The history of C#

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I just came across a very interesting post from James Kovacs that describes how C# and .NET evolved. I had blogged about this almost a year ago, but James’ post adds some additional background. Around 1997, Microsoft started a project that was internally known as Project Lightning... Read more

Generic Enum Parsing with Extension Methods

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Not too long ago, I talked about Extension Methods in .NET 3.5 and also about a way to provide data binding an enum type with descriptions. Today, Simo talked about how often he forgets the syntax of parsing a string value to it’s... Read more

Certification Junkies

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A lot of you probably already know my feelings on certifications, particularly the Microsoft certifications. Even though I am an MCPD, I took what appears to be the “non traditional” approach and actually went into the exams trusting my knowledge and experience to see me through. I didn’t spend hundreds... Read more

Windows Live tools integration with Visual Studio

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With the recent proliferation of the Windows Live services and APIs, Microsoft is taking steps to add the ability to develop Windows Live applications through additions to Visual Studio 2008. A public beta of the Visual Studio Toolkit for Windows Live is expected sometime in October or November. Read more

Phil Haack moving to Microsoft

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Even though Phil just recently started working at and even more recently became a Microsoft MVP, he’s leaving Koders to move (eventually) a bit farther north and is joining Microsoft to work with Scott Guthrie on the new MVC framework for ASP.NET. He starts... Read more