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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I’m Leaving Microsoft…

This job has been the most enjoyable I’ve had in my professional career so far, but after four years of great fun, working with some great people and learning a huge amount, I’ve reluctantly decided it’s time for a new challenge. I’ve therefore handed in my notice here at Microsoft Limited in the UK and…

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Three Weeks in Review

It’s been a quiet month so far on my blog: mainly because I’ve been on a fortnight’s holiday and my wife accidentally leaked apple juice all over my Pocket PC Phone Edition, rendering it out of action. I’m still not 100% certain that it wasn’t deliberate to force me to disconnect, but I’ll give her…


Monitoring Performance of SQL Server 2005 Objects

Ever since the SQLCLR talk at TechEd San Diego, I’ve been trying to find out some more information on the monitoring options available in SQL Server 2005 for managed assemblies catalogued in the database. Balaji Rathakrishnan (one of the Group Program Managers on the SQL engine team) kindly granted me permission to reproduce some information…


Building My First Longhorn Sidebar Tile

For various reasons, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time over the last week or two ramping up my Longhorn development skills; expect to see a few blog entries over the next fortnight or two on the subject as I write up some of my experiences. Some of my early experimentation has been with…

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Installing Whidbey Beta 1 and Yukon Beta 2 Together

This is probably blatantly obvious to most people, but I’ve seen some confusion on this topic over the last couple of days, so documenting it is probably no great disaster. Some people aren’t clear about how you install SQL Server 2005 (“Yukon”) Beta 2 and Visual Studio 2005 (“Whidbey”) Beta 1 on the same machine….

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SQL Server 2005 Event in London

In the potentially tiny off-chance that there’s an interested soul in the country who hasn’t already heard me jabber on about SQL / CLR integration and Analysis Services in SQL Server 2005, I’m co-presenting a day on Yukon with a few colleagues in London on September 1st. This should be a fun day: a chance to…

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