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  • Blog Post: Launch - Building Connected Systems

    As promised, I've uploaded the slides and code from my Connected Systems talk from the Launch events up to my skydrive, so if you are interested, you can grab them. The sample code includes the code to extract data from Oulook, extend your ASP.Net Role and Membership provider to consume them in client...
  • Blog Post: Slides - Overview of Visual Studio 2008

    Since I've probably done this talk to exhaustion now, I thought I would post my slides for all to get at. I've still got a few presentations left to do on this topic, once I've done them I'll try and post a screencast of the entire presentation and put it on silverlight streaming - it is mostly demos...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 Screen cast #4 - Client Application Services

    If you are familiar with smart clients, you'll know that they allow you to use the full capabilities of the desktop including the screen real estate and connected devices as well as allowing a richer user experience. We are continuing to build on our smart client story, and Client Application Services...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 screen cast #3 - WCF & WF

    In my last screen cast I showed how easy it is to use WCF in Visual Studio 2008. During my user group tour , I was asked whether we had done any work to integrate Windows Workflow with WCF. The answer is yes. In this screen cast you'll see how easy it now is to consume a WCF service from a Windows Workflow...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 screen cast #2 - WCF

    This is the second in my series of screen casts of new features in Visual Studio 2008. WCF has been out since we released .Net 3.0 in October 2006, however, with Visual Studio 2008 we introduce very good tool support for creating, configuring, debugging, testing and consuming WCF Services. Of course...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 - Multi-targeting

    As promised, here is the first of my screen casts on Visual Studio 2008. This one focuses on Multi-targeting which allows you to target one of three versions of the .Net Framework in Visual Studio 2008. These screencasts will generally weigh in at around 5 mins long. The video is 1024x768, so you can...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server for PHP driver CTP released

    If you happen to be building sites in PHP and want to take advantage of SQL Server, we've just released a drive for SQL Server 2005 for use in PHP sites. This is not final code, but it is scheduled for release in February. In the meantime you can download the CTP of the driver and try it out And in good...
  • Blog Post: Opening up the source of the .Net Base Class Libraries

    Today we've announced (through ScottGu) that we are opening up the source code (complete with comments) for some of the .Net Base Class Libraries. The purpose of this is to enable richer debugging support inside Visual Studio 2008 which will be released later this year. When you hit a breakpoint in Visual...
  • Blog Post: Whats new in Visual Studio 2008 - talk and demo

    We are kicking off a series of events for anyone interested in getting an update on new tools, technology and platform advances. We are calling these "Microsoft Unplugged". Nathan kicked these events off last week with an overview of Windows Server 2008 . This week its my turn. I'll be presenting...
  • Blog Post: Collaboration - we all have something to share

    Brenda was recently quoted in the Fryup on ComputerWorld with regards to the story behind SuperHappyDevHouse New Zealand. “I wanted an event that would get people who don't currently work on open source, but want to, to come along and just do it. After talking to Darryl I realised this goes the other...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 has been released

    Hot off the press. We just released Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008. Soma has all the details . Check the Channel9 Video too. This is a very cool product - I've been learning about some of the new features this week. I'll be doing a user group tour in the next few months to help get the message out...
  • Blog Post: Into WPF & Silverlight? Local community coming your way!

    There is lots happening in the community and this is great to see. The latest is that Nas Khan is setting up a XAML based user group in Wellington. She's put up a blog post outlining her current thinking. The long and short of it is that she has a few things she'd like feedback on. The group she is considering...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint User Group - Wellington

    Chandima has posted the details of the Sharepoint user group that is on in Wellington on Wednesday night. The Sharepoint user group is one of - if not the biggest Microsoft oriented user group in New Zealand that I'm aware of. If you are interested in a great networking and educational event around MOSS...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash: What Multi-targeting means to customers

    One of the new features of Visual Studio 2008 is the ability to target multiple versions of the .Net framework with your application. I briefly mentioned this my last editorial , but I thought I'd expand on it here and help you understand why this is a very good thing for developers. One of the problems...
  • Blog Post: Background Motion - now live!

    Over the last few months the guys at Mindscape have been dotting i's and crossing t's in order to get BackgroundMotion up and running. This has meant getting a solid hosting solution up (thanks to ZeroOne for pitching in!) as well as ensuring things like the terms of use and such things are in place...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash - Focus on Orcas

    Over the last week or so our team has been planning what we will be working on over the next 12 months. One of the big deal things that is coming out in the next 12 months is Visual Studio “Orcas” – the next major version of Visual Studio. I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight some of the high...
  • Blog Post: 10 Seats left for MEDC-Mini

    I'm in Sydney for MEDC , and thought those of you who are not able to be here, might be able to get in for the Christchurch one. In case you missed it - on May 17 (yes this Thursday) we will have the newly appointed Windows Embedded Software Architect Mike Hall and Derek Snyder (Product Manager, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Technical Briefings - over and out!

    I've just finished the keynote presentation for the Christchurch Technical briefings . Phew! Great to have that out of the way. I can now go back to normality ;-) The last few weeks have been great in many ways. I've now done my first ever keynote series, which itself has been a great experience. We...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Service pack 2 released - Vista devs rejoice!

    If you've been waiting for SQL Server 2005 to be released, well it is out now :-) When you install SQL Server 2005 on Vista, you'll be prompted to install Service pack 2 - only problem is that it hasn't been available - until today. You can download it here . I've taken to developing on Windows Server...
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