# Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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If you haven't yet seen Josh Holmes and Steve Loethen's Internet show Code To Live, I recommend doing so.  Josh and Steve (mostly Josh) travel around the country interviewing people who are passionate about the technology on which they are working.  The video production is sometimes a bit lacking but the viewer gets a feel for the excitement people have for the work they are doing and the interviews often provide brief overviews of new technologies.

You can view this show at www.codetolive.net or http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/code_to_live

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 7:43:24 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Thursday, March 20, 2008
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The 'Heroes Happen Here' launch was well worth my time.  Not only did we get a chance to see demos of Microsoft's newest products, I also got a chance to meet up with many of the most energetic developers in the midwest.  About 50 of us headed to Greektown after the event for an after-event event.  You can view my photos of the day here.

At the end of the day, everyone walked off with (among other things) a copy of Visual Studio 2008.  I was excited because I had spent most of the day following the Developers Track, which outlined the features of the new Visual Studio.  I'll be installing it this weekend. 

I especially like the fact that I can install VS 2008 and work on applications using older .Net frameworks.  Framework versions 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 are all available.  This mitigates the risk of upgrading and it means I don't need to install multiple versions of Visual Studio.  I can write code that targest .Net Framework 2.0 but still take advantage of the improvements in the IDE, such as client-side debugging, stylesheet troubleshooting, and built-in Ajax support.

My customer has decided to upgrade to Visual Studio 2008 but defer the decision to upgrade the framework on which we have built our applications.

Here is a list of new features in Visual Studio 2008:  http://msdotnetsupport.blogspot.com/2007/11/22-new-features-of-visual-studio-2008.html
      

Thursday, March 20, 2008 7:15:04 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Monday, March 17, 2008

Tomorrow is the big Heroes Happen Here event in Detroit.

Microsoft is launching new versions of Visual Studio, Windows Server and SQL Server.  I'm looking forward to seeing the new tools and how to utilize these tools in my projects. 

I believe the Detroit sessions are full but it may be possible to attend the event without attending the sessions.  It will be held from 8AM - 5PM at the Marriott in the Renaissance Center downtown.  You can get more information at http://www.microsoft.com/heroeshappenhere/default.mspx

Supposedly, Quick Solutions is sending up a busload of consultants from Columbus to the event.

 

Monday, March 17, 2008 3:21:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
# Saturday, March 1, 2008

My son's basketball season ended Friday night in the District Finals.  The game couldn't have been closer.  Jackson High led by 9 points late in the game when Pioneer came storming back to force overtime.  But, in the end Jackson won in the extra session to capture the District crown.  Pioneer ended its season at 22-1 - a great record by any standard.  But Friday night all the boys were focused on the 1 loss.

The next day, Nick was back in the gym working on his jump shot.  I'm already excited about next year.

Saturday, March 1, 2008 7:29:03 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)