Stop Team Explorer from asking for login for CodePlex projects


I recently have started working on several project that are hosted on CodePlex.  One of the main annoyances I had was that I had to enter my logon information every time I started Visual Studio or Team Explorer.  Robert Tennyson, showed me how modify my User Account information in windows so that I didn’t have to type that in every time. 

Hopefully this will help remove the pain from your CodePlex experience.

Here are the steps to follow:

Open User Accounts


Click Advanced


Click “Manage Passwords”


click “Add”


You will want to do this for each server you have projects hosted on and viola no more having to enter your user name and password every time you start Visual Studio or change TFS servers.


Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Ozarks: June 12-13, 2010

imageI will be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Ozarks in Harrison on June 12, 2010.  This is an awesome event full of SharePoint and .NET goodness right in our own back yard. Mark Rackley, The SharePoint Hillbilly, did a great job organizing the event last year and I am sure this year will be even more awesome.  In fact I know it is since he has organized a float trip on the 13th.

I am sure there will be a SharePint at the Hotel Seville after the sessions since that is where everyone will be staying.  I haven’t decided if I will drive over that morning or go early and stay the night.

If you haven’t registered go here, now, I’ll wait, it opens in a new page, go register and then come back, go now, go, go.

Ok, now that you are registered we can talk about the sessions.  There are going to be some awesome SharePoint sessions and a few .NET sessions as well.  Mark, thanks for throwing us none SharePointer’s a bone.  I hope to hit a lot of the SharePoint sessions as I will be working on a project soon to port over an old application to SharePoint.

Check out all of the sessions to start planning your day and check out Mark’s blog for updates. He has some great post regarding the event, and some awesome pictures from last year too.

Here are the two session I will be presenting.

Make Deployment Easier with VS2010 Config File Transformations

In any development environment we have to code local, publish to test, and then have the tested code published to the production environment.  The process has built in gates to ensure that bad code doesn’t make it into production, but it causes a huge issue with keeping up with service and database connections in your configuration files.  Visual Studio 2010 introduces Web.config transformations as a way to solve this problem.  In this session we will look at the age old problems, discuss some solutions in use today and take a look at how Visual Studio 2010 has solved this problem for us today.

Planning Poker: Play Estimate, Plan

Planning Poker is a fun way to gather estimates for project task that levels experience, and helps document assumptions where everyone on the team has input.  In this session we will look at Planning Poker and then we are going to estimate some task using the techniques we have learned.    This session is educational as well as fun.  Yes, estimating can be fun.

Hope to see you there…

Speaking at Ozark .NET User Group May 13, 2010


I will be speaking at the Ozark .NET User Group in Harrison this week.  Here is the info about the session.  I have attended a few of their meetings but this will be the first time to speak to their group.  I look forward to it, it is going to be a fun time.


Introduction to Agile Software Development


In today's world of software development the challenge of delivering quality value added software quickly and often have brought rise to a new approach in software development.  Agile software development is becoming a widely proven and accepted alternative to heavy up front software development.  There are many misconceptions with the processes and practices of Agile software development.  This sessions is designed to give you a grounding on concepts that are used in many forms of Agile development including Scrum and Extreme Programming.


1515 pioneer Dr.
Harrison, AR [MAP]

Once you get there, here's how to find the rooms...

1.  Turn right onto Pioneer Drive
2.  Turn left into the first parking lot (Parking Lot H) which is in front of the John Paul Hammerschmidt Building on the north side
3.  Go up the flight of stairs and take the door on the left into the John Paul Hammerschmidt Building
4.  From 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM, we will be meeting in room 304 (Bennie Ellis conference room) for social networking, pizza and soda
5.  From 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM, we will be meeting in room 208 (computer lab) for the main presentation

Check out the Ozark .NET User Group site for more info about the group.

DevLink 2010 Registration Open

Registration is OPEN for DEVLINK 2010

It's time to get your ticket for DEVLINK 2010.  The devLink Tecnical Conference has opened registration.  To purchase a ticket, simply go to, click on the Get My Ticket menu item at the top of the page and fill out the form, or click here to go directly to the Registration page.

While it’s still a few months away from the conference, tickets are already flying out the door.  Don't forget that we have limited seating and once registration closes, tickets will no longer be available.  At $100 for 3 great days of technical training, in-person networking, open spaces and lots of fun, DEVLINK 2010 is truly the best deal going!  That's less than $5 per hour for some of the most relevant and important training you can receive all year!

So, be sure to get your ticket before they're all gone and join us August 5 - 7, 2010 for DEVLINK 2010!

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Announcing the DEVLINK iPhone App!

The iPhone store seemingly has an app for everything.  Need an app to calculate the tip for a group of 45 at a restaurant?  Yep, at least 100 apps for that.  Well now, there's an iPhone App for DEVLINK 2010!

The DEVLINK 2010 iPhone app brings everything you need to determine which sessions to attend, what speakers will be attending and what's going on at DEVLINK 2010 to your iPhone.  You can find out more about our great sponsors, check out the latest tweets about DEVLINK 2010 and even check out a map of Nashville to figure out what you want to do when you're not at DEVLINK!

The app was developed by John Baker for the conference, and thanks to John's generosity, you can get this app from the App Store for the amazing low price of... FREE!

More information about the app is available from John's website.


Session Details and Speaker Info Now On

Even if you don't have an iPhone, you can still get the lowdown on all sessions for DEVLINK 2010 at our web site.  The entire session list is color coded based on track, allowing you to find what you're most interested in and follow that track easily.  You can also filter the list down to show only the tracks, timeslots or speakers you are interested in.

Additionally, information about our great speakers is now available at the DEVLINK 2010 website.  Click on any of the speaker's faces to get more information about him/her, visit his/her web site and even check out his/her Twitter page.

Nwa VS2010 InstallFest Reminder

Visual Studio 2010 launches TODAY!!!! and to celebrate the we are having a Visual Studio 2010 Install Fest and Board Game Geekout on Saturday April 17, 2010.  That’s this weekend!!!! We will be playing all kinds of games including Xbox, PS3, Wii for console games and Settlers of Catan and D&D for board games. 

Event Information:

Date April 17, 2010
Time 11 AM to ???
Location Tyson Corporate Headquarters
22010 West Oaklawn Drive
Springdale, AR 72762
Rooms 126 &127




Venue Sponsor

Food Sponsor

There are currently 18 people that have decided to join us if you were waiting for the last minute this is it.  Get your ticket here!

Hope to see you there!


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