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Annual SQL Server Connectivity Survey – live until 9th September 2011
The Microsoft SQL Server team has been interacting on a regular basis with developers and users in the form of surveys. If you have 15mins spare and would like to do your bit to help shape the roadmap for SQL Server then please pop over to http://www.zoomerang.com/Su... And… My own simple one question version if you only have one minute to spare. Apologies in advance for stuff I left out! Related Links: More details of the survey are posted on the ADO.NET team blog ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 3:41 PM

Poll on Entity Framework 4 – one year on
12 months back (today is March 15th 2010) on the 16th of March 2009 I created a poll on Entity Framework v1 – the marmite of ORMs? A quick poll…. Entity Framework v1 was getting a mixed reception at the time – I met developers who genuinely hated it and I met developers who were loving the productivity improvements they were seeing. There were definitely issues with v1, too many IMHO. Which is why the product team placed a huge effort on listening to the community to drive the feature set for v2 ......

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2010 5:03 PM

Part 3: What are your plans for using the Windows Azure Platform?
On January 7th 2010 I kicked off a survey on Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform (Now closed). I promised to share the results which I will do over four posts. This is the third of those four. Part 1: Is Cloud relevant? Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, Amazon, Google and SalesForce? Part 3: What are your plans for using the Windows Azure Platform? Part 4: My analysis Which of these Windows Azure Platform technologies have you already evaluated or plan to evaluate ......

Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2010 2:30 PM

Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, Amazon, Google and SalesForce?
On January 7th 2010 I kicked off a survey on Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform (Now closed). I promised to share the results which I will do over four posts. This is the second of those four. Part 1: Is Cloud relevant? Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, Amazon, Google and SalesForce? Part 3: What are your plans for using the Windows Azure Platform? Part 4: My analysis How well do you understand each of the following Cloud Services? How relevant do you think each ......

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 4:00 PM

Results of Cloud Computing Survey – Part 1: Is Cloud relevant?
On January 7th 2010 I kicked off a survey on Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform (Now closed). A big thanks to the 100 folks who completed the survey. I have been through the results and removed a few where folks clearly dropped out after page 1 (which is fine – but I felt it wasn’t helping the results). I promised to share the results which I will do over four posts. This is the first of those four. Part 1: Is Cloud relevant? Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:05 AM

How developers learn survey results – interesting
In June 2009 we created a survey for UK developers to tell us how they prefer to learn about technology which we used as input into planning for a number of activities in the UK in the second half of the year. I just “rediscovered” the raw data and thought it was interesting enough to share more widely. Top level: Most folks are generalists Web is “where it is at” for many We each have to invest a lot of time in learning technology Search trumps colleagues for answers Few of us have certifications ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 6, 2010 5:34 PM

What would you most like for Christmas 2009 as a software developer?
From to … Dear Father Christmas, I would like… for Christmas 2009 And lest we forget, in Christmas 2008 we wanted (click View Results) P.S. Don’t forget to follow my team twitter http://twitter.com/ukmsdn for 2010 (oh, and me http://twitter.com/ericnel) ......

Posted On Thursday, December 10, 2009 1:36 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll for December 2nd: REST or SOAP in 2010?

Posted On Sunday, November 29, 2009 10:16 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll for November 18th: Do you think you will develop solutions for SharePoint 2010?
SharePoint development has always been a little bit “lumpy” but Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint 2010 plan to make thing much easier – yet offer more control and power. There are some great resources popping up to help you get started such as: Get Started Developing on SharePoint 2010 10 great modules plus documentation for the beta of Sharepoint. Sharepoint development with Visual Studio 2010 Including 14 great walkthroughs. But – will you be one of those developers targeting SharePoint ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 10:32 AM

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

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

UK MSDN Flash Poll for October 7th 2009: How many lines of code did you write yesterday?

I managed “A smidgen – less than 100”. How did you fair?

Posted On Monday, September 28, 2009 11:09 AM

UK MSDN Flash Poll for Sept 16th 2009: How do you do Unit Testing?
[From a suggestion by Ian Cooper] There are many different approaches to unit testing software, from manual testing to Test Driven Development. In many organisations the developer of the code will unit test their own code, however in some organisations a unit test will always be created and performed by a second developer or a full time tester. What approach do you commonly follow ......

Posted On Thursday, September 10, 2009 10:02 AM

UK MSDN Flash Poll: How did your software team score in the Joel Test?
It is 9 years since Joel Spolsky created “The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code”. I thought it fitting to make a poll around it for the August 12th edition of the UK Flash (and a big thanks to @rammesses for the initial suggestion). There is a little work required to complete the poll as you really should read the article by Joel – but for simplicity, below are the 12 questions. The test is still valid if you are a team of one. Please, do remember the words of Joel (with my highlighting): “I've ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 5, 2009 1:28 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll for June 17th 2009: How many monitors do you use for developing software?
I have a couple of days leave coming, hence the early poll to accompany the Flash next week. I bumped into an old colleague who now has a six monitor setup in his home for developing software – which made my “notebook + 19inch monitor” setup look a little sad. Especially as I share that monitor with an Xbox 360 and a PC gaming rig. Your chance to sneak in a vote. I was wondering if folks would like me to organise a full hardware (multi-question) survey via the Flash in the future? I for one would ......

