Road to my first Microsoft MVP Award

Today, the new Microsoft MVPs were announced. I am extremely grateful and humbled to be accepted into this prestigious group of individuals. My MVP award is for Visual Studio and Development technologies. I started this blog on August 4th, 2014 (also my wedding anniversary) and opened with what remains my most popular post of all time - a post saying that Xamarin, then a paid product, should open up Visual Studio integration to those on its Indie subscription plan (oh how times have changed.) 10k hits on a blog's first day open is nothing to sneeze at. So I kept…

My Essential .NET and Web Tools and Frameworks - 2016

This is routinely the post that brings the most traffic to this blog, so I thought I’d update it for 2016. All new items are bolded. Here is my (mostly) comprehensive list of tools I use for development, either at home or work.  It’s like Scott Hanselman’s, but focused almost purely on development, with a couple of extras.  While you’re at it, go check his out.  All opinions are my own and are not bought or sold. The Main Stuff Visual Studio – king of IDEs and the essential tool for .NET devs everywhere. Not much else…

Heartland Developer Conference 2016 Wrap Up

Another day, another conference - the fifth for me this year! I can't tell you how excited I am to continue my speaking career, and my latest stop was Heartland Developer Conference in Omaha, NE. I was asked to submit to this one last-minute and was thrilled to have my Angular 2 and TypeScript talk accepted, along with a brand new talk on the Elm programming language, which is by far my new favorite frontend web framework (gasp!) My talks I did my Angular 2 and TypeScript talk to an audience of about 150. One challenge I faced was cutting…

Switching from WordPress to Ghost on Microsoft Azure

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to transition my blog from WordPress to the Ghost blogging platform and I wanted to talk about that experience. I recently went to my friend David Neal's website and found it to be simple, clean, and attractive. I found out that his blog was run on Ghost, a blogging platform that runs on top of Node. After doing some Googling, I decided that I would make a test website on Azure and see how I liked Ghost. After setting up the website and tweaking the theme that I found, I had another couple…

Music City Code 2016 Wrap Up

Music City Code in Nashville, TN was amazing.  This was its second year – it started as a one-day code camp and is now four (!) days – an agile conference, a day of workshops, and two days of regular sessions.  This was my first time there and I can’t tell you how awesome it was. I originally didn’t think that I would send in a talk, but decided to try on the very last day.  Lo and behold – two sessions and a workshop were selected!  And let me tell you, I’m glad I submitted.  Gaines and Mary Kergosien are…