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DevWeek 2009 Interview with Simon Brown on Software Architects
Simon Brown founded http://www.codingthearchite... which is a great site for developers moving into the world of Software Architecture. I had a chance to catch up with him at DevWeek in London and we chatted about the session he was delivering to developers on architecture. We also got onto the question of “Should Software Architects code?” > ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 11:16 PM

DevWeek 2009 Interview with Richard Blewett on Workflow 4.0
I had a chance to catch up with Richard, founder of http://www.rocksolidknowled... at DevWeek in London. He had been speaking on Workflow 4.0 using the Visual Studio 2010 CTP and (despite that) was sounding very positive about the future of Workflow ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 7:25 PM

Entity Framework Interview – yep, this is what I look like!
In March 2009 I presented on Entity Framework V1 and a little V2 at DevWeek 2009. MikeT caught me on camera while I was there. I have (rather embarrassingly) only just got round to publishing the video. Ultimately I run out of excuses and was only left with … I’m shy :-) I presented an updated version of the deck earlier this Month (May) which you can view here along with additional links ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:16 PM

Maybe see you at DDD South West this Saturday 23rd May
In my “work role” I often speak at events/conferences but I rarely get to just be an attendee soaking up the information from other speakers. This Saturday is the latter though. I am heading down to Taunton (a little over an hour for me) to attend I do have an “official role” of sorts – I am the “room counter”. Which means you should easily spot me. I will be the one with my socks off using fingers and toes to get a tally of the folks attending each session. Now back ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 20, 2009 10:21 AM

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 download available and MSDN Library is online
Monday 18th 2009 will be remembered as the day I successfully took on a rootkit virus on the main TV (MCE 2005) and won AND when I (and lots of other MSDN Subscribers) got their hands on Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1. It is available for download now to subscribers. I went for Visual Studio Team System 2010 Team Suite Beta 1 (x86) - DVD (English) and plan to install on a shiny install of Windows 7 RC. MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2010 is available online. 2 hours to go… Enjoy ......

Posted On Monday, May 18, 2009 6:55 PM

MSDN Flash Podcast Pilot Show 2 for May 6th 2009
This is the second pilot podcast to accompany the fortnightly MSDN Flash newsletter (Check out Pilot Show 1) I am working through issues around getting the best quality for recording (both of myself and folks I interview), deciding which tools to use to process the raw audio, what show structure to use etc. Once I have it completely pinned down I will go live with the “real” podcast which you will be able to subscribe to using ITunes and similar and will be published every two weeks. In the meantime, ......

Posted On Monday, May 18, 2009 3:31 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll: What will you be using for your data storage in 2010 for new applications?
I have just put together the poll for next weeks MSDN Flash thanks to a suggestion by . We have had an explosion of viable storage technologies for Windows development over the last 12months, both for traditional OnPremise deployment and for deployment to The Cloud. What do you think you will be doing in 2010 for new applications? Sneak in your vote now ahead of the newsletter (and tell me if I missed out an obvious choice!). Thanks ......

Posted On Friday, May 15, 2009 11:02 AM

Seven hours of screencasts on the DLR, IronPython and IronRuby for C# and VB developers
I am one of those developers who has become very smitten with Ruby of late. I was therefore extremely pleased to stumble across a bunch of screencasts on Ruby, Python and the DLR, oddly “hidden away” in the Overview section of “.NET Framework 3.5: Create Connected Applications”. The code is a little tough to read – but possible. Implementing a Dynamic Language Inside the Dynamic Language Runtime IronPython for the C# Developer IronPython for the Visual Basic .Net Developer IronRuby for the C# Developer ......

Posted On Thursday, May 14, 2009 2:15 PM

Update on the Entity Framework V2 in .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010
I have started talking to developers about what they can expect in Entity Framework V2 such as in my session at DevWeek 2009 (Check out the slides and links). Folks have liked what they have heard and are keen to get more detail. The good news is the development team have been busy posting updated information this week (May 11th and 12th 2009) about what we can expect to see in .NET 4.0. Update on the Entity Framework in .NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 “Since we shipped the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 13, 2009 5:58 PM

Introducing Axum – a new programming language for parallel development
[Warning – this is shamelessly taken from the documentation but I felt it deserved a wider viewing] Yesterday I delivered a session on the new parallel capabilities of .NET 4.0 (see slides and links). I also managed to slip in a little section at the end on Axum and Concurrent Basic. These two programming languages are nothing to do with .NET 4.0 but are very interesting if you care about what the future beyond .NET 4.0 might bring for parallel development on Windows. Axum is available for download ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 13, 2009 2:13 PM

Slides and links for session on Parallel Development with Visual Studio 2010
I delivered a session on parallel at NxtGenUg Birmingham last night. As well as covering the new features in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 I also gave a heads up on Axum, an incubator project for a new programming language for parallel development as well as a brief look at Concurrent Basic, a research project from Microsoft. You might also want to check out a post I did introducing Axum. The main links: Parallel team MSDN site Concurrent ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 13, 2009 2:12 PM

Tell us if your application works on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
I have been blogging about compatibility of late and this week will be in a Windows 7 Compatibility Lab with Dave Allen (who I interviewed). Customers are rightly concerned about compatibility when rolling out a new Operating System release. It is important that they can easily find if individual applications work on Windows 7 and that is where you can help. If you are a software publisher (or indeed hardware vendor) then please take some time to tell us about your products over on the Windows 7 ......

Posted On Monday, May 11, 2009 7:54 AM

Slides and links from NxtGenUG session on Entity Framework V1 and V2
Had a great time on Tuesday (5th May 2009) at NxtGenUG in Oxford. A very friendly crowd, a fun user group and great to watch the banter between Alex and Barry first hand, rather than over twitter :-) I also won a rubber duck – which justifies working in the evening in my book :-) Useful links: MSDN Flash eBook 13 of the “Best Technical Articles of 2008” (also MSDN Flash Podcast Pilot For feedback (also The Entity Framework ......

Posted On Thursday, May 7, 2009 7:44 AM

Slides and links for SQL Data Services session at DDD Scotland
I gave an update on SQL Data Services at DDD Scotland on Saturday (2nd May 2009). The deck was very similar to this one I gave at DevWeek which is already hosted on Slideshare. The final deck will be on the DDD Scotland site in due course. In the meantime, here are the links: SDS Team Blog SDS MSDN Development Center SDS samples ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 5, 2009 10:57 AM

DataDirect add support for Entity Framework to Oracle
I’m very pleased to see that DataDirect have a beta of their Connect for ADO.NET Entity Framework provider for Oracle which now adds support for the ADO.NET Entity Framework. Still in Beta (1st may 2009) and available for download. Enjoy (and feedback what you find – tx) P.S. Other companies also provide this capability – but I know a lot of folks use DataDirect for Oracle work ......

Posted On Friday, May 1, 2009 9:43 AM

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