WPF/E – Martha Rotter in Belfast and Dublin

Martha Rotter from the WPF/E team is presenting in Belfast tonight and Dublin tomorrow.  You’re going to be hearing a lot about the technology codenamed “Windows Presentation Foundation / Everywhere” at the upcoming Mix07 conference, and this is the ideal opportunity for developers near Dublin and Belfast to get early insight into Microsoft’s solution for…

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Windows Live for Developers: The Good, the Intriguing, and the Way to get Started

On Friday, I showed IT @ Cork the Windows Live Platform for developers.  The “one link to rule them all” for those who want to get started mashing a wide variety of services into their web-based applications is the Windows Live Developer Center on MSDN.   1. The Good: Virtual Earth API The Virtual Earth…

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Express Yourself (Expression Web, Expression Blend)

The Expression line of applications are a suite of designer tools that help integrate the designer and developer’s workflows. Expression Web Expression Web was released earlier this month. It’s a professional design tool for creating modern, data-driven, standards-compliant websites, and although it’s targeted at designers, it has deep ASP.NET 2.0 support. You can find out…

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ASP.NET Ajax (formerly "Atlas") goes Beta 2

They’ve just released ASP.NET Ajax (formerly ASP.NET “Atlas”) in Beta 2 over on the ASP.NET site.  (In fact, atlas.asp.net now redirects to ajax.asp.net.) They’ve changed the control namespaces from atlas: to asp:, so I need to do a bit of search-‘n’-replace on Mosaic Art by Siofra, my long-suffering “Atlas” demo, in order to port it into Beta 2. I…

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Must-have Add-Ins for Internet Explorer 7

The Internet Explorer 7 Team posted an amazing list of must-have Add-Ins for IE7.  Some I’d seen, some were new, and I’m using almost all of them now. If you’re not surfing the web with IE7 yet, you can get it here, or Automatic Updates will push it out to you in a few weeks, as described…

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Windows Live for Developers: Online Resource hub. In Beta, natch.

What does Windows Live have to offer Developers?  Have you ever wanted to… … add Virtual Earth to a website?  … use the Live platform to build Messenger activities? … build Search on your site? … write your own Gadgets? … perform authentication and authorization with Live IDs? …  or — do something else with the other…

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SQL Server 2005 – scripting your database for moving to your hoster – Hosting Toolkit

I’ve written before about how to ease the challenge of scripting your data to move it from a local SQL Server 2005 .mdf database to a hoster. Things got a little easier today with the SQL Server Hosting Toolkit, which, in its first incarnation, is a command line tool that generates a T-SQL script designed…

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Looking for a few great launch Partners

Launch is coming soon, not just for Windows Vista and .NET 3.0, but also the 2007 Office System and Exchange 2007.  We’re looking for a few great Partners to be involved in this very significant event. Over the past two weeks, I’ve met with local development teams who are building applications using Vista-era technologies, including…

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Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources

Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning.  This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don’t always know about.  I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article.   1. MSDN Forums –…

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Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)

Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources   1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions?  The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts.  Broken out by technology and then by detailed subject.  Solve technical problems,…

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