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VS2005 RTM on MSDN 14th October!
... and so it begins ... According to my friend Ian 'Irascian' Smith, VS2005 RTM will be available on MSDN Subscriber download on 14th October (US time) if all goes well. Nice Scoop Ian, thanks. More can be found out here on Channel 9. ......

Posted On Friday, September 30, 2005 5:46 PM

JBoss and Microsoft Outline Interoperability Goals
"Companies developing plans to better serve customers running JBoss Enterprise Middleware System on Microsoft Windows Server. ATLANTA and REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 27, 2005 — JBoss® Inc. and Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to explore enhanced interoperability between their respective JBoss Enterprise Middleware System (JEMS™) and Microsoft® Windows Server™ products and deepen JBoss support for the Windows Server operating system. While the two companies will continue ......

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2005 4:37 PM

1st Microsoft Architecture Podcast
The first edition can be found here. "Welcome to the NEW ARCast! ARCast is an ongoing podcast series created by the Architect Strategy Team with the goal of spawning insightful, enlightening and sometimes contentious conversations about the hottest topics in Architecture today. Each new series will host five Architects from the community, both internal Microsoft and external folks. Panelists are free to discuss their own personal opinions about the topics and drive conversation to an open forum built ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 1:42 PM

Team Foundation Server Beta 3 Available for Download on MSDN
TFS Beta 3 actually was available for download since Friday, but I've been slow on the up take this weekend. The TFS team have been working hard on making the install process easier, my advice here is simple ... 1) Use a fresh built server 2) Use a server you don't mind completely rebuilding, a good idea is to use a virtualised server but remember that Microsoft have not fully supported this option. 3) Read and understand the install process BEFORE you do it. RTFM !!!! 4) Get hold of the right versions ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 12:18 PM

Second UK Girl Geek Dinner Announced, 11 October, Texas Embassy, London
More info can be found here, and here. Go on girls! If your a Geek, come out of the wood work and go and have some fun. I personally would love to go, but I don't have a date, my wife is going to be on the otherside of the world and she couldn't really be called a Geek anyway. Anyway I really hope you all have a lovely time, the pod-cast for the first made it sound like a blast ......

Posted On Monday, September 26, 2005 10:15 AM

Conclusions I've drawn from the VB debate on Channel 9
As with so many of these debates we never seem to draw conclusions. I would like to take this opportunity to do that as this is an old debate and one that really needs finally putting to rest.I started this debate here on Channel 9 because this old issue hasn't really been resolved as VB does encounter a lot of FUD.A good example is that many UK companies will hire a C# developer for approx £5000 more than a VB.NET developer, this is because the HR guys have been steered by us, we have created ......

Posted On Monday, September 26, 2005 10:04 AM

I still Love VB!
I shouldn't feel ashamed! I'm not a second class developer!I've been developing for years from COBOL, C, Ada, Smalltalk, VC++ and VB is still my favourite language.Before .Net I really wanted VB to be fully OO. Like many, I got OO, I just couldn't afford to be blue-sky purest all the time when a dead-lines looming and VB has always been great for productivity.VB has taken all kinds of FUD over the years amazingly even when it became a .Net language. So how is C# better than VB? It isn't, the plain ......

Posted On Friday, September 23, 2005 5:48 PM

London Is Zombie Capital of the World
"London is the zombie capital of the world, with approximately 150,000 PCs secretly controlled by hackers, Symantec has revealed. And the UK -- thanks mostly to the rapid growth of broadband -- is officially the worst bot-infected place on the globe. Somewhat bizarrely, the obscure city of Winsford in Cheshire is the world's second biggest hotspot for zombies, according to Symantec, followed by Seoul in Korea." The full story can be found here. I'm not actually shocked. Us Brits are utterly complacent ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 1:06 PM

How to tackle concurrency.
Just read a paper by Herb Sutter called 'The Free Lunch Is Over: A Fundamental Turn Toward Concurrency in Software' and I found myself realising that this is a big issue that I felt I wanted to highlight here and how it effects development over the next few years. In a nutshell the next generation of processor are going to continue to become more powerful. The bad news is that, at least in the short term, the growth will come mostly in directions that do not take most current applications along for ......

