Letter from America – Part II

One of the many things that continues to mystify me about American life is the garbage disposal unit. The kitchen sink in our apartment has no plughole: instead, it has a large round drainage hole obscured by a number of rubber flaps that come out from the edges. It’s not possible to see what goes…

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All Quiet on the Longhorn Front?

So I’ve been in Redmond for a week now – and what a week! Seen lots of cool Longhorn technology already, as well as some ace demos – there’s plenty of good new stuff exclusive to Longhorn for developers in addition to already announced pillars such as Avalon and Indigo. Incidentally, the fact that both…

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Letter from America – Part I

The first of an occasional series exploring life in Redmond from the perspective of a newcomer to the United States. When I posted a blog entry to announce I was leaving the UK subsidiary office of Microsoft to join the Longhorn evangelism team in Redmond, a couple of people mailed me to suggest I write…

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Esoteric .NET Language Challenge

It’s Friday afternoon, I’m bored with “conventional languages” such as C# and VB, so let’s play a game! I’ve got four different code snippets from somewhat esoteric languages. They’ve only one thing in common – they can all be compiled with a .NET compiler into intermediate language. Can you guess a) what language each is,…

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All Aboard the Developer “Express”

I had a great time this week presenting to the London Database Developer Forum on the Express product range. As I’m sure most of you know, we announced at TechEd Europe the first public beta of a range of cut-down, very low cost versions of our developer and database tools. These tools are limited in functionality…

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