Friday Goodie Bag

by on February 1, 2008

Just a quick post today with links to some cool stuff:


MSDN Code Gallery

A community portal for snippets, samples and other resources related to Microsoft development technologies. In its pages you will find samples and supporting materials such as screenshots and design documents. You will also find hosted conversations about these samples, sample projects, and other resources that have been provided to the community. This portal is open to the entire community to contribute content to.


MSDN Reader

This little gem is a great WPF reference application that provides offline caching/reading of MSDN Magazine articles, content annotation, and content sharing through an intuitive user interface. And the best part - the full source code is provided.


Patterns & Practices Guidance Explorer

This tool, produced by my good friend J.D. Meier's team at Redmond, enables discovery, composition and consumption of high quality development guidance. It contains a variety of guidance types including checklists and guidelines covering design, implementation and deployment topics. Guidance Explorer installs with a connection to the patterns & practices guidance library which includes performance and security topics for .NET, ASP.NET, and ADO.NET applications.

Usage Scenarios:

  • Find relevant patterns & practices guidance
  • Build customized checklists for your development scenarios
  • Build customized guidelines for your development scenarios
  • You can build custom sets of guidance and share with your team as recommended practice.

Note: If you're already using this tool, this latest update was made available on 1/24/2008.


Strategic Architect Forum Content

The content to this invitation-only meeting in Redmond was made available late last year.  It's a gathering of influential architects from Microsoft's largest customers worldwide and is meant to be a dialog between Microsoft and our customers on architectural topics to allow us to make the best technology decisions and help us deliver the best technology choices. If you're at all interested in where we're going with software architecture, these sessions are worth at least a glance.