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Brian Schroer Don't Call Me Mort! September 2009 Entries
“The Visual Studio Documentary”
I just watched/enjoyed “The Visual Studio Documentary” on Channel 9. It brought a tear to my eye as it rekindled memories of installing VB5 from a giant stack o’ floppies. (Did you know that Alan Cooper’s original name for (what became) Visual Basic was “Ruby”?) Edit: I posted before I actually finished the thing. It’s a bit self-congratulatory at times, but then goes turns into a full-blown commercial toward the end. Up to that point, though, it’s a fun watch ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 29, 2009 7:21 PM

St. Louis .NET User Group – Muljadi Budiman: “What's new in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Framework”
Muljadi Budiman was the top-rated speaker at the recent St. Louis Day of .NET event, and it’s easy to see why. His presentations are energetic, humorous, and packed with useful information. At tonight’s St. Louis .NET User Group meeting, he zipped through an overview of Visual Studio 2010 and 4.0 features of C#, VB, WPF, the CLR and the DLR in a little over 90 minutes. Highlights included: VS2010: multi-monitor support Call Hierarchy visualizer “Navigate To” improvements “Consume-First Development” ......

Posted On Monday, September 28, 2009 8:40 PM

Phil Japikse & Hope Mongers: Giving the Gift of Technology
I just finished listening to a great .NET Rocks interview with Phil Japikse, where he talked about his experiences working on Hope Mongers, a volunteer-run website that brings charity projects together with donators. “Chief Monger” Sam Henry says: Whether helping orphans on the other side of the planet or families just around the corner, so much authentic living, learning and feeling flows from the intense human connection that happens when you know you are changing someone’s life. ......

Posted On Sunday, September 27, 2009 5:14 PM

Book Review: C# in Depth by Jon Skeet
C# in Depth is not for beginners. It assumes a working knowledge of C# 1.0, and is not so much a tutorial of C# 2 and 3 features as an in-depth examination of how and why they work. I don’t think I learned anything I didn’t know about using generics, extension methods, delegates, anonymous methods and lambdas, but Skeet does a great job of zooming in on the inner workings of each of these features, building up to the big picture of how they all snap together to make the game-changing programming ......

Posted On Saturday, September 26, 2009 8:43 PM

Getting Serious About JavaScript
Like many ASP.NET developers, I’ve gotten by for years knowing just enough JavaScript to get by. I’ve spent many frustrating hours cursing the language, when the problem was not really JavaScript (although it has more than its share of weirdness), but my assumption that I knew how it worked, just because it looks like C#. Now, thanks in large part to jQuery, I actually enjoy client-side programming. jQuery makes things so much easier (replacing dozens of lines of code that I painstakingly figured ......

Posted On Monday, September 21, 2009 9:32 PM

How do you pronounce “WPF”?

Someone asked this on Stack Overflow:

I pronounce the “W” as in the word “two”, the “P” as in “pneumonia”, and the “F” like the last letter of “off”.

Posted On Saturday, September 19, 2009 7:04 PM

St. Louis Coders-4-Charities: October 16-18
I’ve heard good things about last year’s Kansas City event, and am excited that we’re doing it in St. Louis. Thanks to the organizers for this great opportunity to help out some good organizations… Are you interested in volunteering your time and technical talent to help our community? On October 16th through the 18th we have organized a local charity event called Coders 4 Charities. This event will benefit many St. Louis-area non-profit organizations by providing them IT solutions that would traditionally ......

Posted On Saturday, September 19, 2009 7:39 AM

Scott Hanselman's 2009 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows

Scott has updated his insanely useful list of insanely useful tools.

If you find something useful there (and it would be hard not to), please consider Scott’s request to make a tax-deductible contribution to the American Diabetes Association.

Posted On Wednesday, September 2, 2009 5:50 AM

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