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Don't bet the farm on AJAX if you don't have to.
The post is a cautionary tail of the latest episode of common sense versus cool. AJAX is a great technology that allows webpages to have much richer content. Google Maps was the turning point for this technology as it brought the technology to the attention of the Technorati that has enjoyed a superficial level of hype ever since because it is encompassed as the lynch-pin of Web 2.0. The key part of AJAX is Javascript which is a language that all mainstream browsers, no matter what operating system, ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 9:50 PM

Introducing Biztalk.Net Services, far reaching implications on SOA?
I have been watching the channel 9 video on Biztalk.Net Services. I have to say I’m pretty excited about this project and the reason why will become apparent later on in this post. BizTalk.NET Services ( http://labs.biztalk.net ) is an experimental project (it’s at CTP currently) that extends WCF and is all about generic, secure connectivity. It’s a free download so fill your boots! The project has come about from the result of customer feedback where many have asked “how do I notify client applications ......

Posted On Friday, June 22, 2007 4:00 PM

Does choice and variety come when you don't use the big search engines?
This past week I have been using ASK.COM instead of Google and Live. Pretty well after a few days I realised that there isn't actually all that much between theses search engines, after performing rudimentary comparisons on searches they all pretty much come up with comparable results sets. I'm no expert in search algorithms but then who is? What's the point when you find what you're looking for using any of them? Ok so my intention with this post was to bore you senseless with examples but then ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 20, 2007 6:47 PM

Ee bi gum! Tell Microsoft about your local dialect
I know I'm writing this on a tool that doesn't have a British English dictionary (this will come very soon) but Microsoft in partnership with the British Library are very keen to improve this and want to create a series of online dictionaries for Office 2007 that reflect our colourful and diverse local dialects. So who are they asking to help them? Why us! The British. It's our change to contribute. So if you have any suggestions then send you contributions to them via the Local Dialect site ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2007 10:00 PM

TechEd 2007: SQL Server 2008 codename Katmai
One of the announcements that came out of this years TechEd which I'm particularly excited about is the announcement of the next version of SQL Server. SQL Server 2008 improvements are based on 4 pillars. 1) Mission Critical Using the new Database Mirroring feature to seamlessly increase the reliability of applications. Simplifies the recovery of applications from storage failures along with providing the ability to add system resources like CPU and memory without affecting applications. 2) Not Just ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2007 8:25 PM

Jaw Dropping SeaDragon & PhotoSynth demo from this years TED

The great thing about working in IT is that something comes along once in a while that is truly amazing and this demo of SeaDragon & PhotoSynth by Blaise Aguera y Arcas at this years TED is one of them. Forget iPhones and whatever this is awesome! I'm blown away!

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/129

The potential is making my head hurt! Kudos Microsoft!

Posted On Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:35 PM

Apple’s Safari Browser for Windows is in the wild!
Yesterday, Steve Job as part of his keynote at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) announced a version of the Apple Safari Browser for Windows. Job’s was honest and admitted that 4.9% of the market is currently Safari and he would like to increase that amount. So it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the Mac has a larger share of the PC market than 4.9% so many Mac users must be using something other than Safari and to hazard a guess I bet it’s Firefox. So I see the release of the ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 12, 2007 3:35 PM

ASK.COM -ing questions about Search Engines.
Let us not beat around the bush, Google is the default search engine for much of the Internet, I need look no further my blogs site visitor statistics for evidence of that! 46% of my visitors come via search engines and 93% of those come via Google. So thank you Google for sending me nearly half of my readers! Ok so Google is popular but I'm not married to Google, I don't own shares, so my loyalty only comes from Google being good at it's job and helping me find relevant sites after entering my search ......

Posted On Sunday, June 10, 2007 11:41 AM

Channel 8 rumor mill
Hot in the heals of Fridays beta release of Channel 9 version 4 are rumors that there will be a new MSDN channel 9 style forum called Channel 8 but this site will perhaps be aimed more specifically at students. Students do not particular get a rough ride on Channel 9 as many make a great contribution but it can't be all that cool for students to hang-out with a bunch of old techies like us, perhaps the reason for the site? Attracting more students in an effort to support them better, why not! After ......

Posted On Sunday, June 10, 2007 3:44 AM

Channel 9 Version 4 Beta is Live!
Check out the future of Channel 9! Nice one chaps, it's looking great! http://beta.channel9.msdn.com/ I will tell you more about it once I've had more of a play, but for now get suck in ......

Posted On Friday, June 8, 2007 2:41 PM

The HTC Touch P3450 (Elf) is serious competition for the Apple iPhone
I like the idea of the Apple iPhone, I think that anything that pushes innovation in this market space is great. However the HTC Touch P3450 (Elf) is serious competition for the iPhone mainly because of the interface. This video from BBC demonstrates the HTC Touch's user interface. You can order the device today if you wish. Sadly the iPhone is not yet available to purchase in the UK yet but there is massive interest. Of course the device is a Smartphone running Windows Mobile 6 which means connecting ......

Posted On Thursday, June 7, 2007 5:04 PM

Scottish DDD Day? Why not!
DDD is held in Reading and it is a great event but it does have a capacity and is sadly oversubscribed. One possible answer is to have regional DDD's this way more developers have more of an opportunity to experience the delights of DDD. I'm all in favor of this and more than happy to show my support as I can see this as a great way for Microsoft UK development community action to continue to grow. Join the debate here on fellow Geekswithblogs member David Chistiansen and here on Channel 9 ......

Posted On Thursday, June 7, 2007 2:08 PM

ZapThink: SCA and JBI bring nothing to the SOA table
This is pretty shocking and I will let the introduction on the article speak for itself. "Despite being positioned by vendors at standards for service-oriented architecture, Service Component Architecture (SCA) and Java Business Integration (JBI) will have little or nothing to add to SOA development, argues Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst with ZapThink LLC. In this Q&A, he explains the ZapThink view that SCA and JBI are mostly about vendor politics and hype and can pretty much be ignored by architects ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 3:38 PM

How We Built Britain seen through Photosynth
Now I'm a bit of a history buff so I'm very much excited by this piece of news! In November I posted about Photosynth which is a fantastic technology that maps photographs together onto a three dimensional frame to effectively cover the frame. This allows you the to view the frame from different perspectives and see the different photographs in position and context. Microsoft Live Labs and Auntie Beeb are collaborating to reproduce representations of a few of the UK's interesting historical sites ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 3:03 PM

Silverlight Group Manager speaking at Bracknell VBUG!

Microsoft's Tim Sneath the group manager for Silverlight and WPF technical evangelism team based in Redmond will be doing a presentation on Silverlight on Wednesday 13th June at Bracknell VBUG.

Venue: Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 9SE

Times: 18:30 - 21:00 (19:00 start)

Not a session to miss!

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2007 12:19 PM

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