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Superb post - What if Visual Studio had Achievements?
This post is simple superb – What if Visual Studio had Achievements :-) Although maybe you need to a developer who also has an Xbox to fully understand how good it is. My favourites: Shotgun Debugging – 5 Consecutive Solution Rebuilds with a single character change The Architect – Created 25 Interfaces in a single project The Multitasker – Have more than 50 source files open at the same time Every Option Considered – Created an enum with more than 30 values Thanks to Dominic for highlighting it to ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011 5:43 PM

Have you downloaded the All-In-One Code Framework?
The Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is a free, centralized code sample library provided by the Microsoft Community team. It aims to provide typical code samples for all Microsoft development technologies. The team listens to developers’ pains in MSDN forums, social media and various developer communities and write code samples based on developers’ frequently asked programming tasks. Additionally, our team offers a free code sample request service. Awesome?! I think so. Have also just added it ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011 2:21 PM

VBUG Spring Conference, 28th and 29th March in Reading
I presented at VBUG last year and can confirm that they put on a really good event. This year I stood aside for my “replacement” Steve Plank to work his magic. Worth checking out… VBUG SPRING CONFERENCE 28/29 March 2011 Wokefield Park, Mortimer, Reading RG7 3AH Day One (Mon 28 March): Developing SharePoint 2010 with Visual Studio 2010 - Dave McMahon Cache Out with Windows Server AppFabric – Phil Pursglove Extending your Corporate Network in to the Windows Azure Data Centre with Windows Azure Connect ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:59 AM

A little gem from MPN–FREE online course on Architectural Guidance for Migrating Applications to Windows Azure Platform
I know a lot of technical people who work in partners (ISVs, System Integrators etc). I know that virtually none of them would think of going to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) learning portal to find some deep and high quality technical content. Instead they would head to MSDN, Channel 9, etc. I am one of those people :-) Hence imagine my surprise when i stumbled upon this little gem Architectural Guidance for Migrating Applications to Windows Azure Platform (your company and hence ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:51 AM

MIX11 Registration is open – the place to hear the latest on Silverlight, HTML5, IE and more
Every year a few lucky colleagues get to attend MIX – and they come back with nothing but praise for the event, the speakers, the content – and the buzz! If you build “web application” and want the latest from the experts then you should consider attending. You will get to see the latest tools and technologies and draw inspiration from a professional community of your peers and experts. Technologies covered include Silverlight, Internet Explorer, Windows Phone, ASP.NET, HTML5 and CSS3. It takes place ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:34 AM

Winning the “Boot from VHD” battle on Windows 7 + some useful utilities
A year or so back I was using the Boot from VHD feature lots – but not in recent times and not with my current laptop configuration (Lenovo T61p with 2nd internal hard drive). In readiness for the upcoming SharePoint 2010 training for UK ISVs in February I wanted to make use of a Microsoft created SharePoint 2010 VM, more specifically the VHD from the VM. It has taken me three hours on and off to get it to work – which must warrant a blog post, if only so I can remember what I did a year from now! ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 26, 2011 1:13 PM

Announcing a brand new LinkedIn group for UK based ISVs – join today
If you are developer, software architect or chief technology officer in the UK and work for a company that develops software products (which we often call ISVs) and use Microsoft technologies in your products and would like to be better connected with your peers and the Microsoft UK ISV technical team then please pop over to LinkedIn and check out the new group we have created. (NB: You will need to register on LinkedIn if you haven’t already done so). You can go direct to the group or just type ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:32 AM

Get a taste of the benefits of signing up to MPR–three FREE days of SharePoint 2010 development training Feb 9th to 11th
In brief…. take 1 minute to register today if you are UK based and work for a company that creates software products and want to dig into SharePoint 2010 development for FREE with a great UK based SME (subject matter expert). And… if you want to understand the background, read on :-) Microsoft Platform Ready is where we are aggregating resources to help companies who develop software products explore and adopt the latest technologies from Microsoft. There are many benefits to signing up (e.g. the ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:49 AM

FREE Oracle to Microsoft Migration Workshop for UK ISVs February 11th in Reading
My colleague Keith Burns (top chap with great SQL Server skills – but don’t say I said so) is helping to deliver an event focused on helping UK ISVs understand what it takes to move from Oracle to SQL Server. I would recommend you come along if you currently only target Oracle or primarily target Oracle. Looks to be shaping up into a great day. Register Today What: Oracle to Microsoft Migration Workshop When: Friday 11th February 2011, 09:00–15:45 Where: Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, ......

Posted On Thursday, January 20, 2011 11:15 AM

99 technical resources for developers and architects inside ISVs

Over on my team blog I just posted the first cut of “99 technical resources for developers and architects inside ISVs”.

Whilst some of the content is ISV specific and/or UK specific, its still probably of more general interest.

Check it out.

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2011 4:26 PM

FREE Windows Azure Platform Compute and Storage through the Cloud Essentials Pack for Partners
It can be difficult to find something to look forward to in January – but this year it was a little easier as a) I got lots of great Xbox 360 games and b) the Windows Azure Platform element of the Cloud Essentials Pack for Microsoft Partner Network partners went live. I have previously explained what the Cloud Essentials Pack is and how you can access – but at the time I couldn’t share the details of the Windows Azure Platform element. The Windows Azure Platform element is now available. It gives ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2011 3:50 PM

FREE three days of online SharePoint 2010 development training for UK software houses Feb 9th to 11th
I have been working to get a SharePoint development course delivered online in February and March – online means lots of opportunities to ask questions. The first dates are now in place. The training is being delivered as a benefit for companies signed up to Microsoft Platform Ready. It is intended for UK based companies who develop software products* Agenda: Day 1 (Live Meeting 3 hours) 1:30 - 4:30 • Getting Started with SharePoint: Understand why and how to start developing for SharePoint 2010 ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2011 3:17 PM

Happy New Year and… WebMatrix Launch Event this week

What better way to start the New Year than with a brand new web development tool.

Get a calendar reminder from to tune into the online stream from CodeMash between 5pm and 8pm UK time this Thursday (13th).


Posted On Tuesday, January 11, 2011 2:22 PM

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