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Certification for VB Programmers
I woke up this morning with a very interesting tweet waiting for me. I was asked what the best path for Microsoft certification would be for a Visual Basic programmer. I was forced to reply with "that was not a 140 character answer." This post aims to offer guidance to that process. Microsoft learning removed the VB paths to certification with the .NET 4 MCPD. The current batch of tests require a language test. You must pass either 70-480 to prove you are a HTML5 specialist or 70-483 to prove you ......

Posted On Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:04 PM

Renaming Woes
As I was working on updates to The Krewe Windows Phone App, I ran into a very aggravating situation. I needed to blow away my Azure deployment project (more on a later date) and recreate a new one. When I did this, the project was named the ever-so-helpful "TheKreweAPI.Azure2". I know, pure poetry... After this happened, I took the time to rename everything to something useful. I manually edited solution and project files. I scrubbed output directories. I made everything look pretty. I my quest for ......

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:30 PM

CodeMash Content
Greetings. Just a quick note that 99.9% of my CodeMash content is now up. Look in the sidebar under Projects, and got to GitHub Repositories. Or, if you're lazy, click this: For the .1%, I took out the XACT project. I do not currently have a license for the song I use, which is fine for educational / fair use. However, I cannot, in good conscious, redistribute it. Enjoy ......

Posted On Sunday, January 13, 2013 10:27 PM

Creating data types in C#
I ran into an annoying problem while wrapping a native library in managed code. The original library was VERY native. The included header files included hundreds of typedefs and more than a few structures with unions. Now, after this little experiment, I could (and, more than likely, will later) speak volumes about Marshaling memory between managed and native code. However, as I said above, this post is dedicated to an annoying issue. Those of you familiar with C++ already know this, but I explain ......

Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:11 AM

My Tech Ed North America Preview - Certification Edition
In my previous TechEd North America Preview, I addressed all the content I wanted to see at the show. This time, we shall turn our attention to the certifications I might try to pick up. If you have never been to TechEd North America before, one of the greatest things about the event is an on-site certification center. If you have a couple hours to spare, you can walk up to a test. The first test on my agenda is 70-5231. I took this update test once, but did not do well on the MVC portion2. A few ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:15 AM

My Tech Ed North America Preview - Content Edition
As I promised in my last post, I feel the need to give you a rundown on all the technical content I am looking forward to checking out at Tech Ed this year. We shall start with the content I know I'll be able to see. This would be some demo stations in the Technical Learning Center. I will DEFINITELY be checking out the Windows Phone Device Bar. I will admit that I am a bit of a phone snob, and I just want to manhandle all that sexy, sexy tech. I am also planning on talking to the Windows Phone team ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 2:37 PM

Updated Impressions of Visual Studio 11 Beta
I will begin this in the traditional, blunt fashion that you've come to expect from me. I am an idiot. There. I said it. I'm not a proud man. I can admit when I invoke my inner moron. Now, ask you, why all this build up? Simple, remember that impression of the Visual Studio 11 Beta from last week? You see, it turns out, I didn't install the Visual Studio 11 Beta that was released a few weeks ago. I installed the Visual Studio 11 Developer's Preview from last September. It was a simple mistake. A ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 13, 2012 10:02 AM

My Impressions of Windows 8 and Visual Studio 11
I decided to download and install the Windows 8 and Visual Studio 11 previews. I figured I had an Acer Inspire One netbook that BARELY met min specs that was holding down paper (as on does with an Acer netbook....) I will not tell you about the installation of Win8. This is because I had my brother download and install it. I will say that he had already downloaded and created the install package on a USB drive. I gave him the netbook at 1PM. He sent me a text saying it was done at 5PM. To me, that's ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 1:38 PM

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