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  • Blog Post: End of my time with the MSDN Flash

    Yes, it’s true. My time as MSDN Flash Technical Editor has come to an end . The drop in salary is painful enough but the thought of no more polls , feature articles or intros is almost too much to bear. Still, you’re in good hands as Rachel remains in overall control (sort of) as Editor and Martin takes...
  • Blog Post: My First Computer was a… (Poll Result)

    Well this one caused a lot of debate and discussion in the comments, though didn’t get nearly as many responses as the previous “ Language Shapes The Way We Think ” poll. Apologies if you’re particular model wasn’t listed (I did add a few in the early stages based on feedback). As someone pointed out...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll #15: What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

    Easing ourselves gently into 2011, all I want to know is, “What’s your New Year’s Resolution?”
  • Blog Post: Unobtrusive JavaScript with jQuery, HTML 5 Style

    Our first MSDN Flash feature article of the New Year comes from one of my colleagues at Microsoft in the UK, Simon Ince. Simon works in our Premier Support for Developers group (more details below) and was keen to write something about jQuery – a subject close to my own heart. Who am I to stand in his...
  • 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: MSDN Flash Poll #14: My First Computer was a…

    I thought it would be fun this time around to try and find out what people’s first experience of computing was. I have no doubt that I’ve missed off many machines I could have included so, as a one-off special offer, I’m prepared to add things to the list while the poll is running. This has only ever...
  • 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: If I had a Pound (Poll Result)

    Well it turns out that most of us could have retired by now had we only been able to charge by the “I-told-you-so”. We asked you “If I had a pound / dollar / euro for every time someone assumed it would be easy to build that app / add that feature, I'd be at least this rich...” A clear winner then, with...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Apps - Getting from Concept to Customer

    This week’s MSDN Flash guest author is….. well, me. Now Windows Phone 7 has launched in all markets and you can wander down to your local high-street retailer and take your pick of whichever device most takes your fancy (see below)…. I thought it was a good time to look at WP7 applications and specifically...
  • Blog Post: What Would You Like to be Doing? (Poll Result)

    Having asked what type of work you were involved in , I then asked what type of work you’d really like to be doing and the results are quite interesting. In the data below, the “Preference” column represents the results from the latter poll and the “Actual” column the results from the former. As you...
  • 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: MSDN Flash Poll #12: If I had a pound

    Maybe I just got out the wrong side of the bed this morning but I’m fed up with assumptions (not my own, just other peoples, mine are just fine). Does anyone else share my frustration? Or is it just me?
  • 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: MSDN Flash Poll #11: What would you like to be doing?

    In MSDN Flash Poll #10 we asked what type of software development you were currently doing. It seems logical and interesting to ask the complimentary question, what type of software development would you like to be engaged in? It also saves me from having to come up with another question for this issue...
  • Blog Post: What are you doing? (Poll Result)

    For the last MSDN Flash we asked about what sort of dev work you’re currently doing . An excellent response this time around and things are quite closely matched between developing brand new apps and developing a new version fo an existing app. Overall though, there’s quite a wide spread. For the next...
  • Blog Post: Tech Cartoons (Poll Result)

    Yes, time for a bit of a results catch -p again. We asked what your favourite tech cartoon was . A number of you suggested some others, not included in the poll such as Not Invented Here (thanks Jason) and Basic Instructions (thanks Matt) but I didn’t feel I could start messing with the options half...
  • Blog Post: Targeting multiple platforms with the cloud

    This week’s MSDN Flash article is from fellow DPE colleague Martin Beeby who talks about the challenges of building mobile applications optimised for particular platform capabilities, a subject close to me heart. Anyway, I’ll let Martin explain (you can find him on Twitter at @thebeebs )… Targeting multiple...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll #10 – What are you doing?

    This week we re-visit an old theme; what are you doing at the moment?
  • Blog Post: Extending ASP.NET MVC’s Validation

    This week’s MSDN Flash feature article is all about enhancing the validation support in ASP.NET MVC using the specific example of cross-field validation. My thanks to David Bending for writing the article which is a little more “code-heavy” than a typical MSDN Flash article. What do you think? Would...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll #9 – Tech Cartoons

    Another straightforward one – we all enjoy seeing the funnier side of the technology world. There are quite a few talented artists out there with a knack for highlighting obscure, weird, ridiculous or sometimes just plan banal things we can all relate to. But which one’s your particular favourite?
  • Blog Post: Which type of mobile handset do you have? (Poll Result)

    Hmm – a slightly surprising winner in the form of “just a phone” with iPhone, Windows Mobile and Android all vying for 2nd place. And here was me thinking we all had aspirations to be the next Techno-Bill…
  • Blog Post: What’s new for developers in SharePoint 2010

    The feature article for this week’s MSDN Flash is by Jussi Roine , Chief Architect at Onsight Helsinki. I want to thank Jussi and everyone else who’s taken the time to submit articles to me – I’m still wading me way through them all! If you have an idea for an article for the MSDN Flash, please contact...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Add-Ins (Poll Result)

    Okay, this was more controversial than I ever intended it to be. So please take the results with a pinch of salt. There’s a clear divide between ReSharper and CodeRush and all the others. There were a lot of comments on my original post with other suggestions for “must-haves” (well worth a look) and...
  • Blog Post: Food of Champions (Poll Result)

    Once again, having been away on holiday (Algrave, lovely weather, thanks for asking) I’ve fallen behind in posting results. I don’t think this one was too controversial (unless Nobu come after me for maligning their signature dish). I asked what your preference was if you had to stay late. Pizza was...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll #8 – Mobile Devices

    The last Flash Poll caused a little bit of controversy so let me state clearly that this isn’t meant to be scientific. It’s not immune to vote-rigging (or indeed someone encouraging mass voting using social media channels). It’s just meant to be a bit of fun that may yield some useful information from...
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