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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: 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: PDC10 Round Up

    This week’s MSDN Flash features a PDC10 round up by Andrew Sinclair – a valiant effort given Andrew wasn’t there in person but took advantage of the live streaming of PDC10 as well as the on-demand facility. Below are a few photos I took at the Reading event where we were joined by about 200 developers...
  • Blog Post: p&p Goes Mobile with Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure

    This week, our MSDN Flash guest post is from Alex Homer who works on the Microsoft patterns & practices team as a Technical Writer. Alex and team have been busy delivering Windows Azure guidance and have now extended that guidance to incorporate cloud services with Windows Phone 7. Alex is well-known...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide

    Just a quick one to say I noticed the patterns and practices team have published a new Windows Phone 7-related guide . Key themes are a WP7 client backed by a Windows Azure cloud service. As you’d expect from p&p, this stuff is very comprehensive. If you want to know more, check out the project overview...
  • 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: Last chance for your MIX10 discount

    I’m very much looking forward to MIX10 (yes, I’m going this year) and I see a host of Windows Phone sessions have just been announced. “Announced” is perhaps too strong a word (there’s no detail on any of the sessions) but at least we know there’s going to be plenty of opportunity to hear about the next...
  • 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: My Most Popular Posts of 2009

    Inspired by Eric doing this first , I thought I’d dig out my most popular posts of 2009. Most popular by average time on page An Introduction to the IE8 Developer Tools (Posted in April) Dominick Baier on Identity, Geneva and OpenID (Posted in April) ASP.NET MVC and iWantGreatCare.org (Posted in May...
  • 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: 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: Windows Azure Migration from USA-Northwest

    If you’re on the Azure CTP (and specifically one of the early participants, eg a PDC attendee) then there’s a good chance you’ll have received an email like this one: I do have a couple of problems with this mail. i think it could be a bit clearer in some respects and it gives me no indication of how...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Your First Windows Azure App

    Last week I talked about how to get started with Windows Azure . In this post I want to take the simple ASP.NET app I’d built and deploy that to the cloud. One of the great things about Windows Azure is all you have to deploy is the app and some configuration information. And in fact, Visual Studio and...
  • Blog Post: Getting Up and Running with Windows Azure

    If you’re not sure what Windows Azure is, may I recommend Steve Marx excellent hand drawn video . The easiest way to get yourself setup to build an Azure application is: Enable Yourself Get yourself a Windows Azure token. This allows you to deploy to Azure. If you don’t have a token...
  • Blog Post: Integration via the Cloud

    I sat in on a Windows Azure session given by my colleague David Gristwood recently. He talked a great deal about the fundamentals of the Azure platform , the compute and storage capabilities , as well as talking about other components such as SQL Services and .NET Services . At one point he played a...
  • Blog Post: Interested in Azure?

    If you saw my Azure videos you’ll know that I went along to what was the first meeting of a new usergroup specifically interested in Azure – UK Azure NET. Their next meeting is on Tuesday 19th May from 6.15pm to 9.30pm at the Microsoft London office. The agenda is as follows: 6:15 - 6:30 Arrive 6:30...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing and Windows Azure

    A few weeks ago I went along to the inaugural UK Azure Net Usergroup meeting and with the help of Simon Davies (all round Azure expert) collared a few people to get their views on cloud computing and Windows Azure. I’d like to apologise in advance for my intro which I’m aware is terribly cheesey. You...
  • Blog Post: UK Azure NET Usergroup

    A couple of weeks ago I went along to the first meeting of a new Windows Azure community in the UK – the UK Azure NET usergroup. While I was there I captured a bit of video of the goings-on and interviewed Ravi Nar of Dot Net Solutions . Ravi and co are already heavily involved in community through Vista...
  • Blog Post: Who Needs IE8 Accelerators?

    One of the new features in IE8 that I really like, simple though it is, is Accelerators. In particular I find it useful for mapping. Addresses tend to be fiddly things to type and why should I cut & paste to a new browser window when I can just highlight an address, right-click and immediately have...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure – A Couple of Learnings

    Today I’ve been playing around with IE8 Accelerators and using Windows Azure as the hosting mechanism. As usual I bumped into a few obstacles so here’s a quick summary of progress so far: The Development Storage Integration expects you to have SQL Express installed. I haven’t. The Azure Development Fabric...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Platform Videos

    As well as MikeT’s excellent Live Framework videos on C9 I see we’ve also published the first in a series of “How Do I?” videos on the Azure Services Platform with entries on Windows Azure, .NET Services and Live Services all gathered together in one handy place (with a horrible URL). Technorati Tags...
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