Ready for the PDC pre days!

So much to choose from Microsoft .NET Framework Data Access from A to Z Advanced Windows Debugging Agile Perspectives, Industry and Microsoft Concurrent, Multi-core Programming on Windows and .NET Creating Rich Internet Applications with Silverlight Get More Out of Visual Studio Team System 2008 Performance by design using the .NET Framework Windows Mobile Development In-Depth…


Finally! – A way to manage the meta-work related to the meta-data related to the meta-design process of Enterprise Architecture!

Microsoft Enterprise Architecture Tool Kit (EATK) to the rescue! I highly recommend you take the time to check this out if you are at all involved in managing (or being managed by) architects. Enables IT Transparency Proactive Architecture Process Provides a series of Tools and Templates to support architecture decisions Empowers Architects Eases Governance in…


Team SOAK Wins the Imagine Cup ’08 !

Congratulations to all the participants, finalists and winners in the 2008 Imagine Cup competition and a special hooray for the Australian SOAK Team winners of the Software Design category. What a great achievement and a great solution! Looking forward to the creative solutions in 2009 .   imagine09.png


Bill’s last day

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Virtual Earth – Experts on the road in Australia – Free event

Developers don’t miss this opportunity! Register now. See how easy it is to access and integrate Virtual Earth into an existing environment Hear from Johannes Kebeck, one of the world’s leading experts on the Virtual Earth platform. Agenda and Timings 11:30 – 12:30 Registration (Light lunch available) 12.30 – 12:40 Welcome – Peter Ulm will…


TechEd Australia Early Bird Registration

The Tech.Ed Australia Early Bird registration offer has been extended until 11 July ’08. Take advantage of the $250 discount before it’s too late. See you there!


Microsoft Student Partners

I have been reading up on Microsoft’s involvement in academia recently (for reasons that I hope will become obvious soon :-)). There’s a lot on offer. One great program is the Microsoft Student Partners. If you are a student with a passion for technology check out Who are the MSPs at your university? Find them…


Where’s the value?

Today seems to have been a “where’s the value?” day for me. I was fortunate enough to sit in on a Gartner presentation today by John Roberts where he put forward the observation of cost vs value in IT. In essence most good CIOs and IT managers know the cost of their IT resources (people included) but have…


Don’t Use Exceptions To Control Application Flow

  Why? Because they can be thousands of times slower than method return values! Can you guess why? First here’s an example of what not to do. (from the Patterns & Practices Guidance article) static void ProductExists( string ProductId) { //… search for Product if ( dr.Read(ProductId) ==0 ) // no record found, ask to create         {         throw(…