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  • Blog Post: I Did Say I was an OData Newbie

    Shortly after publishing my last OData post , I got an email from Phani who took me to task over my statement that there was no access to the ImageUri property. In fact, the image is a media resource (and thus not embedded in the feed itself) and there’s a simple way to access the URI as Phani explained...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Bluffer’s Guide to Accelerators, Slices and Search Providers

    Interested in entering our IE8 competition but not sure where to start? Looking for some inspiration? Just got 10mins to kill? Want to see another cheesey opening? I’ve got just the video for you! In this Bluffer’s Guide I describe IE8 webslices, accelerators and search providers as well as explaining...
  • 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: Slideshare API Upload

    I've been experimenting a little with Slideshare as a mechanism to make our slidedecks more broadly available. I spent a fun morning last week emailing 15 slide decks to the Slideshare site. When they didn't appear by the next day I was a little surprised. When they hadn't appeared a week later I thought...
  • Blog Post: London Meetup: Cloud Computing, Mesh and Windows Live with Angus Logan, Jeff Hansen and James Senior

    Angus , Jeff and James will be in town this week and Steve Lamb is organising an informal get together on Thursday, details below. I'm afraid I can't be there as I am needed elsewhere... Thursday, December 11, 2008 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Discuss Mesh, Live and the Cloud Please register on the wiki if you...
  • Blog Post: A Bit of an Experiment

    I spent a bit of time this afternoon dusting off the PowerShell script I created (that's not accurate, I cribbed it and changed it slightly - see my original post ) to get it to generate a Twitter status update when I post a new blog entry. Much messing about later with both the Twitter API and the...
  • Blog Post: MIX 09 Announced

    PDC's just out of the way and it's already time to start thinking about MIX. I saw this logo on the website and thought we were going to be expected to run a 10K in the desert. Fortunately it's 10K of storage and a challenge to do as much as you can with only 10k. There's also the traditional restyle...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Must Watch Sessions (Day 2)

    KYN02 Day Two Keynote - Ray Ozzie, Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell Better than Day 1's keynote this one covers things more from a UI perspective with Windows 7, Office Web Application in Office 14, Visual Studio and Live Services. KYN03 Day Two Keynote - Chris Anderson and Don Box...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Must Watch Sessions (Day 1)

    A few suggestions for sessions you might want to watch. By no means does this mean other sessions on Day 1 are not worth watching! These are just sessions I went to myself and found to be useful or heard good things about from others. KYN01 Day One Keynote - Ray Ozzie, Amitabh Srivastava, Bob Muglia...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Windows Azure

    The first in a very short series of posts where I try and distil some of the key announcements we made at PDC into something I can make sense of. First up, Windows Azure. Azure consists of both an operating system and a set of services. Windows Azure is our operating system in the cloud which enables...
  • 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: VBUG Annual Conference 4-5th November @ Microsoft, Reading

    Both MikeT and I are speaking at the VBUG Conference this year. I'm doing an Intro to Silverlight 2 session (need to update my materials to RTW!) and Mike's doing a session entitled "Beyond Silverlight with Windows Presentation Foundation". I see quite a few other names I recognise on the agenda...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 Sp1 Event Resources

    Eric and I have published the full set of resources links from yesterday's event on What's New in Visual Studio 2008 Sp1. http://blogs.msdn.com/ukdevevents/archive/2008/10/02/2008-10-02-whats-new-in-visual-studio-2008-sp1.aspx Technorati Tags: vs2008 , visual studio , wpf , asp.net , ado.net , entity...
  • 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: ReMix UK 08 Tickets - Akin to Dromedary Pretzels

    ie get them while they're hot . Following on from the massive success of last year's Mix 07 , the ReMix UK 08 website has just this minute gone live. Here's a Key Facts document: ReMix UK 08 is all about bringing together the very best web design and development talent for a 48 hour conversation ReMix...
  • 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: UK Launch - Building Web Applications with VS2008 Source Code

    Following on from the live demo , here's the demo source I used for my launch session. Download the slides and / or demos here . A few things to note and a few "getting it up and running tips". Download the zip file (you may need to "unblock" it after download) and extract all files...
  • 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...
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