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February 2013 Entries

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 All-In-One Code Framework blog so go have a look there then install the app ......

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 cups of coffee. Today’s Book Today I’m looking at ‘ASP.NET MVC 4 – Mobile Websites Succinctly’ written by Lyle Luppes. The book aimed at developers current ......

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 cups of coffee. Today’s Book Today I’m looking at ‘ASP.NET MVC 4 – Mobile Websites Succinctly’ written by Lyle Luppes. The book aimed at developers current ......

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 is that this was our first steps towards thinking about embracing accessibility for design not merely meeting a government edict. Strangely enough ......

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 is the first steps towards thinking about embracing accessibility not merely meeting a government edict. Strangely enough the new Government Digital ......

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 into the whole issue around scaling. So when should we scale? The need to scale up and down comes in a number of forms or patterns. Simply put ......

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 and market needs by adding new ways and achieving more value. Innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a better ......

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 they’ve found. Unfortunately they don’t usually change the original source. Recently I have been looking into this as an ‘off CTO duty’ piece of work. ......

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 Project, Visio and Microsoft's premier development suite - Visual Studio. Now I can have it all – OK I’ll need to add a chunky SD card to store stuff ......

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 across modern and older browsers. I fully endorse utilising tooling like this in web development and have been promoting across our project ......

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 ‘all over’ Office with it’s offering is it enough not to also attack the Android and IOS market? The worst kept secret in Redmond is that Microsoft ......

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 spent the last two days with three Fire & Rescue County IT teams discuss the integration of a new Command and Control system. Because of The nature ......