• Tim Sneath

    TechEd Europe T-3 Days

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    I'm heading down to Amsterdam tomorrow to check out the venue and put the last finishing touches to the keynote. As the technical content owner for the event, I'll be blogging throughout the week with details of any session changes, top scoring sessions...
  • Tim Sneath

    TechEd Europe T-7 Days!

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    Just seven days to go before the start of TechEd Europe! The session voting is now complete : over 1100 of you took the time to pre-select which sessions you were likely to attend. Nobody is tied to the choices they made, of course, but this information...
  • Tim Sneath

    Strewth, He's Mad as a Cut Snake!

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    According to today's Independent , an Australian man yesterday became the world's oldest skydiver, beating the record previously set by a 94 year old Norwegian. Frank Moody, aged 101 years old , accepted a drunken dare from his mates and jumped in tandem...
  • Tim Sneath

    FotoVision: New End-to-End .NET Smart Client Sample Application

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    FotoVision has released to the web (thanks to Ed Kaim for drawing this to my attention). This is a fantastic new smart client application suite developed by Vertigo Software (some of the brightest developers I know, who were also responsible for the original...
  • Tim Sneath

    TechEd Europe Session Database

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    In respond to popular demand from attendees who want to plan their schedule in advance, I've taken an extract of the current session database as an Excel spreadsheet . Hope this helps you make the most of TechEd Europe!
  • Tim Sneath

    TechEd Europe T-14 Days!

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    Just a fortnight to go now until TechEd Europe. The schedule is now completed, the attendee website goes live this afternoon, and session voting has started. A quick explanation of session voting: when you log in to the attendee website for the first...
  • Tim Sneath

    Friday Fun - What Happens When Kids Misbehave...

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    Selling Son's Beloved PlayStation 2 as a Punishment! Xbox owners are better behaved, of course... :-)
  • Tim Sneath

    Do You Run a Microsoft-Orientated Community Site?

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    If so, we're keen to hear from you ...
  • Tim Sneath

    .NET Blogging in the UK

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    It's six months since I started to compile a list of .NET developers in the UK who blog. As a microcosm of the overall expansion of blogging, it's been an interesting experiment. The original list had just 17 names on it. As of today, I've recorded a...
  • Tim Sneath

    Free Vector-based Illustration Tool from Microsoft

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    It's nigh-on impossible to keep track of all the varied products and announcements from Microsoft even as an employee, let alone as a customer! It took someone external (thanks Damir !) to alert me to Microsoft Expression , a vector-based illustration...
  • Tim Sneath

    TechEd Europe T-21 Days!

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    TechEd Europe commences in three weeks from today! As of this morning, we've finally finished locking down the sessions and speakers , which is a major milestone in the planning process. We've taken some of the feedback from TechEd US on board and made...
  • Tim Sneath

    Announcing a New Font - Innate

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    Mike Gunderloy always comes up with the goods when it comes to cool new software. Yesterday he pointed to the winners of the Tablet PC development contest that PC Magazine has been running since last year's PDC. The well-deserved winner (in my opinion...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Media Player 10 Tech Beta Available

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    The technical beta for Windows Media Player 10 has just released to microsoft.com . As indicated in this article from news.com, some of the most significant features will only become clear once new digital media players become available, but there's some...
  • Tim Sneath

    DAT318: SQL Server 2005 CLR Integration

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    I've already blogged about this topic in some depth ( 1 2 3 4 ), so I've highlighted a few notes of interest from Ramachandran and Makesh's session: Restricting the CLR Not all of the Base Class Libraries in the .NET Framework are available in the...
  • Tim Sneath

    DEV410: Inside the ASP.NET Runtime

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    Michele Leroux Bustamente presented an insightful guide to the extensible capabilities of the ASP.NET architecture. IIS and ASP.NET Configuration HTTP requests in IIS arrive at the appropriate extension: aspnet_isapi.dll or asp.dll . ASP.NET requests...
  • Tim Sneath

    DAT329: SQL Server 2005 Web Services

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    SQL Server 2005 contains a completely rearchitected web services layer. Rather than relying on IIS to provide the web protocol stack, Yukon merely uses HTTP.SYS (the new kernel mode driver in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Service Pack 2). This means...
  • Tim Sneath

    DEV200: Visual Studio Team System

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    Visual Studio is moving from a developer -focused to a development -focused environment. Visual Studio Team System is an extensible life-cycle tools platform that helps software teams collaborate to reduce the complexity of delivering solutions. The three...
  • Tim Sneath

    BPR247: OneNote 2003

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    Tips for OneNote Create separate work and personal folders and store everything else below that level Can create custom note flags and then search easily for them; for example, to store items for follow-up with your line manager or (for academic...
  • Tim Sneath

    DEV310: Top 10 Tricks for a Killer ASP.NET Web Application

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    1. Creating an n-Tier Design Firstly, create a data layer as a class library that encapsulates your SQL. This layer will typically return DataSets or DataReaders , or indeed your own object that implements IListSource or another bindable interface. If...
  • Tim Sneath

    CTS200: Service Orientation and the Developer

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    Don Box and Doug Purdy kicked off the Connected Systems track with a typically off-the wall, outspoken thesis of development. Although this session was nominally described as a technology overview, it would better have been described as a philosophy,...
  • Tim Sneath

    Steve McConnell on Advancements in Software Construction

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    Steve McConnell is the author of Code Complete , one of the classic software engineering titles that should be on the bookshelf of any professional developer. I first read this book when I started out in software development, and rediscovered it again...
  • Tim Sneath

    Mobile Devices Must Attend Session @ TechEd Europe

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    There are some really cool new capabilities for smart device development in Visual Studio 2005. This is one area of Whidbey that I've barely touched up until now, but I've just been wowed by the breadth and range of improvements. For example: Skins...
  • Tim Sneath

    A Brief Introduction to ClickOnce

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    ClickOnce (a new runtime feature in Whidbey) is designed to solve many of the traditional problems associated with the deployment and maintenance of a .NET client application. It takes away much of the traditional pain of generating installer files and...
  • Tim Sneath

    InfoPath 2003 SP1 Samples and Articles

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    I'm currently sitting next to Roger Jennings, who's the author of the forthcoming Microsoft Press book Introducing Microsoft InfoPath . Roger tells me that this is the only book on the market that includes the significant changes in the programming model...
  • Tim Sneath

    Looking for a Room Share at TechEd Europe?

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    I've been pondering about the perpetual problem of cost for attendees for TechEd Europe - I've heard from a number of people directly or indirectly that they'd love to go to the conference, but in the current economic climate for contractors etc. etc...
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