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» Microsoft Tech Summit: The ‘non-fanboys’ descend on Redmond | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com

Looks like MTS is generating some significant press... Link to » Microsoft Tech Summit: The ‘non-fanboys’ descend on Redmond | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com This event, in it's third year, has become a very interesting endeavor. As a Microsoft associate, it is often hard not to get defensive about the company that you love and pays your bills. But in each of the last three years, we have found a venue that we can have frank, not rhetoric filled discussions. All of you that came as guests and were ......

Free Online Training...

If there is anyone out there that reads this, I have a opportunity for you. I want to offer you free access to four courses of your choice from our premium E-Learning Course Collections. This is a $159 provided free to you. Whether you are interested in creating Windows forms, building Web applications, implementing Data Access, or finding out about Visual Studio Team System, you can access the e-learning topic you want, when you want it, and learn at your own pace. Each lesson includes hands-on ......

Visual Studio 2005 Starter Kits

No one is biting on templates or starter kits yet.... There has to be something more people need. A few exist here on MSDN, but let's dream. Link to Visual Studio 2005 Starter Kits Does anyone have ideas of what would be useful? Are any of these almost there, but need some new features? What are those features? What technologies would be good to take advantage of? ......

Visual Studio Team System updates....

Interesting news on the VSTS front.... Microsoft Acquires devBiz, Makers of TeamPlain Web Access Microsoft is excited to announce the acquisition of devBiz Business Solutions, makers of TeamPlain Web Access, a Web interface for Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server that enables users to manage Team Foundation work items, version control, documents and reports. TeamPlain is available as a free download for existing Team Foundation Server users, and will be incorporated into a future release of ......

Interesting MTS Guest...

One of our guests here today is the professer of the kid that created the beer launch fridge at Duke...

We had a interesting conversation this morning at breakfast about that project and other interesting devices the young engineer has created.  I would love to play with his tennis ball cannon that generate muzzle velocities of 500 mph.  Return that serve.....


MTS 2007 is here

I don't know how many folks are familiar with Microsoft Technology Summit. We are in our 3rd year, once again I find myself sitting in the conference center in Redmond. Interesting crowd once again. The basic premise is this. We (the Microsoft Developer field) research and seek out influential IT folk in the world, with a focus on those that may not deal with us or even like us. And we invite them to campus in Redmond, and spend 3 days have a conversation. Some of lead lead architects, lead researchers, ......

So, no takers on working on a list of templates?

Maybe there are enough out there. If so, which ones are they? I mean *.vsi installed, show up in new/project.... dialog. Ones that use the features of asp.net if they are web templates (membership, themes, etc) or good solid winforms apps. Now, take that template and update to .net 3.0. WCF, WPF, WF, CardSpace.... Are they out there? Tell me about them, I will investigate and do a writeup on using them. The beauty of a community is the number of eyes that can find and bubble to the top the good stuff. ......

A modest proposal....

Have you ever noticed something that bothered you, and decided to see if you could do something about it? I have a pet peeve regarding the "Search online for a project template" feature of VS.NET. That has existed for several versions. But I have yet to get any results any time I have ever followed that link. Why? Do project templates not exist? Are they not bubbled up in the right way? What can we do as a community to create some interesting project templates that will make our lives easier. So, ......