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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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    Beautiful markup with Composite C1 CMS

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    Content Management Systems work when they are able to take ugly mark-up that users cut and paste from word documents and make it look perfect, work on any device and solve ever changing business needs. Composite C1 is a free open source CMS that helps...
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    Free Apps for Windows Phone 7 on Orange

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    Do you have a Windows Phone 7 on Orange? If so, you will be glad to hear they a giving every Windows Phone customers a free app every day during July. To download the free app, navigate to “Orange Selects” within the Marketplace on your phone. The app...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    July’s MSDN magazine is out now

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    This month’s MSDN magazine, themed Web Platform is now available online . July’s top stories include: SharePoint Development: Build Workflow Solutions for SharePoint Online Windows PowerShell with WPF: Secrets to Building a WPF Application in Windows...
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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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    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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    MSDN library: building a Windows Phone 7 app from start to finish

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    Newly published in the MSDN library, this documentation and accompanying sample application will get you started building a complete application that targets Windows Phone OS 7.0. You will learn about common developer issues in the context of a simple...
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    Umbraco in 4 minutes

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    Just saw this little episode on MSDN Bytes where they interview Paul Sterling (A member of the Umbraco core Team) . If you have never used Umbraco this 4 minute video is a great introduction explaining what you can do with it.
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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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    ReSharper 6 Released

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    Regular visitors of the blog will know I’m a ReSharper fan boy. I find it a real time saver. Yesterday the JetBrains team released Version 6 and it has a few new features, you can check it out here : Rich support for JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and ASP.NET...
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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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    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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    Check out ScottGu’s latest link list

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    As you may know, Scott Guthrie is a VP in Microsoft developer world. If you haven’t yet seen Scott’s blog , head on over now to read the latest in his series of link lists , pulling together the latest and greatest Microsoft developer news. Well-read...
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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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    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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    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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    Get Ready for Mango, New SDK, New OS Image

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    If you hadn’t already heard the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2 is now available for download and if you have an App Hub account you can apply to be part of a new programme that will give you ability to upgrade your device to the new 7.1 version of the OS...
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    MSDN Flash Poll–What is you favourite podcast?

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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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