4-Hour Workweek – 18 Real-World Lifestyle Design Case Studies


The below videos describe how you’ve most successfully applied techniques or tools from The 4-Hour Workweek to life or business. represent a real-life crash course in the many paths and practicalities of lifestyle design. I hope you love watching them as much as I did…

Checkout all the videos here


Useful Web Links for Computer Science Teachers


K-12 Faculty Community Site http://www.microsoft.com/education/FacultyConnection/precollegiate – A source for curriculum resources, teacher forums, and program announcements

Programming Languages for Beginners

Alicehttp://www.alice.org  – A 3-dimensional, drag and drop programming language from Carnegie Mellon University

Kodu http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/ – A graphical programming tool for younger students. Kodu will be available via Xbox Live Marketplace this spring. A version for schools is in the works. I included that link because I am talking about it to let people know it is coming.

Scratchhttp://scratch.mit.edu  – a light weight 2-dimensional, drag and drop programming language from MIT

Small Basic http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/devlabs/cc950524.aspx

CSUnplugged http://www.csunplugged.com – Computer Science Unplugged is a series of learning activities that reveals a little-known secret: computer science isn’t really about computers at all!

Kid’s Corner – Beginner Developer Learning Center http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/beginner/bb308754.aspx – A web site for people of all ages who want to learn programming and web development. Tutorials, videos, projects and web casts

Microsoft Robotics Studio http://msdn.microsoft.com/robotics

Visual Programming Language for robots, runtime libraries for higher level programming, a 3-dimensional robot simulator with sample simulations, tutorials, and videos

Alfred Thompson’s Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/AlfredTh  Which is of course right here.

Sharing of resources, links, and information of interest to K-12 Computer Science Teachers

Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson : Useful Web Links for Computer Science Teachers

Download details: Visual Studio Learning Pack ( Previous name was Visual Studio Middle School Power Toy)


Microsoft Visual Studio Learning Pack 2.0

The Visual Studio Learning Pack 2.0 ( Previous name was Visual Studio Middle School Power Toy) is a software package created by Microsoft to help students learn about computer programming. Improvements in this release include support for Visual Studio 2008 Express and more support for Visual Basic.



The Visual Studio Learning Pack 2.0 is a software package created by Microsoft to help students learn about computer programming. It consists of the following five components:

  • Sort Designer Control is a supplementary teaching tool developed to help students learn the basic concepts, algorithms, and implementations of popular computer sorting algorithms. It supports bubble and insertion sorting. The control generates initial values automatically and demonstrates intermediate states in the sorting process. It also generates sorting source code for both Visual Basic and C#.
  • Search Designer Control is a teaching tool developed to help students learn the basic concepts, algorithms, and implementations of popular data search algorithms. It supports binary and sequential searches. The control generates initial values automatically and demonstrates intermediate states in the searching process. It also generates source code for both Visual Basic and C#.
    Using the Visual Sort Designer and Visual Search Designer Controls teachers can easily develop a sample program to demonstrate the fundamentals of sorting and searching. They can also customize the control’s appearance by simply dragging the control onto a form and setting its properties. These visual demonstrations help in teaching programming concepts and increase students’ interest in learning.
  • Visual Declarative Designer is an intuitive variable declaration tool designed for novice programmers. During the coding process the student can declare variables of various types and generate the corresponding source code. Visual Variable Declarative Designer provides a visual approach to variable declaration. Teachers in the Information Technology (IT) field can use this designer to teach students the basic concepts of variable declaration and naming, variable types, access modifiers, and initial values.
  • Assistant Class Designer is a visual class designer for novice programmers. This designer guides students through the processes of adding classes, properties, methods and events. The designer also generates the corresponding source code for new classes. By using this designer, teachers and students can easily create and configure complicated classes. Assistant Class Designer provides an intuitive and interactive method for designing classes and helps students to understand key object-oriented programming concepts such as classes, encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism. The Assistant Class Designer generates source code for C# only.
  • Visual Programming Flow Chart is a supplementary teaching tool designed to help students understand program control flow. It generates flow charts for functions and saves them in the JPG picture format. This tool is easily activated from the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) by simply right-clicking on a function name and choosing “Generate flow chart…” from the context menu. The resulting flowchart can be customized by changing its colors and other effects. This visual tool provides an intuitive way to explore source code, to examine its control flow, and to identify logic errors.

Download details: Visual Studio Learning Pack

Small Basic



Small Basic is a project that’s aimed at bringing “fun” back to programming. By providing a small and easy to learn programming language in a friendly and inviting development environment, Small Basic makes programming a breeze. Ideal for kids and adults alike, Small Basic helps beginners take the first step into the wonderful world of programming.

  • Small Basic derives its inspiration from the original BASIC programming language, and is based on the Microsoft .Net platform. It is really small with just 15 keywords and uses minimal concepts to keep the barrier to entry as low as possible.
  • The Small Basic development environment is simple, yet provides powerful modern environment features like Intellisense™ and instant context sensitive help.
  • Small Basic allows third-party libraries to be plugged in with ease, making it possible for the community to extend the experience in fun and interesting ways.

Getting Started Guide



Small Basic Blog


Microsoft Small Basic aims to make computer programming accessible to beginners.


Getting Started

  1. Download and install Small Basic
  2. Follow the Getting Started guide (docx or pdf) to build your first application

YouTube Data API – Google Code


What is the YouTube Data API?

The YouTube Data API offers a simple and powerful way to access YouTube’s content in the form of Google Data API feeds. Your client application can request a list of videos that match specific search criteria, get access to the most popular YouTube videos, or get public information about YouTube users (such as playlists, subscriptions, or contacts).

The YouTube Data API is based on the Atom 1.0 and RSS 2.0 syndication formats and the Atom Publishing Protocol. Learn more about Google Data APIs.

How do I start?

If you’re new to the YouTube Data API, here’s how we recommend you get started:

  1. Get familiar with the GData Google Data APIs.
  2. Read the YouTube Data API Developer’s Guide.
  3. Refer to the YouTube Data API Reference Guide as needed.
  4. YouTube Data API – Google Code Home Page


  1. Client Libraries 
  2. Sample Code
  3. Batch Processing allows you to execute multiple operations in 1 request.
  4. Authentication – Desktop/Web (ClientLogin/AuthSub) 


.NET GData Client Library Developer’s Guide

This document provides a set of examples of common uses of the C# version of the client library, followed by other information about writing GData clients. At the end of this document is a link to the reference documentation for the C# client library, in NDoc format. Nothing YouTube Specific inside.

 .NET GData Sample

These samples can be found in the downloadable .NET client library package. For more information, see the .NET client library developer’s guide, or download the .NET client library from google code.

GUI application to edit a Blogger feed.
GUI application to browse a calendar.
GUI application to query Google Code Search.
Command line clients for querying and manipulating a Google Base feed.
Simple client that inserts a hardwired entry into a calendar.
Simple client that pulls data from a calendar.
GUI aplication to manipulate a spreadsheet.
Simple client that modifies some entries in a calendar.


Google Data APIs Protocol Basics