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  • Blog Post: It’s “Unofficial .NET Week” in NYC This Week

    Through a combination of the weeks aligning and some schedule shifting for the holidays, all three of the NYC .NET developer focused groups are meeting this week!  Each night promises different discussions and different topics.  If you’re in the city, be sure to stop by one evening and say...
  • Blog Post: Connected Show – Episode #11 – JNBridge: Spanning Java & .NET

    In this episode Dmitry and Peter talk about new product releases including Silverlight 3 and Blend 3 RC, people liking Bing?, Project Morro, Chrome OS and Microsoft's recent Mono announcement. Finally we jump into our interview with Wayne Citrin who talks about connecting Java and .NET applications...
  • Blog Post: Connected Show Episode #8: Project Stonehenge - Java & .NET Interoperability

    Via Dmitry Lyalin’s blog … In this episode we start by talking to Andrew Brust on Microsoft’s move to kill the Oracle Data Provider and how the world is not coming to an end. Then, Peter and I talk again about his trip to JavaOne including HTML 5 vs. RIA applications (like Silverlight). Finally, we jump...
  • Blog Post: IronRuby: First Look Code Now Available!

    Congratulations to John Lam and all the folks on the IronRuby team. They've just released the first public drop of the IronRuby source code. Ruby on .NET is now a reality. For more info, see John's post here . Get the bits here . Also, some more background and samples from Scott Guthrie here .
  • Blog Post: .NET Stock Trader

    There's a new .NET reference application out from Microsoft that showcases both interoperability with the Java platform and scalability on the .NET platform. The application is called .NET Stock Trader and it was built by Greg Leake and his team at Microsoft. I had consulted Greg for information back...
  • Blog Post: Shaking out the Innovation

    There's been a lot of talk going on in the Microsoft community ( here , here , here , and here ) lately about agile development and whether or not Microsoft "gets it". Some of this was triggered by a recent post from Martin Fowler on Ruby and Microsoft. After speculating on what direction Microsoft might...
  • Blog Post: VS Express Beginner Developer Content

    There's a new site for newbies to go to: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/beginner/ If you're new to programming and looking to learn how to build Web or Windows applications, check it out! And the best part I can tell about it so far is that you don't need to register for the site with a passport...
  • Blog Post: .NET 1.1 or 2.0 to .NET 3.0 Migration

    A while back, I wrote about migrating from .NET 1.1 to .NET 2.0 . I wrote that post almost a year ago, but it is still one of my highest traffic posts to this date. Well, it's been a good 6 months now since .NET 3.0 has been on the scene, yet I haven't written anything about migrating to it from the...
  • Blog Post: John Lam Talks About the Dynamic Language Runtime with John Udell

    Last week Mary Jo Foley hinted at it . (She must have good sources!) Now the news is out about the Dynamic Language Runtime for .NET. John Udell has just posted a podcast with John Lam from the Dynamic Languages team at Microsoft that they recorded last week. John Lam was the creator of RubyCLR before...
  • Blog Post: .NET? What is that?

    This is not a question I hear often from folks who develop on the Microsoft platform. (.NET is often what they eat, breathe, and sleep on.) However, it's very common for me to hear this from developers who aren't familiar with Microsoft's development platform. This includes Java folks, PHP folks, etc...
  • Blog Post: How to Write a Good .NET Article

    After the NYC Code Camp last month, a bunch of the speakers went out for a couple of drinks and appetizers. We got on the topic of writing books and articles. There were folks like Don Demsak promoting the notion of independent self publishing vs. folks like Kevin Goff advocating the need for working...
  • Blog Post: arcDevBrainPick this Friday at 10:00am EST

    As part of the devStream program my team has been running, we've been scheduling a monthly series of "arcDevBrainPicks" where you get to pick the brain of your local Microsoft Architect & Developer Evangelists. William Zentmayer and I hosted the first one back on November 10th. The arcDevBrainPick...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: devCouncil NJ + NJ MS Dev 6 Year Birthday

    Just a reminder, tomorrow, Thursday, December 7th, is the first (of what I hope will be many) devCouncils that my team will be running in the Microsoft Iselin, NJ office. The devCouncil runs from 1pm to 5pm. If you haven't registered yet, you can find the registration link here . At the devCouncil...
  • Blog Post: Has Hell Frozen over? Have Pigs Been Flying?

