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Professional Scrum Developer (.NET) Training in London 26th to 30th July
This looks rather fun (Thanks to Martin for prodding me about it). Adam Cogan and Martin Hinselwood will be presenting the first Professional Scrum Developer course in the UK next month. The folks attending will be split into teams and go head-to-head to deliver units of potentially shippable work in four two hour sprints. Which to me just sounds like huge fun! And… it makes use of Visual Studio 2010. Martin has posted more details over on his blog ......

Posted On Monday, June 28, 2010 5:33 PM

Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 3 is here – with hardware accelerated canvas support and plenty more
A couple of weeks back I was at Web Directions manning a stand showing off Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 2 (check out a post I did at the time including videos to watch on IE9 development). The developers and designers present were in general impressed with the progress we were making with IE9. Way faster than IE8, far better standards support, focus on being great at HTML5 etc. IE9 is big news. Seriously big news. Its existence (once finally released) will significantly change how developers ......

Posted On Thursday, June 24, 2010 9:57 PM

FREE 96 page book - Windows Azure Platform: Articles from the Trenches Volume One
Developers have been exploring the possibilities opened up by the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing. This book pulls together great articles from many of those developers who have been active with the Windows Azure Platform to hopefully help others become successful. There are twenty articles in this first volume covering everything from getting started to implementing best practices for elastic applications. The book is available in many forms at It has ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:19 PM

Q&A: Where can I get architectural guidance on building applications for the Windows Azure Platform?
This question has come up a lot in recent weeks as early adopters move from prototyping with the platform to actually needing to deliver real applications. Whilst fundamentally you are using the same approaches and best practices for the Windows Azure Platform as you would use for a Web application or service (A good IIS7/ASP.NET based architecture is likely a good Windows Azure Platform architecture), there is still plenty of differences which impact on architecture. The good news is we are now ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:51 AM

6 Weeks of Windows Azure comes to and end – and some stats to ponder on
On Monday (21st June) we had our last Live Meeting for the 6 weeks of Windows Azure training virtual training we have been running out of Microsoft UK. Monday pretty much hit the mark of what we were after for the final day – good technical content mixed with a fair old sprinkling of fun. As a reminder, Adrian lost 3-1 in the “Students vs the SME” homework battle. Admittedly I was determine to make sure Adrian lost :-) This may sound a little corny, but I did want to thank all those who took part ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:55 AM

Inaugural Financial Services Microsoft Architects/Senior Developer Community meeting, London July 1st
A new community has popped onto my radar, created and delivered by James Burns, a top chap I have known for many, many years. The aim of the community is to foster dialogue between Architects and Senior Developers across Financial Services in the UK. The format of the first event is a mix of short high level presentations on hot topics that we hear across Financial Services and networking with a few drinks and canapés. It is free to attend for all Architects and Senior Developers. If you wish to ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:09 AM

The future is looking brighter – debugging Windows Azure in the cloud with IntelliTrace
One of the “warts” on Windows Azure development has been that once your application was deployed to the cloud, if things went wrong it was pretty tough to figure out the root problem. I knew for sometime we had a solution coming for Visual Studio 2010 users and I couldn’t wait to tell folks about it once it became public. I planned to do a detailed post subsequent to briefly mentioning it when I talked about the 1.2 SDK release. However … other stuff just keeps on getting in the way. Hence I have ......

Posted On Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:25 PM

WordPress is now nicely supported on SQL Server (and SQL Azure for that matter)
WordPress is enormously popular for blogs and full websites thanks to an awesome eco system which has built up around it, the simplicity (relatively) of getting it up and running plus the flexibility to “bend it” in all sorts of directions. When I say bend, check out the following which are all WordPress sites My “back up blog” http://iupdateable.wordpres... My groups “odd site” :) My favourite “cheap games” site WordPress users typically run their ......

Posted On Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:08 PM

New SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core promotional offer announced
This is (almost) a straight copy and paste but represents an important announcement worthy of a little more “exposure” :-) Starting August 1, 2010, we will release a new SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core promotional offer. This new offer will give you the flexibility to purchase commitment quantities of SQL Azure Business Edition databases independent of other Windows Azure platform services at a deeply discounted monthly price. The offer is valid only for a six month term. You may purchase ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:34 AM

Details of 5GB and 50GB SQL Azure databases have now been released, along with new price points
Like many others signed up to the Windows Azure Platform, I received an email overnight detailing the upcoming database size changes for SQL Azure. I know from our work with early adopters over the last 12 months that the 1GB and 10GB limits were sometimes seen as blockers, especially when migrating existing application to SQL Azure. On June 28th 2010, we will be increasing the size limits: SQL Azure Web Edition database from 1 GB to 5 GB SQL Azure Business Edition database will go from 10 GB to ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:14 AM

