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Tell Us Once - Review
Tell Us Once (TUO) is the award-winning, cross-government programme that lets people inform central government and local authorities just once of a birth or death. By March 2012 it will be in service in over 95% of councils in England, Scotland and Wales. It has provided a permanent solution to the long-standing and frustrating issue of people having to notify the government multiple times. Several years ago, research showed that people had to make up to 44 contacts when reporting a death to government ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:55 PM

Visual Studio Extension: Web Essentials
To quote Scott Hanselman…. Visual Studio 2010 is really extensible and that's allowed many folks on the team to try out new features for Web Development without having to rebuild Visual Studio itself. One of those "playground" extensions is called "Web Essentials" by Mads Kristensen. Mads handles HTML5 and CSS3 tools for our team. You might remember Mads from when we released the Web Standards Update a few months back. Get it here: Scott Nanselman blog ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 8, 2011 10:50 AM

Twitter sets up new site

Twitter’s welsh head of development - Ebrill Ffola annouced today the setting up of a new project.

The idea is based on Twitter but restricted to humour only. “140 characters will give us some great one liners’ Ebrill announced in his launch speech. The site of course will be called Titter and users are expected to provide Titters. A spokesman for Ken Dodd has informed us that he has already signed up for the new service.

Posted On Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:05 PM

Tell Us Once
Sir David Varney headed a review into Transformational Government in 2006 . Among its recommendations was one particular one that had been driven by the amount of contact points a citizen had to make with government for a Change of Life event such as birth and death. It gave one example of where a citizen had to make 44 separate contacts to government departments following the premature death of her husband. At this emotional time, this kind of experience adds an unnecessary burden on the customer ......

Posted On Saturday, June 26, 2010 8:33 PM

Windows Server and Windows Azure come together in a new STB organization: the Server & Cloud Division
Microsoft is announcing today a new organization within the Server & Tools Business (STB) that combines the Windows Azure group with the Windows Server & Solutions group. This new organization is called the Server & Cloud Division. This is an exciting time for Windows Azure with the recent launch of the Windows Azure platform at Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC). The new organization presents a great opportunity for us to deliver more value to our customers and signifies ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 9, 2009 4:01 AM

Visual Studio 2010 & .Net Framework 4 Beta 2 now available
Visit the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta site to download the Beta, submit feedback, go to forums, and find more information about the Beta. This is for MSDN subs – the express versions will be available towards the end of the month. Versions are: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN – for team development Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Premium with MSDN - for developers building high quality, scalable apps Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional with MSDN – for ......

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 9:14 AM

Lets go develop on 64 bit!
Over the last few months I have made the move to 64 bit – Windows 7 RTM on my laptop and Windows 2008 standard server with hyper-v on my dev box. I’m also running 64 bit Office 2010 and a number of other 64 bit goodies. But it is in the area of development I’m really having ‘fun’. So first off it was time to setup a 64 bit dev image: Windows Server 2008 R2 Std (64 bit) SQL Server 2008 (64 bit) Visual Studio 2008 (32 bit only) BizTalk 2009 Developer Edition (64 bit) Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 (64 ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:19 PM

On “Oslo” at Douglas Purdy
Doug Purdy at Microsoft blogged this latest info on Oslo today…. I haven’t posted anything about “Oslo” since ~May. Before I mention what we have been up to, I want to give a little recap. Back in September of 2008 (previous to PDC 2008), I wrote a post titled, What is Oslo?. Beyond my typical hyperbole, this post remains a fairly accurate description of what “Oslo” is and how we describe it. That said, this description does not outline how the project developed prior or after PDC 2008. Back in September ......

Posted On Monday, August 17, 2009 3:14 AM

10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010 | 10 Things |
Host: Jody Gilbert, Senior Editor 10 things Career Collaboration IT management Network administration Programming and development Project management Security Shortcuts Support Tips Web design Contact 10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010 With the release of the Office 2010 Technical Preview, details are finally starting to roll in. Deb Shinder highlights some of the features she thinks might make the new version worth the upgrade 10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010 Technorati ......

