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The weekly SyncToBlog: #6
A long overdue “brain dump” of stuff that I found interesting. Development related: WPF vs Silverlight A detailed look at the differences (and similarities) between the two. “Size vs features, full trust vs sandboxed” Changes to the compatibility modes in Windows 7 – new to me. Meet “RunAsHighest” A nice drill down into Azure Table Storage, REST and the ADO.NET Data Services Story - Interested in ORM? Then IMHO you have two main choices right now. The ADO.NET Entity Framework (.NET 3.5 SP1 and above) ......

Posted On Friday, July 24, 2009 4:58 PM

MSDN Flash Podcast Show 006 – Eric Nelson discusses Visual Studio 2010, Parallel, Language Parity and Azure
This show is a bonus edition. It includes a brief overview of the announcements this week around Azure at the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans and then a 30minute interview recorded at Qcon 2009 in London earlier this year. This time around, I am the interviewee for a change. Many thanks to Ryan Slobojan and InfoQ for letting me take the original video interview and create a podcast from it. If you prefer, you can watch the video on the InfoQ site. I was asked the following: Eric, what's ......

Posted On Thursday, July 16, 2009 2:21 PM

Azure pricing and sla announcements plus details on the two SQL Azure Database versions
We answered a lot of questions on Azure at day 2 of the Worldwide Partner Conference yesterday (Tues 14th July 2009). The conference is being streamed live this week (or at least parts of it) at Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and .NET Services will be available for purchase before end of calendar 2009 and Windows Azure will be available at PDC 2009 in November. (I’m stroking my lucky rabbits foot – but we seem confident). It will be available in 21 countries at launch (including ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 15, 2009 8:15 AM

UK National Rail Enquiries in Outlook 2003 and 2007 using .NET 3.5 SP1 - sweet
My group has been working with and one of the first deliverables is this beauty, an add-in which integrates Microsoft Outlook 2007 and 2003 with the UK’s National Rail timetable web service to deliver Software + Service in action! Interestingly, the add-in is built using .NET 3.5SP1 which is a fairly hefty dependency to take, but it enabled the application to be delivered much more easily against Outlook. You can find out about Outlook development at our development ......

Posted On Monday, July 13, 2009 3:48 PM

NEric discovers Dimecasts – a great resource for none-Microsoft .NET technologies and tools
I am in step 1 of Project NEric. Step 1 is “Identify the specific technologies, tools and approaches I want to explore”. There are a lot of possible tools and technologies that could fit within the scope of Project NEric and lots of ways of learning enough about them to make an informed decision on which (combination!) to go with. However one resource that stuck out for me this week is the excellent Dimecasts includes lots of great short videos on just the sort of technologies ......

Posted On Friday, July 10, 2009 3:55 PM

SQL Azure and SQL Azure Data Platform in a simple diagram
In March 2008 we announced SQL Server Data Services. In October 2008 we renamed it to SQL Data Services, part of SQL Services. In July 2009 we renamed it to SQL Azure Database, part of SQL Azure. Same technology, same team – smarter naming :-) Smarter because people were getting confused between SQL Data Services and ADO.NET Data Services (totally different “things”) and the OS you will use in front of SQL Azure is Windows Azure. I wonder what will happen to .NET Services ......

Posted On Friday, July 10, 2009 7:52 AM

DDD SouthWest in full colour video with sound and everything
I previously posted about what a great job Guy and his team had done with DDD SouthWest and the excellent work of DDD. Chris King has created a great video montage of the event and for some weird reason they have me and Gary Short on the thumbnail at time of posting (My word I need to shed a few stone and get my hair cut and get more sleep and more sun and… ) Well done Chris! Enjoy ......

Posted On Thursday, July 9, 2009 10:14 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast Show 005 - Gary Short discusses technical debt
This podcast accompanies the July 1st, 2009 edition of the MSDN Flash newsletter. It includes an interview with Gary Short discussing technical debt and the roll refactoring can play in repaying that debt, plus a discussion of my teams new YouTube channel. Show Notes: Three Men and a Whiteboard discuss ASP.NET MVC Fun look at IE8 web accelerators with Tesco Anti-Patterns to Avoid in Entity Framework N-Tier Applications Web Site Improvements Using jQuery and jQuery UI Great screencasts on WCF, Silverlight ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 1, 2009 2:16 PM

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