Ohio Towns Top Money Top 100 Small Towns List

Money recently released their 2009 list of America’s best small towns (which, living in a small town, I was curious about).  Their Top 100 List includes towns in 32 US states.  I’ve long felt that the Midwest is an excellent place to live in terms of quality of life and cost-of-living, and likewise I’ve always […]

Free eBook Developers^4

Recently, Microsoft released an eBook called Developer Developers Developers Developers which you can download for free or order a print copy from Lulu for under $10.  In the book are over 15 useful articles written by Microsoft MVPs, Regional Directors, and other experts.  From the site: In the book: Working with Brownfield Code by Donald […]

Thrive for Developers

Recently, Microsoft launched a new developer community aimed at helping career software developers facing challenges in the current economy.  The site is called Thrive, and I think the idea is that not only should you be able to survive the current economic climate, but if you play your cards right, you can thrive.  There’s a […]

Microsoft PDC 2009

PDC 2009 will once again be held in Los Angeles, but rather than October the event will take place in mid-November (17-19 November 2009).  The web site hasn’t been completely updated yet, but you can see the new logo and dates and sign up to learn more about sponsors and  “Partner Opportunities.” Lake Quincy Media […]

Advertising and the Principle of Least Surprise

Advertising on the Internet is here to stay, and love it or hate it, good advertising is certainly preferable to bad advertising.  One thing that is important for advertising is that it follow the Principle of Least Surprise, which I recently discussed as it pertains to software application development.  In online advertising, this principle can […]

Principle of Least Surprise

When developing software, and especially when building user interfaces, it’s a good idea not to surprise the end user.  This is known as the Principle of Least Surprise (or Astonishment if you want to go for maximum drama).  It may seem obvious, but in practice it’s often easier said than done.  This is why user […]

Silverlight Contest

ComponentArt recently announced their Summer Silverlight Coding Competition, running June 22nd to September 22nd this summer.  Already there are a bunch of submissions to the contest, although there’s still lots of time left before the contest is over.  The winner will be determined based on the results of community voting combined with a panel of […]