Posted On Sunday, July 26, 2009 7:06 PM

MockingBird – What is it?
What is MockingBird? MockingBird is a tool-set for mocking web services. The core engine is essentially a configurable message interceptor that can act as a stand in for any web service. The two primary usage scenarios for MockingBird are Contract First development Isolation of build & dev servers from external dependencies MockingBird - Home Technorati Tags: MockingBird,tool,services,e... Windows Live Tags: MockingBird,tool,services,e... ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 21, 2009 1:43 AM

SDS Announcement!
Today there was a big announcement from SQL Data Services team: In today’s announcement it was stated that SQL Data Services: "will become the first relational database service in the market to provide customers with the ability to use existing investments in T-SQL development and use a full relational data model in the Cloud" More info here ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 10, 2009 5:18 AM

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Posted On Sunday, March 1, 2009 10:31 AM

Azure Blob, Table and Queue Round-Up
Spaceblock now supports Azure: Jim Nakashima (Cloudy in Seattle) reveals all. Deploying a Service Package from Cloud Storage: Jim again blogs about the the new features in the latest Azure Services Development Portal Easy messages in Windows Azure: Neil Kidd’s blog around adding functionality to queues in StorgeLib common code Passing Objects via the Azure Message Queue: Read more in Dominic Green’s blog… ......

Posted On Saturday, February 14, 2009 9:46 PM

Microsoft announces Zermatt!!
“Zermatt” is the codename of a .NET framework that helps developers build claims-aware applications to address challenging application security requirements using a simplified application access model. It is currently in beta, and the first final version is expected towards the end of this year. This framework consists of a comprehensive set of libraries that facilitate the use of "claims" in applications - in Microsoft's words: make them "claims-aware". This greatly simplifies the development of ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 22, 2008 10:59 PM

Review: SlickEdit
SlickEdit is one of the old school editors that has survived the wonder world of the new IDE. Version 13 has just been released and it continues to blur the boundaries between a simple text editor and a fullblown IDE. While there are no visual form designers and other such wizbang graphics, what you get is an editor that you can use for many development tasks, including building, running, and debugging complete applications. Ten versions down the road, and we now have almost too many features to ......

Posted On Friday, June 13, 2008 7:07 AM

Review: SlickEdit
SlickEdit is one of the old school editors that has survived the wonder world of the new IDE. Version 10 has just been released and it continues to blur the boundaries between a simple text editor and a fullblown IDE. While there are no visual form designers and other such wizbang graphics, what you get is an editor that you can use for many development tasks, including building, running, and debugging complete applications. Ten versions down the road, and we now have almost too many features to ......

Posted On Friday, June 13, 2008 6:42 AM

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions User Guide, Version 1.1
This is the User Guide, Samples and Walkthroughs for the tools for developing custom SharePoint applications with the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, version 1.1 (VSeWSS 1.1). The user guide has sections: Starting out in SharePoint Development Walkthrough of the VSeWSS User Interface including the WSP View The Team Site Project The Blank Site Project The List Definition Project The Web Part Project The Workflow Projects Project Item Templates Best Practices with ......

Posted On Sunday, June 1, 2008 9:57 PM

ASP.Net 3.5 news
Sourced from: The official Microsoft ASP.Net site New features are being added to ASP.NET and ADO.NET this year that increase the power of the .NET Framework 3.5. These enhancements target: Enabling high-productivity data scenarios by using the ADO.NET Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, ASP.NET MVC, and ASP.NET Dynamic Data. Supporting test-driven development by using a powerful and extensible ASP.NET MVC framework. Creating the best server for rich clients by using AJAX history support and ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 8:27 PM

Microsoft RFID goes mobile
Microsoft have announced that their RFID programme has now extended to mobile devices. From the Microsoft beta site the following information has been gleaned: Mobility and Standards Pack - Themes BizTalk RFID on Mobile Devices Support for key industry enablers Run on Handhelds, Forklift readers Better together with BizTalk RFID Server v1 Support for new readers with LLRP Tag Data Translation for richer EPC enabled applications Web Services for Devices for Discovery, Configuration, Initialization ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:44 AM

Microsoft Live Labs Volta
The Volta technology preview is a developer toolset that enables you to build multi-tier web applications by applying familiar techniques and patterns. First, design and build your application as a .NET client application, then assign the portions of the application to run on the server and the client tiers late in the development process. The compiler creates cross-browser JavaScript for the client tier, web services for the server tier, and communication, serialization, synchronization, security, ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 6, 2008 10:16 AM

You can when prizes for blogging - I did!!!
You can win equally twisted and "valuable" prizes by contributing your knowledge and experience to the development community. A new contest will begin each month.Yes, one of these prizes can be yours simply by contributing to the development community. You can also see how your fellow IT Professionals are doing in the current contest by checking the top point earners . I managed a prize in the Jan 2008 contest: ......

