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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate. May 2010 Entries
Building a plug-in for Windows Live Writer
This tutorial will show you how to build a plug-in for Windows Live Writer. Windows Live Writer is a blogging tool that Microsoft provides for free. It includes an open API for .NET developers to create custom plug-ins. In this tutorial, I will show you how easy it is to build one. Full source and binaries are now hosted on CodePlex. Open VS2008 or VS2010 and create a new project. Set the target framework to 2.0, Application Type to Class Library and give it a name. In this tutorial, we are going ......

Posted On Sunday, May 30, 2010 10:18 AM

Tools and Utilities for the .NET Developer
You can reach this page anytime at Thanks to everyone that has contributed so far, we are getting several thousands hits from all sorts of developers a day. Recent Contributors include: Deependra Solanky, Grant, Klaus, James, BlueCollarCritic and Bob Koehn Tweet this list! Add a link to my site! Add me to twitter! This is a list of the tools/utilities that I use to do my job/hobby. I wanted this page to load fast and contain information that only you care about. If I ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16 PM

F# for the C# Programmer
Are you a C# Programmer and can’t make it past a day without seeing or hearing someone mention F#? Today, I’m going to walk you through your first F# application and give you a brief introduction to the language. Sit back this will only take about 20 minutes. Introduction Microsoft's F# programming language is a functional language for the .NET framework that was originally developed at Microsoft Research Cambridge by Don Syme. In October 2007, the senior vice president of the developer division ......

Posted On Saturday, May 22, 2010 6:43 PM

Stepping outside Visual Studio IDE [Part 2 of 2] with Mono 2.6.4
Continuing part 2 of my Stepping outside the Visual Studio IDE, is the open-source Mono Project. Mono is a software platform designed to allow developers to easily create cross platform applications. Sponsored by Novell (, Mono is an open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET Framework based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common Language Runtime. A growing family of solutions and an active and enthusiastic contributing community is helping position Mono to become ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 19, 2010 10:24 AM

Stepping outside Visual Studio IDE [Part 1 of 2] with Eclipse
“If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress." – Barack Obama In my quest to become a better programmer, I’ve decided to start the process of learning Java. I will be primary using the Eclipse Language IDE. I will not bore you with the history just what is needed for a .NET developer to get up and running. I will provide links, screenshots and a few brief code tutorials. Links to documentation. The Official Eclipse FAQ’s Links to binaries. ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 19, 2010 8:38 AM

Office 2010 Professional Plus (Top 10 reasons to upgrade)
Being a huge nerd, I decided that I would go ahead and upgrade to the latest and greatest office. That being, Office 2010 Professional Plus. The biggest concern that I had was loosing all my mail settings from Outlook 2007. Thankfully, it upgrade gracefully and worked like a charm. So lets start this top 10 list. 1) You can upgrade without fear of loosing all your stuff! As you can tell by the screenshot below, you can select what you want to do. I selected to remove all previous versions. 2) Outlook ......

Posted On Monday, May 17, 2010 9:47 PM

With a little effort you can “SEMI”-protect your C# assemblies with obfuscation.
This method will not protect your assemblies from a experienced hacker. It will however work with your everyday .net or silverlight projects. Everyday we see new keygens, cracks, serials being released that contain ways around copy protection from small companies. This is a simple process that will make a lot of hackers quit because so many others use nothing. If you were a thief would you pick the house that has security signs and an alarm or one that has nothing? To so begin: Obfuscation is the ......

Posted On Sunday, May 16, 2010 2:43 PM

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