    For the past couple of weeks that I've been a delinquent blogger, it sure seems that way! I've seen things that I never thought I'd see, as well as things that I haven't seen in a long time. First off, in the category of things I haven't seen in a long time, MSFT ticked above the $30 dollar mark! This...
  • Blog Post: Announcing 'devStream' for Developers

    Today marks exactly one year since I've taken on the Developer Evangelist role at Microsoft here in New Jersey and New York. Since then, I've gotten to meet many wonderful folks in the area developer community via various user groups, code camps, and other events. People often ask me at those events...
  • Blog Post: .NET University

    My colleague Doug Turnure down in Atlanta came up with this cool idea. Check out .NET University for a great way to learn about .NET 3.0 for free. .NET University is a way for anyone to get to a set of overview courseware for each of the 4 new technologies associated with .NET 3.0, which is at RC1 as...
  • Blog Post: XPathmania - Cool plug-in to support XPath development in Visual Studio 2005

    If you spend a lot of time working with XPath, you probably know that it's not as easy as it could be in Visual Studio 2005. Back in July, our local resident XML-guru, Don Demsak (a.k.a. DonXml) released a really cool open-source plug-in to support XPath development in Visual Studio 2005. Read Don's...
  • Blog Post: XSDClassGen for .NET 2.0

    Via Dino ... If you model your data types in XSD, then maybe you have used xsd.exe, in the .NET Framework SDK. It can generate a .NET class from an XSD, and so can be really useful in the general domain of "XML Data binding" as they call it in the Java world. However, there are some pitfalls with xsd...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio support on Vista

    Via Tim ... Some important news came out recently regarding visual studio 2005 and visual studio version support on vista. you can read about it on soma's blog here , but here are some nutshell bullets: Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta released today - pending feedback over the next few weeks, this is planned...
  • Blog Post: IronPython 1.0 available for .NET

    From Alex Barnett via Scott Guthrie ... Dynamic languages such as Ruby and Python have had a lot of buzz around them lately. Now, fans of dynamic languages should be pleased to learn that v1.0 of IronPython for .NET has been released. Read Alex & Scott's posts for more info & insight, including...
  • Blog Post: What's In a Name? Part 2 - "Atlas" Revealed!

    Three weeks ago, I posted about how the game was on to figure out what the "real" name of the Atlas framework would be. Yesterday, Scott Guthrie ended the suspense with his post revealing the formal name(s) for what has been known as "Atlas" , Microsoft's AJAX framework. Drumroll please... "Atlas" is...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 RC1 is here

    Via Thom . Windows Vista RC1 arrived recently. This is a big milestone towards the final release of the next version of Windows. Now that RC1 of Vista is out, the corresponding release candidate for the .NET Framework 3.0 is here too for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The Microsoft .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Getting Funky with the Enterprise Library

    The various versions of the Enterprise Library have been around for about a year and a half now. In that time, several folks in the community have built extensions, add-ons, and other various providers to make the Enterprise Library even more useful. July saw a couple of these show up on the GotDotNet...
  • Blog Post: p&p "Industrial Strength" Releases

    I mentioned in my “catch up” post that the p&p team had a couple of things going on and being released during July. Getting ‘industrial’, they released three software factories: Web Service, Mobile , and Smart Client. Here are the details on them: The Web Service Software Factory has officially...
  • Blog Post: Since You've Been Gone...

    Well, I'm back from a month of changing diapers and spending some quality time with my two little ones. One month... it goes by so fast, seems like it was so quick that nothing significant could have happened. But, my oh my... what a month! Let's see, since my last post, what's happened? ...
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