Posted On Thursday, January 31, 2008 10:13 PM

Fun BizTalk Job add...
Dear,Hope you are doing well: - We valuewing is looking out for some Biztalk professionals to be played in the cutting-edge technologies.Position1: Role: Analyst/Team Lead/PL/PM/ Sr.Technical Project Manager Exp: 4-15 yrs of exp in Biztalk Server application development Job Location: Chennai/Bangalore CTC: Open Skills specification: How long has BizTalk been around!!! Not 15 years me thinks ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 10:47 AM

BT Vision news
At CES in Las Vegas last week, UK incumbent telco, BT, and Microsoft announced a partnership that, starting in mid-2008, will allow BT broadband customers who also own Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming consoles to access BT's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, BT Vision, through the Xbox 360. Existing BT Vision customers, who currently access the service through a proprietary hybrid (DTT/IP) set-top box, will now have the option of also accessing it (minus Freeview DTT channels) through the Microsoft ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 8:50 AM

Software Development - The Pyramid Approach

What ever the latest software development methodology we investigate or decide is the new defacto approach when the big project kicks in and the chips are down because of the two mistresses of cost and time we always revert to the pyramid approach:

A basic architectural design used many times before, a million 'bricks' pilled on top of each other with no thought for structure and most importantly the use of as many 'slaves' as we can fit around it to succeed by brute force!

Posted On Monday, January 14, 2008 7:57 PM

Microsoft Business Process Alliance Grows
Just before Christmas it was annouced that both ILog and SOA Software had joined the Microsoft BPM Alliance. SOA software will provide SOA and BPM governance software and ILog adds Business rules management. Excerpt from SOA Software's press release: "SOA Software works with Microsoft products including BizTalk Server 2006 R2, .NET 3.0, Windows Workflow Foundation, SQL Server 2005, 2007 Office System, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, IIS, Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Active Directory ......

Posted On Saturday, January 5, 2008 1:00 PM

AJAX in Sharepoint: New Articles
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Software Development Kit provides overview information, installation instructions, and programming examples to introduce you to the way that Microsoft ASP.NET AJAX interacts with Web Parts. In This Section Overview: ASP.NET AJAX and Web Parts in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Installing ASP.NET AJAX Extensions in Windows SharePoint Services Walkthrough: Creating a Basic ASP.NET AJAX-enabled Web Part ......

Posted On Thursday, January 3, 2008 5:44 AM

'Orcas' for Christmas
At Teched 2007 in Barcelona, Spain S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division, announced that Visual Studio 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 will be released at the end of November. It's the first major update to Visual Studio, Microsoft's flagship integrated development environment (IDE), since 2005. Some of the key features in VS 2008 include: LINQ. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is the most-anticipated new feature of Microsoft's next IDE. LINQ will make access to databases ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 6, 2007 6:55 PM

Oslo - what will it mean to me?
As a long time BizTalk Architect/consultant and having been involved in a number of advisory discussions and technology sessions with the Connected Systems Division of Microsoft I've had a fair amount of time to decide what it all means.... In the recent announcements it will come as no surprise that the basis of Oslo is the next versions of existing products: Oslo is the code name for a set of technical investments that aim to significantly simplify designing, building, managing, and scaling service-oriented ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 7:56 PM

Here we go again....'Oslo' the next SOA platform from Microsoft
Today at the UK Microsoft's Architects Council we had the news on the announcement of Oslo the next generation of Microsoft's SOA platform. This of course was not news as the Council is acting as Technical advisors to the Connected System division but it was nice to know the new was out! Building on the technology available today, the “Oslo” advancements will be delivered through Microsoft server and tools products in five key areas: Server. Microsoft BizTalk Server “6” will continue to provide a ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 9:50 AM

Free Software - CoffeeCup Software

CoffeCup produce some great web development software including 'fee' software.  Have a look here: Free Software - CoffeeCup Software

Posted On Tuesday, October 2, 2007 9:56 PM

BizTalk 2006 R2 - What do you get!
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Editions SKUs Enterprise Standard Branch Developer Primary Scenario Designed for customers with enterprise-level requirements for high volume, reliability, and availability Designed for businesses with moderate volume and deployment scale requirements Specialty version of BizTalk Server designed for hub and spoke deployment scenarios including RFID Available for development and testing purposes, and BizTalk Server 2006 Evaluation Edition (EVAL) is for free evaluation ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 12, 2007 9:49 PM

