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Evangelism - Developer and Platform Evangelism

WebMatrix & Razor: A new option for beginning developers

We' just announced WebMatrix, a new, simple IDE to build and customize Web sites. As someone who...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 07/06/2010

Correcting Grammar for Microsoft Products and Technology

I see book authors, editors, bloggers, press, team members, and occasionally even a VP misspell our...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 04/27/2010

Happy Valentine’s Day from Channel 9!

Yes, it’s Valentine’s day on Channel 9, time to have some more fun. Kudos to Laura Foy as this is...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/14/2010

Bug Killer - A Channel 9 Halloween Special!

Check out Laura Foy’s “Bug Killer”, a Channel 9 Halloween special.  

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 10/30/2009

Visual Studio Documentary Part 1 & Part 2

I'm the last person to blog about this, but we've launched the Visual Studio documentary on Channel...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 10/27/2009

Download Visual Studio Express Editions

  • Updated 3/31/2015 While this post was originally written in 2009, it still gets a ton of hits!...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 10/21/2009

My Picks for PDC 2009

With a little over a month to go before Microsoft’s biggest and best developer event, I wanted to...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 10/13/2009

Popfly Game Downloader Available

While it’s sad that Popfly is going away, it’s cool that the Popfly team put out (an unsupported)...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 07/22/2009

TweetCraft – A World of Warcraft Twitter client

After much ado, we finally launched TweetCraft, one of our new Coding4Fun applications. Shout-outs...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 07/02/2009

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Cheat Sheet

Hey folks, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is now available for the world to download and here's your...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 05/20/2009

TwitterDrive - Tweets are the next evolution in message protocols

Today we announced TwitterDrive, a free, open source application that will revolutionize cloud...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 04/01/2009

Coding4Fun Book: The people and the projects

  Available now on Amazon.com for $26 (34% off!)   Our Coding4Fun book, Coding4Fun 10 .NET...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 12/10/2008

PDC Recap

With PDC just about a week over, it's about time I finally got around to blogging about it. Here's...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 11/10/2008

CodePlex Community Meetup at PDC

As Sara mentioned in the CodePlex blog, we're having a CodePlex meetup at PDC on Wednesday from 1:30...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 10/20/2008

Announcing Visual Studio 2010

Since I'm a Visual Studio fanboy, I love hearing about the future of Visual Studio, now officially...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 09/29/2008

Opening the kimono on Windows 7

Today we officially announced that PDC is the first time Microsoft will be discussing Windows 7...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 09/24/2008

Popfly Game Creator Goes Beta

Congrats to the Popfly team for moving Popfly Game Creator from alpha to Beta and adding a bunch of...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 09/02/2008

The Unofficial Microsoft Overworked Advisory System

Scott Hanselman recently blogged about "Ninjas on fire" as a way to describe being...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 08/08/2008

AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft v2 Beta now available

For World of Warcraft developers looking to build AddOns, a BETA version of AddOn Studio is now...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 07/30/2008

We want to hear your stories

Hey folks, if you've built some cool project, the Non-Pro team wants to hear from you! Send them an...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 07/25/2008

Fun Silverlight Game: Crayon Cannon

Kudos to the Popfly team for adding new features in their July update. My favorite features are the...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 07/21/2008

Bioware Knights of the Old Republic MMO Coming!

Woohoo! From Joystiq, Bioware has officially spilled the beans that they are building a MMO based on...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 07/17/2008

Yes, it's Bill's last day, here's a collection of videos for your viewing pleasure: Channel 9: Bill...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 06/28/2008

The Superficial Poll: Blonde or Brunette

Margaret Rouse from the Overheard blog calls me out for dying my hair blonde: I’m a big Dan...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 06/23/2008

Bill Gates Transition Interview on Channel 9

In case you haven't heard, this week is BillG's last week as a full-time Microsoft employee as he...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 06/23/2008

New Popfly Game Creator Features

Adam Nathan recently blogged about some of the new features they've added to Popfly Game Creator...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 06/18/2008

