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  • Blog Post: Invasion of the Robots!

    By Matt Duffin. In July’s issue of the newsletter, we introduced you to the Invasion of the Robots Contest and its British counterpart, Team Britbot . These competitions invite you to create a conversational robot, or ‘bot’, that can be used with MSN ® Messenger and Windows ® Live ™ Messenger to be...
  • Blog Post: [Article(".NET Attributes")]

    There have been many articles on Attributes, so rather than go through the rigmarole of re-hashing a subject I have will give a quick introduction. After that I have knocked up a quick demo which will hopefully get you moving in the right direction! At the end is a list of useful resources. What are...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to the CLR

    The CLR The Common Language Runtime (CLR) coupled with the Common Type system (CTS) provides the basis for numerous languages to work on the .NET Framework. But what is the CLR? It is an environment that compiles and runs executable code similarities to the Java Runtime. The CLR Performs its compilation...
  • Blog Post: UK Imagine Cup Boy Discovered!

    Ever heard of Jo Hemmerlein? Neither had we, until the other day he dropped the UK academic team a hello. Quote from Jo’s e-mail: “… obviously someone came up with the idea to give the Imagine Cup UK a face ( http://www.microsoft.com/uk/academia/imaginecup/2006/default.mspx )... so I couldn't resist...
  • Blog Post: Have I got news for you!

    Imagine Cup UK Finals 06, first hand review and results! Arriving at St. Anne’s Manor, after what can only be described as the most tedious taxi journey of my life, I was looking forward to meet the teams who would be fighting it out to be this years UK Imagine Cup Finalists. Fame, fortune, X-Box...
  • Blog Post: A Fibonacci Solution in Monad!

    Little did I know, but one of my compatriots cracked my mini-challenge to re-implement the fib. sequence in MSH using recurssion! If you are interested, jump over to his blog and check out the solution : Warning: Solution!
  • Blog Post: The results are in!

    Just dropping a quick reminder to anyone who entered the 'Win a X-Box 360' student newsletter competittion, ( it only took an e-mail to enter!) that the results are in. The results will be in the next studentzine which will be out sometime today (it's in the oven, getting hard baked). So make sure you...
  • Blog Post: Cider to help the XAML go down!

    An Introduction to XAML, Cider and all things WPF: by Andy Sithers Let me begin with a confession. I’m laughably untalented as an artist – I constantly struggle to out-draw my 6-year old, and my 3-year old’s appreciation of colour and form leaves me standing. In fact, so challenged am I that if you...
  • Blog Post: More, no less!?

    First question , does LS work?! I am happy to say the answer is yes as you can see from the screen shot (Fig 1.1) LS prints out the contents of the current directory in a nice neat way. Re-direction of text and piping work too, but with an added twist. Unlike BASH piping in MSH is down via objects and...
  • Blog Post: Monad and a bit of BASH

    Total Cost of Ownership, pretty GUI’s and of course the browser wars are always on the forefront of people’s minds when debating Microsoft. Unlike the usual debates the one thing for me which I miss from the Linux world, is the power and neatness of the command shell. From performing administration on...
  • Blog Post: More Hints, Tips & Info for Imagine Cup

    Hello, Hope things are going well! :-) Here is some more important information for you around the Software Design Challenge - let us know if you have any questions at uksdc06@microsoft.com Many of you will be already thinking about what you need to do if you are deemed a UK Top 10 Finalist ... If so...
  • Blog Post: Things you should know about C# 2.0

    When developing an application there are often many ways to tackle a problem. The below link is a great introduction to a few concepts that any good C# developer should learn. Not only will they improve your productivity but they will also influence the quality, readability and logic of your code. ...
  • Blog Post: Get your electric beaters out!

    MIX 06 is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the rise of Web 2.0.0.1, AJAX, Atlas with a competition. Turn the oven onto pre-heat; and I will get you clued-up. What is MIX 06? The web is evolving and new versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox just around the corner there is a lot of new...
  • Blog Post: Leading the search for the next Bill Gates!

    Demonstrating what can be achieved with .NET and its use in large enterprise systems or as a platform for new technology start-ups is something that can be done with whitepapers, evidence, demonstrations, testing but what isn’t always shown is how much innovation can be achieved in a short period of...
  • Blog Post: SHEEP INVADES Microsoft UK! & Win a 360

    It was a typical morning in Thames Valley Park, the UK Headquarters of Microsoft. Business men talked margins, developers talked Hex and all was peaceful. An overwhelming smell of fresh grass and drops of sunlight sprinkled the air. No one realized what would happen next… The following is a photographic...
  • Blog Post: Bug Hunt!

    Pedantic literary types love to dissect the simplest of English phrases and run amok with their often trivial corrections! So, what does the computer world have to rival the unfaltering persistence of these chaps? Bug finders! What takes more patience, and thought than pouring over line after line of...
  • Blog Post: Games Resources and all that jazz...

    Having played my X-Box 360 to death over Christmas (yes I finally got one!), and in the process forgetting all my coding skills, it was time to give the brain a bit of post-holiday clean out. What better way than to get the low-down on Direct-X programming?! The following are a bunch of useful resources...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: (DVDGone) PDC post conference DVD up for grabs...

    ...to the first UK reader to email in to ukacinfo@microsoft.com (please supply a postal address). I have a spare copy and the wealth of technology that is coming down the line I would like to spread the knowledge to any of the 5 readers of Mint Source :) Mark
  • Blog Post: Mint Source Competition - Win an Xbox 360

    It's competition time…. We need Mint Source Evidence ! We are looking for great examples of how Mint Source is making his mark around the country and need your help! To be in the running to win a cool new Xbox 360 pack with 2 games all you need to do is take a photograph of Mint Source to show...
  • Blog Post: Cryptic Christmas Cryptography

    Having had my presents list go missing numerous times, and invariably ending up with a bag of coal instead of an X-Box 360, it was high time for technology to get involved. After finding one or two Egyptian mummies and a sarcophagus I finally found a great article on cryptography in .NET. Paul Sheriff...
  • Blog Post: Robert Scoble, Texas Food and Geek Dinners

    A couple of months ago a couple of colleagues from work Steve Lamb and Eileen Brown suggest I accompany them to a geek dinner being held in London on the 10th of December. After a bit of cajoling and the offer of cheap food and a friend agreeing to go with me the scene was set! The months flew by and...
  • Blog Post: X-Mas code takes over!

    Like the kid who got one too many chocolate bars, MSDN’s coding4fun website has released a torrent of new articles specifically tailored for the holiday season! What better than to sit back in a rocking-chair typing away in Visual Studio? So what’s on offer!? First up is a bunch of cool programs in...
  • Blog Post: Nice Threads man!

    Andrew D. Birrel covers threading in C# with a very informative paper covering the core functionality of the System.Threading namespace. In the latter sections of the paper advanced features of the threading namespace are discussed. The paper is littered with good code examples and takes the reader from...
  • Blog Post: Multithreading with .NET Compact Framework 2.0

    An in-depth article, which covers the use of Multi-threading in the Compact framework. The article is written as a hands-on lab which the user can follow at their own pace. A lot of very useful information which is specific to .NET 2.0 and should have you up-to speed in no time at all. Link!
  • Blog Post: The Third Sense...

    Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell get the low-down from real world developers about their experiences in the industry on the premier .NET internet audio talk show. There is a large selection of pre-recorded shows for playing on-demand. The shows are light-hearted and actually really good fun to listen...
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