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Barloworld, Books and Battlefield 2
It’s been a little quiet on the blog of late for good reason. At work this product has been keeping me busy. Unfortunately because of corporate communication policy I cannot tell you how or where we are using it. Some of you in the Enterprise space may have heard of Barloworld, for those of you who haven't it's the market leader in the inventory management space and will soon be migrating from Delphi to a full .Net product, which isn't common knowledge. Barloworld have a strong open-source ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 29, 2005 10:09 PM

Disaster Recovery is Dead!
David Caddick has written a very powerful article on the concept that Disaster Recovery is Dead! Being an Enterprise Architect the whole idea of DR is foremost in ones mind when designing system so what David is purposes is more than a little intriguing. After reading David’s very clear article I understand that the point of ‘failing over’ from one site to another does actually sound archaic. Anyway, I enjoyed it so I won’t steal any more of Dave’s thunder … go ......

Posted On Monday, June 20, 2005 9:20 PM

Microsoft Architect Forum - June 16th - Connect Systems
Over the next few days I will be posting a series of my notes as I finish typing them up on some of the day’s sessions at the Microsoft Architect Forum in London, Mayfair. I will not be covering every session in detail as there just was so much, I found it hard to take it all in, being mortal and all. Anyway down to business ... The first session of the Architect Forum was Connected Systems Strategy by Anthony Saxby, Practice Manager and CTO at Microsoft, a man I have had the pleasure of meeting ......

Posted On Friday, June 17, 2005 11:02 PM

Query Regarding Creating Team System Work-Items? Answers so far ...
So, some of you may know I posted my previous post up on Channel 9 and the guys didn’t let me down. Bob Tabor (of Learn Visual Studio.net fame) came up with the most comprehensive set of answers and before coffee, impressive Bob, not a mere mortal then? So here is the list so far, 1) Team Explorer window - Add Work Item context menu 2) Team menu item - Add Work Item 3) As someone else identified, through Excel and Project (actually, its not that burdensome, IMHO) These are options on the Team ......

Posted On Friday, June 17, 2005 7:55 PM

Query Regarding Creating Team System Work-Items?
Work-item is the basic items of work in Team System and their creation is usually done via Team Explorer IDE, as yet I haven’t discovered away to do it via the project portal. It would also seem I’m not the only person with this issue! Now I don’t really want to start having to create my own method via the API if I can help it, but if thats the way it is then tough bananas. In my organisations it’s not only Team Leaders and Architects that will create work-items potentially ......

Posted On Friday, June 17, 2005 10:53 AM

Is Agile Programming a Stepping Stone to Software Factories?
This is the question posed by Damen Carr. His initial post is here. In this post I would like to respond to this question. Agile development in my view is not prescriptive and many organisations have embraced their own style to fit with their culture which has been an evolving process that is in itself improving with every project as more is learnt. For instance many organisations find some Agile Development techniques such as pair development contentious and therefore are not adopted, whilst many ......

Posted On Sunday, June 12, 2005 5:45 PM

Downtime: Star Wars: A Musical Tribute

One word ... Awesome!

http://www.bloggerheads.com/archives/2005/06/a_letter_to_geo.asp

My favourite bit is the guitar solo.

The best flash movie I have seen in a long time. Nice one Tim Ireland!

Posted On Sunday, June 12, 2005 4:50 PM

Downtime: Half Life 2 Domino Rally
I found this post on Graeme's site. Classic ! In the spirit of Rube Goldberg comes some technical wizardry and hilarity in the form of this impressive domino routine carefully choreographed within Half Life 2's physics engine! Fair dues to the designer, to Valve and to Havok ......

Posted On Sunday, June 12, 2005 3:55 PM

Geeks With Blogs Newest Happy Camper
Dave Caddick only started blogging recently has moved to us here at GWB. URL: http://www.geekswithblogs.n... RSS: http://www.geekswithblogs.n... As Dave would say … Sensational ......

Posted On Sunday, June 12, 2005 2:11 PM

Microsoft E Learning Courses
Thanks to Ian for the original post on Channel 9. Training is very important and these free courses from Microsoft are a God send. The one that has really caught my eye is, Course 2925: Building Managed Code for SQL Server 2005 and Creating SOA Apps with Visual Studio 2005. Now I’m wading my way through it as we speak! Now being a free course you don’t expect them to be all that good, well this one is and before you ask the question, yes I would pay for it if it wasn’t free. These ......

