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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll #7 – Visual Studio Add-Ins

    This time around we want to know about your favourite / most used Visual Studio add-in. I can’t include them all so if your favourite isn’t here, be sure to add a comment to this post to let the world know. Otherwise, Visual Studio extensions, prepare to do battle…
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll #6 – Food of Champions

    Time to turn to serious matters in this MSDN Flash poll. When it comes to working late at the office, what’s the fuel that keeps your brain working best? What do you turn to when the chips are down (or still in the fryer)? What is your food of champions? As they say on Masterchef , “ Voting doesn’t get...
  • Blog Post: Social Media (Poll Result)

    And, almost catching up with myself, here are the results of the Social Media poll from the last Flash (11th August). This is a slightly different style where you can rate from 1 to 5 (or opt not to vote at all for a particular option). The results below reflect the scores for each category averaged...
  • Blog Post: Job Profiling (Poll Result)

    Apologies, I just realised that I’d missed out a complete set of  results from the MSDN Flash poll. Back in the 28th July edition we asked what your main job function was. Of course I got a lot of feedback saying “I do 7 of these” and the like. Honestly I know. I understand the world doesn’t conform...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll #5 – Social Media

    I’m curious what the most popular social media sites are for readers – is everyone on Facebook? Or is Twitter where people hang out? (Feel free to friend me at @MikeOrmond ). Do people use Facebook as a tool for business as well as socially? How widely used are news and bookmarking sites? I confess to...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll #4 – Job Profiling

    I thought it might be interesting (and fun) to do a little profiling of our MSDN Flash readership so we can all find our a little bit more about each other. Do only developers read the MSDN Flash? Do we have a good array of different roles? Is there anyone here who shouldn’t be? Would anyone like to...
  • Blog Post: Simulation (football, not software) (Poll Result)

    It seems like an age since the World Cup ended (congratulations to Spain, well-deserved winners in the end). While the footballing aspects of the World Cup were relatively easy to decide, the acting aspects were so much harder. I’m not sure we saw anything to rival Rivaldo’s classic 2002 performance...
  • Blog Post: I’m inspired to fill out online polls… (Poll Result)

    In MSDN Flash Poll #1 I asked what “inspired” you to fill our online polls. Clearly, based on a number of comments, “inspired” was a poor choice of word. I shall be more careful in future. Still, with a good number of people taking the time to respond, this is how things stand as of today. So what have...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll #2 - Simulation

    Here goes with MSDN Flash Poll #2 – you can perhaps see a theme emerging here. Why Scotland didn’t make it to the world cup remains one of those eternal mysteries that will go unexplained until the next major tournament we need to qualify for when it’ll become readily apparent (again). Anyway, without...
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