BizTalk Alerts: 22/08/07
MS-HUG TechForum - BizTalk Accelerator for HL7By RRuggeri Straight from the horse's mouth, Stuart Landrum, Program Manager for the BizTalk Accelerators gave an overview of the new features for the Accelerator for HL7 2.0(A4HL7) in BizTalk 2006 R2. Here they are:. New Accelerator Licensing! ...The Healthcare IT Blog - MS-HUG Day 1By Eric Stott What's New in BizTalk Server 2006 R2. Stuart Landrum Program Manager, BizTalk, Microsoft Corporation. Well, it was ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2007 7:55 PM

MOSS 2007 SDK Release
Microsoft have released a new version of the WSS/MOSS SDK below is an overview of what's in it. Download here Overview The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 SDK is designed for solution providers, independent software vendors, value-added resellers, and other developers to learn about the new Office SharePoint Server 2007 enterprise application and platform. It features conceptual and "How to" articles, sample code, and programming references.What’s New in this Release for the MOSS SDK ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 22, 2007 6:32 PM

Living with an iMAC
Having a 24' iMAC is a lot of fun. Mine happily dual boots between 'Tiger' and 'Vista' but sometimes there are things I'd like to do using both... And then came VMware Fusion! Not only does it virtualise my BottCamp install but it also has this super feature called Unity. Unity mixes up my Tiger and Vista experiences allowing me to run Windows applications directly from the Dock. I can minimize Windows applications to the Dock, switch between Windows or Mac applications with Exposé, find and instantly ......

Posted On Thursday, August 16, 2007 2:03 AM

BizTalk 2006 R2 -September Launch beckons
Some interesting comments are starting to appear in advance of this, what has always been dubbed as, a point release launch. In particular Ronald Schmelzer, an analyst with the SOA consulting firm ZapThink LLC, says the 2006 R2 release "adds a number of significant features with regards to loosely coupled styles of interaction [and] greater capabilities with regards to BizTalk Services, the hosted version, and a number of features that aid in process-driven service creation." Click here to link to ......

Posted On Friday, August 3, 2007 4:29 AM

Patterns for using BizTalk WCF Adapter

Have a look at the BizTalk Adapter Development Blog for some great usage patterns for the WCF LOB Adapter,

Get it Here

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:03 PM

Microsoft ESB Guidance

The Microsoft ESB Guidance provides architectural guidance, patterns, practices, and a set of BizTalk Server and .NET components to simplify the development of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) on the Microsoft platform and to allow Microsoft customers to extend their own messaging and integration solutions.

And now it's available to everyone as CTP 2 at

Posted On Friday, June 29, 2007 2:42 PM

Microsoft Acquires Teamplain
At the end of March Microsoft announced the Teamplain a TFS web frontend TeamPlain Web Access for Team System TeamPlain Web Access is a web interface for Microsoft® Team Foundation Server that allows managing work items, shared documents, reports and source control repositories. Streamlines Team System usage Enables broader participation to development lifecycle Allows cross platform access to Team Foundation Server (TFS) Enables fine grained security configurations not present in TFS Helps organizations ......

Posted On Thursday, April 12, 2007 5:59 AM

What's in ORCAS
FYI – in case you haven’t got a concise list like this. In case you hadn’t heard. We have just released the March CTP for “Orcas” and the .NET Framework 3.5. Customers are able to get a VPC with the installed bits from here. As with all CTP’s it is important to have your customers provide any feedback. The .NET Framework 3.5 brings no breaking changes. New technology is being added including LINQ, AJAX, Windows Foundation, WCF and WPF Developer Tools and BCL enhancements. ......

Posted On Monday, March 26, 2007 9:28 AM

Microsoft: Leading of lagging the world of BPM?
Here's and interesting thought for this week...does Microsoft lead or lag the world of BPM? At the beginning of this week BPM suite company Metastorm announced their plans for 2007. What was most striking about their announcement was the way in which they are going to leverage the latest Microsoft technology including Office 2007, Vista and MOSS 2007. In particular they make reference to the Office 2007 ribbon and Vista gadget's. What is the message from Microsoft? Well putting aside the BPM picture ......

