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Why I Taught My Daughter To Code (A Little)

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Literacy Imagine a world in which very few people knew how to read or write. You kept to certain parts of town because you couldn't read a map or a street sign. When you needed to sign a contract, you just asked what it said and had to take it on faith. A lot of your experience was based on legend and rumor. Books, and the information in them, was mystical. Sometimes you suspected they were being used against you, but you never really knew. There was definitely plenty of work around, but some high end jobs weren't
remotely possible - not just clerical work, but professions that required a lot of information management, like the medical and legal professions. Please don't tell me not to learn to code Over this past year, there have been commentary back and forth on whether everyone should learn to code. A few free, interactive sites like Codecademy popped up which made it easy to start learning some basic coding. I was a big fan - I helped my eleven year old daughter go through it, and we both agreed it was great. More on that later. Then...(Read whole news on source site)

VSLive! NYC Talks and Demos

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I presented 4 sessions at VSLive NYC over the last two days and had a great time. I love the set up of this conference – not too spread out, good sized rooms, great attendees, and lots of great speakers. Below are the slides and demos for those interested, enjoy! Build Extensible XAML Client Applications:   Slides   Demos Build Portable XAML Client Code and Resources:   Slides   Demos Secure and Personalize Silverlight 5 Apps:   Slides   Demos Learn to Behave – Extending XAML with Client Behaviors:   Slides   Demos

Some insight into our 4/26 deployment - bharry's WebLog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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Be thoughtful about transaction size.  As we go forward we’re going to make sure we include careful consideration about transaction size in any of our database upgrade scripts.  Our current default authoring mechanism groups all upgrade steps into a single transaction.  In the future, we’ll require developers be explicit about how upgrade steps are grouped.

New insights on upgrade testing.  This one is more complicated that you might imagine.  There’s a saying “There’s no place like production.”  It means that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to fully simulate your production environment – things will still
go wrong.  There’s diminishing returns on your effort to simulate production with increasing fidelity.  However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do anything. 


Some insight into our 4/26 deployment - bharry's WebLog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs:

We did a TFSPreview.com deployment on 4/26 and you may have noticed that we suffered a few hours of down time.  It’s the first upgrade we’ve had go really bad in a long time – the last several have suffered little or no down time.  I wanted to share a little bit about what happened and what we learned...(Read whole news on source site)

Your opportunity to review my performance, because your opinion matters!

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As we are now approaching the end of another fiscal year here at Microsoft (I know, hard to believe, isn’t it?!?), I am once again coming to you, the community that I have the sincere pleasure of interacting with each and every day in my current role as Director of Partner Experience here at Microsoft, to give you the open opportunity to rate and review my performance. Some of you I have worked with for many years and you have been through this before and some of you may be brand new blog readers, Twitter followers, etc. Regardless of
how long we have been interacting, one thing you hopefully have seen from me is that I am very open about my goal to help increase the satisfaction of Microsoft partners around the world in working with Microsoft through things like: helping provide information of value and interest, providing correct answers to questions (even when they may not be the popular answers), helping address concerns and opportunities, directing you to relevant and important information, providing avenues for input into and out of Microsoft, connection opportunities with Microsoft, and much, much more. (In fact, I have this openly stated on

Social meet up on Twitter for Meet Windows Azure on June 7th

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Magnus Mårtensson (@noopman) posted on 5/16/2012 an article of the above name, which begins: Here’s a perhaps rather redundant event for you but it should be kind of fun: MEET Windows Azure on Twitter (+ Beer). The idea is to list people who have a twitter account and intend to follow the MEET Windows Azure event via live streaming on June 7th (1pm PDT). Call to action below! Here is where you register to watch MEET Windows Azure via live streaming!
Here is where you register your participation in the Twitter meet up for MEET Windows Azure at Lanyard! So see you online for the event on the 7th! My Twitter handle is @noopman! Thanks, Magnus!
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.NET 4.5 Improvements for Cloud and Server Applications

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I’ve had multiple meetings recently with customers and press where the topic of .NET development has come up, particularly as it relates to the cloud and server.  They’ve heard about the extensive work we’ve done with Visual Studio 11 to enable the client-side development of Metro style apps for Windows 8 using C#, Visual Basic, C++, and JavaScript, and they’re curious to learn what improvements have been made for server-side development using .NET From my perspective, .NET is already the richest and most productive way for developers to create server-side applications that run in the cloud and on premise, and to
do so with symmetry across both.  With .NET 4 available today on Windows Server and in Windows Azure, developers have in place the languages, libraries, frameworks, and capabilities necessary to create next-generation solutions, whether for the enterprise or for a consumer application. And things only get better with .NET 4.5. The coming release of .NET is targeted to provide great capabilities for developers working on mobile apps, web apps, and cloud services, while at the same time enabling rapid scalability, fast time to market, and support that spans a gamut of PCs, browsers, and mobile devices. Work in .NET 4.5 has...(Read whole news on source site)

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