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“Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others” – Brandon Mull – Fablehaven” Read my latest blog on looking at others mistakes and then turning them into lessons for your team. In particular what can be learnt from the recent NuGet outage? Read more at the Solidsoft web site ......

Yesterday Microsoft announced the shipping of the second update to Visual Studio 2012. For more information go to Solidsoft web site ......

If you are in trouble or come across trouble forget dialling 999 dial 112 not only does it give you the power of 999 but it allows your mobile to find and use any net work to make the connection. That’s correct any network not just the one you are subscribed to. Furthermore it does this for free in the majority of the countries in the world. for more ......

Solidsoft in conjunction with Microsoft has run a couple of of Azure workshops. Both were very well received and will be repeated in the future. Michael Royster of Microsoft commented: Over the last two weeks we have run two very successful Azure workshops covering both PaaS and IaaS. A huge thank you must go to Solidsoft for continuing to support the ......

Last week Solidsoft announced the date and content of their next Cloud Seminar: Enterprise applications in the cloud with Windows Azure event Technologists from Microsoft and Solidsoft will share their real world experiences and future vision on the following topics; Extending your business applications from earth to the cloud: demonstrates the capability ......

Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework team has just released the new Sample Browser for Windows 8. It’s available for download in the Windows Store now! Go and get it and get access to over 5000 pieces of sample code. You can search code samples; learn code samples and share code samples from the app. Lots more information on this can be found at the ......

Introduction I recently came across a free series of eBooks published by Syncfusion covering a number of Microsoft Technical topics. These are concise technical books of between 50 and a 100 pages written by talented experts. As they say in the forward: ‘original content guaranteed to get you up and running in about the time it takes to drink a few ......

Introduction I recently came across a free series of eBooks published by Syncfusion covering a number of Microsoft Technical topics. These are concise technical books of between 50 and a 100 pages written by talented experts. As they say in the forward: ‘original content guaranteed to get you up and running in about the time it takes to drink a few ......

Let's Design for Accessibility When Solidsoft was engaged on the Tell Us Once project for the UK government one of the many key requirements was to meet all the accessibility requirements. At the time this was a bureaucratic edict couched in values expressed in research from pre-2006. Yet another tick box or accreditation for us to meet. What transpired ......

Lets Design for Accessibility When Solidsoft was engaged on the Tell Us Once project for the UK government one of the many key requirements was to meet all the accessibility requirements. At the time this was a bureaucratic edict couched in values expressed in research from pre-2006. Yet another tick box or accreditation for us to meet. What transpired ......

A lot of noise around cloud and in particularly Microsoft Windows Azure is the ability to scale up or down at will. This is a very important aspect of the whole cloud story but it is also something that must be treated with respect. Customers have been asking why Microsoft didn’t provide and automatic scaling feature and reason why not gives us an insight ......

A CTO experience of the Windows Azure cloud platform from Solidsoft ......

One of the great joys of my job is seeing how innovative our development team can be, how innovative Microsoft are being and how innovative the world of technology is being. Now I must ‘nail my colours to the flag pole’ when I define what innovation is to me: Innovation is the development of solutions that meet new needs, inarticulate needs, or customer ......

For more years than I can remember we have talked about ensuring re-use of code from projects. We’ve achieved some but not with an overhead and a lot of re-work.Typically developers have pulled in code they’ve used before to ‘speed up’ development. And usually they have made changes to the code to ‘make it work’ for4 a particular project or fix bugs ......

9th of February will be the start of the ‘Brave New World’ for Microsoft punctuated by the launch of Surface Pro and the re-launch of Windows 8. After the launch of the disappointing Surface RT we now have the ‘real deal’ or rather the first in the line of the real deals. My own disappointment with Surface RT was the inability to use or the lack of ......

Yesterday, Microsoft launched modern.IE, a new set of tools and resources to help developers test their sites for the over 50% of users who run various versions of Internet Explorer. modern.IE includes a wizard that scans a Web page URL for common interoperability problems and suggests some ideas for how to address those issues to improve the user experience ......

At long last we have the Office 365 we deserve or do we? The concept of Office as a service is exciting and means for the average user both business and consumer access at a sensible price to the full office suite, web apps, skype and sky drive. With Office 365 Home Premium we have 5 installs for the home user including Office for Mac! But with Google ......

One of the joys of my working life is the variety and contrasting nature of each day. This is in part due to the very nature of working at Solidsoft and of course with the cutting edge technology I work with. This week has been a diverse mixture of Microsoft Azure solutions and Microsoft BizTalk based integration solutions. More interestingly I have ......

Cloud: Financial Challenge In the new world of cloud computing operations mangers and CFO’s are waking up to a new set of challenges. Having committed to cloud computing and allowed innovation to flourish they are finding the draw backs. The variable cost of cloud usage and more importantly the value achieved with that usage! To explain let’s consider ......

For a number of years at Solidsoft there has been the in house joke around the existence of the ‘Psychic Adapter’ for use in BizTalk projects and more recently Azure (Cloud) based application integration projects. The theory goes that if all else fails when integrating with a new system that has no clear API or means of connecting to it the Psychic ......

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