Posted On Friday, January 26, 2007 6:50 AM

MSDN: BizTalk Samples
Microsoft have released a whole bunch of BizTalk samples. Below I have copied the links from the site so take your pick and getting working. Main link is MSDN BizTalk Samples Publishing and Consuming Web Services with SOAP HeadersThis sample demonstrates how to publish a BizTalk orchestration as a Web service with a SOAP header and how to consume the SOAP header from a Web service request message. BAM and HAT CorrelationThis sample demonstrates how to use the enhanced BAM features, and how to customize ......

Posted On Monday, December 25, 2006 6:56 PM

Process Driven or People Driven Software Development?
Day 3 of TechEd and time for some reflections...... Solidsoft as an organization prides it's self on the customer centric, forward looking and professional manner in which we deliver our services. To that end we continually appraise the technology we use and the methods we employ. With this as a backdrop my thinking this week has been to consider the manner in which organizations, and of course ours, deliver successful outcomes for both our customers and ourselves. I have deliberately steered clear ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 4:00 PM

ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 Beta 1
Microsoft's foray into the cross-platform realm of Web functionality development is now official. Today, the company released Beta 1 of what it now calls ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 - essentially its Web development toolkit for Asynchronous JavaScript. Betanews states: The Microsoft's goal at this point is to develop a series of small libraries that a browser can load into memory as necessary -- rather than loading one huge library -- that will give Web developers the framework for implementing on-page controls. ......

Posted On Sunday, October 22, 2006 9:21 AM

RC1 of .Net
Richard Turner posted: It seems like we've been waiting for this particular release of technologies forever. For those who have been following the story since our coming out at PDC 2003, the subsequent SDRs (Software Design Reviews), early-adopter programs, CTPs and Betas, can finally see that the light further down the tunnel is in fact the end, and not an oncoming train! I would like to thank all of you who have worked with us over the last 3+ years and helped us make the technologies shipping ......

Posted On Saturday, September 9, 2006 7:29 AM

Office 2007 -November Release
Darren Strange of MS UK blogged: An internal email from Chris Capposela (head of IW) to field sales confirms that 2007 will get added to the price list in November. This is excellent news and a strong indicator of our confidence. That said, usual caveats apply about how product performance and quality will ultimately dictate availability. Our development schedule remains on track to deliver the 2007 Microsoft Office system by the end of 2006, with broad general availability in early 2007. Feedback ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 5:22 PM

Microsoft to Firefox Team: Lets show you how to port to Vista
The director of Microsoft's open source lab has invited the Mozilla development team to come to Redmond and participate in a Vista porting lab. Microsoft is interested in helping the team make sure Firefox and Thunderbird will work properly on Vista. To date, Microsoft has invited commercial software makers and large corporate customers to these kinds of labs. If the Mozilla folks participate, it will be the first time an open-source venture took part in a Windows porting lab of this nature, it seems. ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 6:22 PM

SOA and the Elephant
I recently read a article by Bhaskar Chakrabarti from JP Morgan Chase who started his article with: Often when I start discussing SOA, a story comes to my mind that I first heard from my grand father when I was kid. It is about six blind men who encounter an elephant for the first time in their life. They perceive the animal differently and start fighting amongst themselves. One who touched its tail thought it was a snake, another who got hold of his trunk thought it to be a tree branch, the third, ......

Posted On Thursday, July 13, 2006 6:45 AM

Office 2007 - Developer Support
I want it all: Office 2007 supports all the technologies that users and developers have used to extend Office with custom code over the years. Maybe most importantly, Office 2007 can run macros embedded in existing Office documents and templates. Because Office 2007, like its predecessors, can run code, it is vulnerable to attacks by malicious code, such as macro viruses. However, Microsoft has taken some steps to tighten the suite's defences: Documents saved in Office 2007's default format cannot ......

Posted On Sunday, June 11, 2006 4:56 AM

BizTalk 2006 R2
More: BizTalk 2006 R2 - RFID Support The Microsoft RFID Infrastructure Services in BizTalk 2006 R2 provide device abstraction and manageability to RFID-based solutions. An integrated engine for rich data filtering, enrichment, and transformation allows for sophisticated applications for different automation scenarios. Application developers can also integrate with advance technologies such the as the Business Rules Engine, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows Communication Framework to create ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 8:47 AM

Confused – Moi?

Here we go again..

So having confused the development world with all the various flavours of Visual Studio Team Services Microsoft adds another one to the collection: Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals!

