GPD-E supports the Zune HD release

A couple of months ago some of us here in GPD-E Dublin got the chance to play with a development version of the new Zune HD. At the time the Zune team was still completing their work on the new device, however we managed to convince them to send us a sample unit.WOW, what a…

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JavaScript Memory Leak Detector (v2)

Introduction JavaScript Memory Leak Detector (download) is a debugging tool to detect memory leaks and enforce best practices in JavaScript code when working with version of Internet Explorer older than IE8.As described in detail in this MSDN article the JScript garbage collector in previous versions of Internet Explorer manages the lifetime of JScript objects but not…

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Treemap released in Silverlight Toolkit

As Silverlight 3 has just released, a new version of the Silverlight Toolkit is now available.  Microsoft’s Global Product Development – Europe team is delighted to have contributed the Silverlight Treemap to this release.  The Treemap allows hierarchical data to be visualised as a set of nested rectangles, where the size of each rectangle is related…

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Treemap released in Silverlight Toolkit

In November I wrote about our Silverlight Treemap which visualises hierarchical data as a set of nested rectangles.  Microsoft’s Global Product Development – Europe team has now released this control through the Silverlight Toolkit.  You can read more about this control here.    

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Programming with Silverlight and C#.

Marek Latuskiewicz, a senior development lead on our AdCenter team, has recently launched a blog about programming with Silverlight and C#. Marek plans to blog regularly on: 1) Ready to use, generic architectures to address interesting problems, which will include working code. 2) Short posts about certain aspects of Silverlight/C# programming. In his first post,…

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I am Test

There is a funny thing that happens when people mention the terms “test”, “tester”, or “quality assurance” in the computer programming industry. Groans can be heard about laborious, manual point-and-click activities. A cutting remark is almost always heard that insinuates a person who performs testing is a “click monkey.” Well,  I work in test at…

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Attention mobile developers! New device capabilities data from Microsoft being released on CodePlex, announced at MIX

PD-E’s Mobile Browse Platform team is excited to be releasing the Mobile Device Browser File, an XML file containing the web browsing capabilities of 500+ of the most common mobile phones, such as screen width and height, supported image and video types, and level of HTML support. ASP.NET developers can use this XML file (called…

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ACCU talk on designing for testability

Sami Vaaraniemi, a software developer on our Hotmail Mobile team in Dublin, is presenting a paper titled “Designing for Testability” at ACCU, the pre-eminent European software development conference, in Oxford, England, on April 23. Read about Sami’s talk here, and learn more about the conference here. Sami’s presentation will detail how to write code so…

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Microsoft Ireland speaker at the Software Quality Conference 2009

Justin Saunders, a software test developer on GPD-E’s mobile services team in Dublin, presented a talk at the Software Quality Conference 2009 in Dublin on March 4. The conference is the largest quality-focused conference in Ireland and hosted representatives from major software firms in Ireland and the UK. Justin’s presentation, on “The Software Quality Discipline…

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ACM SIGAPP talk on 3D scene generation with Metaprogramming

Diego Colombo, a software developer on our Experimentation Platform team in Dublin, presented a talk at the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing Conference (SIGAPP) on March 10th. Diego’s paper, “Aspect-Oriented Procedural Content Engineering for Game Design”, discussed how aspect oriented programming techniques can be used to drive the content creation process for 3D scene rendering by mapping…

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