Microsoft’s Top 10 Challenges for 2006

Here’s a thoughtful piece by Directions on Microsoft suggesting what we have to get right this year.  “Get Going on Tools” is right up there, but I don’t mean to single it out, because I think the whole list is dead right.  Is there anything you’d change, or think is conspicuously missing?


A thought exercise for my European friends

Imagine this, if you will: NO PREMIERSHIP.  FOR A YEAR. European society would collapse. I’ve just survived the Canadian equivalent.  See the “Postal Strike” clip on this page for the Royal Canadian Air Farce’s humorous take on the horror that was the NHL players’ strike.  (Americans suffered through the same, but on average they’re a little less…


Great Windows Presentation Framework (Avalon) article on MSDN

Ian Griffiths and Chris Sells, authors of the book Programming Windows Presentation Framework, have posted a great article up on MSDN. The article is called “Top Ten UI Development Breakthroughs In Windows Presentation Foundation,” but Chris says that he’d rather have called it “Ten Things That Would Surprise You when Learning WPF.” Either way, there’s something…


The Persons of the Year and the Spirit of the Times (follow-up)

I wrote a very brief response to Time Magazine’s decision to select the Gateses and Bono as Persons of the Year, mentioning only that it sat very well with me.  Before I do a lot of digging into the source material on Time’s site, I wanted to jot down a little more about why I find…


The Gateses and Bono: Time Magazine’s ‘Persons of 2005’

Time Magazine has been naming its person of the year since 1927.  This year, they’ve named the Gateses and Bono the ‘Persons of 2005.’  The aim is to pick “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or for ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for…


Tablet PC + XBox 360 Controller == Rumbly Pub Shenanigans

Don Box posted some code that lets you communicate with a wired XBox 360 Controller that’s plugged into your PC using Managed DirectX.  Too cool!  I don’t have an XBox360 (yet), but I own an XBox360 controller now 😉 On the way into town last night, I coded up a simple app for my Tablet PC…


Interested in web hosting? This Friday in Dublin: it’s the Shared Web Hosting Seminar

If you’re interested in IIS and web hosting, you won’t want to miss the Shared Web Hosting Seminar in Dublin on Friday, which is being presented by the EMEA Microsoft Web Hosting Team. We’ve found that the audiences that are interested in this event are quite diverse.  Professional hosters want to know how to optimize…


Sudoku Solver Web Service

Nick asked for it, and now you’ve got it: my Sudoku Solver that I cooked up with Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition, exposed as an ASP.NET 2.0 Web Service.  The link goes to an explanation of how to consume the service.  I also posted some sample code which you can download to consume the web…


Visual Web Developer 2005 Express on this month’s PC Live magazine!

Christmas sure is coming!  On my nightly walk home, I ricochet like a pinball down Grafton Street, bouncing off frantic shoppers in the hub of Dublin’s shopping arcade.    Those of you who stop into a newsstand while doing your shopping may notice that Microsoft Ireland is giving out free copies of Visual Web Developer…