Visual Studio 2010

October 21, 2009

Visual Studio and .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2 are now available for downloading. This is still a “Beta” product so there are issues outstanding that need to be resolved. However, there are a number of technologies “built in” to the product, e.g., Dynamic Data 2.0, MVC 2.0, and Silverlight 3. There are some technologies that […]

The Cost of College Textbooks

October 21, 2009

I was wandering through the UW Bookstore the other day and took a look at some prices for textbooks. WOW – they are really expensive. One new textbook for an Introduction to Information Systems course was priced at $175. I have a couple of textbooks from when I was an undergraduate on my bookshelf. A […]

New Tutorial – Silverlight Analytics and SEO

October 8, 2009

I recently converted the “” site from an “aspx” design to a Silverlight application. The original site used Google Analytics to collect and analyze usage and I needed to do something similar with the Silverlight site. This new tutorial explains the options I finally settled on to collect data on usage. I use both a […]

"Levels" of Understanding

October 1, 2009

When we build a curriculum, we have to carefully evaluate course objectives. In considering a specific course, we need also consider what I call the “appropriate level of understanding” we expect students to achieve within the course. For example, I am currently working on an on-line course with its major objectives of introducing Visual Studio […]