we sealed it).

    Let's not box ourselves into the typical cast.  We should look to the future - is it generic?  I don't know - I may be partial.  I will have to iterate over this until I yield.

    How long will we survive?

    while (this!=null)
    { continue; }

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    To MVP, Or Not To MVP…


    I was recently moved to comment on a blog post from a gentleman who turned down being re-awarded the MVP designation from Microsoft.  After giving it more thought, I decided to write this blog to promote more discussion regarding the value and challenges with the MVP program.  So please comment on the following:

    • If you are an MVP, what do you regard as the benefits?  Challenges?
    • If you are not an MVP, would you want to be?  Why?  Why not?
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    Denver “Office Hours” January 24 2011


    On Monday January 24th between the hours of 3pm and 5pm, I enjoyed spending time at my “office” in Denver.  I relaxed at the Starbucks in the Bellevue Promenade.  The place was quite busy – which was perfect.  The highlight of my Denver experience is when Ely Lucas (organizer of the upcoming Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta) came to pay a visit.  Thanks Ely for a great fireside chat!


    From time to time, I will be hanging out at my various “offices” around my assigned geography – Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.  Usually for a two hour period, I will chill-ax with a beverage and broadcast how to find me.  The point?  Allow developers in the area to chat with their local Developer Evangelist about anything and in a less formal setting.

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    Kudos for Kodu!


    HappyValley2011Today I became a hero!  Sadly, not because of any personal accomplishment.  I was simply a messenger.  I was invited to speak at a special assembly for all students at Happy Valley School in Peoria, AZ.  The topic?  Officially it was “How to Prepare to Become a Software Engineer” (yawn).  I accomplished my objective, but I was sneaky about it.  From their perspective, my presentation was “How to Make Games for XBOX 360” (oohs ahhhs hoorays).

    Thanks to a suggestion from Lynn Langit, a Microsoft Developer Evangelist on the west coast, I introduced my eager audience to Kodu, a visual programming platform for developing games on the XBOX.


    During my demo of how easy it is to learn “visual conditional logic”, the entire assembly became very quiet – something a few teachers commented never happened before.  When the presentation was over, so many students approached me with excitement, and assured me they were going to make some cool games.  One student approached me sadly and said “I don’t have an XBOX, I only have a PS3.”  The students weren’t the only ones wanting in the action.  Some teachers and parents also asked a few questions about the platform (there is a gamer in all of us).


    Dear Mike,

    Thank you so much for the fabulous assemblies last Friday. Many of the children are still talking about it and Mr. McCurley has raved that it was the best special assembly we’ve had! We greatly appreciate you, and the time you spent enlightening our students about the wonderful world of technology.
    Thanks again!

    All the best,

    Marcia Phillips
    Happy Valley School

    It was a great time, and the energy level was contagious.  At the end, one student asked me for an autograph.  As I said, I am just the messenger.  Nonetheless, I obliged and signed away.  Is that so wrong?

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