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  • Blog Post: How to buy Visual Studio in New Zealand

    We often get asked "how can I buy Visual Studio and MSDN?". And since last time we posted on this was back in 2005 I thought we should update this guidance. If you look at the bottom of the MSDN NZ Visual Studio page, you'll see a section called "How to Buy". It lists there all the...
  • 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: VS2008 blog on Geekzone

    Given that March is a big month here at Microsoft New Zealand due to the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008, Mauricio decided to get a bunch of developers together to blog about some of the cool new features in Visual Studio 2008. The Visual Studio Blog is hosted on...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launch Events in March

    I got asked yesterday when we are having our launch events for Visual Studio 2008, SQL 2008 and Windows Server 2008, so I thought I should put the current dates out so you can pencil them in. We are going to be visiting Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as follows: Christchurch - March 11 Wellington...
  • Blog Post: Beginning .Net development?

    In the deluge of email from the last week or two from corp around VS2008 (there was lots of excited emails with information about the new product in it), I missed one about the Express suite. The Express team have taken the Visual Studio Express site and moved it to http://microsoft.com/express . There...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash - Here comes the wave!

    Last week Visual Studio 2008 was released to manufacturing . If you have a MSDN Subscription, you can download it now. Visual Studio 2008 will hit store shelves in late Jan/early Feb. In spite of the fact that Visual Studio has only just been released, a number of customers have already been using it...
  • 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: Visual Studio 2008 RTMs - Get it now!

    Yup.  This morning (PST time) Visual Studio 2008 RTM'd.  Its already on MSDN, so go get it.. Soma has the full announcement here .  Scott has a list of top features on his blog (along with the announcement of course). Oh - this also means that .Net 3.5 has also RTM'd I should also mention...
  • 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: 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: Visual Studio 2008 Shell and VS2008 SDK

    I've had a couple of customers ask about using the Visual Studio Shell and given I've just stumbled upon some info about it, I thought I'd share it. Firstly the Shell will be a free component of the Visual Studio 2008 SDK when it ships. Initially it was (is?) available only to VSIP partners (register...
  • 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: MSDN Flash - Silverlight, Rugby and Visual Studio 2008

    I know - the last one only just came out yesterday. I'll blame the spam legislation :-) Here is this weeks - should be in your mail box Friday or early next week. Silverlight, Rugby and Visual Studio 2008 Silverlight 1.0 is out! The final release of Silverlight was announced a couple of weeks ago...
  • Blog Post: My User Group Tour kicks off... here is my schedule

    Next week my User Group Tour kicks off. This is the first one since last year , and I have more user groups to go to now too. I'm presenting on Visual Studio 2008 which is due to RTM late this year and launch next March. Title: A Lap around Visual Studio 2008 Abstract: Explore all the new Visual...
  • Blog Post: BootCamp 07 - November 3-4

    You may have already noticed the murmurings of another code camp - just weeks after the last one. This Code Camp is being organized by the Christchurch crowd ( Peter is the front man for it) and will therefore be the first Code Camp ever in the South Island. The other interesting thing about this code...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Sample coming your way

    Last year I was speaking on the Open XML file formats in Office 2007. Initially I wasn't thrilled to be speaking on the subject, however the more you dig into this area, the more compelling this file format is. The developer story around Open XML is particularly interesting and quite compelling. Part...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Express Betas released

    We released Beta 2 of the Express editions yesterday as well as the other Visual Studio 2008 SKU's . You can go to the pretty download page here . The express editions include some of the cool new features of the full version including the O/R Designer (for LINQ), RSS support via WCF and WPF integration...
  • 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: Launch date set

    At the World Wide Partner Conference Kevin Turner announced the date for the Visual Studio 2008/SQL Server 2008/Windows Server 2008 launch. These products will be launched at an event on February 27 2008 in Los Angeles. Note that the SQL RTM date will be after the launch date, but SQL 2008 will be launched...
  • 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: Scott Hanselman on Visual Studio 2008

    I've just finished listening to Scott Hanselman's podcast on Visual Studio 2008 . One of the nice things about this podcast is that its not just another LINQ love session, digging a bit more into some of the underlying changes to the compilers and the languages. Carl Franklin also notes that he hasn...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Shell and Visual Studio 2008

    Today at Tech Ed in the US, we announced that we will be making the Visual Studio Shell available for ISV's and developers to build on in the Orcas timeframe. This is great news and means that in cases where you would normally build out your own IDE, you will now be able to take the Visual Studio Shell...
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