FREE Visual Basic Upgrade Companion tool for VB6 to .NET

A couple of years back I was closely involved with helping developers take their investments in VB6 forward (e.g. I created this blog which still has great VB stuff in its archives). Those with sharp eyes will have noticed that the (IMHO rather poor) Visual Basic Upgrade Wizard is no longer part of Visual Studio…

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Q&A: Where can I get architectural guidance on building applications for the Windows Azure Platform?

Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson. Permalink This question has come up a lot in recent weeks as early adopters move from prototyping with the platform to actually needing to deliver real applications. Whilst fundamentally you are using the same approaches and best practices for the Windows Azure Platform as you would use…

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New SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core promotional offer announced

Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson. Permalink This is (almost) a straight copy and paste but represents an important announcement worthy of a little more “exposure” Starting August 1, 2010, we will release a new SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core promotional offer.  This new offer will give you the flexibility to purchase commitment…

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Details of 5GB and 50GB SQL Azure databases have now been released, along with new price points

Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson. Permalink Like many others signed up to the Windows Azure Platform, I received an email overnight detailing the upcoming database size changes for SQL Azure. I know from our work with early adopters over the last 12 months that the 1GB and 10GB limits were sometimes seen…

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Internet Explorer 9 Preview 2 link + webcasts for developers

Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson. Permalink At Web Directions last week in London (10th and 11th June 2010) I promised several folks I would put up a blog post to more information on IE 9. True to my word (albeit a little later than I had hoped), here is what I was…

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Q&A: How do I cancel my Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special? (or any Subscription)

Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson. Permalink Short answer: Don’t! Just kidding Long answer: I believe it is the same process as for other Microsoft Online Services – but I have never tried it. Hence please post a comment if you follow this successfully or not and I will amend.… Note: Cross posted…

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Windows Azure Platform eBook Update #2 – 100 pages of goodness

Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson. Permalink I previously mentioned I was working on a community authored eBook for the Windows Azure Platform. Well, today I assembled the 20 articles that made it through to the end of the review process into a single eBook – and it looks (and reads) great. Still…

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SQL Azure Roadmap gets a little clearer – announcements from Tech Ed

Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson. Permalink On Monday at Tech▪Ed 2010 we announced new stuff (I like new stuff) that “showcases our continued commitment to deliver value, flexibility and control of data through data cloud services to our customers”. Ok, that does sound like marketing speak (and it is) but the good…

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Q&A: Will my favourite ORM Foo work with SQL Azure?

Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson. Permalink short answer: Quite probably, as SQL Azure is very similar to SQL Server longer answer: Object Relational Mappers (ORMs) that work with SQL Server are likely but not guaranteed to work with SQL Azure. The differences between the RDBMS versions are small – but may cause…

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Announcing gmStudio V9.85 for VB6/ASP/COM re-engineering

Great Migrations has released gmStudio V9.85. gmStudio is a programmable VB6/ASP/COM re-engineering tool that enables an agile tool-assisted rewrite methodology and helps teams dramatically lower the total cost, risk, and disruption of ambitious migration projects without sacrificing quality, control, or time to market. Figure 1: the gmStudio Main Form The hallmark characteristics of gmStudio include…

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