The LINQ Effect: Unifying and Extending Data Access

By Matt Duffin.    So, you’re creating an application… no surprise there. As part of that application, you need to retrieve data from a database, read configuration settings from an XML document and manipulate in-memory data structures. All of these three tasks are fairly standard in any application, and many apps exist that mix and…

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Ten Things to Try: Windows Vista

By Matt Duffin.        1.       The final version is just on the horizon, but if you haven’t got it already (where have you been?), download Windows Vista RC (Release Candidate) 1 at the following URL: http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc1/en/download.htm. 2.       Use the souped-up Alt+Tab (Windows Flip) to easily switch between your documents. Or, use Flip 3D to get…

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Invasion of the Robots!

By Matt Duffin. In July’s issue of the newsletter, we introduced you to the Invasion of the Robots Contest and its British counterpart, Team Britbot. These competitions invite you to create a conversational robot, or ‘bot’, that can be used with MSN® Messenger and Windows® Live™ Messenger to be in for a chance to share…

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ATTACK! ATTACK! Robots ahoy…

Though not necessarily in name, robots have fascinated man for years. Just to make sure I wasn’t rambling on with nonsensical idiosyncratic nonsense, it seemed like a good idea to find a definition of the word “Robot”. From a quick search around and the dismissal of definitions that were too computer science specific an answer…

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[Article(".NET Attributes")]

There have been many articles on Attributes, so rather than go through the rigmarole  of re-hashing a subject I have will give a quick introduction. After that I have knocked up a quick demo which will hopefully get you moving in the right direction! At the end is a list of useful resources. What are…

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World Cup Madness – Soccer Scorecard

Here’s a little thursday fun for you to share with your friends and family. Follow your favorite teams and players during the FIFA World Cup tournament with Microsoft Soccer Scoreboard. This fun program allows you to access all the latest tournament news and information with the click of a button! Live game data allow you to monitor…

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UK student? Want to be a Student Rep? Read on…

By signing up to be a Microsoft Representative you won’t just get to find out about the best technology out there, you’ll actually get hold of it! Not only will you receive unique access to the representative portal that’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest technology – Windows Vista, Windows Mobile, Expression and loads more…

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Paint Brushes out!

Are you interested in the next wave of designer tools and want to get the low-down on what is happening with the industry? Creative Arts Magazine are holding an event on the 10th of May in Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Paul Newman, Senior Editor of Computer Arts magazine will be hosting the…

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{Games++} – Games Development Day

It’s finally here, Games Development Day has become {Games++} and we can now confirm the date and venue: // Wednesday 17th May 2006, from 10:00am to 5:00pm// Leeds University Union’s Conference AuditoriumLeeds Game Development Society (http://gdsleeds.com/) and Microsoft have joined forces to bring you a jam packed day of game playing, industry speakers and free food….

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It’s an Online Treasure Hunt!!!!!!!!!!

Q1 : Clue: What planes do… Riddle:Looked far and wide,Around the bend,Over the hill,And back again.  One word was used,First Highlighted Blue,Used to be Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia,Synonyms could be right too… Q2:a) An interesting craft…b) Ties in with Question 1c) Search for it using electricity.d) Ignore header, only read descriptione) One wordf) Result: 3!g) Word: 4! / 3! Solution:String.Format(http://www.studentpartner.com/gpp/{0}.htm”,q2  ); Ian…

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