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Mobile Development made easy
Have you built a mobile solution for you company from scratch? Yes, I’ve tried it too. Don’t get me wrong Visual Studio is a very powerful tool and the emulators are a great step forward but for my mind most of the pieces of the solution just aren’t there and you have to end up building most of that yourself. The risk is the components parts are not built to best practice and often aren’t as productive as they could be. In this space you are still very much on your own. Often ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 31, 2005 10:31 PM

Installing the new generation. Part 1
Today I spend part of it installing Microsoft latest version of SQL Server 2005 Enterprise April CTP and the Team System Server BETA 2 installing a vanilla Windows 2003 Enterprise server (of course with all the packs and security updates) sitting under VMWARE GSX 3.1. I’ve installed SQL Server 2005 twice before and this time was the easiest installation, went this time without a hitch, the only prerequisite this time was the addition of Windows Installer 3.1, which will require the installation ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 31, 2005 9:41 PM

Ted Pattison is Blogging!
Ted Pattison, one of my hero's, and author of the best COM book there is (COM whats that?) is blogging on Pluralsight (home of the Spoutlet) URL: RSS: can't wait for the first post ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 25, 2005 1:54 PM

Does business even want SOA?
Lets talk more about SOA ... I have been reading allot on SOA recently whilst I've been getting my thoughts more in order since previous posts that have been admittedly hap-hazard. Rather a lot of pundits on blogs or in the media have pondered numerous questions and made many predictions, I’ve even read a lot on Geeks with Blogs! Will 2005 be the year for service oriented architecture (SOA)? What is this technology? Is it new? Has it really been around for along time? Will SOA be most talked ......

Posted On Monday, May 23, 2005 10:12 PM

Downtime: Xbox 360 blah! blah! blah!
Firstly, don’t get my wrong this isn’t a post about how good or bad the new Xbox 360 is! I do count myself as a bit of a gamer. There is nothing like a good old FPS in my book and my absolute favourite is Half Life 2. I’ll completed Half Life 2 twice and I still want to play it again and drink in all the bits I’ve missed the previous completions. I know that Half Life 2 is coming out for the Xbox, which is good. But I’m not going to buy it. I’m just not in Love ......

Posted On Saturday, May 21, 2005 7:53 PM

The first instalment of my personal voyage into SOA.
Right, let’s talk more about SOA. Many people have different visions of what SOA is, mine is actually very simple. Don Box’s 4 tenets. Tenet 1: Boundaries Are Explicit. Services interact through explicit message-passing behind the boundaries. We make no assumptions on the space behind the service boundaries. Crossing service boundaries can be costly (for example, you may need to span geography, trust boundaries, or execution environments). We explicitly opt in to service invocation, by ......

Posted On Friday, May 20, 2005 10:34 PM

Do you dislike the idea of SOA?
I'm a firm believer in SOA and for the life of me I just don't understand why people are so negitive about SOA. Yes it has enjoyed a lot of hype, but in my opinion not without warrant, but the industry is full of hype, it's one of the factors that makes the I.T. industry what it is. But surely when I.T. companies all start singing the same tune, doesn't the penny start to drop? No even the people who are abit 'slower than others' must be getting the message by now? SOA isn't a cure for cancer, it ......

Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2005 11:09 PM

Bengal RapidDB will be with us soon.
Great News!!! I did say in a previous post (and Sarah mention it on her blog too) that wouldn't it be cool if Liam Westley, presenter of the 'Using Interfaces with .Net, Simplifying access to multiple DB providers in .Net' of Developer Days UK fame released his Bengal RapidDB? Liam has decided to do just that and the project will appear on SourceForge soon. Keep in mind that it's Liam first time releasing a project on SourceForge so he will have a learning curve, so no pressure and he has a day job. ......

Posted On Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:07 PM

In my past I did walk the catwalks
Thanks Sarah for pointing out I did get paid for wearing clothes once (just as well really!) and walk up and down a catwalk looking all moody. At one time, I almost left I.T. to pursue it, but thats another story and seven years ago! But the plain truth is you have to be really good to make money and I wasn't really good. I will upload some old snaps into the image gallery. ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:27 AM

More feed back on Developer Day
Ian and Richard have both posted on their blogs and on Channel 9. It would seem I wasn't the only personal that got a great deal of value out of the day. I did hear one story from my friend who was in a car that took the wrong turn out of Reading and ended up on the M25, they wanted to head towards Portsmouth ... opps. We are having some frank and honest dicussions today about the event which I am trying to stimulate so some of the newer members can reap more benefit. Concern was raised about Benjamin ......

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2005 9:56 PM

New Excel Article - "Where Excel Doesn't"

This is a work-in-progress, but I thought I would put it up for comment.


Posted On Sunday, May 15, 2005 9:51 PM

1st Developer Days UK
Yesterday, I attended DeveloperDays at what Microsoft Campus in Reading, UK. A good days was had by all and I sure as hell learnt allot, but I did feel very much overwhelmed when I got home last-night, so I hit the sack with one hell of a head-ache, hence writing about it today. The session I enjoyed the most where … Craig Murphy's introduction to Scrum. Now I must say that I’m very much an advocate of Agile development, so learning about Scrum and learning how you could project manager ......

Posted On Sunday, May 15, 2005 7:26 PM

I'm not the only Newbie!

Bryan Corazza has just started blogging too.

"... From little seeds mighty trees grow ..."

Posted On Saturday, May 14, 2005 12:31 AM

What is OneCare from Microsoft?
Microsoft is slated today to take the wraps off its new security anti-virus/anti-spyware bundle, code-named "A1." The official name for the product is "OneCare" and we should see it around the end of this year.The product is likely to be subscription based and is pitched in competition with Nortons, Sophos et al.The code for this product originally came from GeCAD and Giant which were both recent purchases. I believe Microsoft original driver for OneCare was to further protect Windows from security ......

Posted On Friday, May 13, 2005 2:14 PM

RUN FOR COVER! Sabots Shell has just landed!
Greetings Earth Men (and women ... will be PC on the blog, thanx muchly) ! I come in peace, with woow so many years of experience under my belt I should have retired or been shot by now! Welcome to the first instalment of my 'Happy Space' as Mr Robert Scoble (President elect of the Blogworld) but unlike Microsoft Marketing department you'll get the chance to answer back disagree and just plain old talk to me. This space will be all about my passions the things that make me go wooow and I hope that ......

Posted On Thursday, May 12, 2005 10:22 PM

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