Read more here:

Posted On Saturday, June 3, 2006 6:50 PM

Starship Trooper: There has been a lot of buzz around contract-first Web Services design & development lately. Nearly everybody thinks that it is a good thing, and that we finally should reach a state where we all can live and breath it. But most people have been complaining about the lack of tool support for the so called 'first step': contract design. WSCF offers a simple yet powerful WSDL Wizard that abstracts away all the nitty-gritty details of WSDL.As a next step you simply right-click ......

Posted On Sunday, May 7, 2006 6:54 AM

Letting the right people in - keeping the wrong people out
Andy James, Chief Technology Officer, Solidsoft, examines how the creation of a federated security environment can facilitate business benefits that may not be possible without it. From an individual's perspective, federated security is simple. It allows someone to access multiple systems with a single log-on. The systems concerned may be internal to the company they work for, web sites they visit personally or the systems of customers and suppliers. Automatic Teller Systems are a good example. No ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 2, 2006 6:28 PM

News fro mthe public sector Solidsoft e-bulletin
Telegram Sam: A little late by me but Solidsoft issued another edition of their quaterly public sector bulletin: Value from IT in Government at the start of the month. These are the features in this latest issues: Feature Articles A turning point for eGovernmentLiam Kelly, Public Sector Practice Manager, Solidsoft explains why he believes these are exciting times for local authorities.>> more Government Connect - Making the business caseSteve Lawrence, Take-up Manager, Government Connect, answers ......

Posted On Sunday, April 30, 2006 3:43 AM

Open XML Developer Launch
Come Together!: Announced March 21, 2006, the Open XML Formats Developer Group was initially founded by 40 organizations from around the world to provide a technical forum for developers who are interested in using the Ecma International-developed Office Open XML file formats. Membership in the community is open to anyone free of charge to enable broad development with the formats, regardless of platform. Below are further details on the community’s goals, developers who are involved in working ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 11, 2006 6:52 PM

Squonk: Microsoft Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” Community Technology Preview - Development Tools for WinFX®
To quote Microsoft: The Microsoft Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” Community Technology Preview - Development Tools for WinFX® (CTP) provides developers with support for building WinFX applications using the final released version of Visual Studio 2005. This support includes XAML Intellisense support through schema extensions for the editor, project templates for the Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly code named “Avalon”) and the Windows Communication Foundation (formerly code named “Indigo”), ......

Posted On Friday, January 20, 2006 8:05 PM

PDC : Atlas!
ASP.NET “Atlas” is a package of new Web development technologies that integrates an extensive set of client script libraries with the rich, server-based development platform of ASP.NET 2.0. “Atlas” enables you to develop Web applications that can update data on a Web page by making direct calls to a Web server — without needing to round trip the page. With “Atlas”, you can take advantage of the best of ASP.NET and server-side code while doing much of the ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 10:04 PM

Identity Management - Is this difficult?
Over the last 5 years I have been involved in a lot of different projects where Identity Management or IDM has become more and more important. Any work with local or natinal government now has this as a key element so I thought it might be time to blog a little on the topic... What is it? Simply put Identity management (ID management) is a broad administrative area that deals with identifying individuals in a system (such as a country, a network, or an enterprise) and controlling their access to ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 15, 2005 8:07 AM

10 Ways to Make Your Code More Testable July 9, 2004 Introduction You know you have to write unit tests. You have the tools, and your team is committed to the idea. Somehow, though, despite your best intentions, the tests just never get written. Or you write them, but never run them. They always fail anyway. For one reason or another, your project is resisting the will of the unit test. Usually, this means that your code needs a good solid refactoring, to make ......

Posted On Saturday, July 17, 2004 9:06 PM

BizTalk - The SOA Saviour!
In recent months after having struggled with the concepts of SOA I have finally come to the view that once I've cut through the hype the vision is simple - instead of building monolithic applications we should break them up into smaller services then aggregate these into a larger solution to meet the business need. When the business need changes we can use existing other services or create new ones and reaggregate. As similar requirements arise we can re-use services to meet the need. Of course the ......

Posted On Saturday, May 1, 2004 9:19 PM

Vision for the week
My muse for the week is BizTalk 2004 has come of age (16 not yet 21) and the major growing pains are over we now have a situation where the product is not just about EAI and B2B. We have a set of tools that facilitate the rapid deployment of Business process using .Net technologies. So what do I mean by that? Well lets start using BizTalk 2004 in application solutions. Orchestration has come of age, the plumbing issue has been cracked and we now have a stonking Rules Engine. This means ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2004 10:01 AM

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