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MSDN Flash Podcast Show 004 - Open Source Frameworks and Libraries with Sara Ford
[UPDATED: July 1st. Show 5 is also now available in which Gary Short discusses technical det and the role of refactoring] [UPDATED: July 1st. Hoster is having some issues.Alternative download is available] This podcast accompanies the June 17th edition of the MSDN Flash newsletter. It includes a twenty minute interview with Sara Ford, the Program Manager of, Microsoft's open source project hosting web site. We discuss her famous Visual Studio Tips (for VS 2008 and VS 2005) , how people ......

Posted On Friday, June 26, 2009 3:40 AM

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Or… announcing project NEric
I am 41. I started developing software when I was 12 using a Sinclair ZX80. That means I have been developing software for … 29 years!! (Do I get an award of some kind when I get to 30?). I also was a very good developer – but you will just have to take me word for that as I pretty much suck these days :-) The reason “I suck” is for the the last 5 years I have developed relatively little code. Instead I perfected my white boarding skills as a Solutions Architect and my Excel skills as a programme ......

Posted On Thursday, June 25, 2009 11:30 PM

Expression Design + WPF + Silverlight + Touch + Bizspark = startup heaven?
I had an opportunity to catch up with UK Software Startup IPrinciples. IPrinciples specialises in building Rich Internet Applications (RIA) on the Microsoft Platform, predominantly using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) but also using Silverlight. I have known Richard and Paul who run IPrinciples for many years and I have been impressed with what they have been building over the last year using XAML. When I last popped in I had my trusty Flip Mino with me and I took the opportunity to interview ......

Posted On Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:09 PM

Only 7 days left to take advantage of great offers on Visual Studio - UK only
ADVERT ALERT but hopefully a useful one … Don’t delay, buy today! And that ends my attempt at marketing and coming up with catchy slogans. What do you mean, it has been used before! :-( More seriously, I just got confirmation that some great offers put together in the UK for Visual Studio end this month. You can see the detail at the offers site but I think the following pictures do a better job of summarising the three offers on that page that expire June 30th: “Step Up” – shown as “Get a lot more ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 23, 2009 8:54 AM

Three Men and a Whiteboard: Windows Azure
The third Three Men and a Whiteboard, also known as “The one where we forgot about the 10 minute rule of YouTube again” – hence it comes in two parts :-) In part one, the Whiteboard sees no action as it remains a discussion on where Windows Azure fits into the Azure Services Platform. In Part Two I actually draw stuff as we dig into Windows Azure – sort of :-) The diagram I didn’t draw for Part One but helps enormously is this one: The diagram I was (badly) drawing in Part Two is a version of this ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:55 AM

Three Men and a Whiteboard: Windows Client Technologies

The second Three Men and a Whiteboard, also known as “The one where Mike T strums his guitar” or “The one where the video of Eric was stolen”.

Posted On Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:43 AM

Three Men and a Whiteboard: ASP.NET MVC
The first Three Men and a Whiteboard session we ever recorded. Possibly the best :-) Also known as “The one with the squeaky voices” :-) ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:39 AM

Open Source Framework and Library Recommendations
As the technical editor for the UK MSDN Flash I get surprisingly free rein to decide what content to place in it . I suspect one day they will notice – but I will enjoy it while it lasts. Every 3 months or so I do a special edition of the Flash, and this week I chose to go with “Open Source Frameworks and Libraries”. I have written before on Microsoft and Open Source and the rosy future I see ahead and I decided it was time (long overdue?) to give some of the great OSS for .NET developers wider visibility. ......

Posted On Friday, June 19, 2009 5:22 AM

Slides and links for Windows Azure session for GL.NET
Had a great time Wednesday night delivering a session on Azure and SQL Data Services at GL.NET. Admittedly I run over hugely but I enjoyed it and I much prefer lots of questions along the way. The venue is very good. The MessageLabs offices offer a pretty decent sized room, wireless internet and a good projector. Jimmy makes for a very friendly host and the folks that attend are equally good guys and as a bonus, the pub is near by :-) In summary, if you develop software using Microsoft.NET and you ......

