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About Ronan Geraghty's Weblog

Ronan is a member of the Developer and Platform Group in Microsoft Ireland, and has been working with Microsoft technologies since the initial release of Windows for Workgroups back in the early 90's. Since then he has worked for a number of ISVs in areas as diverse as COM/CORBA interoperability, Mobile Web Portals and most recently enhanced television (including a BAFTA-nominated deployment) and interactive advertising. Within the Developer and Platform Group, Ronan works with ISVs and Enterprises in Ireland/Northern Ireland with a particular focus on the Application Platform which spans clients, servers and devices, and particularly enjoys learning about the innovative ways technology is being employed by customers and partners.

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If you work for an ISV or enterprise in Ireland/Northern Ireland and are interested in how Microsoft can help you then please feel free to contact me.

I'm particularly interested in hearing from people who are interested in adopting Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008.

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    The CD is 25 years old today!

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    On August 17, 1982, Philips manufactured the world's first compact disc, so it's 25 today . For those of you who think the world was in black and white back then too, here's some trivia to educate you ;-) The CD was jointly developed by Philips...
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    Open Source at Microsoft

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    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...
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    Visual Studio Team System Case Studies

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    Just a link post really, but there are lots of VSTS case studies available at http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/search.aspx?ProTaxID=2671 . That link will return you the full list, but you can try Microsoft Case Studies to filter based on Microsoft...
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    Take 5 - 5 time-saving features in VS 2008

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    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...
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    ASP.NET with IronPython, Silverlight DLR Console Prototype

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    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...
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    DB Pro Power Tools - including T-SQL Analysis, dependency viewing and more refactoring options

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    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...
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    IDE Showdown, primary vs. secondary features, commercial vs. open source

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    I spent about 5 years working in Java, where I used NetBeans, followed by IntelliJ and ended up with Eclipse (after a job change), so I was interested to read a recent article on TheServerSide.COM about an event run by the Cologne JUG where evangelists...
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    Hosted TFS

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    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...
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    Final TFS 2008 Feature List

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    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...
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    "Team Development with Team Foundation Server" Guide Released

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    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...
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    How Live Search / Virtual Earth got us to the party on time!

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    So a few weeks ago I and most of the rest of the (Irish) Developer and Platform Group were in Orlando for a conference. We had an event to go to one evening after dinner so the five of us loaded into a cab...only to realise the exact address was umm so...
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    Team Edition for Database Professionals Walkthrough

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    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...
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    VSTS Webcast Series

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    Check out Adam Gallant's weblog for a list of upcoming Team System webcasts starting on August 7th...It's a pretty comprehensive list, some really interesting topics which I'll definitely be checking out. Here's a summary, check out Adam's post for more...
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    5 reasons to check out Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

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    Its all about Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Quite an old video :-), but the gist is about right - this release is all about improving developer productivity, so even if you don't want to target the .NET framework 3.5 you can still take...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

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    You can download VS 2008 beta 2 and the .NET framework 3.5 beta 2 from here (you can also grab VS 2008 TFS beta 2 and the MSDN Library for VS 2008) VPCs are available if you want to evaluate on a virtual machine, which is convenient (biiiggggg though...
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    Wire in your design with VS Team System and WF

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    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...
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    5 Features I'm glad to see in Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server

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    Apart from CI support which I wrote about in a previous post there's a whole bunch of new features in TFS which are noteworthy, such as SQL named-instance support (so multiple TFS instances can share a SQL server), simplified installation, support for...
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    Silverlight Streaming

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    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...
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    TFS Migration / Integration / Extensibility

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    In my experience, people tend to like TFS when they see it and a typical next question is "How can I start using it with my existing systems?" Unless you're starting from scratch, what this typically boils down to is a question of once-off migration...
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    Continuous Integration with Visual Studio 2008 (“Orcas”) Team Foundation Server

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    I first started using Continuous Integration (CI) in 2002 when my then company started eXtreme Programming – I found it great and subsequently introduced it at every opportunity using combinations of CruiseControl / scheduled tasks and so on. When...
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    VSTO - Visual Studio Tools for Office

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    I went to the VSTO: Roadmap to the Future talk by Mike Hernandez last night organised by the MTUG in Dublin. VSTO will be in the box with Orcas (as opposed to being a separate download as has previously been the case), so in Orcas if e.g. you go to File...
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    Photosynth

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    I took a look at Photosynth today from Microsoft Live Labs. It constructs 3-D models of objects like buildings from hundreds of still photographs. It's impressive : you can view a scene from nearly any angle and zoom in on the smallest detail. The fly...
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    Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Guide - Beta 1

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    My f irst post on this blog! Hope that cross posting to http://blogs.msdn.com/ireland works :-) Take a look at the Team Development with Visual Studio Team Foundation Guide which is now available for download. If you're already using or just looking...
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