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Microsoft is giving you a Second Shot

A buddy of mine pointed out to me today that the good folks over at Microsoft are again offering their Second Shot for free.

If you register and take a Microsoft exam between October 15, 2008 and December 31, and fail, you can rewrite it for free anytime up until June 30, 2009. If you pass the exam on your first try, you will get a 25% discount on your next exam which has to be taken before February 28, 2009.

For more information and to register for the Second Shot, go to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/offers/2ndchance/default.mspx.

Personally, I’m hoping that I can take advantage of this offer, and write my Distributed Applications exam and then my Windows Application of Pro Web Developer exam.

Free App Du Jour: ASPhere 1.3.0

Welcome to my first ever “Free App du Jour” post, which hopefully will become one of many. The “Free App du Jour” posts are simple posts that spotlight a free application that you probably haven’t heard of yet, but will most likely (or hopefully will) find useful. So you won’t find application such as Firefox, Opera, MySQL, all of the Visual Studio Expresses and SQL Server Express here, since there are pretty well known, and enough people have written about them.

So without further ado …

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10+ FREE Blogging Editors

So a few weeks ago, I decided to jump on the blogging bandwagon, and signup for a WordPress account. I must admit, I was impressed by how simple it was to install on a server (literally 5 minutes, like they said), configure, upload and select a theme and install plug-ins.

There was one thing that bothered me and I couldn’t ignore no matter how hard I tried … their editor.

For those of you who have never used WordPress, or have never looked under the covers of your posts, WordPress likes to auto format your code. It will strip out some of your tags, wrap everything in <p></p> and rearrange your JavaScript code. And the only way to disable this "feature", is to disable the WYSIWYG editor (I later did find some other editors that can be used in WordPress) which leaves you with just the HTML view.

Normally, I would have no problem with this, as you will see in my reviews below, that I want the ability to go in and manually edit the source. Using their HTML view however, is worse than using pico as a HTML editor.

I searched far and wide across the Internets for FREE alternative editors, and came up with 11 Editors, 7 of which I have tested and wrote about.

So without wasting any more of your time, here is my list of 10+ FREE Blogging Editors.

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15+ Free Visual Studio Add-Ins

Check out the sequel to this post, “15+ FREE Visual Studio Add-Ins – Part 2

After some extensive researching (Googling), I’ve compiled this list of 15+ FREE Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005. Some of these add-ins will help improve the quality of your code, while others will help you code faster, however, none are guaranteed to help you get with the ladies.

If there’s an add-in that I’ve missed and you think that it should be added to this list, just post a comment with the name, URL, and a brief description. But before doing so, make sure that it meets the following strict requirements: a) It must run within Visual Studio 2005. b) It must be free.

So without further ado, here’s my list of 15+ Free Visual Studio 2005 Add-Ins …

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