CodeRush Xpress for Free!

DevExpress and Microsoft announced a partnership today to offer CodeRush Xpress for free. At the present time it’s only available for non-express versions of Visual Studio and will only work with C# (per their post). I’m sure the other support will be just around the corner. If you’re interested be sure to download Xpress here.

.NET Gets a New Logo

The Microsoft .NET Framework received a new logo and a revised site recently. The new logo can be found at The new site can be found at Nice logo! It’s very slick and fits within the other modern day Microsoft logos.

USPS Service Leaves Much To Be Desired

I am expecting a package from the USPS and have been since Thursday. The package was too large for my mailbox, so I received a re-delivery notice. On Thursday night, I signed it and placed it in my mailbox. It was picked up on Friday and the package wasn’t on the truck for redelivery. Thinking that maybe they didn’t bring the package out for redelivery on Friday just because, I waited for Saturday. Sure it was pouring rain all day, but I never received my package on Saturday either. Today I called the post office. They told me that they … Continue reading USPS Service Leaves Much To Be Desired

Not at the PDC? Participate Virtually Here!

So I’m not going to be at the Microsoft PDC this year primarily because of all the work I have to catch up on. However, I can participate virtually at If you’re going to be at the PDC, be sure to blog about it and tweet your URL to @NotAtPDC. Also, there will be other virtual presentations and such that will be done throughout the week. I’m likely going to do a talk tomorrow sometime. We’re still ironing out the details.

MSDN Freedom Roadshow in Scranton, PA on November 14th, 2008

Microsoft and .NET Valley would like to invite you to come to the MSDN Freedom Roadshow in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 14th, 2008. The event will be held at Scranton University in Room 405 of the DeNaples Student Center and will begin at 9am. A schedule of events can be found below. To register for the event, you can use the link on the hompage of or go direct to the MSDN registration page here. Event Schedule 8:30 to 9:00 – Breakfast and Registration 9:00 to 10:30 – Windows Presentation Foundation Demystified Today’s applications need to do more than … Continue reading MSDN Freedom Roadshow in Scranton, PA on November 14th, 2008

Quake Ported to Silverlight. Seriously.

How cool is this? One of my good friends, Aaron Seet, just posted a message to one of the email lists that I’m on with the following link: Yes. Quake is being ported to a Silverlight game. I’m sure this isn’t the last game we’ll see ported either.

Visual Studio 2008 Tips and Tricks

Stephen Walther has posted a great list of Visual Studio 2008 Tips and Tricks. I found 3 or 4 that I didn’t realize when checking out his post. The two I’ll likely use the most are number 1 and 3. Great stuff Stephen!

Microsoft Releases ASP.NET MVC 1 Beta

Last evening, Scott Guthrie announced that ASP.NET MVC beta has been pushed out. There’s a ton of really cool, new features that have been added. Be sure to check out Scott’s book, err I mean post to read up on what new has been added. As Scott has mentioned in his post, click here to download it.  You can also visit to explore tutorials, quick starts, and videos to learn more.

MVC: From Start to Blog

I gave a talk this past weekend at the Philly.NET Code Camp 2008.3. I’ve uploaded my slide deck, project, and a few additional files (used in the demo) in case anyone would like to review again. I was also able to find another way to fake HttpContext. Check out Stephen Walther’s blog post about faking the controller context. He also has a blog post about unit testing the views without a web server. I hope all that attended enjoyed my talk and I look forward to seeing you all again!

Silverlight 2 is here

Scott Guthrie announced yesterday that Silverlight 2 has been released. Rather than reposting everything he stated, you can read his original post here. Here are a few links to note: Microsoft Expression Blend 2 Service Pack 1 (Containing Silverlight 2) Microsoft Silverlight 2 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Deep Zoom Composer (Needed for the Deep Zoom feature in Silverlight 2) Scott Guthrie’s 8-Part Demo – Building a Digg Application Never build anything using Silverlight? Try this. Hope this helps to get you started using Silverlight 2. Finally, I always wondered what their reach was with Silverlight. According to their … Continue reading Silverlight 2 is here