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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ireland Podcast: Modernising your VB6 code with NewCode

    (I'm hoping to invite (fairly regularly) ISVs/Partners/Customers in Ireland/Northern Ireland to come talk about the development of their products and applications. If you'd like to participate in the future please contact me .) In this podcast (or mp3-on-a-share as I'm told I should be calling it...
  • Blog Post: WPF DataGrid and Ribbon now available!

    Some great WPF resources/previews were made available after the PDC keynote: · WPF Toolkit including V1 of DataGrid, V1 of DatePicker/Calendar, & preview of VisualStateManager (VSM): http://www.codeplex.com/wpf (The WPF Toolkit is a collection of WPF features and components that are being made available...
  • Blog Post: What .NET download do you need? Personalised results :-)

    Here's your personalised result courtesy of smallestdotnet by Scott Hanselman: Quite clever!
  • Blog Post: What a difference a month makes...

    Between TechReady in Seattle (an internal technical conference, think of it as Tech Ed for Microsoft folks) followed by holidays I've been out of the office for the last month, during which there has been many interesting happenings, including SQL Server 2008 RTM (Aug 6th) - you can download an eval...
  • Blog Post: Protect your .NET code with SLPS

    Want to protect your .NET code from reverse engineering? Obfuscation is better than nothing, but it doesn't go far enough. Encryption ? Well the encrypted MSIL has to be decrypted before the CLR can handle it, meaning there's an opportunity for a hacker to obtain the key. Code splitting , where...
  • Blog Post: Video - DeCare Systems Ireland talk about testing Java and .NET with VS 2008 Test Edition

    Peter Buckley, Test Team Lead with DeCare Systems Ireland was one of our local VS 2008 launch heroes . Watch the video below to hear Peter talk about how his team use VS 2008 Test Edition to test both Java and .NET web applications within DeCare. If you'd like read more about check out the following...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 news from Barcelona

    Great to be in Barcelona this week for Tech Ed 2007, which kicked off today with the announcement that VS 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 will be released by the end of this month. Did you know that for the last 9 months or so Dev Div have been using msbuild 2008 to build 2008 :-)? A real chicken and...
  • Blog Post: Want to see the .NET Framework source code? It's being released!

    Microsoft today announced that coinciding with the final release of Visual Studio 2008 we will release much of the source code to the .NET Framework Libraries under the Microsoft Reference License ( http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sharedsource/licensingbasics/referencelicense.mspx ) This means that...
  • Blog Post: Calling all ISVs in Ireland and Northern Ireland - ISV Page for Resources / Training / FAQs etc.

    There is such a role in Microsoft as "ISV Developer Evangelist", and while that's not my official title a large portion of my job is focused on working with ISVs to make the best use of Microsoft technologies and to some extent to help them navigate both Microsoft the organisation and enormous product...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Labs (you play, we clean up)

    Yesterday I wrote about why I tend to use VPCs at the moment for demos. In a similar vein, Microsoft Virtual Labs provides you with an online virtual environment to try out technologies such as WPF/WCF/WF , Team System or even Expression . You get a downloadable manual and 90 minutes to work through...
  • Blog Post: Live Search Images - Great UI!

    In my last post I blogged about Tafiti , a Silverlight interface to Live Search. Meanwhile, "traditional" Live Search has a particularly nice UI IMHO. For an example, follow this link: Leonardo DaVinci . The experience is really nice, you can zoom-in/out on the thumbnails, drag images of interest to...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti - a new search experience with Silverlight and Live Search

    Earlier Today Microsoft launched Tafiti (which means do "do research" in Swahili) which shows how Web applications such as search can be brought to the next level using Silverlight. Tafiti is essentially a Silverlight interface to Live Search and helps people search the Web by helping them visualize...
  • Blog Post: Open Source at Microsoft

    Microsoft has announced a new Open Source At Microsoft site to put the spotlight on its strategy for the Open Source development methodology. The aim is that it serves as a gateway for info about open source engagements and activities across Microsoft, so if you want to find out Microsoft's perpective...
  • Blog Post: Take 5 - 5 time-saving features in VS 2008

    Ok, in no particular order, here are 5 features in VS 2008 which are going to save me some time: Extender Wizard This is convenient for use with the AJAX Control Toolkit: to add an extender to a given control, just click the to show the popup menu below: Then choose the extender you want...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET with IronPython, Silverlight DLR Console Prototype

    Technorati Tags: .NET , Microsoft , Developer , DLR , Dynamic Language Runtime , IronRuby , IronPython , Silverlight , ASP.NET Futures If you download the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha and look closely at the contents of C:\Program Files\Microsoft Silverlight you'll see a number interesting assemblies, IronPython...
  • Blog Post: DB Pro Power Tools - including T-SQL Analysis, dependency viewing and more refactoring options

    In a previous post I covered Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals. As of 11th August 2007 you can download DB Pro Power Tools from here . Some of these are really handy, e.g. Static Code Analysis - like an FxCop for T-SQL, and wildcard expansion which will convert e.g. SELECT * into...
  • Blog Post: Hosted TFS

    A company called Readify have come up with a hosted solution for Team Foundation Server (is this Sourcecode-as-a-Service? Sorry, lame joke). I think this was a logical space for someone to move into given Team Foundation Server's abilities, web service interfaces etc. and one thing I really like about...
  • Blog Post: Final TFS 2008 Feature List

    Brian Harry has posted what he believes to be the final feature list for TFS 2008. A few interesting ones: Support for Windows Server 2008 Support for SQL Server 2008 Support for HTTPS communication to the TFS server Simpler installation :-) - Incidentally, some of stuff on the list...
  • Blog Post: "Team Development with Team Foundation Server" Guide Released

    Previously I highlighted the beta 1 of this guide, well now the final version has been released and is available for download at http://www.codeplex.com/TFSGuide In addition to the Parts I-VIII in the beta it also includes a section on Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server, highlighting the upcoming...
  • Blog Post: Team Edition for Database Professionals Walkthrough

    Team Edition for Database Professionals (or DB Pro for short) has two main goals: Manage changes to the DB Mitigate the risk of making those changes To achieve #1, DB Pro extends the same ALM capabilities to database professionals that software developers have enjoyed for years, fully integrating...
  • Blog Post: Wire in your design with VS Team System and WF

    I've produced my fair share of class diagrams, sequence diagrams, collaboration diagrams and package and deployment diagrams; at times I've gone down the route of round-trip engineering, generating skeleton code from a full design and and round-tripping it back into the design tool to reflect changes...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Streaming

    One of the things I'm playing around with at the moment is Silverlight Streaming which gives you free streaming and application hosting for up to 4GB, allowing high-bandwidth distribution of your content. For example, you can use Expression Media to transcode a video to a Silverlight compliant format...
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