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MSDN Flash Podcast Show 011 – Steve Marx on Windows Azure
Also knows as “that’s where I left my shoe” (you will need to listen to understand that) This is a bonus edition of the podcast recorded on the 6th of October in London with Steve Marx, Technical Strategist working on Windows Azure. It starts slow, it needed a few edits (deletes!) as we battled with “what is still not public” but picks up to be a pretty useful look at the improvements we have made to Windows Azure over the last few months with a specific focus on storage. Topics covered include: ......

Posted On Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:26 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll for November 4th: How excited are you about Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is now available for download – but are you excited?

Posted On Thursday, October 29, 2009 12:30 PM

Picture of me
Someone on twitter just asked - “I like your caricature but what do you really look like”. Brace yourselves! 1st the caricature: Which was done from this shot from a couple of years back (notice how the double chin vanished in the drawing – sweet): Now the real thing, me taken in August at “the mothership” in Reading: ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 6:34 PM

Free WPF, Silverlight and 3.5 SP1 training for UK Developers
At the start of 2009 we worked with InnerWorkings to help over 7000 UK developers get access to free training in C# or VB. As there are at least 100,000 UK developers (depends who you ask), we decided to again partner with InnerWorkings to bring you free training in WPF, Silverlight and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. I am a big fan of the InnerWorkings approach which embeds a set of programming challenges into the Visual Studio IDE. Maybe not for everyone but certainly is an interesting and engaging alternative. ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 5:56 PM

Visual Studio Myths – busted wide open
The team and I were having a conversation about developers (we do that from time to time). It went something like: “Isn’t it a shame that so many developers are stuck on Visual Studio 2005 when Visual Studio 2008 would be way better for them and Visual Studio 2010 is just around the corner” “Why is that?” <LONG CONVERSATION LISTING EVERY REASON DEVELOPERS ARE ON 2005 DELETED> “And… then there are all these myths that developers believe to be true which hold them back from adopting Visual Studio ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:56 PM

David Chappell in conversation in the UK about Windows Azure and the cloud
David and I hosted David Chappell and Steve Marx in London on the 6th of October in a packed day with early adopters of azure (ISVs and System Integrators) David interviewed David (!) and I interviewed Steve for our MSDN Podcast. Unfortunately the podcast with Steve isn’t yet published as it needs a few edits as we strayed into “secret squirrel” territory a few times :-) Check out the video – its less than 15 minutes and David covers off Azure as well as Google, Amazon,, VMware and ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:10 AM

Windows Azure Platform “free” for MSDN Subscribers and BizSpark companies
Well not exactly free but definitely extremely welcome and a great benefit. The introductory offer includes a huge 750 hours of compute time – which rather nicely is how much you need to run a node 24x7 for the whole month. Another great reason to sign up for an MSDN subscription or to join BizSpark if you are a Software Startup. NB: SQL Services is SQL Azure. I guess the naming change slipped through the review process for the site ......

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 7:50 PM

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 now available – and launch date is set for March 22nd 2010
I am not the biggest fan of Mondays but today is different. Today is a good day. Today we announced the availability of Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2010 and revealed the official launch date: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 will launch on March 22nd 2010 We have also tinkered with the packaging/licensing (to make things easier for you). We announced new packaging, licensing and pricing of Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN. The best bit (IMHO) is: We include Go Live rights to allow you to evaluate in ......

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 6:12 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll for October 21st 2009: Which platforms do you develop for?

Nice and simple – but I think the results will be interesting.


Posted On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 10:57 PM

MSDN Flash Podcast Show 010 – Paul Jackson on Memory Mapped Files in .NET Framework 4.0, using Oslo and learning to love the web again thanks to ASP.NET MVC
This podcast accompanies the October 8th edition of the MSDN Flash newsletter. It is an interview with Paul Jackson which is meant to be about the article he wrote on Memory Mapped Files in .NET Framework 4.0 but tends to go off in different directions – but we both certainly enjoyed doing it :-) I was interested to hear how he was getting on with Oslo and why he was revisiting ASP.NET after many years of focus on XAML. Show Notes: WebsiteSpark Program Microsoft Ajax CDN Web Platform Installer Version ......

Posted On Thursday, October 8, 2009 4:28 PM

Slides and links from Windows Azure Platform Storage session
I delivered a session on Windows Azure Storage and SQL Azure Database at the UK Azure user group on the 6th of October. A big thanks to everyone who attended – and for putting up with my last minute improvisation when we realised that 2/3rd of the audience were actually brand new to Windows Azure (and presumably therefore brand new to the user group) Links: Main site and where you register to get tokens. Remember you need separate tokens for Windows Azure and SQL Azure. Or… a more streamlined ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 7, 2009 1:44 PM

Two great UK conferences – yet so different! Bathcamp and Software Architect 2009
Last Saturday I attended BathCamp near Bath and Tues through Thursday I attended Software Architect 2009 in London. I loved both conferences yet they are so very different. Hence (in a blokey way) I thought it would be interesting to summarise and compare. I was an invited speaker for Software Architect (my sessions) and proposed and had a session accepted on the day at BathCamp. BathCamp Software Architect Comment Price £20 £1000ish Location A field behind a pub near Bath! Many folks camped overnight. ......

Posted On Friday, October 2, 2009 1:05 PM

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