Sara Ford's Weblog

My adventures embracing open source on CodePlex and at Microsoft

What to do when the IDE Navigator gets stuck – the workaround

If you ever noticed the IDE Navigator get stuck, we now have a workaround. Thanks to Eric Carr for...

Author: saraford Date: 11/30/2012

Just when I thought I was out…

They pull me back in. But in all fairness, I was the one who asked to be pulled back in. My game...

Author: saraford Date: 10/04/2012

Win a Windows Phone 7 device at our upcoming NorCal Launch Events

For the majority of you reading my blog that don’t live in NorCal, you can watch the events live on...

Author: saraford Date: 10/04/2010

Standoff between me, my bike, and wildlife creature captured on my Windows Phone

Seems that whenever I bring my Windows Phone with me on a bike ride, something unusual happens. I’m...

Author: saraford Date: 09/23/2010

SQL Server Compact Toolbox – Extension #12

Today’s post comes from Guest Blogger Erik Ejlskov Jensen, SQL Server Compact MVP, @ErikEJ Toolbox...

Author: saraford Date: 09/21/2010

9 years at Microsoft

Today marks my 9th year at Microsoft. Next year, I’ll collect my second Final Fantasy crystal. I...

Author: saraford Date: 09/17/2010

Solution Explorer Tools (When to Sync to Current File) – Extension #11

Control when Solution Explorer syncs to the current file I’ve given many talks on Visual Studio, and...

Author: saraford Date: 09/16/2010

Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Events

For those outside of Northern California or can’t make these dates, you can watch our launch event...

Author: saraford Date: 09/15/2010

Emacs Commands – Extension #10

Use your Emacs commands once again! If you have opened the Tools – Options – Keyboard page, looking...

Author: saraford Date: 09/14/2010

The Rematch – Webcast of my 101 VS tips in 55 mins via O’Reilly is now available

Earlier this week, I decided to rematch the clock to demo 101 VS Tips in 55 minutes with O’Reilly...

Author: saraford Date: 09/03/2010

5 years later – remembering Hurricane Katrina

I wanted to pause for a brief second to remember the 53 people in my hometown who lost their lives 5...

Author: saraford Date: 08/30/2010

Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Event

For you all in the North California area, we’re hosting an all-day event in Silicon Valley on...

Author: saraford Date: 08/24/2010

Video: 101 Visual Studio Tips in 55 minutes!

Last week I blogged about my challenge to do 101 Visual Studio Tips in just 55 minutes, and if I...

Author: saraford Date: 06/17/2010

Tipping against Time – Sara’s Visual Studio Tip Challenge

I’ve been known to talk fast when I’m excited in my Visual Studio presentations, and maybe even a...

Author: saraford Date: 06/01/2010

Collapse Selection in Solution Explorer – Extension #7

Recursively Collapse Nodes in the Solution Explorer! The Visual Studio IDE team has heard a lot of...

Author: saraford Date: 05/13/2010

Find Results Windows Tweak – Extension #6

Increase the Readability of your Find in Files results! One of the first tips I always demo in my...

Author: saraford Date: 05/02/2010

XAML IntelliSense – Extension #5

Get your new IntelliSense features in the XAML Editor! If you’ve grown accustomed to the new Pascal...

Author: saraford Date: 04/09/2010

Editor Guidelines UI – Extension #4

Add Guidelines to your code! Over 5 years ago, I wrote my very first tip about Visual Studio on...

Author: saraford Date: 04/05/2010

Speaking at DevDays 2010 in The Netherlands and TechDays in Belgium – Visual Studio Tips

Update:  You can watch the video of my TechDays Belgium presentation at...

Author: saraford Date: 03/30/2010

Visual Studio Tip of the Day Start Page – Extension #3

I have waited 6 years to write this blog post. We did it Sean! We did it! =D Get Visual Studio Tips...

Author: saraford Date: 03/25/2010

Image Insertion – Extension #2

Speaks a thousand words with images! The image insertion tool allows you to drag and drop images...

Author: saraford Date: 03/18/2010

Visual Studio Color Theme Editor – Extension #01

The Visual Studio Color Theme Editor provides you with a central location to control all your IDE...

Author: saraford Date: 03/11/2010

Introducing the Visual Studio Extension of the week

Go over to the Visual Studio Gallery, and you’ll find almost 500 extensions available for Visual...

Author: saraford Date: 03/11/2010

How to install Visual Studio Extensions

Installing Visual Studio extensions is really quite simple. Install via Extension Manager This is...

Author: saraford Date: 03/11/2010

Video of My Last Iteration Planning Meeting with CodePlex

Right before I left CodePlex, I filmed my last Iteration Planning Meeting with the team to give you...

Author: saraford Date: 03/09/2010

CodePlex banner does Who Dat Chant at Greater New Orleans .NET User Group

On Wednesday night, I spoke at the Greater New Orleans .NET User Group http://www.gnonug.org/....

Author: saraford Date: 02/12/2010

Who Dat Nation Invades Microsoft’s Channel 9

I’m sitting here in the Memphis airport at the terminal gate for New Orleans. Having gone 17 weeks...

Author: saraford Date: 02/06/2010

How Agile Works – My Program Manager Cheat Sheet

While cleaning out my office in preparation for my big move to California, I ran across my Agile...

Author: saraford Date: 02/04/2010

Saying Farewell to CodePlex

In January 2006, nearly 4 years ago to the day, I created my first account on CodePlex, when the...

Author: saraford Date: 02/01/2010

First Mercurial project on CodePlex

http://mymercurialproject.codeplex.com Read our announcement:...

Author: saraford Date: 01/22/2010

My 3 part series on Agile Program Management on Port 25

In a follow up to my original post on how I learned to program manage an agile team, I’ve put...

Author: saraford Date: 01/21/2010

Coding is not Kata

I promised on Twitter to write a blog post explaining why “kata” was the wrong word for the “coding...

Author: saraford Date: 01/17/2010

Visual Studio 2010 Tip of the Day Returns!!

Zain Naboulsi, a Developer Evangelist, has started the Tip of the Day series for Visual Studio 2010....

Author: saraford Date: 01/11/2010

My CodePlex Jump from tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere – The Full Video

Just like the kiwi bird down here in New Zealand, I proved that I too am flightless. The 7 minute...

Author: saraford Date: 09/15/2009

TechEd Australia and New Zealand – 25 Visual Studio 2008 IDE Tips

Thanks for coming to today’s session! As I’ve said (or about to say), don’t take notes! Here are all...

Author: saraford Date: 09/10/2009

My return to Channel 9 (CodePlex Interview)

The Channel 9 team recently met with me to discuss “The State of the CodePlex” as I like to call it....

Author: saraford Date: 09/07/2009

How to trick Visual Studio to not show line numbers for blank lines?

Going through my folder of my blog “contact me” emails, I came across this question. I like tricking...

Author: saraford Date: 08/27/2009

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