Distributed Agile Development at Microsoft patterns & practices

When I meet customers Agile Development comes up a lot, so this is a timely paper from Microsoft’s patterns & practices group, which has been following an agile, distributed development approach for the past five years. During this time teams within the group have experimented extensively with different approaches to best address the challenges of…

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Microsoft Ireland Podcast: Modernising your VB6 code with NewCode

(I’m hoping to invite (fairly regularly) ISVs/Partners/Customers in Ireland/Northern Ireland to come talk about the development of their products and applications. If you’d like to participate in the future please contact me.) In this podcast (or mp3-on-a-share as I’m told I should be calling it, you know who you are!) I talk to Peter Owens,…

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Nip & Tuck for GUIs (3) : manipulating a hosted WPF user control from a Windows Forms app

In my last post in this series I showed how easy it is to host a WPF user control within a Windows Forms application. The control I used was completely self-contained in that it didn’t require (or allow) the Windows Forms host app to set any properties or communicate with it in any way. That’s…

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System Center 2007 Management Pack for TFS 2008

(For context: System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) allows provides monitoring, troubleshooting, audit collection, and reporting for any server workload or application, including the base operating system, system hardware, and other management agents)   Enter the new TFS 2008 Management Pack for System Center Operations Management 2007 to help you, yes, manage and monitor exposed services…

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Microsoft Web Platform Installer Release Candidate

  The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free tool that makes it simple to download and install the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 and 7.0, SQL Server 2008 Express, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1. The Web Platform Installer offers a…

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Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR – RTM

The VS Database edition team has just released the golden version of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR. I’ve included the feature list inline below, and you can download the software fromhttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bb3ad767-5f69-4db9-b1c9-8f55759846ed&displaylang=enand the documentation from http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/a/e/0ae1153a-8798-474a-93e6-d19299f37c8b/Documentation.zip FYI, you must have VS 2008 SP1 installed first!   Feature list Project System Full support…

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Nip & Tuck for GUIs (2) : Windows Forms and a self-contained WPF user control

I figure the most logical follow-on from my last post is to show how simple it is to start using WPF within an existing Windows Forms application. I set myself the goal for this post of doing this with zero code behind whatsover to avoid clouding the issue. I had no choice but to incorporate…

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Nip & Tuck for GUIs (a.k.a. the scoop on Expression Design’s past)

So you may know that AutoCAD 2009 uses WPF for it’s “chrome” (no not that Chrome, the other chrome i.e. ribbon, action recorder and QuickView). What’s probably less well known (but which you can learn about at the MIX 08 University in this session) is that Expression Design, below, has quite a lot in common…

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Event : UX Options with Microsoft, 11th Dec 2008 (Dublin)

Event Invite: User Experience Options with Microsoft – a full-day seminar If you’ve been reading a lot about Silverlight, WPF and all the various flavours of the Expression tools – you might be wondering about how they all fit together, and with more mature technologies like VB6 and WinForms. Well, this is your chance to…

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Partner Training on 1) WPF 2) Web Development with VS 2008 in Dec 2008

Just a quick heads up re. two partner training events (for partners in Ireland / Northern Ireland) happening in the next month, on WPF and Web Development. Follow the link inline below for more details & to register (you’ll need to log in using your partner credentials).   EventID  Event Start Course Name CPLS Company…

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