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February 2008 Entries

After being the main protagonists for wooden sports car, Morgan have a rival - The Spliter - a 240 mph wooden supercar - Have a look and read here! Fire up the Splinter!!


Microsoft has announced changes in its business practices to work better with software from other providers, including open-source communities.

Read full story at Silicon.com


As Microsoft readies Windows 2008 for launch coupled with SQL server 2008 launch and the re-launch of Visual Studio 2008 ?? I am left feeling a little uneasy... When Visual Studio 2008 hit the streets it quickly became apparent that it was incompatible with a number of other products not least BizTalk 2006 R2 on recently launched!!! It is now also clear that Microsoft aren't supporting BizTalk 2006 R2 on Windows Serve 2008 either and of course it goes without saying that BizTalk will not support ......

Today we saw the Liverpool manager put the final nail in Liverpool's season. Needing a win to lift our season he left key players on the bench including the two guys who are responsible for 80% of this seasons goals! Correction he left one on the bench and didn't even include the other in the squad!!

So this season all we have managed to achieve is to 'rotate' up our jacksee!!


Reuters is reporting today that Toshiba has admitted defeat and abandoned HD DVD stopping the production of players. So long live Bluray.


A non-technical blog for once.... Just been reading the Man United excuses on why they lost to Man City today. Seems their over-paid, pampered players can't train twice in a day and then be expected to play two games in a week! All I can say is thank god they became footballers and not doctors or nurses!!! Is it just me or is it crass that a £40,000 per week footballer struggles to train for 4 hours one day and then play for 90 minutes the next??? Something is very, very wrong...... All I can say ......

A database for the home MAC user is now a real option. From the makers of Filemaker comes Bento and at $49 (£29) its a real bargin.

Have a look here: Database Solutions, Database Software Solutions - FileMaker

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With the earlier announcement from the Connected Systems Division around the project codename 'OSLO' it became clear that Microsoft have a big focus on Modelling. At the time in November 2007 the hint was given that this would be supported by a modelling language. At last week’s Lang.Net 2008 conference at Microsoft's Redmond campus — Chief CSD God Don Box provided a few hints as to where Microsoft is going on the tool and platform front with Oslo. Don stated that said Microsoft wasn’t interested ......

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, ......

Some great BizTalk Books Foundations of BizTalk Server 2006 (Foundations) ISBN: 1590597753 ISBN-13: 9781590597750 Pro EDI in BizTalk Server 2006 R2: Electronic Document Interchange Solutions (Pro) ISBN: 1590599357 ISBN-13: 9781590599358 Pro BizTalk 2006 (Pro) ISBN: 1590596994 ISBN-13: 9781590596999 Professional BizTalk Server 2006 ISBN: 0470046422 ISBN-13: 9780470046425 ......

C# 3.0 introduces several language extensions that build on C# 2.0 to support the creation and use of higher order, functional style class libraries. The extensions enable construction of compositional APIs that have equal expressive power of query languages in domains such as relational databases and XML. Part of the new extensions is LINQ. LINQ is a codename for a set of extensions to the .NET Framework that encompass language-integrated query, set, and transform operations. It extends C# and Visual ......

This Virtual Lab hosted by Microsoft is on Installing and Configuring SharePoint 2007 (MOSS). I've installed and configured SharePoint on numerous occasions, but I can honestly say that I haven't done any of the more advanced configuration scenarios (e.g., Server Farms) and cannot attest to understanding a lot of the advanced features of configuring the server. This Virtual Lab allows you to learn how to learn how to do a lot in a virtually hosted training environment. I love these Virtual Labs! ......

Article in the MOSS and Office 2007 blog on use of Microsoft Enterprise Library and associated design patterns.