Perhaps one of the best and most enjoyable ways to learn about technology is through examples of how it’s being applied.  Many organizations offer case studies and other details of their implementations in an effort to help others that can benefit from the knowledge.  However, it’s often difficult to find real-world, developer-focused content.  Much of the information has had many layers of overly enthusiastic marketing-ese applied, and the technical details get buried under photos of attractive, happy-looking business people from stock clip art.

To help provide some concrete examples (and recognition) related to .NET development, Microsoft has created it’s .NET Stories web site.  This site allows developers to post some details related to their own projects and the application of technologies such as:

  • .NET Framework and Visual Studio
  • Windows Server
  • SQL Server
  • SharePoint Server
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Azure

You can submit your own projects use the My .NET Story web site.  I’m looking forward to reviewing the submissions for ideas (and I might possibly submit one of my own applications for review).  Oh, and did I mention that the site offers numerous prizes, including a Smart Car and a 12-day trip to the Galapagos Islands?  It’s not often that developers get recognition, so I hope a lot of us can take advantage of the information collected on this site.