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  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Live Video: SQL Server Compact and User Data Access in Mango

    In this session, Andy Wigley takes a look at the new local database features in Windows Phone Mango. Specifically SQL Server CE, how to deploy databases, how to access them and even how to update the database schema. Andy also explores the new APIs for accessing user data on the device (eg contacts)...
  • 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: 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: ORMs – A Developer’s Dream, A DBA’s Nightmare?

    I caught up with Simon Sabin (@simon_sabin), organiser of the SQL Bits conference , at DDD8 (a community organised developer event held at the Microsoft Campus in Reading) to ask him about Object Relational Mapping (ORMs) from both a developer and a DBA’s perspective. Are developers to be trusted with...
  • Blog Post: Web Platform Installer

    I’ve realised that despite all the noise about it , I’ve pretty much managed to ignore the Web Platform Installer (WebPI) to date. Which is a shame because I know it does some pretty cool things, takes a lot of the drudgery out of configuring your machine and, from today, I’m actually convinced that...
  • Blog Post: Birmingham – An Intelligent City?

    I’d seen this video (as I said to Mark, I find the start a bit creepy) before I saw Mark’s blog post on the subject (which he wrote some time back). It’s a proof of concept focussing on transport and the challenges we all face when negotiating our way around the cities where we live and the cities we...
  • Blog Post: Suteki Shop and ASP.NET MVC

    At last year’s Remix:UK conference in Brighton, ScottGu mentioned a local company called Jump the Gun who were running their online store on ASP.NET MVC well before we’d released it. Wanting to chat to a local company who’d chosen to build ASP.NET MVC applications, I recently did a bit of research and...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC and iWantGreatCare.org

    I recently dragged colleague Mark Bloodworth out to the lake at TVP to chat about ASP.NET MVC and working on a proof of concept with iWantGreatCare.org , a free service for those looking to find the best healthcare for themselves, their family or those they look after. I was particularly interested in...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and SQL Server Event

    For those of you that know me or follow my blog you’ll know that I’m a *huge* fan of Virtual Earth and need only the smallest of excuses to incorporate it into a demo. So when Simon Sabin emailed me to say that he and Johannes Kebeck were doing a double act on Virtual Earth and SQL Server it piqued my...
  • Blog Post: [Demo Code] ASP.NET Dynamic Data Demo

    I've just posted the ASP.NET Dynamic Data website I usually build when I do a Dynamic Data demo. You can download the source for it here . The demo site illustrates a few features of ASP.NET Dynamic Data: Scaffolding of my Houses database using Linq to Sql as the model ScaffoldAllTables is...
  • Blog Post: Spatial Data and now the Spatial Wiki

    A long time ago I came up with a simple web site that allows you to draw features on a Virtual Earth map and generate the SQL statements required to store those features in using Sql Server 2008's spatial data support (and it can do the reverse , ie give it some WKT (Well Known Text) string and it will...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Session Video Downloads

    If you want to watch any of the PDC 2008 sessions, you can simple peruse the session list at: http://sessions.microsoftpdc.com/public/timeline.aspx select the session you want to watch and click the "Watch Session Recording" icon. On the other hand, if you want to download sessions, you might...
  • Blog Post: Sql Server 2008 Geospatial Data Generator Updated (well, fixed I suppose, if you want to be pedantic about it)

    Thanks to Will Thompson, a Business Intelligence Technical Specialist at Microsoft UK, for pointing out that my Geospatial Data Generator has had a bit of a fatal flaw since RC0 when they switched the Lat / Lon order in queries. I'm disappointed in you, dear reader, that you lacked the courage to bring...
  • Blog Post: ReMix UK 08 Developer Track

    Things are starting to shape up nicely on the developer track so I thought I'd try and give you a flavour of what you'll see if (surely "when"?) you join us in Brighton in September for ReMix UK. There'll be a big focus on rich client with Silverlight, WPF and IE8 featuring prominently. You...
  • Blog Post: SQL Spatial Data Visualiser Updates

    I've updated the page I posted yesterday so the app now supports POINT, LINESTRING and POLYGON (simple POLYGONs with no interior boundaries - ie the image on the left (below) is okay, the image on the right is not). I've also posted the source for an ASP.NET 3.5 website to visualise the spatial data...
  • Blog Post: SQL Spatial Data Visualiser

    Hot on the heels of my Sql Spatial Data Generator comes my Sql Spatial Data Visualiser ! Well, sort of. A couple of people have asked me for this but it's not that easy to create an app that lives in the cloud and queries other people's SQL Servers in order to visualise their spatial data. That's as...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Registration Open

    October 27-30th in the Los Angeles Conference Center, LA is where you want to be. Registration for the Professional Developers Conference 2008 has just opened. You know the deal by now: "The PDC is designed for leading-edge developers and software architects. If you’re interested in the future...
  • Blog Post: Developer Day Scotland - 10th May 2008

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  • Blog Post: UK Launch - Building Web Applications with VS2008 Demo

    Thank you to everyone who came along to my session at the launch in Birmingham yesterday - it was certainly pretty packed! I promised a lot of people a copy of the demos and they'll be here soon. In the meantime, I've uploaded a "live" version of my demo site if you want to have a play with...
  • Blog Post: A Little Linq to Sql

    Building a little application for capturing real time data, I decided to play around with LINQ a bit. I found myself in the situation where I had a new object (say a data point) that, based on my database schema, referenced other objects that may or may not already exist in my database. So I want to...
  • Blog Post: More Upgrade Questions on SQL Server Reporting Services 2005 to 2008

    Q. Can I deploy reports from the 2008 Designers to a Reporting Services 2005 Server? Both Sean O'Regan and John Adams asked whether you could deploy reports created in the 2008 designers to a Reporting Services 2005 Server. The answer is no. Sorry. The 2008 designers (whether the stand-alone Report Designer...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade Questions on SQL Server Reporting Services 2005 to 2008

    There were a couple of questions asked at last night's slightly chaotic SQL Server event in London (who set off that fire alarm?) on the subject of Reporting Services and moving from 2005 to 2008. One specific question was: "Can I take a SSRS 2005 report definition and open it / upgrade it to 2008...
  • Blog Post: Spatial Data in SQL Server 2008

    I'm going to re-plug my Spatial Data Generator for SQL Server 2008 as I've had a lot of very positive feedback about it and I know it's been used in various events around the globe - maybe this is my 5 minutes? (That reminds me of Melvin Udall: "What if this is as good as it gets?"). Anyway...
  • Blog Post: Nearly time for launch

    Yes, launch is almost upon us - Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 are all getting together to have a big party in Birmingham on 19th March and you're invited (if you're quick). Details and registration link are here. (the agenda link is in the middle under the tabs cunningly...
  • Blog Post: Getting Spatial Data into SQL Server 2008

    If you've attended one of our recent SQL Server 2008 events then you'll know that SQL Server 2008 has native support for spatial datatypes (as it happens it has two types, geometry to represent planar or flat-earth data such as Ordnance Survey grid references or building plans and geography to represent...
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