Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

It's all about community!

July, 2004

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    What do you want to see?


    We're in the process of scheduling our Australia and New Zealand MSDN Updates for the year. The plan at the moment is to have a major (all day or afternoon/evening) event each quarter, and a presentation at the local user group in the off months. The big question is - what do you want to see at these events (big and small)?

    The current (subject to much change) plan looks like this:

    1st Quarter: Web Development
    Aug WebCentral Training
    Sept From Woah to Go with ASP.NET and turn key web sites templates (.NET Nuke)
    Oct Extend the reach of your VB 6.0 Applications into the Mobile World with the .NET Compact Framework.
    2nd Quarter: Upgrade! Upgrade! Upgrade!
    Nov Move your ASP code to ASP.NET
    Dec You waited for Web Services to have Security, Transactions etc, well wait no longer!
    Jan Start getting Ready for Longhorn Today! Upgrade your Windows Applications to GDI+ and scale them with 64 bit Power
    3rd Quarter: Connected Software
    Feb Application life cycle with emphasis on the build process and the all new Team Services
    Mar Build Secure Office Applications and integrate with your legacy systems with Infobridge
    Apr Mobile Developers Conference (MDC)
    4th Quarter: Futures
    May Developer Features in SQL Server 2005
    June Rodeo Days – Giving Longhorn a ride
    July Ready Set Code! The best of VS 2005

    Tell us what you want though!

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Where's the Fox?


    Frank just sent me a note asking where's the fox? He wanted a link to VFP or FoxPro or the Sydney VFP User Group or OzFox 2004. Hey Frank, did you miss this?

    I think he really wanted a permanent link on the side of my blog page. It's coming. I'm still learning the ins and outs of .TEXT. I have to say I'm pretty impressed though.

    Update - Just for you Frank, my first link is to the VFP home page (and includes an rss link so you can keep up to date with the new happenings in the VFP world).

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Windows XP SP2 Developer Implications Presentation and Code Posted -- ASP.NET 2.0 Presentations and Code Posted


    Following our recent very popular Twilight Developer Conference ("candle lit"!) at June's Security and Management Summit, as promised you can now download the presentations and source code from the sessions presented by Chuck, Dave and myself. Delve into the innards of the developer implications Windows XP Service Pack 2, and marvel at the new bits in ASP.NET 2.0.

    To download presentations and code samples, please click here.

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    OzFox 2004 Super Early Bird Discount Expiring Soon


    OzFox 2004 is Australasia's only VFP conference. Featuring some of the world's leading VFP experts, the conference is being run by Craig Bailey, president of the Sydney VFP User Group (btw, they've got to have one of the coolest logos ever -- the Opera House is a Fox!). I ran the conference last year, but it looks like Craig's outdone me by far. I'm really looking forward to it.

    The Super Early Bird discount expires this Saturday, so Register Now!

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    SDNUG Meeting - Thursday 12 Aug 2004 *One week later due to TechEd*


    Developing for devices with the Visual Studio .NET 2003 and the .NET Compact Framework by Microsoft's Jonathan Wells

    The .NET Compact Framework is a small footprint, binary compatible version of the .NET Framework, designed for small mobile devices. The .NET Compact Framework enables devices to interoperate easily with Web services, using the development productivity of Visual Studio .NET. This session will provide an overview on the architecture and design of the .NET Compact Framework, as well as more details on its functionality and usage. Learn how your skills in building Visual Studio .NET applications can now be applied to programming smart devices.

    Location: AMP Capital Investors, Ground Floor, 50 Bridge Street (The AMP Building), Sydney.

    Timing: Thursday 12 Aug 2004, 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm.

    Pizzas and drinks provided. The pizza will be there at 6, so be early to avoid missing out..

    To allow us to provide the correct amount of food and drink, please click through to if you plan to attend. No personal information is recorded by the page - it is used only to estimate the total attendance.

    Nick Wienholt and Dan Green
    Sydney Deep .NET Administrators.

