Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

July, 2005

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    Check out the latest Visual Studio / SQL Server marketing video/interactive presentation - there's not much "tech" here but the videos are actually pretty amusing.

    And if you're interested in creating your own "Mystery Science Theater-Style videos" it looks like you can buy a lot of this old school B-movie footage for use in your own projects. Thanks to Richard Burte for this link:

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    MSN System Tray Web Search


    This is a cool application that shows off the great developer API's that MSN Search enables. Gus Pinto wrote an application which "hosts" the MSN Search within his task bar for quick access and maximum screen real estate savings. Thanks to Gus for emailing us to tell us about it so we could share it on Coding4Fun.

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    Instant J#


    I just found out about a code converter called Instant J#. This looks like a great product which helps generate J# code from Visual Basic code. Where might this be handy, you ask? Well, Visual Basic has the luxury of having a really well-established community of millions of users cranking out lots and lots of source code examples. Snippets, sample applications, starter kits, you name it and chances are somebody in the Visual Basic community has built it and posted it to the Web. Since J# is much newer than Visual Basic, and the market for J# is a bit more niche (Java developers porting their code to the .NET Framework) there are naturally fewer such samples available. So by using Instant J# it looks like the J# developer can work with not only Java and J# sample code, but leverage the plethora of Visual Basic sample code resources as well!

    The #1 question people will probably ask is how good the conversion is. This sounds like a pretty powerful statement off of their Web site:

  • Accurate - typically over 99% of lines require no post-conversion adjustment (99.95% on Microsoft's "101 Visual Basic Code Samples").  This percentage will be reduced for code not having Option Strict set or code heavily dependent on late-binding or COM interop.
  • The 101 Code Samples span a wide range of application types, so I think this is a strong testament to the tool. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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    JavaOne, TechEd Europe


    It's been a really busy two weeks! I just got back from a two week road trip; first to JavaOne in San Francisco. We had a really great time down there talking to Java customers about interoperating with .NET Framework-based applications. While it may be a bit shocking that Microsoft had a presence at JavaOne, customers were really happy - several of them came up and thanked us profusely for finally coming to JavaOne. I must admit - I was even a bit skeptical of the reception, but once we got there everybody was really nice and had lots of great questions about Java and .NET interoperability. I also got to go with a really great crew of Microsofties - people like Simon Guest, Doug Purdy, Kevin Wittkopf, Dino Chiesa, Jas Sandhu, Ashwin Karuhatty... these are all people who spend a lot of time talking to both Java and .NET customers alike. While I was there I did an interview with Syscon-TV - it turned out pretty well, here's a link: One of the best parts for me was getting to meet James Gosling, Mark Fleury, Rick Ross, and several of the other Java big wigs. They are smart, nice people and I look forward to going back next year. Even Scott McNealy came by our booth for a few minutes!

    Then this past week I was at TechEd Amsterdam where I had the opportunity to do a keynote demo with Andy Lees, the Corporate VP of Server and Tools at Microsoft. I did basically the same demo that I did at TechEd Orlando since we were able to replicate the RFID infrastructure in Europe. I wish we had that luxury at all conferences, since it's a lot of fun to show the RFID data bubbling up through SQL Server 2005 and into the application we created with Visual Studio 2005. But right now we're limited to the really big conferences.

    Now I'm focused on launch planning... our Visual Studio 2005 launch date - Nov. 7, 2005 - has been announced which means there's a lot to do over the next 4 months to get ready! It should be a fun and busy time and I'm looking forward to every minute of it.

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