TechEd Europe early bird saving – register by 5th July
Another event advert alert :-) But this one comes with a cautious warning. I spoke at TechEd Europe last year. I found TechEd to be a huge, extremely well run conference filled with great speakers and passionate attendees in a top notch venue and fascinating city. As an “IT Pro” I think it is the premiere conference for Microsoft technologies in Europe. However, IMHO and those of others I trust, I didn’t think it hit the mark for developers in 2009. There was a fairly obvious reason – the PDC was ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:49 AM

I’m speaking at Software Architect 2010 in October
I’m very pleased to report I have managed to slip past the quality police and get to speak for the third year in a row at the excellent Software Architect conference in London. Which makes it the only “long running” conference that I have a 100% record on speaking at year on year which gives it an extra special significance. How much longer before I am found out :) This conference attracts some great speakers including the likes of Kevlin Henney, Neal Ford and Tim Ewald (oh – and me). If you are ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:15 AM

Internet Explorer 9 Preview 2 link + webcasts for developers
At Web Directions last week in London (10th and 11th June 2010) I promised several folks I would put up a blog post to more information on IE 9. True to my word (albeit a little later than I had hoped), here is what I was thinking of: Install First up, Install Preview 2 and try out the demos I was showing at the conference. Remember that IE9 Preview installs side by side with IE8/7 etc. It is not a beta nor is it intended to be a full browser. It is a … preview :-) Including good old SVG-oids :-) ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2010 4:11 PM

Q&A: How do I cancel my Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special? (or any Subscription)
Short answer: Don’t! Just kidding :-) Long answer: I believe it is the same process as for other Microsoft Online Services – but I have never tried it. Hence please post a comment if you follow this successfully or not and I will amend. From search for “cancel” and you get: What I am not clear about is whether an Introductory Special is classed as a trial. Either way, the answer is to contact support and ask to cancel. I would suggest you are fully ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:14 PM

Windows Azure Platform eBook Update #2 – 100 pages of goodness
I previously mentioned I was working on a community authored eBook for the Windows Azure Platform. Well, today I assembled the 20 articles that made it through to the end of the review process into a single eBook – and it looks (and reads) great. Still a lot more to do (and stuff in the way of me doing it) but as a teaser, here is the (very draft) table of contents: ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 12:36 PM

SQL Azure Roadmap gets a little clearer – announcements from Tech Ed
On Monday at Tech▪Ed 2010 we announced new stuff (I like new stuff) that “showcases our continued commitment to deliver value, flexibility and control of data through data cloud services to our customers”. Ok, that does sound like marketing speak (and it is) but the good news is there is some meat behind it. We have some decent new features coming and we also have some clarity on when we will be able to get our hands on those features. SQL Azure Business Edition Extends to 50 GB – June 28th SQL Azure ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:49 AM

Q&A: Will my favourite ORM Foo work with SQL Azure?
short answer: Quite probably, as SQL Azure is very similar to SQL Server longer answer: Object Relational Mappers (ORMs) that work with SQL Server are likely but not guaranteed to work with SQL Azure. The differences between the RDBMS versions are small – but may cause problems, for example in tools used to create the mapping between objects and tables or in generated SQL from the ORM which expects “certain things” :-) More specifically: ADO.NET Entity Framework / LINQ to Entities can be used with ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2010 4:05 PM

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.2 (June 2010)
Yey – we have a public release of the Windows Azure Tools which fully supports Visual Studio 2010 RTM and the .NET 4 Framework (When did that go public!?) And the biggy I have been waiting for – IntelliTrace support to debug your cloud deployed services (Requires VS2010 Ultimate) Download today New for version 1.2: Visual Studio 2010 RTM Support: Full support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM. .NET 4 support: Choose to build services targeting either the .NET 3.5 or .NET 4 framework. ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2010 3:09 PM

GuestPost: Announcing gmStudio V9.85 for VB6/ASP/COM re-engineering
Mark Juras of kindly sent me an article on gmStudio which I have posted on my old VB focused goto100 site. gmStudio is a programmable VB6/ASP/COM re-engineering tool that enables an agile tool-assisted rewrite methodology and helps teams dramatically lower the total cost, risk, and disruption of ambitious migration projects without sacrificing quality, control, or time to market. You can find the rest of the article over on goto100. Figure 1: the gmStudio Main Form ......

Posted On Friday, June 4, 2010 2:18 PM

Q&A: What is the UK pricing for the Windows Azure CDN?
The pricing for Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) was announced last week. The prices are: £0.091 per GB transferred from North America & Europe locations £0.1213 per GB transferred from other locations £0.0061 per 10,000 transactions CDN rates are effective for all billing periods that begin subsequent to June 30, 2010. All usage for billing periods beginning prior to July 1, 2010 will not be charged. To help you determine which pricing plan best suits your needs, please review the ......

Posted On Friday, June 4, 2010 1:39 PM

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