Posted On Friday, June 19, 2009 4:38 AM

UK MSDN Flash Poll for June 17th 2009: How many monitors do you use for developing software?
I have a couple of days leave coming, hence the early poll to accompany the Flash next week. I bumped into an old colleague who now has a six monitor setup in his home for developing software – which made my “notebook + 19inch monitor” setup look a little sad. Especially as I share that monitor with an Xbox 360 and a PC gaming rig. Your chance to sneak in a vote. I was wondering if folks would like me to organise a full hardware (multi-question) survey via the Flash in the future? I for one would ......

Posted On Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:38 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast Pilot Show 3 Bonus Edition on Windows 7 Compatibility
This is the third podcast pilot to accompany the fortnightly MSDN Flash newsletter. This is an example of a “bonus edition” which we will from time to time interleave with the regular fortnightly podcasts. The good news is we now have a permanent subscription courtesy of Feedburner which will work with ITunes and regular RSS readers. Feedback good and bad is always welcome. And yes, the audio quality isn't going to win a prize. Still working on that :-) Enjoy. Show Notes: This is an interview with ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 10, 2009 5:09 AM

A proper thank you to Guy and the team for DDD SouthWest … and VB won!
After attending DDD SouthWest I went on a weeks holiday before I got a chance to blog out a “thank you” for a great event. Guy Smith-Ferrier and his team did a sterling job delivering a great multi-track event. For me it was: Extremely well organised Good food Great location (an amazing school in Taunton – nothing like the school I went to!) Lots of tracks, lots of choice, lots of knowledgeable speakers Fun yet professional Guy has written up a summary which included a link to some statistics about ......

Posted On Monday, June 8, 2009 7:47 AM

Summary of new Visual Basic Posts on Goto100
I have been sitting on a long list of part finished posts on Visual Basic “stuff” intended for my other blog Last week I finally started to finish them and get them published. Enjoy. Virtualization and Visual Basic 6.0 applications There may be some circumstances where upgrading a VB6 application is not feasible, for example it may rely on a control that simply does not work in the target operating system. I came across a couple of articles on MSDN that discussed the ......

Posted On Monday, June 8, 2009 7:14 AM

32minutes of me at Qcon talking on Visual Studio 2010, VB, F#, .NET 4.0, Parallel, Azure
Back in March I presented at Qcon 2009 in London which is a great conference. I also was interviewed which is now up on InfoQ. TBH – it isn’t a bad interview yet at the time it felt awful right from the first moment when after agreeing the opening question before the camera rolled, I got asked something completely different :-) Then it went pretty broad :-) You can watch the video on the InfoQ site which includes a transcript. The questions I was asked were: Eric, what's going to be coming up in ......

Posted On Monday, June 8, 2009 6:46 AM

Suggestions so far for UK MSDN Flash Special Edition on Open Source Software for developers
Back in February we did our first special edition of the UK MSDN Flash focused on Free Software for developers (Which was our most popular edition for years!). The next special edition will be June 17th and the focus will be Open Source Software for developers with a bias (slight!) towards some of the great work on Codeplex and a heavy bias towards frameworks that you can include in your application or help you get the job done. The technical author will be Sara Ford (fingers X’d) who is the programme ......

Posted On Monday, June 8, 2009 5:18 AM

Slides and links for Future of Web Applications session on Windows Azure at Bristol
Just about finished putting together my session for the FOWA tour in Bristol. I have only 50minutes. Which means I need to speak fast + demo fast + … remove some slides by 9:30 tomorrow :-) Slides: Windows Azure - Ericnel View more OpenOffice presentations from ukdpe. Links: Learn about the Azure Services Platform and access the SDKs etc Play with Windows Azure – Watch the MIX 09 recordings Need development tools? Students can get Visual Studio through ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 2, 2009 4:35 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll: How interested are you in User Interface design?
The topic this time around is “How interested are you in User Interface design?”. This poll came about after a visit to a local (Bath, UK) software startup which has at least as many user interface designers as developers which made me realise just how much things have moved on over the last couple of years. Certainly 3 years back a “similar” software startup would have been developer heavy and most likely have had no user interface designers. Expectations today are that applications (web and rich) ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 2, 2009 3:08 PM

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