Paschal Leloup: Tsunami report from Phuket, Thailand

Paschal Leloup and his wife Sinead, who many of you may know through their involvement in developers.ie, were near Phuket in Thailand during the quake. They are in good health and helping out with the rescue and recovery efforts.  Paschal has been kind enough to write about some of their experiences.  Here is a long…

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Generics CLS Compliant in Whidbey

[Update: This article was meant to be titled GreatNews<GenericsClsCompliance> but something in the XML pipeline is objecting to my using <> signs in the title!!] Brian (good find, mate!) pointed out the breaking news story that generics will be CLS compliant in Whidbey.  That’s very cool news!  I was living and loving generics last summer, always…

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There’s nothin’ like a little colourful insight

There are some great blogs out there.  Hugh’s gapingvoid is one of them.  I discovered Hugh through his article on how to be creative.  He “gets it,” writes with attitude and style, and etches his insights onto the back of business cards.  (But mind yourself, his language can sometimes be a little colourful.)  Microsoft blogger…

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Contractual Obligations (or, ‘First Contact with Contracts’)

Christian Weyer led a very interesting discussion last night at the IrishDev meeting about the importance of Contract-First Web Service design.  What Visual Studio needs, in his estimation, is a good WSDL designer that would allow architects to focus on the service contract, instead of being fully abstracted away from the XML and working completely…

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MSRC International Forum: “Less is More – Simple Computing in an Age of Complexity”

Microsoft Research in Cambridge (MSRC), UK, is organizing a forum in April, 2005 to discuss what will happen as computers continue to become “smaller, cheaper, more powerful, ubiquitous and more diverse.”  This three-day event, organized and sponsored by MSRC, will bring together top researchers from a variety of disciplines related to the goal of changing the…

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A .Net outlook on extending Outlook

I recently got curious about how easy it is to extend Outlook using .Net.  I currently use one Outlook Add-in, NewsGator, as my blog (RSS feed) aggregator.  Briefly, I’ve found two ways you can use .Net to leverage Outlook data: either (1) by talking to Outlook from a standalone .Net Assembly using the Outlook Primary…

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MSN Toolbar Suite beta released

My first impression is that the MSN Toolbar Suite is very cool.  Find out more here at Channel 9. [UPDATE 15 Dec: Yes, it’s cool. I use it as a single point-of-search for Outlook and my local documents. However, I still use, um, another web search engine, because I still think MSN’s Web Search is lagging well behind…

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IrishDev Thursday: Web Services and Replicants

I’m looking forward to Thursday night’s IrishDev Special Event, which will feature two presentations: One about the past, present and future of Web Services with Christian Weyer, and one about the future of early replicant retirement with Rick Deckard.  Both are experts in their respective fields and I have no doubt it’s going to be…

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Sparklines and other inspirations

When someone brings up Avalon, I inevitably gush about how it will transform advanced desktop visualization from a dark art into something very accessible.  I’m surely most like an evangelist when I get carried away about the creativity it will unleash. If you work in interface design or information visualization, you’ve probably come across Edware Tufte. …

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Irish Game Development Talk in the Digital Hub (or, ‘The quest for Pao Rialto’)

I was a last-minute addition to a panel discussion last night in Dublin’s Digital Hub about the future of Game Development in Ireland.  Ireland is a country where we have a publisher (Microsoft), some very strong middleware, but almost no international presence on the game development scene, unlike most of our neighbours: England, Scotland and…

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