Coding4Fun Talk at TechEd

At TechEd this year, I gave what can only be described as an overly ambitious talk given I only had...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 06/11/2008

SQL Server Express 2008: Now in two flavors

As I blogged about on Channel 9 earlier (I love that we can have text and video posts now), SQL...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 06/10/2008

Jeff Sandquist on Microspotting

Ariel interviews Jeff Sandquist, my manager on scary VPs and the dfiference between evangelists and...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 05/16/2008

AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft V2 in the works

I recently posted a high-level feature specification for version 2.0 of AddOn Studio for World of...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 05/14/2008

List of Microsoft employees mentioned in Microsoft 2.0

I just finished reading Mary Jo Foley's new (unauthorized) book, Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 05/05/2008

Popfly Game Creator Alpha Launches!

Popfly Game Creator Alpha launches today and It's amazing. Kudos to Adam Nathan as he's really shown...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 05/02/2008

Settings1.Designer.cs Bug: Multiple settings files

I ran into this bug today which was unfortunately closed as can't repro. I was renaming some...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 04/27/2008

Live Mesh Launches

Live Mesh is a new technology and platform that enables synchronization and storage "to the cloud."...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 04/23/2008

Top 6 Pet Peeves from an MSDN Editor

Read the article here I don't fully agree with the bullet point pet peeves as I think they're very...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 04/10/2008

Someone should remake The A-Team for Cable TV

Crazy Idea #5150 Cue the background military music and authoritative announcer: Ten years ago / In...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 04/07/2008

Channel 9 Spam Video Filter Beta Launched

In an on-going effort to ensure that Channel 9 videos only display appropriate content, the Channel...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 04/01/2008

Microsoft the Contest Machine

Last updated: 6/30/08 NOTE: If you've been forwarded a link to this blog post, it's likely that one...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 03/17/2008

Microspotting lands an interview with Mini-Microsoft

Kudos to Ariel Stallings, Microsoft employee and author the Microspotting blog (one of my favorite...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/27/2008

Popfly Nominated for C|Net WebWare 100!

Kudos to the Popfly team for being nominated to C|Net's Webware 100! If you like Popfly, as John...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/26/2008

Session Notes: Life on the Bungie Farm: Fun Things to do with 180 servers and 350 processors

Speakers: Luis Villegas, Sean Shypula from Bungie Distributed client/server system split up, runs it...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/22/2008

Panel: Future of MMOs

Speakers: MC of event, Jon Wood - Managing Editor MMORPG.com Jack Emmert - Founder, Cryptic Studios,...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/21/2008

Keynote: The Next 20 Years of Gaming

Speaker: Ray Kurzweil [Aside: One of the best talks I've ever been to...ever] Rough notes below...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/21/2008

Session: Star Wars, The Force Unleashed

Full Title: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: How LucasArts is Building a Game Development Team and a...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/21/2008

Top 10 Interesting Nuggets from the Microsoft GDC Keynote

The US video game industry revenue is now $18 Billion and continues to grow. Games have not only...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/21/2008

Session: WiiFit: Creating a Brand New Interface for the Home Console

Speaker: Takao Sawano WiiFit Examples Family weighing themselves and tracking health Father doing...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/20/2008

Session: Rules of Engagement: Blizzard's Approach to Multiplayer Game Design

Speaker: Rob Pardo, Blizzard Entertainment Rough notes below   Game Balance - solo to max level...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/20/2008

Session: Taking Xbox LIVE Arcade Games to the Next Level

Note: I'll be regularly blogging on session at GDC (Game Developer Conference) Rough notes Speaker:...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/20/2008

DreamSpark: Free Microsoft software for students

DreamSpark is a new program that launched today (Feb 18th) at Stanford Univ. with Bill Gates giving...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/19/2008

This Week on Channel 9: Feb 15 with Special guest Scott Hanselman

  We had lots of laughs in the studio with Scott this week! Here's the show recap: - We have a...

Author: Dan Fernandez - MSFT Date: 02/15/2008

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