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 1:55 PM

Introduction to Building Windows Communication Foundation Services
Clemens Vasters of newtelligence AG has written a new whitepaper for Microsoft introducing Windows Communication Foundation (formally known as Indigo) that explains the fundamental concepts of building services with WCF. The paper features descriptions and examples of service and data contracts and more besides and literally including the ABC’s of WCF … "ABC" is the WCF mantra. "ABC" is the key to understanding how a WCF service endpoint is composed. Think Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster ......

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 9:38 AM

Fresh new look to GWB's front page

Our leader at GWB, Jeff Julian, has given the front-page a nice new look.

Love it Jeff !



Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 9:14 AM

Weekend Fun: Binary Watch
And now for some more weekend fun ... ... you to can all have one of Sarah B's famous Binary Watches for free! Download from here at PeetM's blog ......

Posted On Saturday, September 17, 2005 10:57 PM

Weekend Fun: Racing Frogs

When I'm not being an Architect I'm racing frogs!



Posted On Saturday, September 17, 2005 8:16 PM

Windows Presentation Foundation (was Avalon) goes cross platform
More interesting information to come out of this weeks PDC include more information on Windows Presentation Foundation or WPF which was formerly known as Avalon. The WPF development tool will use cross-platform standards, so you can use them to write normal apps that will run on different platforms or even Web-based apps with multiple browser support. Even as it steers developers toward the forthcoming edition of Windows, Microsoft is building tools to write applications for Mac OS X and the Web, ......

Posted On Saturday, September 17, 2005 3:02 PM

First Look at Office 12 new UI
At the Microsoft PDC visitors managed to get a first look at the new Office 12 UI, a link is here. There has been a lot of debate on it on Channel 9 here. My inital response was that the new toolbar does have more than justa hint of MAC OSX about it, (I'm sure Richard Peat will comment on that) which to my mind isn't a bad thing. The rule of thumb I also go by is that if you have worked out how to use it in a few second then the UI has effectively done it's job right. Look at the picture above, it ......

Posted On Saturday, September 17, 2005 9:23 AM

What is Microsoft's WWF?
Another exciting announcement to come out of the PDC is the introduction of Windows Workflow Foundation or WWF (not to be confused with a bunch of big bloke in tights getting all snarly) So what is a 'workflow?' It is not always possible to completely automate a process in code, often a point in a process will require interaction from a human, device or perhaps even another system. A workflow is the steps in a path a of process that takes into account points where interactions take place. An obvious ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 8:44 AM

Someone at PDC has listen to Irascian

Ian is very happy today at the PDC it seem the software fairy has at last completed the order and is promising more to come ...

Read Ian's latest installment here on Channel 9.

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 6:55 AM

UK Geek Dinner with Robert Scoble ... on my Birthday (10th Dec)

Sign up here:

... and as it's my birthday that day to, who's going to buy me a pint then?


Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 6:34 PM

What is LINQ?
News coming out of the PDC about an exciting new a set of standard query operators for use in working with data regardless of the data source! In essence they are a set of .net libraries that will extend C# and Visual Basic, from the examples on Microsoft site there is a strong impression that this is a sort of SQL type addition to the languages, that still happily works in a OO fashion. For example extracted from the Microsoft website. Where - Simple 1 This sample prints each element of an input ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 5:52 PM

IBM's SOA announcement, no room for doubt.
IBM is concentrating very hard on SOA right with links right from the front-page, which is more than Microsoft. They are investing $1 billion a year into SOA based technologies. They also claim to have over 1000 "SOA customer engagements all over the world". Now to earth with a bump, did IBM spend a lot of money on development of SOA or marketing because this website has been over done by marketing and really has very little content, there is nothing new here that I can't find ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 5:30 PM

Irascian isn't a happy bunny at PDC

My old mate Ian isn't enjoying Microsoft's PDC.

