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

Top PowerPoint Tips – What I’ve learned thus far on the Mac PowerPoint Team

To my Windows-users readers, I’m trying super-hard (yes, “super-“ in honor of being back at MSFT) to...

Author: saraford Date: 11/28/2012

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

Goodbye Microsoft!

Today is my last day at Microsoft. It’s been an incredible 9 years. I’ve been extremely...

Author: saraford Date: 10/18/2010

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

Training for my first Triathlon with Team in Training

People at the various user groups I go to seem to enjoy my triathlon training stories. Since sports...

Author: saraford Date: 09/24/2010

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

VS File Explorer – Extension #9

Get a Windows Explorer experience within the IDE! My series continues with the VS File Explorer. I...

Author: saraford Date: 09/09/2010

Power Commands for Visual Studio 2010 – Extension #8

I’m way behind in my extension series. Relocation + New Job + Work Travel, it’s been a crazy year!...

Author: saraford Date: 09/07/2010

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

How I Bonded with my Windows Phone - a cycling misadventure

I had an interesting bike ride on Saturday, where I unexpectedly got to do some serious bonding with...

Author: saraford Date: 08/24/2010

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

My first month with my Vibram Five Fingers (Barefoot running shoes)

I got my vibrams about a month ago, and have slowly been trying to break my feet in. I can now drive...

Author: saraford Date: 06/24/2010

Recap: TechEd 2010 in New Orleans - We're Jazzed Ya'll Were Here!

Wow! What a week! I remember the first time I saw a TechEd backpack was back in 2003, where the...

Author: saraford Date: 06/22/2010

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

My First Week as a Developer Evangelist

I thought it would be fun to share what it was like my first week making the transition from Redmond...

Author: saraford Date: 03/07/2010

Happy Lombardi Gras!!

“It’s like waiting 43 years for someone to tell you ‘I love you’ back.” – Superbowl Pregame Show....

Author: saraford Date: 02/12/2010

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

Looking for last-minute gift idea? Buy The Art of Community book by Jono Bacon

I’m embarrassed to say just how long I’ve had Jono Bacon’s book sitting on my coffee table, as a...

Author: saraford Date: 12/17/2009

Recap from the Microsoft Women’s Conference 2009

The bi-annual Microsoft Women’s Conference was held last week on the Microsoft Redmond Campus. I...

Author: saraford Date: 10/30/2009

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

Another year, another DevLink. Highlights Tweets about me moving the ship from Jim Holmes and Leon....

Author: saraford Date: 08/28/2009

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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