GPDE Team Blog

A blog about Microsoft's Global Product Development - Europe team, based in Dublin, Ireland.

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    GPD-E supports the Zune HD release

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    A couple of months ago some of us here in GPD-E Dublin got the chance to play with a development version of the new Zune HD . At the time the Zune team was still completing their work on the new device, however we managed to convince them to send us a...
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    Treemap released in Silverlight Toolkit

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    In November I wrote about our Silverlight Treemap which visualises hierarchical data as a set of nested rectangles. Microsoft’s Global Product Development - Europe team has now released this control through the Silverlight Toolkit . You can read more...
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    Programming with Silverlight and C#.

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    Marek Latuskiewicz, a senior development lead on our AdCenter team, has recently launched a blog about programming with Silverlight and C#. Marek plans to blog regularly on: 1) Ready to use, generic architectures to address interesting problems...
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    I am Test

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    There is a funny thing that happens when people mention the terms “test”, “tester”, or “quality assurance” in the computer programming industry. Groans can be heard about laborious, manual point-and-click activities. A cutting remark is almost always...
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    Attention mobile developers! New device capabilities data from Microsoft being released on CodePlex, announced at MIX

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    PD-E’s Mobile Browse Platform team is excited to be releasing the Mobile Device Browser File, an XML file containing the web browsing capabilities of 500+ of the most common mobile phones, such as screen width and height, supported image and video types...
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    ACCU talk on designing for testability

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    Sami Vaaraniemi, a software developer on our Hotmail Mobile team in Dublin, is presenting a paper titled “Designing for Testability” at ACCU, the pre-eminent European software development conference, in Oxford, England, on April 23. Read about Sami’s...
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    Microsoft Ireland speaker at the Software Quality Conference 2009

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    Justin Saunders, a software test developer on GPD-E’s mobile services team in Dublin, presented a talk at the Software Quality Conference 2009 in Dublin on March 4. The conference is the largest quality-focused conference in Ireland and hosted representatives...
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    ACM SIGAPP talk on 3D scene generation with Metaprogramming

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    Diego Colombo, a software developer on our Experimentation Platform team in Dublin, presented a talk at the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing Conference (SIGAPP) on March 10th. Diego’s paper, “Aspect-Oriented Procedural Content Engineering for Game...
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    Microsoft Ireland Voted Best Workplace in Ireland for 2009.

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    Microsoft Ireland was recently voted the Best Workplace in Ireland for 2009, as determined by the Great Places to Work Institute . This award is recognition of the importance Microsoft Ireland has placed on its people for the past 24 years – developing...
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    SQL Server Query Execution

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    Flavien Charlon, a software developer on our adCenter team team recently wrote a series of articles on his blog after completing SQL Server training by Kimberly Tripp. Each blog post outlines the different query execution plans. Part 1: SQL Server...
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    New Silverlight Treemap

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    Microsoft’s Global Product Development team in Europe recently completed its Treemap control for visualising hierarchical data, seen below. You can read more about it here and leave your feedback. If you are excited by what you see us doing, check...
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    New adCenter "path visualization" featured

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    Jonathan, a PM on our adCenter, recently wrote a blog post for the adCenter Community blog about the new "path visualization" feature in adCenter Analytics (see below for a picture). The full post can be read here: http://adcentercommunity.com/blogs/analytics...
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    Experimentation Platform team published a new paper

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    Microsoft's Experimentation Platform team, which includes developers in Dublin, recently published a paper in Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery. The paper, titled "Controlled experiments on the web:survey and practical guide", discusses how Microsoft...
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    Mary Jo Foley talks about the Experimentation Platform (ExP)

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    On April 16th, Mary Jo Foley published an article called " Microsoft looks to make product planning more science than art " where she talks about the technology, the opportunity and interviews Ronny Kohavi, the General Manager of ExP. The article goes...
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    New JavaScript Memory Leak Detector from our team

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    One of the developers on our adCenter project, Paolo Severini , created an amazing new tool for detecting memory leaks in JavaScript. It can be installed as an Internet Explorer band and it is designed to find memory leaks in JavaScript code that runs...
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    Let's experiment!

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    We're excited to announce a new initiative here on the GPDE team -- Experimentation. We're going to be shipping a key part of Microsoft's new Experimentation Platform, which is a system for testing out different web designs and other experiments on real...
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    The data center next door...

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    This week, Microsoft executive Debra Chrapaty visited our site in Dublin. We got a chance to sit with her and get her feedback on the great work we're doing for adCenter and Windows Live Mobile. However, Debra's main purpose for visiting Dublin was...
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    Our adCenter work in the limelight

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    Yesterday at the eMetrics conference in Washington D.C., Ian Thomas presented some of the upcoming features of Microsoft Gatineau, a web and online advertising analytics service. Our team in Dublin delivered several of the features mentioned in the...
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    Congratulations to our Imagine Cup winner, Flavien Charlon

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    Flavien Charlon is a developer on our team in Dublin, and earlier this summer he and his teammate won 3rd place in the "Interface Design" event at the Imagine Cup in Seoul, Korea. The Imagine Cup is sort of a World Cup for programmers, and it brings together...
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    New recruiting site launched

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    We launched our new recruiting web site, joinmicrosofteurope.com , this past weekend. As you can see, we're looking to fill a number of key openings for developers and leads, as well as test developer, test manager, and program manager. Please check...
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