Scaling Agile Across the Enterprise

Earlier this week we, the Developer Division at Microsoft,release a series of short videos telling the story of how we made the transformation from our old waterfallian ways to a scaled agile way of working. Here is where you can find all of the videos. This is the story of a division of 3,000+ engineers […]

Overcoming the New Visual Studio UI

In a blog post last week, Monty Hammontree, the Director of User Experience for Visual Studio, announced the UI refresh for Visual Studio. This is a project that I had some involvement in (mostly as a reviewer) while still at Microsoft, and have been waiting patiently for this announcement so that I could talk about […]

Language Choice in Windows 8 is Not About Portability

Every time I go to talk to folks about Windows 8, the same questions pop up. I blame this largely on Microsoft’s silence about Windows 8 following the release of a tidal wave of information followed by the Windows 8 Developer Preview at Build in September. C’est la vie. This too shall pass. One of […]

A bad picture is worth a thousand long discussions.

While here at Build I’ve been in lots of conversations with customers, other attendees, Microsoft MVP’s, Microsoft Regional Directors, and Microsoft engineering team members. One of the recurring topics that I’ve been talking about ad nausium is the “boxology” diagram of the Windows 8 Platform and Tools (shown here). Now let me tell you, I […]

Build: Day 0

Here I am at the Starbucks in the Marriott Anaheim, which is connected to the Convention Center where Build will take place beginning tomorrow. Already people are milling about and I’ve seen a few friends and former colleagues (in fact, Dave Mendlen, my old boss, and the new CMO for DevExpress, gave me a ride from […]

Goodbye Microsoft. Hello Telerik.

If you keep up with me on Twitter you know that last Friday was my last day at Microsoft. I joinned Microsoft as a vendor in 2004 after I sold my company (dotnetjunkies.com) – I was hired in to fix a broken community program that dotnetjunkies had been part of, and a few months later […]

Visual Studio LightSwitch Feature Matrix

On his blog yesterday, Soma (Sr. VP of Developer Division at Microsoft), announced that Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 will be coming soon. I can tell you, we are really excited about LightSwitch, and apparently you are too (you’ve downloaded over 100,000 copies of Beta 1). One question that comes up a lot is, what […]

Data Storage in Visual Studio LightSwitch

With the recent release of Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1 to MSDN Subscribers, I have gotten a few questions. As questions come in, I’ll do my best to answer them here. One of the first questions I got was about how LightSwitch applications manage and store data source connection information – aka connection strings.   […]

Myth Busting Visual Studio LightSwitch

Earlier this week, at the VSLive conference in Redmond, WA (on the Microsoft campus) Jason Zander announced a new Visual Studio product that we’ve been working on – Visual Studio LightSwitch – the simplest way to build business applications for the desktop and cloud. This is exciting for us – we’ve been working on this […]