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  • Blog Post: Tech.Days 2011: Save the Date

    It’s that that time of year again when the big one approaches – the big event that gives us an opportunity to get out and about and tell the story of the platform, current and future. This year Tech.Days will run from 23-25 May at a venue in London. It’s an event for both developer and IT professionals...
  • Blog Post: A Couple of Upcoming Events

    Firstly the UK Bing Maps User Group are holding their next meeting on the evening of 19th January in London . The agenda looks like this: 6.30pm - Coffee and socialising 7.00pm - Session 1 "What's new in the Bing Maps world" - Johannes Kebeck (Microsoft) 7.45pm - Food and socialising 8.15pm...
  • Blog Post: Tech Days Online Conference in January

    Looks like I’ll be presenting on the Tech Days Online Conference “Build an app for that” on 20th January 2011. It’s an online conference featuring demo-rich sessions on building applications for the browser, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. The online day will offer three tracks, letting you choose which...
  • Blog Post: Language Shapes The Way We Think (Poll Result)

    A popular poll with well over 1000 responses but I wonder if someone hijacked it this time around? I know it was in an issue with a feature article on F# but F# as the 2nd most popular language choice? And VB beaten into 4th place by IronPython and F#? PowerShell doesn’t even register on the scale? Would...
  • Blog Post: Writing Cross-Platform XAML Applications

    This week's feature article is written by Colin Eberhardt and tackles the issue of sharing code between Silverlight, WPF and Silverlight for Windows Phone. It’s an issue that often comes up in conversation and it’s great to see Colin describe a practical example and demonstrate it’s quite possible to...
  • Blog Post: Now you can develop for WP7 in VB too

    Yes, that’s right. After a successful CTP of VB for Windows Phone 7, the team have now released “ Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools – RTW ”. If you just want to download the good stuff, here’s the link: Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools – RTW - Download Link What does this mean...
  • Blog Post: A Brief Introduction to F#

    Out guest writer for this issue is Mark Bloodworth , an Architect Evangelist at Microsoft UK, who kindly offered to write a brief introduction to F#. Mark’s interests extend to all those “other” languages like Ruby, Python and F# so we should be in safe hands. Over to Mark… When you create a new project...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll #13: Language Shapes The Way We Think

    “Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.” Benjamin Lee Whorf This week, given our feature article is on a (relatively) new .NET programming language, we’d like to know which is your favourite.
  • Blog Post: Linked.NET Virtual Meeting with ScottGu

    This Friday (tomorrow!) at 10am PST (so that’s 6pm if you’re in the UK), LIDNUG (Linked.NET User Group) are holding their next virtual meeting with Scott Guthrie. In fact this is their 7th “Talking Shop” meeting with Scott and it’s understandably very popular. The event is held via Live Meeting so no...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Firestarter Event on 2nd December Available Online

    Yes, you can watch the Silverlight Firestarter event online on 2/12. Given the amount of coverage, debate and FUD that’s been thrown around recently, perhaps it’s the most important one yet to tune into. The agenda looks like this (5pm start in the UK if you plan to watch it live). 8:00 AM   Breakfast...
  • Blog Post: PDC 10 Sessions - The Pick of the Bunch

    I’ve created a list of my favourite PDC10 videos for next week’s MSDN Flash and thought I’d share it here first so you get early access. The Future of C# and Visual Basic The Future of F# Lambdas, Lambdas Everywhere LINQ, Take Two – Realizing the LINQ to Everything Dream Inside Internet Explorer 9 Performance...
  • Blog Post: Moving from Visual Studio 2010 RC to RTM

    I’ve just been doing a bit of housekeeping before moving to VS2010 RTM, in particular removing VS2010 RC and the Phone tools. I wanted to get things as clean as possible before installing RTM. It surprised me a little was that the RTM readme didn’t tell me how to remove the RC, you need get hold of the...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Day 2 Keynote – ie the Web

