Writing and publishing a Windows Phone 7 App

I’ve finally got my first real Windows Phone 7 App published onto the marketplace, and, although there is a vast amount of useful information available, there were a few things that I learnt/experienced/realised and felt were worth passing on. The app itself is a simple Times Tables testing App, and is simply something that I…

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Adding your own Layer Diagram Patterns to the Toolbox

I like the Layer Diagrams in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and the idea of creating my own patterns to choose from in the Toolbox is very appealing, so I thought I’d look into it. It turned out to be very easy and although this is documented I thought it was worth a quick summary. First,…

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From Express to Ultimate: Improving Productivity with Visual Studio 2010, 14th Dec

I’m presenting at this Black Marble event in Microsoft’s London offices, at Victoria, on the 14th December. It’s a walkthrough of the features you get with each edition of Visual Studio 2010, including Team Foundation Server. There are still some places available so if it sounds interesting please register and come along: Register here. Cheers,…

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Get a TFS “elf” check and enter a draw for an XBox with Kinect

Black Marble, one of our key UK partners and the first UK partner to achieve Gold certification in the new ALM Competency, is going to enter anyone who commissions a TFS “elf” check into one of four weekly draws in December for an XBox with Kinect. The Health Check is an on-site consultancy service to…

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New UK Visual Studio 2010 Events

We’ve just updated our schedule of Visual Studio 2010 related events and the new list, taking us through to June 2011, is now available. There are over 40 events including a new range of LiveMeetings on topics including Azure, Prototyping, Silverlight, Project Management and Agile. Take a look and let us know if you have…

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Free Visual Studio eBooks

I was on the tube this week re-reading the Visual Studio 2010 TFS Upgrade Guide on my wonderful new HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone.  It got me thinking about all those free eBooks that I’d been meaning to read over the past few months and never got round to.  Coincidentally the Microsoft UK Learning Centre…

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Running Windows Server on my laptop

A long overdue update that I’ve been meaning to post for a few weeks. I was lucky enough to get a new laptop (Lenovo W510) a little while ago and as I was going to completely rebuild it I thought I’d try running Windows Server 2008 R2 natively on it, as my primary OS. Why?…

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Including a Visual Basic 6 project in a Team Foundation Server 2010 build

I’ve come up to Black Marble to co-present at their From Express to Ultimate event, and was talking to Richard Fennell who has been pleasantly surprised at how easily he was able to get a customers VB 6 projects included in a TFS 2010 build. He’s posted his approach here. Very useful if you’re wondering…

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November Visual Studio 2010 Live Meetings

On Wednesday 24th November we are delivering three Live Meetings covering various aspects of Visual Studio 2010.  The Live Meetings are free to attend and UK Technical Specialists will be available to answer your questions after each of the sessions. Session 1 demonstrates the new architecture features of Visual Studio 2010 including modelling your existing…

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Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 Coming

The Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 is going to be made available in the next couple of weeks, and will provide enhanced testing support for Silverlight and Firefox: Silverlight 4: · Capture and playback of Action Recordings for Silverlight 4 Applications · Automated coded UI tests to be written and executed against Silverlight 4…

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