Morning Dew Giveaway – Programming with Scratch (eBook)

[EDIT: The two winners have been selected and will be notified very soon Thanks!]


It’s giveaway time.

Manning has released a new book by Dr. Majed S. Marji titled Programming with Scratch. Scratch is a programming language developed at the MIT Media Lab. You can learn more about it at


Here’s a little more about Manning’s book on Scratch:

Too often, the unfamiliar appearance and intimidating vocabulary of a standard programming language gets in the way of learning to think like a programmer. The Scratch programming language turns the tables, offering instead a colorful, comfortable programming environment designed especially for young coders. You build programs by snapping together graphical components, each of which corresponds to a standard programming concept. Scratch users get results immediately and are encouraged to keep exploring.

Morning Dew readers have a chance to win one of two eBook copies of Programming with Scratch. Just leave a comment below, any comment will do. You have until 11:59pm on Monday, August 27, 2012 to enter.

Just a reminder that multiple comments will not increase your chances of winning, and comments for unregistered users are moderated so your comment may not immediately appear.

Good luck!

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Your Chance to Win 1 of 50 Licenses for Red Gate’s .NET Reflector Professional

Most of my readers are probably aware of Red Gate’s decision to no longer offer a free edition of Reflector, the .NET assembly decompiler and analyzer. Much has already been said about the decision, and I am not going to jump in to debate the politics/ethics of the decision at this time. The fact is, Reflector is a great utility for any .NET developer’s toolbox. I think that, in the end, this move is going to create some competition in the market and hopefully drive Reflector and its competitors to deliver better, more feature-rich tools. We have already seen a couple of free alternatives pop up (here and here).

Red Gate has heard the concerns of the community and contacted me about running a promotion to help promote some goodwill. Over the next two weeks, you will have two chances to enter a contest sponsored by Red Gate. There will be 50 winners, each receiving a license for .NET Reflector Professional. There are two ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. At the end of the contest I will choose, at random, 25 winners.
  2. Follow me on Twitter and tweet this message. I will choose 25 random winners from the list of tweets.

Hey @alvinashcraft. I want a copy of Reflector 7 from @redgate. #dewdrop

Here are a few rules/disclaimers/disclosures:

  • You can only win one license. If the same person is chosen in both the comments and tweets, another random name will be drawn.
  • The contest begins today, February 21, 2011 and ends on Friday, March 4, 2011.
  • Winners will be contacted no later than Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
  • As a Microsoft MVP and Friend of Red Gate, I have free NFR licenses for Reflector and ANTS Profiler for personal use. I have not been compensated by Red Gate in any other way.
  • Gifts, bribes, complements, etc. will have NO influence on the outcome of this contest.

Good luck and thanks for reading The Dew!



MSDN Ultimate Contest #1 – Winner Announcement

I received a lot of great entries for the first MSDN giveaway this week, which made it very difficult to choose a winner. In the end I selected Marc Scheuner because I felt he most closely fits the ‘community influencer’ mold. He has been an MVP in previous years and has answered thousands of questions on Stack Overflow. I giving him the subscription will have the greatest impact on the community. I will be contacting Marc shortly to work out the details.

Remember there is still a second contest that does not end until next Friday. Check out the original post for all the information. The competition is still wide open!

Best of luck and congratulations to Marc!!!