Application Architecture Pocket Guides from Patterns & Practices

The Patterns & Practices team has recently released 4 application architecture pocket guides each addressing different types of applications. The list of available guides is the following: Web Application Architecture Pocket Guide RIA (Rich Internet Application) Architecture Pocket Guide Rich Client Architecture Pocket Guide Service Architecture Pocket Guide You can downloaded them all in PDF format…

PDC 2008 session videos online on Channel 9

If you could not make it to PDC 2008 (Professional Developers Conference held in October 27-30 in Los Angeles) you should know that on Channel 9 you can look at video recordings of probably all the PDC sessions. You can even download WMV versions of each recording (both in low and high quality versions). For session…


Seeing 4GB of memory on 32-bit Windows Server 2003

I have been using Windows Server 2003 standard edition as a workstation OS on my laptop for sometime now. I have recently been given a brand new Lenovo T61P with 4GB of memory and have installed it as a multi-boot system with Windows Server 2003 as one of the operating systems. From my understanding the only…


Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V white papers and ppts

There is lately a growing number of white papers and presentations available on Windows Server 2008’s Hyper-V role. I wanted here to provide pointers to some of them.Hyper-V Server 2008 Getting Started Guide (docx) & Hyper-V Server 2008 Setup and Configuration Tool Guide (docx)Virtualization with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V (pdf)Hypervisor Functional Specification (docx)Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and BitLocker…


SQL Server 2005/2008 driver for PHP

If you are into writing PHP websites, you should know that you can use Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or 2008 as your relational database server directly from PHP by installing a specific driver (527KB) provided by Microsoft at no additional cost. This driver installs as a PHP 5 extension. If you want to take a quick look…


Guide to improve Windows Vista performance

Microsoft has released a 14 pages long guide to help improve performance of the Windows Vista operating system. Download your own copy here.


Videos and slides of .NET developer events in the UK

Video registrations of .NET developer events that have taken place in various cities in the UK can be downloaded here. Touched topics are numerous: .NET Fx 3.5, ASP.NET, Silverlight, IIS 7, SharePoint, smart clients, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, and much much more. All event slide decks in various formats (PPTX, PPT, PDF) are also available.


Learn Microsoft Expression products

If you want to learn any of the products that go under the Microsoft Expression umbrella, you should start taking a look at this page that is full of links to tutorials, starter kits, videos, virtual labs and guides. Another really great resource is There you may find great tutorials on learning the essentials…