Tech.Days 2011: Save the Date

It’s that that time of year again when the big one approaches – the big event that gives us an opportunity to get out and about and tell the story of the platform, current and future. This year Tech.Days will run from 23-25 May at a venue in London. It’s an event for both developer…


A Couple of Upcoming Events

Firstly the UK Bing Maps User Group are holding their next meeting on the evening of 19th January in London. The agenda looks like this: 6.30pm – Coffee and socialising 7.00pm – Session 1 "What’s new in the Bing Maps world" – Johannes Kebeck (Microsoft) 7.45pm – Food and socialising 8.15pm – Session 2 “Show…


Tech Days Online Conference in January

Looks like I’ll be presenting on the Tech Days Online Conference “Build an app for that” on 20th January 2011. It’s an online conference featuring demo-rich sessions on building applications for the browser, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7. The online day will offer three tracks, letting you choose which sessions are most relevant to…


Language Shapes The Way We Think (Poll Result)

A popular poll with well over 1000 responses but I wonder if someone hijacked it this time around? I know it was in an issue with a feature article on F# but F# as the 2nd most popular language choice? And VB beaten into 4th place by IronPython and F#? PowerShell doesn’t even register on…


Writing Cross-Platform XAML Applications

This week’s feature article is written by Colin Eberhardt and tackles the issue of sharing code between Silverlight, WPF and Silverlight for Windows Phone. It’s an issue that often comes up in conversation and it’s great to see Colin describe a practical example and demonstrate it’s quite possible to achieve a good degree of efficiency,…


Now you can develop for WP7 in VB too

Yes, that’s right. After a successful CTP of VB for Windows Phone 7, the team have now released “Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools – RTW”. If you just want to download the good stuff, here’s the link: Visual Basic for Windows Phone Developer Tools – RTW – Download Link What does this mean?…


A Brief Introduction to F#

Out guest writer for this issue is Mark Bloodworth, an Architect Evangelist at Microsoft UK, who kindly offered to write a brief introduction to F#. Mark’s interests extend to all those “other” languages like Ruby, Python and F# so we should be in safe hands. Over to Mark… When you create a new project in…


MSDN Flash Poll #13: Language Shapes The Way We Think

“Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.” Benjamin Lee Whorf This week, given our feature article is on a (relatively) new .NET programming language, we’d like to know which is your favourite.


Linked.NET Virtual Meeting with ScottGu

This Friday (tomorrow!) at 10am PST (so that’s 6pm if you’re in the UK), LIDNUG (Linked.NET User Group) are holding their next virtual meeting with Scott Guthrie. In fact this is their 7th “Talking Shop” meeting with Scott and it’s understandably very popular. The event is held via Live Meeting so no need to travel…


Silverlight Firestarter Event on 2nd December Available Online

Yes, you can watch the Silverlight Firestarter event online on 2/12. Given the amount of coverage, debate and FUD that’s been thrown around recently, perhaps it’s the most important one yet to tune into. The agenda looks like this (5pm start in the UK if you plan to watch it live). 8:00 AM   Breakfast…