Read more here on channel9.



Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 5:07 PM

Nokia Email! The Aussie from GWB with the scoop!
How does Dave Caddick do it? He's got the scoop on this story before anyone else? Dave's post here on GWB and ZDNets story ! Dave's currently sunning himself in Egypt miles away from any internet connection so is unavailable for comment. Do you know what I think? Nokia are late to the party. Their offering isn't as complete as everyone else's and doesn't look like it's going to be for while yet, what Q2 next year ... and you are going to pay extra for it? Nokia do you think we are all mugs? Or are ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 3:58 PM

Will passwords become a thing of the past?
Loads of good topics to talk about today. Gartner today urged companies to start to move beyond passwords at their IT Security Summit. Yep, I hate them. On my travels I have often come across people that have written their passwords down. One person admitted today that his wife writes them on a post-it that she places on the bottom of her laptop! So, if the laptop is stolen then the person who find it will be easily able to get into that companies network! It's stories like this that we have all ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 3:37 PM

IT companies 'discriminate towards women'
The story is here. Do you believe it is true for starters? I know in one organisation I worked for there wasn't an active written policy of doing this, but we were all very aware that the men to women ratio wasn't healthy as the women were literally completely out-numbered by approx 40 times. I believe the main cause is that IT isn't an obviously attractive industry for women to work in and this is the challenge that we all have to counter if we ever going to redress the balance. Is being a Geek ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 2:55 PM

RTS is old but it still works
I’ve been on my travels today; I attended the first meeting of the RTS Users group. RTS what’s that? Well did you know that here in the UK, RTS has over 5 million users, you may be one and you may not even know it! RTS or Radio Tele-Switching is a method by which all power companies in the UK switch on and off electricity storage heaters. Basically, a radio message is sent-out via the side-bands of BBC Radio 4 which programs your meter and tells it when to switch your heating on or off. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 2:30 PM

Tips for starting a SOA project in the real world.
And now to my other project that is close to my heart at the moment which is SOA. As you may recall, we were having difficulty in selling the idea of SOA in our business, this has now changed. We have a project and a business sponsor. So in this post I want to reflect on some of the tips I’ve picked up so far that I would like to share with you. Now this is list isn’t completely comprehensive, I’m bound to have miss something out, but hey, something to talk about in future posts. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 7:57 AM

PDA Progress
I’ve been pretty busy recently with two of my projects, mobility and SOA, getting to critical stages, the first project mobility I will talk about here in this post and the second in the following. So my mobility project has finally made it to POC (Prooth Of Concept), which means that a small-ish test group of actually user are using hand-held devices as part of their primary function. As yet I’m not at liability to say what the mobility project entails in great detail but I promise I ......

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2005 5:00 PM

Rumour Mill: Big announcement on SOA for IBM to come

Apparently IBM is going to make a big announcement on SOA this week so keep your eyes peeled for that …


I will keep you posted of course!

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2005 10:07 AM

Launch of the Microsoft Mobile Embedded Developers User Group UK
Marcus Perryman (UK Microsoft Mobility Guru) has posted this on his blog. "Microsoft Mobile Embedded Developers User Group UK. This will be a free User Group that MS will support now and again with the use of their London Offices for meetings. During these meetings we (the organizers) would hopefully have organized technical presentations from both software companies and hardware companies alike. As a software developerof Windows Mobile solutions you might also like to join this community and participate ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 11:02 AM

Nice to be back.
A new month! Pinch, Punch and all that. I’ve been a way on holiday visiting relatives in Wales, so I'm all rested and ready to go. A few things have happened since I’ve been away; most noticeable Channel 9 has had a slick new design. My mobility project has gone live, earlier than I expected, everything was in place so the powers that be decided to just go for it. I like that attitude. Sarah is wanting to organise more Geek events I can't go to. Ok! I can take a hint! Mr C's found a cool ......

Posted On Thursday, September 1, 2005 12:39 PM

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