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IronRuby rocks at
My colleague Edd (who wrote two great guest posts for me on IronRuby) just pointed me at a new site It is early days for the site but I felt it was worth some additional exposure even at this early stage. Posts are nice and varied right now – from working with Microsoft Office to working with SQL Server. I wish the site the very best of luck. Related Links: 5 Steps to getting started with IronRuby Mini Book Review of IronRuby Unleashed by Shay Friedman Guest Post: Using IronRuby ......

Posted On Friday, April 30, 2010 4:49 PM

SyncToBlog #11 Stuff and more stuff
Just getting more stuff “down on paper” which grabbed my attention over the last couple of weeks. is live. This is a a rich desktop application built in WPF by some ex-colleagues and current friends :-) Check it out if “photo books” is your thing or you like sweet WPF UX. Study rates Microsoft .NET Framework rated top, Ruby on Rails 2nd bottom. I know a bit about both of these frameworks. Both are sweet for different reasons. .NET top. Ok – I liked that. But Ruby on Rails ......

Posted On Friday, April 30, 2010 3:08 PM

Azure eBook Update #1 – 16 authors so far!
I just wanted to share with folks where we are up to with the Windows Azure eBook (Check out the original post for full details) I have had lots of great submissions from folks with some awesome stuff to share on Azure. Currently we have 16 authors and 25 proposed articles. There is still a couple of days left to submit your proposal if you would like to get involved (see the original post ) and some topic suggestions below for which we don’t currently have authors. It is official – I’m excited! ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 12:24 PM

45minute video on introduction to Windows Azure and running Ruby on Rails in the cloud
Last week I presented at Cloud and Grid Exchange 2010. I did an introduction to Windows Azure and a demo of Ruby on Rails running on Azure. My slides and links can be found here – but just spotted that the excellent Skills Matter folks have already published the video. Watch the video at P.S. I really need to shed a few pounds ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:11 AM

Slides and links for Looking at the Clouds through Dirty Windows :-)
Tomorrow (Friday 23/4/2010) I am delivering a session at the Cloud Grid Exchange in London at SkillsMatter (A top training company and superb supporter of development communities). To be perfectly honest – I’m more interested in attending than presenting as the sessions and speaker line up look great. But in the middle of all that I will be doing the following (rather cheekily named) session: Looking at the Clouds through dirty Windows Many developers assume that the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform ......

Posted On Thursday, April 22, 2010 4:06 PM

SyncToBlog #10 Lots of Azure and Cloud Links including MIX10 videos
Just getting a few interesting cloud links “down on paper”. I last did one of these on Azure in Feb 20010. Cloud Links: Article on Debugging in the Cloud A sample app that demonstrates monitoring and automatically scaling an Azure application in response to dropping performance etc. Basically a console app that checks perf stats and then uses the Service Management API to spin up new instances when needed. Azure In Action book is imminent :) Running Memcached ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3:30 PM

Call for authors for new eBook on the Windows Azure Platform
I intend to pull together a FREE eBook on the Windows Azure Platform – but I need your help to make it rock! If you have detailed experience of any aspect of the Windows Azure Platform and can spare a few hours of time to turn that into a short article (400 to 800 words) then please get in touch. This is not a big commitment but my suspicion is the end result will make for a cracking good read. I am hoping for a mix – everything from lessons learnt from early adopters to introductions to elements ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:54 PM

The best Windows 7 virtual desktop tool by far… Dexpot
[Oh – and Windows XP, Vista etc] Every so often I yearn for the virtual desktop functionality that is implemented so well under Linux. Unfortunately every time I start looking for a great tool for Windows I ultimately end up disappointed. But … I think this time around I have actually found one that will outlast the first day or two and become a must have. Check out So far this is 100% stable, 100% sensible and offers awesome functionality, yet still is very simple to use. There ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:08 AM

Register now for the FREE UK Windows Azure Self-paced Interactive Learning Course starting May 10th
[Suggested twitter tag #selfpacedazure] We (myself and David Gristwood) have been working in the UK to create a fantastic opportunity to get yourself up to speed on the Windows Azure Platform over a 6 week period starting May 10th – without ever needing to leave the comfort of your home/office. The course is derived from the internal training Microsoft gives on Azure which is both fun and challenging in equal parts – and we felt was just too good to keep to ourselves! We will be releasing more details ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:01 AM

Links from UK TechDays 2010 sessions on Entity Framework, Parallel Programming and Azure
[I will do some longer posts around my sessions when I get back from holiday next week] Big thanks to all those who attended my 3 sessions at TechDays this week (April 13th and 14th, 2010). I really enjoyed both days and watched some great session – my personal fave being the Silverlight/Expression session by my friend and colleague Mike Taulty. The following links should help get you up and running on each of the technologies. Entity Framework 4 Entity Framework 4 Resources ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:41 PM

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