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  • Blog Post: Did you know Microsoft makes a mocking tool? Meet the latest version of Pex

    No? Nor me. (If you are wondering what Mocking is, check out my previous post on Mocking, Stubs and Test Doubles .) I am at TechEd Europe this week in Berlin, speaking on Entity Framework 4.0 and manning the .NET Framework stand. Behind the .NET Framework stand is the Pex and Code Contracts stand manned...
  • 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: Secure your Visual Basic 6.0 investment with Microsoft .NET

    [Reminder: This blog is moving to http://geekswithblogs.net/iupdateable ] Over the last couple of months I have been working with Sarah in my group to pull together something which hopefully will help the many companies in the UK who continue to have a significant investment in Visual Basic 6.0 ...
  • Blog Post: Last few spaces for UK MSDN events in February

    I have just seen the internal report on registrations – and we are now down to the last handful of spaces in each venue. Act now if you want to come along and hear about WPF/Silverlight - London (10 th ), Birmingham (12 th ), Edinburgh (24 th ) and Manchester (26 th ).
  • Blog Post: My “technology themes” for 2009

    I thought it would be useful to start 2009 by briefly summarising what you should expect to find on this blog over the coming months. Data : I will continue to spend time looking at what Microsoft and others are up to around working with data. You should expect to see plenty of posts on the ADO.NET Entity...
  • Blog Post: Are you an ISV in the UK who could benefit from a free design review with Microsoft?

    You may recall that my previous role was working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to help them explore and adopt the latest technologies from Microsoft. In that role I introduced something called a Technology Roadmap Review . Many years on and we have a more public offering for UK ISVs ...
  • Blog Post: Anybody for some free (and clever!) Visual Studio 2008 training?

    In the UK we are working with InnerWorkings to create a great offer of training to UK developers. We still have some stuff to sort out but I am hopeful that we will be able to share the details of this very early in 2009. In my previous depth role we used InnerWorking successfully to help early adopters...
  • 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: SQL Server 2008 for Developers - slides

    Just testing out SlideShare for making ppts more discoverable. This is the deck I did for the NxtGenUG Southampton. You can also get the links from http://blogs.msdn.com/ukdevevents . What do you think? A useful way for us to share decks as well as on MSDN? SQL Server 2008 Overview View SlideShare presentation...
  • Blog Post: UK developer events for first part of 2009 - registration open

    We have been busy over the last few weeks looking at our schedule of events for early 2009. In February we will be delivering half day MSDN events at four locations covering Silverlight and WPF “from scratch” (Three locations published at time of writing and accepting registrations). Currently I am not...
  • Blog Post: Been a busy week or two - except for blogging...

    I noticed my blog rate has dropped off significantly in the last couple of weeks (whilst my tweet rate increases!). It has been a combination of a few things - nearly all good :-) I have had a few days off for Chrimbo shopping and visiting family in the "cold north". We were lucky enough to also manage...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll: When was the last time you wrote code in COM?

  • Blog Post: Didn’t we do well! (That would be developers in the UK at PDC08)

    Have you got 6 minutes to spare? Then read on… The UK (and the work of my group) was very well represented at PDC08 in the Keynotes. I was just watching the Day2 1st Keynote with Scott Guthrie . Move to 94minutes in and you will see Nick Lansley of Tesco.com blowing your mind away with “Tesco meets Minority...
  • Blog Post: First published book on ADO.NET Entity Framework

    If you are following my blog or watched me present, you know I believe that Entity Framework will be a significant technology for .NET developers (even if EF v1 at times is incredibly annoying!). However we have been hampered by the lack of books available. I am waiting patiently for Julie to have her...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: When can I rely on my customers having .NET Framework 3.5 SP1?

    The current situation is roughly: The majority of PCs have a version of the .NET Framework A fair number of PCs do not have the .NET Framework A fair number of PCs have .NET Framework 1.1 A lot more PCs have .NET Framework 2.0 A lot of PCs have .NET Framework 3.0 In comparison, relatively few (bare in...
  • Blog Post: And the winner is… LINQ to Entities and the ADO.NET Entity Framework

    In 2001 we first demonstrated Object Relational Mapping (ORM) technology for .NET – ObjectSpaces . However it has taken 6+ years to get to the point where we have released an ORM. Actually we released two. The release of Visual Studio 2008 in November 2007 gave us our first shipping ORM – LINQ to SQL...
  • Blog Post: One last chance to see our current MSDN event … in Leeds, Nov 19th

    It just occurred to me that there is only one chance left to see MikeT and I discussing Visual Studio 2008 SP1 new features. This is a slightly unusual one as Blackmarble are hosting us and doing a session in the morning on Microsoft CRM before we cover off WPF, ASP.NET and ADO.NET Entity Framework in...
  • Blog Post: WPF Performance issues? Then maybe this tool can help…

    I am seeing more interest in building richer UX in WPF of late which is great. Since WPF is very powerful and very flexible, we are beginning to see developers hit UX performance issues as they build increasingly rich and exciting UI. The good news is we have a new release of our Performance Profiling...
  • Blog Post: WPF Datagrid is now available

    I have been following the arrival of the Microsoft Datagrid for WPF for sometime (my interest driven by the number of times I get asked about it!). I am pleased to say that this week we released v1 of the Datagrid over at http://www.codeplex.com/wpf along with some other new “bits” in release or preview...
  • Blog Post: Just back from holiday … and PDC session #1 = Babysmash

    I had a great week rebuilding the bank of a stream, watching the neighbour butcher a deer in his garden and learning what it feels like to be out walked by my 16 year old son up a mountain (which he called a hill!). A holiday was my way of handling missing out this year on attending the PDC. Now I am...
  • 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: How can I use LINQ with new data types in SQL Server 2008 such as the geospatial types?

    This one has come up a few times. LINQ to SQL and LINQ to Entities in V1 do not currently support the newest types added to SQL Server 2008 nor do they support your own User Defined Types. More specifically: LINQ to SQL does not support the hierarchyID, geospatial, table or time types. UDTs are not supported...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: How do I debug ADO.NET Data Services?

    It is great that so many folks have started investigating Data Services and the Entity Framework as a result of the MSDN events we have been delivering. Which does also mean I keep getting asked “Why doesn’t mine work?” kind of questions. The good news is the team did a comprehensive post to help you...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: How do I use ADO.NET Data Services with LINQ to SQL and enable read/write

    ADO.NET Data Service gives you the ability to do: Read/Write with ADO.NET Entity Framework Read only with LINQ to SQL The reason it is read only for LINQ to SQL is that Data Services needs to object model that it is exposing to implement IUpdatable. LINQ to SQL does not. There is a solution...
  • 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...
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