Friday Goodie Bag

by on October 16, 2009

It’s been a while since the last goodie bag so I felt it was time to post some new goodies I’ve found on the net.

The Visual Studio Documentary

This is an hour long documentary that takes you behind the scenes of Microsoft's "Visual Studio".  It goes back to the very beginning when Alan Cooper sold Visual Basic to Bill Gates in 1988 and takes you into the future of the yet to be released Visual Studio 2010.

10 Must-Know Topics for Software Architects In 2009

There are some key trends emerging this year that will have ramifications for our work over the next decade. This article describes 10 topics that every developer should understand and have conversational knowledge about. Make sure you’re up to speed.

dev{shaped} eBook

All the great content from {You Shape} IT MSDN is now available for free as a compelling eBook for offline reading! Over the course of one year we assembled a collection of outstanding articles and resources for developers on and compiled them into a nice and consumable format for offline reading and forwarding that is really useful, interesting and fun to read too.


This awesome tool was made to simplify visual debugging of WPF applications at runtime. It allows you to attach to a running WPF application and view a visual tree of the user interface control hierarchy, the property values of every control, and list of routed control events as they happen.

Vischeck and Daltonize

These two web based apps help you to adapt your applications to support people who are color blind. Vischeck simulates colorblind vision and Daltonize corrects images for colorblind viewers. Amazing and informative stuff.

Database Downloads

I learned about about this site at a geek meetup last night. They aggregate and sell several hundred databases of reference data across a variety of industries. Prices vary from tens to hundreds of dollars depending on the volume and nature of data. I highly recommend a browse through their collection – you might find just the some valuable data you can use on your current project.


November 7. 2009 01:50


nice post!


December 24. 2009 08:52


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