Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 has been released

Hot off the press. We just released Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008.  Soma has all the details. Check the Channel9 Video too. This is a very cool product – I’ve been learning about some of the new features this week.  I’ll be doing a user group tour in the next few months to help…

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Into WPF & Silverlight? Local community coming your way!

There is lots happening in the community and this is great to see. The latest is that Nas Khan is setting up a XAML based user group in Wellington.  She’s put up a blog post outlining her current thinking.  The long and short of it is that she has a few things she’d like feedback…


Sharepoint User Group – Wellington

Chandima has posted the details of the Sharepoint user group that is on in Wellington on Wednesday night.  The Sharepoint user group is one of – if not the biggest Microsoft oriented user group in New Zealand that I’m aware of.  If you are interested in a great networking and educational event around MOSS and WSS,…


MSDN Flash: What Multi-targeting means to customers

One of the new features of Visual Studio 2008 is the ability to target multiple versions of the .Net framework with your application.  I briefly mentioned this my last editorial, but I thought I’d expand on it here and help you understand why this is a very good thing for developers. One of the problems…

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Background Motion – now live!

Over the last few months the guys at Mindscape have been dotting i’s and crossing t’s in order to get BackgroundMotion up and running.  This has meant getting a solid hosting solution up (thanks to ZeroOne for pitching in!) as well as ensuring things like the terms of use and such things are in place. The…

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MSDN Flash – Focus on Orcas

Over the last week or so our team has been planning what we will be working on over the next 12 months. One of the big deal things that is coming out in the next 12 months is Visual Studio “Orcas” – the next major version of Visual Studio. I thought I’d take the opportunity…

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10 Seats left for MEDC-Mini

I’m in Sydney for MEDC, and thought those of you who are not able to be here, might be able to get in for the Christchurch one. In case you missed it – on May 17 (yes this Thursday) we will have the newly appointed Windows Embedded Software Architect Mike Hall and Derek Snyder (Product Manager,…


Technical Briefings – over and out!

I’ve just finished the keynote presentation for the Christchurch Technical briefings.  Phew!  Great to have that out of the way.  I can now go back to normality 😉 The last few weeks have been great in many ways.  I’ve now done my first ever keynote series, which itself has been a great experience.  We’ve also…

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SQL Server 2005 Service pack 2 released – Vista devs rejoice!

If you’ve been waiting for SQL Server 2005 to be released, well it is out now 🙂 When you install SQL Server 2005 on Vista, you’ll be prompted to install Service pack 2 – only problem is that it hasn’t been available – until today. You can download it here. I’ve taken to developing on…