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RegEx tools for Visual Studio & the Social Web
You might want to skip this first paragraph if you are just looking for the RegEx Tools portion. I still find it amazing how the web can create an online social inner-networking that bobs and weaves an amazing web of connections (confused? me too). Here's what led me to find these wonderful RegEx tools. So the Microsoft Partner Program has an initiative that gave me a bunch of certifications vouchers. I am using at least 1, possibly 2, in my giveaway. I send out an email to the VB Insider's List ......

Posted On Thursday, June 19, 2008 3:47 PM

Microsoft Certification Exam Voucher Giveaway
I've recently come into several Certification Exam Vouchers and have decided to host a giveaway. Just post a comment to the blog, and I'll randomly select a winner. All entries must be in by June 30th, 2008. You can also post a comment to my cross posting site on MySoftwareStartup to gain an additional entry. Due to the amount of comments, I will wait to display them all until after the contest. Technorati Tags: Microsoft Certification ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 17, 2008 2:25 PM

Growing your software business, stuck in a rut
The following is a response to the forum question posted here. I had the opportunity to meet Scott while at the Little Rock .Net User Group, and we talked briefly about my thoughts on how to take advantage of the programs available to software startups. In particular Scott owns a consulting business and he's having growing pains. Scott's problems is very typical of thousands of small business consultant shops. He's busy being the business owner, full time consultant/programmer, bookkeeper, marketing, ......

Posted On Sunday, June 15, 2008 11:47 PM

Congratulations & Thanks to Jay Smith & Michael Paladino
A big heartfelt thank you and congratulations to two of the developer community builders in the Northwest Arkansas area, Jay Smith and Michael Paladino with special mention to Zach Young. As a Microsoft MVP, one of our benefits this year, is the ability to award people with a special prize. This prize is an MSDN Premium account with Visual Studio Team Suite, which includes nearly all of Microsoft's business software, free of charge. Jay Smith works for Tyson Foods, Inc. where he is a PMO Architect ......

Posted On Monday, June 9, 2008 6:26 PM

Go visit the Visual Basic Product Team at TechEd!
It was this time last year at TechEd that Cory Smith introduced me to the Visual Basic product team. He first introduced me to Ed Hickey, who is the VB MVP Lead at Microsoft. The funny story about Ed is, less than a week after Ed awarded me the MVP status, he transfers out. I knew I was hard to work with, but didn't realize I was .... that .... difficult. Also last year at TechEd 2007, Cory let me hang out with him at Universal Studios where I rubbed elbows with the Visual Basic product team! He's ......

Posted On Thursday, June 5, 2008 1:04 AM

MVP Summit, Being Busy, plus Presenting @ the Little Rock .Net User Group
I suppose I was naive in thinking that once I received my Microsoft MVP award, I could breathe a bit. But we've had sooo much Developer Community activity, I haven't had a chance to breathe, much less blog. I still haven't had an opportunity to blog about the MVP Summit! Needless to say, the MVP Summit was a blast (other than having a digestive track illness, where I missed the last day's keynotes). The best thing about the Summit was the ability to meet and talk directly with the product teams. ......

Posted On Thursday, June 5, 2008 12:49 AM

Writing to .Net Config Files
I've been working with config files for quite some time. I was recently reminded that I needed to finish my original article and share my final findings on my personal best practices for working with config files. One of the coolest and most useful features in config files is the file attribute as displayed below (see my other article for a more detailed explaination, preferred-method-for-read-o... <configuration> <configSections> <section name="MyCustomSection" type="System.Configuration.... ......

Posted On Thursday, June 5, 2008 12:22 AM

Tell Internet Explorer 8 Beta to show your site properly using IE7
For those that want your website to render correctly on IE8, the recent newsletter gave a great example for enforcing IE7 compatibility via a Meta tag. (You can see the new IE logo above) Per Site Basis: Site owners and administrators can include the following custom HTTP header to display all pages in Internet Explorer 7 Strict mode for the site: X-UA-Compatible: IE=EmulateIE7 Per-page basis: Site owners and administrators can include the following special HTML tag after the <Head> tag on ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 4, 2008 11:27 PM

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