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Team Foundation Server and Team System: Presents and Futures
These are interesting times for development teams who are using Team System and Team Foundation Server for source control, project lifecycle management, process management and collaboration. TeamPlain: Web-based Access to Team Foundation Server Yesterday, Microsoft announced the acquisition of...
27 Mar 2007
Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals - Released
A very impressive addition to the Visual Studio Team System has been released for database professionals - and I've been neglecting to write about it! Team Edition for Database Professionals is designed to manage database change, improve software quality through database testing, and bring thebenefits...
19 Dec 2006
Hungry for ''Orcas''?
If you've got a hunger on you for a preview of the next generation of the Visual Studio development envrionment, you can download the Community Tech Preview of Visual Studio code name "Orcas" , which is the flavor of the course that will follow Visual Studio 2005. Orcas was discussed in this morning...
7 Nov 2006
New Team Foundation Server features in Service Pack 1 Beta (and Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Betas)
The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta has just been released. Here's the official announcement . You can register for and download the Service Pack updates at http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio . (The Connect site is a bit finnicky. If you get stuck, see below.*) The usual caveats about...
27 Sep 2006
Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources
Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning. This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don't always know about. I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article. 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums...
25 Sep 2006
Dave and Rob's Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)
Dave and Rob ’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions? The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts. Broken out...
20 Sep 2006
MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 19 Sept 2006
Special Section: ASP.NET 2.0 [ASP.NET] [Windows Forms and Smart Clients] Dundas Map for .NET Released Dundas Software has officially launched Dundas Map for .NET - available for ASP.NET with AJAX support and Windows Forms. [ASP.NET] September ASP.NET Support...
19 Sep 2006
Fun with Texture Transfers
One of the image processing technologies that Andrew Blake (of Microsoft Research) showed us during his Computer Science and Illusion presentation was image quilting , where bits of a texture are stitched together into a large, cohesive image. A cool application of image quilting is texture transfer...
19 Sep 2006
Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals - CTP available for download
Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals is a suite of tools designed to help database professionals take control of change, automate database testing, and improve collaboration and communication. The data dudes at The Register had some nice things to say about it today. The Community...
25 Aug 2006
New Atlas Control Toolkit release on CodePlex
Have you seen CodePlex ? It's like "Team Foundation Server in the Sky." I would love to have an online TFS database service like that for all my development projects. CodePlex is home to some very interesting shared source development projects, including the "Atlas" Control Toolkit . There was a new...
28 Jun 2006
Webcast: Martin Woodward on Team Foundation Server : Follow-up
The Webcast Series continued (Thursday) afternoon with Team Foundation Server expert Martin Woodward -- Martin Woodward: Source Control with Team Foundation Server June 22nd, 3:00pm-4:30pm GMT Session description: In this session, Martin explains version control using Microsoft Visual Studio Team...
21 Jun 2006
Webcast Series: Atlas (20 Jun), Team Foundation Server (22 Jun), Windows Presentation Foundation (27 Jun), VB.NET 2005 (4 Jul)
There's a series of four afternoon webcasts coming up about new developer technologies, and you're very welcome to attend. 20 Jun: Irish MVP Kieran Lynam on ASP.NET Atlas , 22 Jun: TFS expert Martin Woodward on Team Foundation Server , 27 Jun: Avalon junkie Rob ("Me") Burke on the Windows...
19 Jun 2006
Vista Beta 2, WinFX Beta 2, Office 2007 Beta 2 (updated 9 June)
If you've been waiting (with beta'd breath) for the ideal moment to start exploring the upcoming Microsoft developer technologies, that moment has arrived. Yesterday saw the release of three different Beta 2s: WinFX Beta 2, Vista Beta 2, and Office 2007 Beta 2. Here's what you need to know to get started...
24 May 2006
F# - a functional programming language, in more ways than one
[Another in my continuing series on the innovative Microsoft Research projects I had a chance to check out in Cambridge...] I had the good fortune of meeting Don Syme at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, who introduced me to his brainchild, F# (which is pronouced "F Sharp," and that's Don on the left...
11 May 2006
Windows Presentation Foundation at the INDC: Resources for learning Avalon
I presented about the Windows Presentation Foundation at yesterday's INDC usergroup event in Dublin. First of all, congratulations to the many communities of Ireland and Northern Ireland who joined forces to host their most ambitious developer conference to date. I had a great time, and the consensus...
5 May 2006
Ireland .Net Developers Conference - 3rd and 4th of May - Tentative Agenda
Next week, on the 3rd and 4th of May, four of our technical communities - the ICS , INDA , IrishDev , and NIMTUG - are joining forces to host their largest .NET developer conference ever at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin. If you're a developer, a project manager, a technical architect or a company director...
24 Apr 2006
MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 13 Apr 06
Web Resources [Default] April MSDN Magazine Get a handle on your code by preventing deadlocks, getting better profiling, and lots more. [Web Development] [Microsoft Office Solutions] Create Your Own SharePoint Site Definitions...
13 Apr 2006
Changing perceptions about VB.NET from a C# junkie;
I must confess, gentle reader, that while I've always insisted that the language-agnostic world of .NET welcomes all comers with open arms, in my heart of hearts I have sometimes been a closet C# snob. I come from the angly-bracketed realm of Java and C++, and to me, C# just looks... natural; Over...
12 Apr 2006
MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 31 Mar 06
Web Resources [.NET Framework] GotDotNet CodeGallery Share, find, download and discuss evolving .NET applications, ideas, and documents from other developers and Microsoft employees. [Default] IDC Collaborative Survey on Open...
31 Mar 2006
ASP.NET 2: DetailsView Control containing a DropDownList in Edit Mode, bound to a DataSource
About a year ago I wrote up an explanation for how to change the Edit Mode for one of the fields in ASP.NET 2.0 GridView so that it would contain a DropDownList rather than a TextBox. That way, for something like a State or County column, you could limit entries to only acceptable values. I got asked...
9 Mar 2006
Some Developer Highlights from around the island this week
The Web Developer Competition, now well and truly launched, has caught the attention of bloggers including Darrell McCrone , Brian Delahunty , Damien Mulley , Kieran Lynam , and John Brennan ! It’s a sweet deal: build a website using the free Visual Web Developer Express , host it, and you’re in with...
8 Mar 2006
Give me my free Express Edition stuff!
When you register any of the Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions , you get all kinds of free stuff: 250 royalty-free stock photography images Free Windows Icons Third-party components from Microsoft partners Free eBooks including "Build a Web Site Now!" But where do you get the free...
7 Mar 2006
Build an ASP.NET Website, Win an Xbox 360!
To my readers who are residents of Ireland or Northern Ireland: Are you developing ASP.NET web sites using the free Visual Web Developer Express Edition? Want to win an Xbox 360 ? Or maybe a high-spec laptop? Stay tuned for lots more on this... but for now, get coding, get hosted, and win free...
2 Mar 2006
ScottGu summary: ASP.NET 2.0 Membership, Roles, Authentication and Security Resources
Here's a tremendous compendium of ASP.NET 2.0 info and resources linked from ScottGu's blog, inspired by the resources he most frequently links to when answering questions on forums.asp.net . Here are some of the headlines: Getting Started with ASP.NET 2.0 Membership, Roles and Forms Authentication...
24 Feb 2006
UCD Visual Studio 2005 Launch - Slides and Links
I gave a presentation yesterday to a packed room of students and faculty of the Univeristy College Dublin School of Computer Science and Informatics. I love speaking with student audiences - they ask the most insightful questions, don't pull punches, and (in Ireland anyway) typically come from non-.NET...
22 Feb 2006
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