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2005 10:33 PM

Sarah needs your help.
Sarah has stepped in at the last minute to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation by doing the London to Brighton bike ride which takes place on the 19th June and you can do your bit by sponsoring her please. More details can be found HERE on her blog ......

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2005 10:13 PM

June 16th - Architect Forum: Connected System
The next big event in my tech calendar is the quarterly UK Architect Forum. This time the event will be held at the Cavendish Conference Centre. You may be too late to register, but here is the link. My organisation is no different from any other large organisation in having integration issues. So I am fighting for us to take the first tentative steps into SOA so of course I am more than a little intrigued by one of the main topics and I quote. “How to do SOA SOA has been around for a while ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 9:00 PM

London Geek Dinner Précis
I very much enjoyed last night. Hugh MacLoed was a wonderful host. 190 Poindexters filled the Texas Embassy in the end. Loads of other fellow attending Geeks have written great reviews, recorded podcasts, taken pictures and even a video which you can all be found HERE. On a personal note I would just like to say a special Thank you to everyone I met last night. On a lighter note, it was a right laugh! Ian has been rubbishing my good name all day on Channel 9 Fore-shame on all those who didn’t ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 10:37 PM

Introducing Visual Studio 2005 Team System Modelling Strategy
So who’s totally happy with the way software is designed right now? Not many I bet. UML IMHO is just a tool-kit, nothing more. It’s a tool-kit that currently doesn’t get close enough to allow the developer to code from it. Developers are creative and boy do they need to be with the amount of questions they have to answer, no wonder they get cheesed off with Architects and Analyst! Aren’t they supposed to answer all theses darns questions before it gets to the developer? Yes ......

Posted On Sunday, June 5, 2005 11:05 PM

Looking forward to the London Geek Dinner
I’m very much looking forward to Tuesdays Geek Dinner in London. This event promises to be quite an affair with the guest of honour being the bravura Robert Scoble the Blog President. Robert, I really hope that you and Maryam have a lovely stay in London. If I was to advise you to do one thing in London it would be to walk the South Bank of the Thames. Now that would be a great set of C9 Videos! I have been utterly fascinated recently reading many of the blogs of the people that are attending. ......

Posted On Sunday, June 5, 2005 12:23 AM

Welcome to ‘Geeks with Blogs’ Sarah!
Sarah Blow has moved her blog ‘A world of technology in the wireless age’ here to Geeks With Blogs. Sarah is much respected and has already an established following here in the UK’s Microsoft mobile community. Sarah is push the envelope of what the technology can achieve and has been at the forefront of .Net since the first BETA. She is very much the pioneer. Her decision to join GWB was based on the ability to create without restriction, so it is with a considerable amount of anticipation ......

Posted On Saturday, June 4, 2005 9:44 PM

Citrix & Mobility Expert, Dave Caddick, is now Blogging
Now this is a real treat! Dave Caddick a well renown UK Citrix & Mobility expert has now started his own blog. In many cases it's all to often said but 'what he doesn't know isn't worth knowing' is very true in this instance. Annoying it's not here at Geeks as he does indeed have the cred to be with us, but never mind. As for the 'Wallaby Fan' bit? Well he's an Aussie so I won't even ask. Dave's style is unique, his blog is literally his notes raw and unabridged, so there is a real wealth of ......

Posted On Thursday, June 2, 2005 9:46 PM

Installing the next generation. Part 2
After discovering that “Error 32000: xxxxxx” is basically a general catch-all error and can literally mean a multitude of different things I decided to blow away the VMWARE server and start again and re-install a la text book. No work ‘a-rounds’, second guessing, short cuts, just following the installation guide to the letter and guess what! It installed this time without a hitch! So what is my prognosis? If you get an “Error 32000: xxxx blah” message you haven’t ......

Posted On Thursday, June 2, 2005 6:01 PM

Microsoft announces new open XML Office File Formats
Nice one Microsoft! This is Great! My mind is working overdrive on the possibilities. The first thing that comes to mind is, do this right and information trapped in Excel putting business at risk could be an issue that is a long way to getting solved. So here are the links to find out more, Channel 9Robert ScobleBrian Jones Good old Channel 9 is the place to ask questions ......

Posted On Thursday, June 2, 2005 12:42 PM

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