    1105 What’s really changing is not the technology, it’s who’s doing what, where, with whom. Mobile is critical and the tools exist to build solidly engineered apps, but can we get the design right? 1059 We’ve gone from musicians to artists and Project Gustav – a very natural way for artists to “paint...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Day 1 Keynote – Don’t call me…

    1105 And we’re done. Phew – that was a lot of ground to cover in a short time. One or two glitches but overall an almost flawless showing of jaw-dropping opportunity with Silverlight and the Windows Phone. Let’s go play. I have an idea for a Twitter app…. 1104 Announcement: Windows Phone Developer Tools...
  • Blog Post: UK Tech Days – Registration Open!

    A full week of activities for both Developers and ITPros from 12-16th April. From the dev perspective, days are themed as: VS2010 Launch VS2010 and .NET 4 The Essential MIX Windows 7 Applications Windows Phone All the Microsoft events take place in London at either the Vue Cinema...
  • Blog Post: Introducing .NET 4.0 (the book that is)

    Some time back Alex Mackey very kindly asked me to write a couple of paragraphs about what I was excited about in .NET 4.0 for inclusion in his book “ Introducing .NET 4.0 With Visual Studio 2010 ” First of all I should say I know Alex a little from DevEvening and I provided a bit of help by putting...
  • Blog Post: Catching up on some reading

    My blog reader’s bursting at the seams so I thought I’d try and play catch-up this morning – not quite down to a 0 inbox but not a bad effort. Here are a few things that grabbed me: ASP.NET Related WebForms aren’t dead – Dave Sussman has his say on Web Forms vs MVC ASP.NET MVC 2 – A few posts...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Registration Open

    Yes, it’s that time of year again when March (and MIX) seem to be both in the distant future and almost upon us at the same time. The conference is billed as: “A 3 day conference for web designers and developers building the world's most innovative web sites.” But it’s even broader than that. If I understood...
  • Blog Post: The Windows API Code Pack

    If you want to access Windows 7 features like Jump Lists, Libraries, Common File Dialogs, Sensor Platform, Power Management etc from managed code then you need to get your hands on the Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework. Read all about it and download it here Might try and have a play...
  • Blog Post: Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2010 / .NET Fx 4 Available Today for MSDN Subscribers

    General availability is 21st October. Visit the Visual Studio 2010 / .NET Fx 4 Beta site for more information, downloads, forums and to submit feedback. There have been significant changes to the SKU line-up / packaging and licensing to simplify the SKU structure and provide better value for money...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 4.0 Series Index Post

    Just a quick post to provide hooks to the various posts in this series. I’ll add more as I expand on my last post about AJAX features: Visual Studio 2010 Enhancements for ASP.NET ASP.NET 4.0 Webforms Enhancements ASP.NET 4.0 Enhancements to Data Controls ASP.NET 4.0 AJAX Enhancements Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 4.0 Enhancements to Data Controls

    Picking up where I left off some time back on ASP.NET 4.0 , today we take a look at some of the enhancements we’re making to data controls in ASP.NET 4.0. Let’s start with the easy stuff. Cleaner HTML Over the years we’ve made significant advances in making the markup generated by ASP.NET server controls...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 Download Link (for MSDN Subscribers)

    Download Visual Studio 2010 / .NET Fx 4.0 Technorati Tags: visual studio 2010 , .net fx 4.0
  • Blog Post: A Few VS2010 Beta 1 Screenshots

    As I blogged earlier , VS2010 will be available to MSDN subscribers later today (and everyone else later in the week). I’ve just finished installing and thought I’d share a few screen captures of the experience (and the F# templates). Performance is *much* better than the CTP and earlier interim builds...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Available Today to MSDN Subscribers

    One of the many benefits of being an MSDN Subscriber is early (and sometimes exclusive) access to early bits. Today the long awaited beta of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Fx 4 will appear on the MSDN Subscribers site . It’s not there yet but it will appear later on today. Keeping an eye on Twitter is usually...
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