Visual C++ Futures – MFC updated in 1st half 2008

Back in April I blogged about our initial thoughts on the future of Visual C++. Soma shared some more information on this earlier this month. The team is working on a significant update to the Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) due as an update to Visual Studio 2008 in the first half of 2008.  Using this…


After an overview of Windows Server 2008 and the expected impact?

Then check out this short paper created by IDC This IDC study provides a review of the new features and functionality in Microsoft Windows Server 2008, along with an assessment of the market conditions it will launch into.


Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit updated for RTM

Shameless copy and paste – but great stuff nevertheless. The Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit has been updated for the RTM and has been released on the Download Center for anyone to download and use.  The Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit contains a full 5-days of technical content including 20 hands-on labs, 28 presentations,…


Windows Server 2008 Prices Announced

Well – US$ prices anyway. I will have a dig for UK. Details can be found at The headline stuff: Pricing for all Windows Server 2008 products will be increasing by approximately 1 percent for all distribution channels. Estimated MSRP* are listed by each version below: Windows Server 2008 Standard: $999 (with five Client…


Three new IIS7 screencasts

Last week we had a 3 day Windows Server 2008 Tech Reviewers Workshop.  One of the presenters has taken three of the demos presented and released them as new screencasts on Channel9.   Each screencast has an accompanying demo script for easy redelivery. Nice work. · Installing PHP Applications on IIS7 · Failed Request Tracing on…


A subtle change – we like PHP :-)

When I started working with UK developers many years back, one of my focus areas was ASP vs PHP. 10 years on from those days and both technologies are very successful with huge fans of each technology (ASP becoming the much more powerful ASP.NET). But on IIS, the favourite is by far ASP.NET. On Unix/Linux…


Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 is finished

Great job by the product group. Now I just need to find the time to unwind a bunch of betas off this machine (Visual Studio 2008 plus lots of betas dependent on it) and put on the final code and then try and get it all to work again. Or maybe – I will just…


25% off developer training

My colleagues in the US have struck up a deal with Total Training where we can offer a discount of 25% off a year’s training subscription on MS developer products. The series range from 4 hours to 8 hours and are project oriented – they cover SQL Server development to ASP.NET to Expression Blend. Free…


ISV meet hoster, hoster meet ISV

You are an ISV looking at on-demand delivery of your application – good for you! But… once you have sorted out scalability, configurability, tackled multi-tenancy and packed it full with cool features, be prepared to keep developing as your Hoster may not be able to help as much as you might expect. In the summer…


Multi-tenancy in the data tier – not for everyone

We have a great example application called LitwareHR that (amongst other things) demonstrates how to design a highly multi-tenant database – where the data of tenants exists in the same tables and SQL views are used to project out only the data for an individual tenant. However this is certainly not the right approach for…