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  • Blog Post: Mango Developer Tools

    On the off chance you haven’t heard, we shipped the first beta of the next release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools last week . The Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta allows you to target both the next version of Windows Phone (Mango) as well as the current version (WP7). There’s also a “Go Live...
  • Blog Post: Jumpstart Building a Windows Phone App

    If you’ve been thinking about building a Windows Phone app but weren’t sure where to start, how about this for an idea? Nick Randolph of Built to Roam has created a customizable Social Viewer app template for Visual Studio. The template is the core of an application that allows you to aggregate multiple...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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 2010 Events

    Just noticed there are 4 Visual Studio 2010 application lifecycle management events coming up in the near future. These are free, full-day events being held in Reading, London Birmingham and Edinburgh. Here’s the event abstract: “Unable to attend Tech Days 2010? This key event enables technical decision...
  • 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: Readying myself for Windows Phone 7 "Hello, Operator?"

    In wondering where to start talking about Windows Phone 7 (#wp7) development I thought maybe it’d be best if I started right at the very beginning. A very logical place to start. Whether I can go on till I get to the end ala The King’s advice in Alice in Wonderland remains to be seen. I’ve...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Presentations on ASP.NET and jQuery

    It’s taken me a while to get around to this – apologies for that – but below are my PowerPoint decks from UK TechDays. I’ll also publish the app I used to demo jQuery (most of my jQuery session was based on the app so the PowerPoint below is quite short). I should get that done in the next hour or so...
  • 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: 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: ASP.NET 4.0 - New Project Templates

    There’s been a few changes to the project templates in ASP.NET 4.0 to make things cleaner and simpler. I really like them. First off is the streamlining of web.config by moving boilerplate configuration to machine.config. Applications simply inherit these settings. Apart from anything else (like being...
  • 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: 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: 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 AJAX Enhancements

    Another in my unpredictable series on ASP.NET 4.0 , let’s take a look at one of the biggest areas of investment, AJAX. You can break this down into 3 key areas: Refactoring of the ASP.NET AJAX libraries The ability to declaratively instantiate client-side behaviors and controls Data support (templating...
  • Blog Post: ScottGu ASP.NET MVC Session Video Available Now

    I recorded the Vista Squad session with ScottGu from last Friday and have now managed to transcode it, upload it and make a trifle out of it. The screen quality captured from the dedicated camera wasn’t very good so I’ve gone with the single shot from the static camera that captured both Scott and the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Expression 1..2..3

    Blend, Encoder, Web, Design, Media, Studio – it’s easy to get confused by the plethora of Expression family products but given we’re nearing another release I thought it might be worth a few posts to try and to try and simplify things as well as provide a “jump-start” for some of the individual tools...
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