Sean McBreen's WebLog

Structured (and more likely) unstructured thoughts on software development and the New Zealand software market.

February, 2005

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    Demo: Visual Studio Web Developer

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    Once again about 15 minutes to do a demo. ASP .NET 2.0 is such a great product that showing it off is a real pleasure, if the audience is seeing it for the first time it just blows them away. I’m going to cover… Got rid of all those extra files We just...
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    Demo: SQL Server Reporting Services – If you work with SQL you need to use this.

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    So many people don’t seam to be aware of the great [ SQL Server Reporting Services] functionality that we released last year as an add-on for SQL Server 2000. I guess when you basically give a product away people have trouble realizing how good it can...
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    Artificial Eyes on the way - 2010

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    I'm not a big one for just linking to articles but over on the Register there is an interesting article on the creation of Artificial Eyes by 2010. This is one of the things cover off in Ray's book and it looks like some progress is being made here.
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    Demo: Visual Studio 2005 IDE

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    So given that I had about 15 minutes I tried to touch on a number of areas. Point I wanted to make was that we have made a wide set of changes designed to make life easier… Fast IDE loading The IDE loads much, much quicker which in itself is nice. Improved...
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    Object Relational Mapping Tools for .NET

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    With ObjectSpaces being delayed I still get many customers asking about where to get ORM tools for .NET. Well I sent this link to a customer yesterday as it has a wide variety of them listed. http://sharptoolbox.com/Pages/Category74089b0a-1105-4389...
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    NZ MapPoint WebService – goes LIVE

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    New Zealand is now included in the MapPoint WebService – with 100% map coverage. More on the MapPoint web-service another time. Another download worth looking at is the NZ ‘Bliss’ desktop background for windows XP J
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    Virtual PC – get it, it rocks!

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    I simply could not even start to get ready for the demo’s on Monday without the help of Virtual PC (and if I keep bogging I won’t get them done in any case J ). What is Virtual PC: it allows you to run up another instance of a PC on your desktop in a...
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    Can I make the products work?

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    On Monday I’m doing a set of presentations (across two hours) to a customer on several of our products. Specifically: Visual Studio 2005 IDE Visual Studio Team system ASP .NET 2.0 SQL Server Reporting Services Mobile development in VS2005 BizTalk 2004...
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    Hey Sean where’d you go?

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    It’s been a busy past few weeks. I was in Australia at the start of the week for a Microsoft ANZ managers meeting and the next few weeks also look pretty busy… I’m still here – I’ve not intentionally stopped posting ;)
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    Starting with .NET: What about beginners – Starting off

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    If you like to learn though looking on-line at web-sites then I would suggest these as a few great initial resources. http://www.asp.net/Tutorials/quickstart.aspx contains hundreds of small code samples (that are documented) that show off how to use parts...
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    Just starting out with .NET – ‘What about beginners’

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    A customer sent me this mail recently: Hey Sean It's great getting the MSDN Flash every couple of weeks, but it'd be even better if there were more content aimed at beginner level people - us who are still just getting started in the industry. I've been...
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    Want to be work at Microsoft NZ’s – I’m hiring

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    I though I might follow my Australian college’s lead and advertise here in my blog… Within the Microsoft NZ Developer and Platform Strategy team we have a couple of vacancies. I’ll start with the role of Developer Advisor (Evangelist) . Do you have a...
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    Strengthening our Security Story – Edge and Gateway Antivirus

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    We are serious about improving security for our customers – first with the acquisition of Giant an antispyware product and now Microsoft has acquired Sybari Software. Sybari is a leading provider of enterprise-class edge and gateway antivirus security...
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    The Age of Spiritual Machines

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    I’ve just finished reading the bulk of Ray Kurzwell’s book and it’s been pretty interesting. The book focuses on the cultural effects of computers as Morres Law accelerates into 2009, 2019, 2029 and finally into 2099. Ray shows huge passion in describing...
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    Software that’s Free… And helps you learn

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    I've been asked recently about where to find some good sample apps. Their are a whole host of great applications that you can use in a hosted environment or just to learn about .NET – For instance: Some great examples are: www.asp.net/starterkits/ end...
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    Our next major NZ Technical Event – Save the dates

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    We are in the final stages of planning our next NZ technical event covering content for Architect, Developers, IT Professionals and Independent Software Vendors. I’ll publish the agenda when it’s set but the dates to save are: Christchurch – Thursday...
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    So what was it that the Developer and Platform Strategy team did again?

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    Simply put the team is interested in three core things: Helping customers to adopt our technology Building evidence to support the benefits available form our tools Driving up the satisfaction of the Developer and IT Professional audience When I say Developers...
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    MSDN Flash

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    I've just finished the MSDN Flash that will be sent out to (4,500+) developers in NZ today. Covered in this edition of the flash: Patterns & Practices, MSN Search, Imagince Cup, User Group Update and NZ Events Update. Do you subscribe? If not you...
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    Who am I/what do I do?

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    I work for Microsoft New Zealand as the Developer and Platform Evangelism lead. I also have a cross Tasman role charged with assisting Independent Software Vendors in lining up with our technical strategy. What does that really mean? – I’ll leave that...
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    The first post...

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    Well I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a blog for some time now. A couple of people in my team have them ( PaulA , UlrichR ) and I though it was time I got my act together.
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