Posted On Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:38 AM

UK MSDN Flash Poll: How interested are you in User Interface design?
The topic this time around is “How interested are you in User Interface design?”. This poll came about after a visit to a local (Bath, UK) software startup which has at least as many user interface designers as developers which made me realise just how much things have moved on over the last couple of years. Certainly 3 years back a “similar” software startup would have been developer heavy and most likely have had no user interface designers. Expectations today are that applications (web and rich) ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 2, 2009 3:08 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll: What will you be using for your data storage in 2010 for new applications?
I have just put together the poll for next weeks MSDN Flash thanks to a suggestion by http://twitter.com/philpurs... . We have had an explosion of viable storage technologies for Windows development over the last 12months, both for traditional OnPremise deployment and for deployment to The Cloud. What do you think you will be doing in 2010 for new applications? Sneak in your vote now ahead of the newsletter (and tell me if I missed out an obvious choice!). Thanks ......

Posted On Friday, May 15, 2009 11:02 AM

UK MSDN Flash Poll: As a developer, what do you think of IE 8?
I don’t do much web development these days (with the exception of when I am thinking about Windows Azure) and I certainly haven’t battled with complex html+JavaScript across multiple browsers for a long, long while. On the other hand, my colleague Mike Ormond is pretty immersed in such things and only today (29th April 2009) published a video on an Introduction to the IE8 Developer Tools and yesterday announced a competition for IE8 developers (Win an Xbox Elite + fame!). I was curious (as was Mike) ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 3:22 PM

Is 2010 the year of C# and … BBC Basic?
I did a poll on the 8th of April which asked the question: What language would you choose to use 12 months from today if you were given the chance to develop a brand new application and you were allowed to choose the programming language? The result was rather interesting. Over 50% of you went with C#, three times more than Visual Basic (.NET), with C++ coming in a distant 3rd. BBC Basic scored rather well. I think this recognises that for many of us we miss the interactive environments that came ......

Posted On Monday, April 20, 2009 4:49 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll: How good are your estimating skills?
A long, long time ago I used to take pride in my ability to estimate how long it would take to code something (which worked well!) and be pretty much spot on. With older eyes I suspect I used to overestimate how long it would take and then pad the time to fill it – but I digress :-) These days though, my ability to estimate time to code is pretty much shot. I blame a) a few years of playing with whiteboards as an application architect and b) I only ever code in alpha/beta technologies and all that ......

Posted On Monday, April 20, 2009 4:23 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll April 8th 2009: What language would you like to be using in April 2010 for new applications?
I am busy assembling next Wednesdays MSDN Flash as the technical editor and general copy/paste monkey :-) I am also just back from delivering three sessions at Devweek 2009 where I fell in love with IronRuby. IronRuby is only at version 0.3 right now which made me wonder about what programming language I might be using 12 months from now and that thought in turn became the inspiration for next weeks poll. What language would you like to be using in April 2010 for new applications? Feel free to sneak ......

Posted On Thursday, April 2, 2009 7:54 PM

Entity Framework v1 – the marmite of ORMs? A quick poll…
In the UK we have something called marmite. A strange tasting thing that apparently you spread on bread and can actually eat. No, seriously you can actually eat it. As you can tell – I hate marmite. The smell, the look but most of all the taste. Disgusting! However there are people (I have met them) who love marmite. Interestingly, there are zero people who fall between these two opposing views – you either love it or hate it. Which brings me to the ADO.NET Entity Framework. On twitter I keep seeing ......

Posted On Monday, March 16, 2009 2:35 PM

My analysis of the recent Visual Basic Survey + an extra graph :-)
I documented the results from the recent Visual Basic survey we carried out in the UK but decided not to include any conclusions I drew from it as I was curious to see what folks thought – which made for some good comments and emails. Thanks. I also spotted a couple of short articles: Tim Anderson in the UK picked up on it - and gave some useful links on our support policy for VB6. Thanks Tim. InfoQ also did a short article on it – essentially the summary was “There is a lot of VB6” :-) Now my turn. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 26, 2009 3:46 PM

Results of the Visual Basic Survey: Part 2 Visual Basic 6.0 Usage Today
This is part 2 of 3. Part 1 – Language and Framework Usage Part 2 – Visual Basic 6.0 Usage Today (This one!) Part 3 – Move from Visual Basic 6.0 to .NET ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 18, 2009 2:07 PM

Results of the Visual Basic Survey: Part 3 Move from Visual Basic 6.0 to .NET
This is part 3 of 3 Part 1 – Language and Framework Usage Part 2 – Visual Basic 6.0 Usage Today Part 3 – Move from Visual Basic 6.0 to .NET (This one!) ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:19 PM

MSDN Poll: What type of software development work are you currently doing?

Poll question for the UK MSDN Flash for the 21st of January. Thanks in advance for taking part.

 

Posted On Saturday, January 17, 2009 5:12 PM

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