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Guys at Microsoft finally lose it ... MSDN & C9 Guy Video
Finally some Devs over at Microsoft have lost it! Enjoy.

Posted On Monday, November 28, 2005 10:19 AM

Had enough of FUD!
I’m sick to the back teeth! I could scream! I could pull my hair out in great big clumps! I’m working on a large project currently that has meant watching more than a few presentations from large software vendors and it has to be said many of which have focused on the negative by casting fear, uncertainty and doubt over other vendors. This practice is as old as the hills and therefore is easy to spot and just puts me off listening to another word from a vendor’s representative. ......

Posted On Sunday, November 27, 2005 4:46 PM

I'm blown away again ... Neon breathes new life into IBM Mainframes to make it the ultimate services engine!
Two days running! I’m blown away again! Today it was the turn of Neon and their product called Shadow RTE and how they have simply cracked the problem of getting the IBM mainframe to become a full partner in the Service Orientated world. The scary bit being that not many mainframe guys are going to do much complaining with this technology and it may work well enough that you may even rethink your plans to migrate away from the wee blue beastie!!! Put very simply Shadow RTE is a range of tools ......

Posted On Thursday, November 24, 2005 5:54 PM

Blown away by Brand Apollo's mobile solution!
Every once in a while you find something that is just amazing and you sit back and think whow! I’ve kind of adopted the position of mobility guru at my place so I get to meet all the people coming into our organisation to sell us stuff, which is actually more a pain in the neck most of the time and not that many free lunches, in fact precious few especially as our company has a policy to not except gifts over the value of £1. Anyway, today it was Brand Communications turn and there product ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 23, 2005 5:52 PM

Entertaining Development Standards?
Whilst on the development subjects today, have a read of this! Yep, it's a set of practical development standards that, I've found, agreeable and often entertaining to read, perhaps the best way to get information like this across by not treating us as all as stupid and being a light-hearted along the way a nice way to digest it all and perhaps I'll remember most of it. Hmmm, perhaps this is the point ......

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 11:46 AM

Java from a C# developers Point Of View
This is an entertaining account of a C# fan boys first encounters with Java. It pretty much does demonstrate why there aren't many developers going in that direction and what Java has to do to get it's house in order. I personally loved Java until Microsoft caught up and took over, specially now VB.Net has got it's cool back with VS2005 ......

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 11:37 AM

What is SSE?
SSE or Simple Shared Extensions extends RSS flows to being bi-directional. (Not to be confused with Scottish and Southern Energy) What this means is you will be able to share your data with anyone no matter the device or OS easily. Massive potiential. Is this an alternative to Web Services? Well not really as web service and SSE are actually going to be in different leagues and don't entirely overlap, for example SSE is not design to have authentication, whilst Web Services with WS-Security is going ......

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 8:13 AM

Exchange goes 64bit only
The lovely Eileen reported recently that Exchange is going exclusively 64bit, the article can be found here. I have to say I'm not completely surprised that this trend has started and lets be honest, it's not a bad thing as it's mini-waves like this in the industry that keeps us all gainfully employed. Hmm, hence perhaps why Dell, HP and Intel were launch partners at the recent VS2005, SQL Server 2005 & Biztalk 2006 event ......

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 6:18 AM

IBM's new Architecture pages
IBM have followed Microsoft's lead and created a section dedicated to Architecture on their DeveloperWorks site which can be found here. The resources has a lot of content already but it all seems to be around the architectural subjects that IBM want to push such as SOA and model driven development, instead of a broader range of content aimed at all the disciplines that Architecture covers but I'm sure this will grow with time. Anyway, if you are an Architect it is certainly worth signing up to the ......

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 5:57 AM

Developer Day 2 Geek Dinner ... the Drunken Podcast.
Well, what can I say ... other than it's here Thanks to Sarah and Barry for hosting and letting me have soooo much fun in doing it. So have I listen to it yet? Actually no, I've kind-of decided that I really don't want too. The best part for me was having the opportunity to meet everyone and have a good time with them, having a laugh and some fun, and for that I am honestly gratefull. Take care all, I'm looking forward to meeting you all again soon. P.S. I also have some news on the podcasting front ......

Posted On Sunday, November 6, 2005 9:23 AM

Microsoft is a Live!
I’ve had a busy week on the road, well until the gear-box on my car broke! Anyway, it gives me a chance to catch my breath and post about a few things that have caught my eye recently. Microsoft has gone all abit Live! Press announcement here. In brief, what was announced is that some new and existing product and services will align themselves under the Windows Live, Office Live or Xbox Live banner. For example MSN Messenger will become Windows Live Messenger with the next version. MSN will ......

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 11:59 AM

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