The perfect Christmas present for your kids – a new release of Small Basic

I have previously blogged on Small Basic and only this week snuck it into a session I was doing on Parallel Programming (It is the time of year when you can get away with that sort of stuff!). This is a great way for anyone to learn how to program –  my 80 year old…


Merry Christmas

Have a great Christmas It is nearly my last day before I start my Christmas holidays – which means I have just enough time to play around with Xbox Live avatars and come up with this. Have a great Christmas and an amazing New Year.


Something for your Christmas stocking – the "Daniel Moth 2009 Community Calendar"

Daniel Moth was originally a Developer Evangelist in Microsoft UK before leaving to join the Parallel Programming team. Daniel was a top technologist, a great presenter, a bit of a character and … fondly admired by the UK developer community. The UK developer community have done some great tributes to him since his departure -…


Anybody for some free (and clever!) Visual Studio 2008 training?

In the UK we are working with InnerWorkings to create a great offer of training to UK developers. We still have some stuff to sort out but I am hopeful that we will be able to share the details of this very early in 2009. In my previous depth role we used InnerWorking successfully to…


New technical article on Visual Studio 2010 Language Futures

I commissioned an article on language futures in Visual Studio 2010, to cover off C#, Visual Basic, DLR, F# and Parallel Programming. I think the author did a superb job on it. Well done Damon. The Future of .NET Languages At the 2008 Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference, a number of striking changes were outlined for…


Feedback appreciated on draft screencast on VB6 and the options to move to .NET

I am working with partners to pull together guidelines, resources and special promotions on tools to help UK companies with VB6 make the right choice around moving (or not) to .NET. This will happen early in 2009. There will be a new landing page with the information and on that page will be a link…


SQL Server 2008 for Developers – slides

Just testing out SlideShare for making ppts more discoverable. This is the deck I did for the NxtGenUG Southampton. You can also get the links from What do you think? A useful way for us to share decks as well as on MSDN? SQL Server 2008 Overview View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own….


Inside everybody there is one book. How about one article for the UK MSDN Flash?

The UK MSDN Flash contains within it a short technical article. The article has traditionally been written by employees of Microsoft in the UK. This has worked great but I think we can do even better. That “we” includes you!  I want to widen the pool of potential authors from “Must be in Microsoft UK”…


Time to add some holly to twitter

Over in the world of people have a chance to attach a tiny image to their profile which ultimately gets displayed alongside their tweets. Two days back I spotted Ian had change his image and was now sporting a rather festive Father Christmas hat. I promptly did a swift edit to mine and noticed…


UK developer events for first part of 2009 – registration open

We have been busy over the last few weeks looking at our schedule of events for early 2009. In February we will be delivering half day MSDN events at  four locations covering Silverlight and WPF “from scratch” (Three locations published at time of writing and accepting registrations). Currently I am not needed for these 🙁…