    Keep up to date with SDNUG happenings and download the slides and code from past months @

    Keep up with SDNUG using RSS

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Mmm - Alienware - mmm


    Some of you may know that I'm the 64-bit champion for MS in Australia. That said, I need a new machine to help me show off some of the cool new 64-bit stuff. AMD have announced some new mobile chips, including an Athalon64. A few machines have been announced, including the tablet below (which looks very cool). The one I lust after though is from Alienware. Now to clean up the drool from my keyboard ...

    Thanks to Michael for the link.

    July 19, 2004 12:01 AM USEastern Timezone

    AMD Rewrites the Rules for Notebook Performance and Portability with New Mobile Processors; New Mobile PCs from Alienware, Averatec and Epson Direct Expected for Back-to-School Season

    SUNNYVALE Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 19, 2004--

    First Convertible Tablet PC Powered by Mobile AMD Athlon&tm; Processor Now Available from Averatec

    AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the Mobile AMD Athlon&tm; 64 processor 3400+, bringing customers the highest performing 32-bit/64-bit processor designed for Windows®-based notebook PCs. The addition of the new Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+ to the award-winning AMD64 processor family provides an even greater selection for powerful 32-bit computing today plus compatibility with tomorrow's 64-bit software. Like all AMD64 processors, the latest Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processor offers an Enhanced Virus Protection security feature, to be enabled by the upcoming Microsoft(R) Windows XP Service Pack 2. …

    Details about the Tablet:

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Where's the Fox? Part II


    My friend, Sunny Chandra, runs a very cool ISV, Employment Programs Australia. He called me the other day and asked me why I wasn't making more noise about VFP, especially now that I was working inside. He knows that I've been a great advocate of VFP over many years (as is he), and was worried that in my new role I had taken my eye off the VFP ball.

    To be fair to Sunny, I have been concentrating on other things recently. I haven't abandoned VFP though. It's a great development tool and definately has a place in the MS stable. VFP 9.0 is in public beta right now and you can download it here.

    Ken Levy, the VFP product manager, publishes a letter from the editor each month in which he outlines Microsoft's plans for VFP much more eloquantly than I can.

    Suffice it to say that VFP is an important part of the overall developer tools arsenal available from Microsoft. It's got some great features and has kept my family fed and housed very comforably for over a decade. VFP 9.0 has some very cool new features including a complete rewrite of the reporting engine and even better SQL compatibility. For a more complete list, See Ken's blog entry.

    Sunny, I'm watching the ball again. Check back here often for updates on VFP goings-on in ANZ and elsewhere.

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Great GIS Software - Sensational Platform


    If you're after some really cool Geographical Information System (GIS) software, check out They're up to version 6 now (I started with v2 I think, back in the mid-90s). This product rocks. It has all of the functionality of it's far more expensive competitors, at a small fraction of the price. Check out the Internet Map Server (still currently a classic ASP application by the look of it).

    One of the coolest things is that the Manifold team have converted their entire code base (1M + lines) to managed code! They're ready for the 64-bit versions of the OS and the .NET Framework. This thing already flies, I can't wait to see the 64-bit version.

    There's also a great discussion about why they've steered clear of the *nix platform when practically all of their competitors have ports for multiple platforms.

    Finally, the Manifold community is the second-most active and helpful online community I've come across, and the tech support and transparency from the Manifold staff is simply sensational.

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    InfoPath Presentation at OpenPublish


    I'm presenting at Open Publish 2004 tomorrow afternoon. Matty spoke last year. Since he's moved to the land of ex-pats (aka Singapore) with Caroline and (soon) Tyson, he couldn't do it again this time. He passed it on to me as his successor. I have to say I'm excited and a little nervous about being able to chat to folk who generally aren't developers.

    My topic is Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 - Form creation for information Workers. Should be a lot of fun, although 20 minutes is not really enough to do the topic justice.

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Who is Australia's best IT employer?


    ZDNet is looking for Australia's Best IT Employer. I'm certainly voting in this one. The fact that I'm sitting in the office at home (and have been all day), the fact that I get to play with the coolest toys and actually get paid to show them to like-minded geeks, the fact that ... anyway, I'll leave the rest for the submission e-mail. Suffice it to say that I boast to anyone who asks that I have the best job in the world.

    Go to,39023749,39153304,00.htm for details about how to nominat your employer.

Page 1 of 2 (12 items) 12