Monthly Archives: May 2012

Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidates have arrived!

The release candidates are here. For those of you that are new to Microsoft products, release candidate (RC) is the final public build of the product before it is released to manufacturing (RTM). I’m excited about these products because of all of the new features and fresh looks. (Man, I love change!)

If you are interested in the release candidates for Visual Studio 2012, Team Foundation Server 2012, or related tools, check out the following links:

If you are interested in the Windows 8 release candidate, go here:

I’d love to know what you think. Happy downloading!


St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 UPDATE

I wanted to update you on some St. Louis Days of .NET activity.

In an effort to provide some more variety, we’ve added another pre-compiler. Ted Neward will host “Architectural Katas” which should prove to be quite interesting.

We hope to have a dozen or so general sessions announced on the site this week, but don’t wait to register. You know it’s going to be the best and brightest speakers covering everything a .NET developer needs to know! If there’s a particular topic you are anxious to see, let me know by providing a comment below. If you are wondering about the timing of events, we’ve posted the agenda here.

If your wife or girlfriend is bummed about you being gone for the weekend, make it a semi-romantic getaway! This year, we are offering shopping and spa packages for those who like that stuff. Find more info here. If that’s not of interest, don’t forget…it’s a casino! Get a hotel room and let them eat, drink, and play games all day and night.

If you are thinking about submitting topics, remember the deadline is the end of June and the good topics are going fast!!

Registration is now open for St. Louis Days of .NET 2012

Registration for the St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 is now open!  The conference will once again be held at the Ameristar in St. Charles, Missouri, on August 2-4, 2012. The “early bird” price of $175 per person will be available through June 30. You’re going to want to ACT FAST THIS YEAR – due to our ever-growing demand and our desire to fit within our venue, we have had to cap our event to only 900 available tickets!

To celebrate our fifth year, we have a number of exciting changes in store. There is now an optional THIRD DAY of content. For an additional $75, you can come out on Thursday (August 2) and spend a full 8-hour day in a deep and focused dive into one of a handful of new and upcoming technologies and practices. (For instance, I will be hosting a hands-on workshop for the upcoming Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.) The main conference sessions will, as usual, take place on Friday and Saturday.

In addition, we have two great social events planned on Thursday and Friday evenings. Take it easy after the long day of sessions and hang out with your peers, meet the speakers, or just have some great food and drink!

Meet your peers, make connections, have great discussions with industry leaders and luminaries. From start to finish, we look forward to bringing you our best and most exciting conference yet! Remember to spread the word – tell your friends and colleagues to register as soon as they can once registration opens up this Thursday.

And lastly, we still have great opportunities available to become more involved. We continue to review speaker submissions for those interested in presenting. Or if your company wants to get its name out there, we still have a few remaining sponsorship opportunities. Check out our website ( or email us for more information.

Speaker submissions:

Sponsorship information:

Thanks a ton for your ongoing support! We look forward to meeting you in St. Louis again this summer!

Revised UI for VS 11!!

So, it turns out developers really do care about UI’s. 🙂

Shortly before I joined Microsoft, I too, provided significant feedback to the UX team about the lack of color and difficulty determining whether a button was disabled in the low-contrast UI. I’m excited to report that a new Visual Studio UI will be available in June. You can read more about it here. I really like the new version of the UI. I’m a bit surprised they removed all-caps from everything, but added it to the menu bar! All-caps are bad in just about every case and I hope they will be removed from the menu, but overall, I like the new RC UI much, much better.

What do you think?

St. Louis Days of .NET 2012 Call for Speakers

We have finally set up the session submission pages for our 5th St. Louis Days of .NET!

Go here to submit your session ideas or go here to learn more about the event.

RE: Registration: We haven’t opened attendee registration yet because we want to have the pre-compiler options available when you sign up, but we will do so very soon. We appreciate your patience on this.