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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Myths – busted wide open

    The team and I were having a conversation about developers (we do that from time to time). It went something like: “Isn’t it a shame that so many developers are stuck on Visual Studio 2005 when Visual Studio 2008 would be way better for them and Visual Studio 2010 is just around the corner” “Why is that...
  • Blog Post: Feedback appreciated on draft screencast on VB6 and the options to move to .NET

    I am working with partners to pull together guidelines, resources and special promotions on tools to help UK companies with VB6 make the right choice around moving (or not) to .NET. This will happen early in 2009. There will be a new landing page with the information and on that page will be a link to...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll: When was the last time you wrote code in COM?

  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll: Will you take a dependency on 3rd party controls or libraries?

    We seem to have a small hiccup with the polling software we normally use in the UK MSDN Flash . Zoho polls to the rescue… I am interested in whether you will happily take a dependency on software developed by a company other than Microsoft as part of your application – whether that be visual controls...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: Multi targeting and Visual Studio 2008, how do I ensure I only use the available APIs?

    This question has come up a couple of times in the last few weeks as developers move to Visual Studio 2008 but need to continue to work on Visual Studio 2005 projects. The good news is we have a comprehensive solution for this thanks to the Code Analysis/FxCop team. However to use this you either need...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: Can I use LINQ with .NET Framework 2.0?

    This question from one of my MSDN sessions has stumped me for a while. I know the new language features in Visual Studio 2008 (e.g. LINQ!) are compiler magic which ultimately spits out CLR 2.0 code – but what about the supporting assemblies? Hence… I parked it. Then… I stumble across a solution. LINQBridge...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: Using both C# and Visual Basic .NET in the same Web Application

    I get quite a random set of questions coming into my Inbox from folks I meet at events, conferences and through my blog. I thought it might be useful if I started sharing my answers when these come in. To start this off, I was asked: “We have two .NET development teams after our company acquired a smaller...
  • Blog Post: WPF Datagrid is here – well, nearly here…

    I posted in July on DataGrids (or rather the absence of them) in WPF. While I was on holiday last week, this snuck out - The WPF Toolkit on Codeplex . The WPF team have split their work into: Toolkit – what they know they will release Futures – what they might release The Toolkit includes a CTP of the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic and .NET Framework Versions

    A couple of folks have asked me recently about Visual Basic versions and .NET Framework versions and how they tie up. I thought I would have a stab at a concept map to demonstrate the relationship. Note that things got very different with the release of VB9. VB9 targets three versions of the framework...
  • Blog Post: Two tools I MUST find some time to try – Typemock and NDepend

    I have had my eye on two tools for sometime. Both tools look extremely useful. Both tools have a very different focus. Both tools look hot! Regrettably – both tools continue to be ignored while I spend time getting myself up to speed on the basics :-( Anyway – would love to hear from anyone with experience...
  • Blog Post: C# and Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll

    As I dig into Visual Basic a bit further I to realise what I have been missing as a (lapsed) C# developer. A great example is some of the goodness wrapped up in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll. It is a standard part of the .NET Framework and… is absolutely available to C# developers. Scott calls out one great...
  • Blog Post: Converting from C# to Visual Basic .NET

    I have been playing with tools to convert C# over to Visual Basic - given how many samples only exist as C# :-(. I posted a detailed list + recommendation over on Goto 100 .
  • Blog Post: Visual Basic samples for WPF book - Applications = Code + Markup

    Once again, Ged Meads work on WPF catches my eye. A big thanks to Ged, Young Joo and Evan Lim for converting the C# samples over to Visual Basic for Petzolds book on WPF (Only 3 left in stock at Amazon UK - lets get those sold as well - but be warned, the style/approach of this book may not appeal to...
  • Blog Post: Code Snippets - friend or foe?

    This is really a thinly disguised test of zoho polls - but also an interesting topic to me as I get back into development. Code Snippets in Visual Studio 2008  have reached a level where they are very useful to "get the job done". However  in some respects they are "lipstick...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 questions in my last year working with ISV early adopters

    As I get ready to transition role, I find myself increasingly thinking "what happened in the last 12 months that would be useful to take into the next 12 months". One of the great bits about my current role is I spend a lot of time 1:1 in day long, two day long, three day long engagements talking...
  • Blog Post: Obfuscation - and pesky strings

    A friend of a friend asked "When .NET code is compiled a program called Reflector can be used to decompile the binary file in to its original code. I understand there are tools called Obfuscators that will make the code harder to read, but it can still be decompiled and read in plain text. The problem...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 4.0 - May release

    I have mixed emotions about the Enterprise Library. When I was last doing development (a few years back) I concluded it was: Big. Which meant it took a lot of time and effort to understand and benefit from it. Inconsistent. The library was a "collection" of code samples and approaches with...
  • Blog Post: UK ISV interested in a half day 1:1 technology review?

    Something we have been looking at recently is taking an approach we use frequently with our managed ISVs and make it more broadly available - with a twist. I am speaking of technology reviews - half day 1:1 technical sessions. During a technology review we try to build a detailed picture of how an ISV...
  • Blog Post: Load Balancing WCF - summary of resources

    I have gathered together some useful resources in one place to cover of the interesting topic of how to load balance requests to a service implemented using WCF - in response to a request from a UK ISV doing some interesting .NET 3.0/3.5 work. Frankly I wish I could have a) found a lot more or b) found...
  • Blog Post: Wow - WPF meets the Enterprise!

    One of the challenges we have had when working with UK ISVs on Windows Presentation Foundation is to get them to think about the user interface as anything other than a gray canvas onto which you drop lots of labels, text boxes and buttons. It has been tough. Not least because my entire team comes from...
  • Blog Post: .NET adoption is coming along rather nicely - thanks folks!

    2008 has included a number of conversations with ISVs along the lines of "We are currently Java but we think .NET might be a better choice for us. Can you help?" and "We are currently using old technology X and are considering changing to Java or .NET. Please tell us more about .NET"...
  • Blog Post: 10% off developer training until end of Jan

    Back in November I blogged about a training offer my US colleagues had struck with Total Training. Our good friends at InnerWorkings contacted me to share some more good news - 10% off their training courses until end of Jan. A couple of my colleagues have tried the InnerWorkings courses and spoke very...
  • Blog Post: Does the MSJVM explode on January 1st?

    Back in November I posted a gentle reminder about the end of life of the MSJVM . Since then several ISV have asked me "what actually happens on January 1st?" The short answer is... nothing. Your applications which use the MSJVM will continue to work. The longer (and official) answer is: "Although...
  • Blog Post: Where are the release notes for .NET Framework 3.0 SP1?

    In my previous post I talked about where is the redist for Service Pack 1? Whilst looking into this issue for an early adopter, I also struggled to find the release notes for SP1 (and http://support.microsoft.com simply refused to help!). Thanks to an internal search I finally came across most of what...
  • Blog Post: A subtle change - we like PHP :-)

    When I started working with UK developers many years back, one of my focus areas was ASP vs PHP. 10 years on from those days and both technologies are very successful with huge fans of each technology (ASP becoming the much more powerful ASP.NET). But on IIS, the favourite is by far ASP.NET. On Unix...
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