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    Finding Your App Purchase History

    I’d never given this any thought until I had to do a hard reset on my HTC Trophy just before we made available Beta 2 of the Mango OS . Of course I lost my apps. I found myself scratching my head trying to remember all the apps I had installed. Of course...
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    The Visual Studio 2010 Async CTP (and refresh)

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    I’ve been going to Microsoft’s Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC) for over a decade now and one thing that I’ve learnt over that time is; 1. The Anders Heijlsberg talk is the talk that everyone wants to see 2. The...
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    Windows Phone Mango Feature Videos

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    Nice idea this one – ask the people who created specific Mango features to talk about them. Each video is very short – perhaps a couple of minutes – but gives you a succinct overview of features such as: Email: Conversations Email: Linked Inbox People...
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    The Reactive Extensions (Rx) for .NET

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    The Reactive Extensions (Rx) library shipped its first release just a couple of weeks ago and so I thought I’d put together a quick, introductory post on it. Rx is a library that helps with event-based and asynchronous programming by providing...
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    Windows Phone “Mango” Is Done

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    Or, more correctly, it has been release to manufacturing (RTM’d) – ie the development team have signed off the final build and that build is now in the hands of handset manufacturers and mobile operators. The final build number is 7720 (those of you running...
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    Introduction to Selenium WebDriver

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    This week’s Technical Article comes from Simon Stewart who works for Google as a Senior Software Engineer in Test. He's heavily involved in browser automation and Web UI testing so I asked him to give an introduction to one of the projects he's been working...
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    MSDN Flash Poll: How do you test your websites

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    How do you test your websites?
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    LightSwitch Launch

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    Last night LightSwitch was released with a 90 day free trial . The full application will go on sale from the 28th of July and will be available from resellers on the 1st of August. LightSwitch is the easiest way to build Business Applications on the Microsoft...
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    Summer Holiday Developer Resources

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    I was chatting to my wife, who is a reception school teacher, over a box of “Number 1 Teacher” chocolates about what we used to get up to during the summer holidays. Amongst many fond memory's of karate, swimming, biking and drinking cider in the park...
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    The history of cloud computing

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    I was answering some questions about “the cloud” with some customers yesterday and realised, unless you are inside this technology, there are a load of phrases that all contain the word “cloud” but what do they mean? What’s a cloud platform provider as...
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    Flash Poll Podcast results

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    Last week in the UK MSDN Flash Newsletter I asked you to tell us your favourite podcast. The results can be found here and our winner with over 26% of the vote was Hanselminutes . Scott Hanselman’s other Podcast “ This Developers Life ” also got a few...
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    Watching Mono

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    You might have missed it in amongst all the “phone hacking” coverage but there’s been quite a lot of news around the Mono project over the past few weeks and I’ve seen a few announcements go by and thought it would be worth capturing some of that in a...
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    Windows Phone App Hub Enhancements

    [This post was cross-posted from the UK MSDN Team Blog ] If you’re a Windows Phone developer, the scheduled App Hub outage last Monday probably piqued your interest, along with a number of new features you may have noticed that started to roll out during...
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    Windows Phone App Hub Enhancements

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    If you’re a Windows Phone developer, the scheduled App Hub outage last Monday probably piqued your interest, along with a number of new features you may have noticed that started to roll out during the week. Sworn to secrecy here at MSDN UK towers...
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    Windows Phone App Submission and Languages

    You’ll have noticed we’ve made some improvements to App Hub recently. And if, like me, you’ve tried to submit an app to Marketplace since 18th July you may have encountered an error relating to supported languages. My first attempt at submitting a new...
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    The week that was on the UK MSDN blog: 18-22 July

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    Another week, another news round-up. What a great week it’s been on the blog, with Planky and Beeby (as we affectionately call them) taking the floor. You can expect to hear more from them and the other UK evangelists from now on as we turn the blog into...
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    Can love clean up the streets?

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    LoveCleanStreets is an application for UK citizens that aims to completely close that feedback loop and keep the users informed about what is happening – both the good news and the bad and it does it in a very public way. The local authority runs the...
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    Over 1 billion PAC-MAN Dots Eaten by HTML5 users

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    When we released the worlds biggest PAC-MAN during the MIX Keynote we knew it was going to be popular, but I don’t think anyone at Microsoft (with maybe the exception of Michael Kordahi ) really expected it to be as popular as it has been. Users of the...
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    What’s all this MapReduce malarkey about then?

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    I made a post the other day pointing people at Project Daytona , Microsoft Research’s iterative MapReduce. I thought I’d make a quick post about what MapReduce actually is in the first place. I guess the big name that everybody automatically associates...
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    Iterative MapReduce on Windows Azure

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    Microsoft has developed an iterative MapReduce runtime for Windows Azure, code-named Daytona. Project Daytona is designed to support a wide class of data analytics and machine-learning algorithms. It can scale to hundreds of server cores for analysis...
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    Introducing your new look MSDN website

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    Exciting times, folks – overnight the MSDN website has metamorphosed and adopted an altogether better looking design. You’ll also notice there are now two homepage tabs: Platforms and Tasks. Hit the Tasks tab to learn about, test and get stuck into coding...
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    The week that was on the UK MSDN blog: 11-15 July

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    On the edge of your seat waiting for your weekly round-up of UK MSDN blog news? Well, your wait is over. Take a look at this week’s goings on. Have a great weekend. Your fortnightly MSDN newsletter is out now MSDN webcast: Cloud Power event series 1/5...
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    Windows Phone Status Bar Symbols – What on Earth?

    Having been berated on Twitter this morning for failing to be intimately familiar with the symbols on my status bar (specifically I didn’t recognise the vibrate mode symbol), I thought I’d clear things up by publishing my understanding of what they mean...
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    Your fortnightly MSDN newsletter is out now

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    This fortnight’s MSDN newsletter winged its way to subscriber inboxes this week – was yours among them? If not, sign up to get Martin Beeby’s editor’s note, a host of news, updates and technical guidance, and a good long list of events taking place in...
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    Orange Selects, Free Apps and Mango

    If you have a Windows Phone and you’re on Orange, you’ll hopefully have heard that they’re celebrating the launch of the “Orange Selects” Marketplace with a free app every day for the whole of July. Today for example, you could enjoy Birdsong , the excellent...
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