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  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: Community Feedback

    <a href="https://saraallison.wufoo.com/forms/q7p3r7/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>
  • Blog Post: Poll: TechDays Online 2013–Suggest Topics, Speakers & Content

    TechDays Online is returning for 2013 and we want you to get involved in the process of choosing the topics, speakers and content so that you get the most out of your time with us. Last year we ran TechDays Online as a 2 day event and focused only on Server and Cloud technologies but this year we are...
  • Blog Post: Event: Visual Studio User Group Event with Shanku Niyogi

    If you're a .NET developer (or just interested in finding out more about developing Microsoft applications), come along to the Visual Studio 2012 launch event in Reading! This event includes a presentation by Shanku Niyogi from Microsoft. Shanku leads the team responsible for testing Microsoft’s developer...
  • Blog Post: User Groups: LIDNUG: 49,000 Strong and Growing

    As a .NET programmer who strives every day to further my technical and social skills, I attend user groups. Your typical user group is sold to the community which it supports as an excellent resource for learning and interacting with like-minded individuals. In my experiences, few actually deliver on...
  • Blog Post: Community Content: DeveloperFusions

    DeveloperFusions is a great place to find new content and great list of UK community events. Head over there and take a look at some of these recent articles. Continuous Integration Using NuGet And TeamCity by Xavier Decoster Xavier Decoster demonstrates how to incorporate the creation and reuse of NuGet...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Four ways to making a tech event work for you

    Martin works for Microsoft where evangelises HTML5 and the web. He’s been a developer since the late 90s and loves figuring out problems and experimenting with code. I go to a lot of tech events. Some would say too many. In fact, it’s probably around 25 or so conference a year and a user group meeting...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll: Community Questionnaire

    View the results here.
  • Blog Post: Community: AvePoint DocAve Online Community:

    AvePoint’s community portal is an online resource where you can read their latest blog posts, watch new product videos, participate in vibrant discussion forums, learn SharePoint best practices, and more. You’ll also receive exclusive access to the AvePoint Knowledge Base for all of your technical and...
  • Blog Post: Event: Upcoming SQL Server Events

    SQL Server FAQ have just dropped over the events that they have planned all the way up to Christmas! Here’s a quick run down of what’s coming up! Get your diaries out and register early to avoid disappointment. Wed, 8 Aug - SOUTHAMPTON - Evening Meeting - Chris Testa-O'Neill & Alex...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Camp in a Box

    If you’ve recently attended one of our Windows 8 Events or Windows 8 Camps (London, Edinburgh, Manchester, London again, Birmingham etc etc) then you may have asked us about how you can get hold of the materials. You’ll be pleased to hear that the official ...read more
  • Blog Post: Act quickly to get your Windows Phone app showcased

    The Appvertise campaign from Windows Phone and Nokia is a great opportunity to have your Windows Phone app showcased in current campaigns including banner ads, Marketplace, PR and press outreach. Each month a limited number of apps will be selected for ...read more
  • Blog Post: New Phones, New Markets

    Hot off the press from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the news that Windows Phone will be rolling out across another 23 markets and the engineering team have done the work to optimise Windows Phone OS to run on lower-cost hardware. This means devices ...read more
  • Blog Post: More Windows Phone Events (UK)

    We have another couple of free Windows Phone events coming up – one in London and one in Bristol. London is on Saturday 4th Feb (I’ll be there) Bristol is on Saturday 11th Feb (my fellow evangelist Andrew Spooner will be there) For full details see the ...read more
  • Blog Post: The AdControl Requires Certain Capabilities

    In my post last week I talked about the Advertising SDK and using the AdControl in our applications as a means of generating revenue. I should have mentioned something that could catch you out – the AdControl requires certain capabilities to be defined ...read more
  • Blog Post: You know the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone works in the UK right?

    If only I had a pound for every time I’ve been asked when Microsoft’s in-app advertising would be available in the UK. The Microsoft Advertising SDK was only available in the US for the initial Windows Phone launch. With the release of Mango however, ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone eBook 1st Edition Published

    “It was with a sense of trepidation that I blogged a request for people who might like to help create a Windows Phone eBook back in February 2011. Despite my initial scepticism, there was an overwhelming response; both from people interested in the idea ...read more
  • Blog Post: Plug for our Windows Phone Online Conference

    Just a quick plug for our upcoming online conference (Wednesday 5th October) which is themed “Design from a User Perspective”. More details on the UK MSDN blog here ....( read more ) ...read more
  • Blog Post: Free GUI Isolated Storage Explorer Tool

    Those fabulous (and generous) guys over at Appa Mundi have created a free GUI version of the isolated storage explorer tool that ships with the Windows SDK 7.1 RC . If you’re a command-line person you’ll feel right at home with the tool that ships in ...read more
  • Blog Post: 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 ...read more
  • Blog Post: Scott leaves 4guysfromrolla

    I just heard that Scott Mitchell will no longer be writing for 4guysfromrolla.com . It’s a sad day, I remember being introduced to .net by Scott's Articles in 2000. 4guysfromrolla took developers on a Journey from ASP to ASP.net, I’d go as far to say that if it wasn’t for Scott I wouldn’t be a .net developer...
  • Blog Post: Writing about Windows Phone 7 Development

    If you follow me over at my own personal soapbox you’ll know I had a crazy idea to try and pull together a bunch of people to create an eBook about Windows Phone 7 development (I’ve a particular desire to create a Kindle-compatible version so if anyone has any experience of this, please get in touch...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash feature article– An Insiders Guide to Learning

    When I was first shown around the Microsoft campus Learning Centre I stood, mouth ajar, in awe at the number of technical books on display and remarked "What an amazing resource!" My tour guide promptly corrected me, saying "The best resource in that library isn't a book, it’s David Stewart"...
  • Blog Post: PDC10 round up – a guest post by Andrew Sinclair

    I'd originally incorrectly pegged this post to Mike Ormond - apologies to Andrew and Mike. Perhaps I'm still suffering from post-PDC10 tiredness... This week’s MSDN Flash features a PDC10 round up by Andrew Sinclair – a valiant effort given Andrew wasn’t there in person but took...
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