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SQLbits conference in Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales. 19th to 21st November
SQLbits is a great conference. This time around there is three distinct days and it happens to be taking place in my part of the world, just “over the bridge” in Wales at the marvellous Celtic Manor (which feels very American – in a good way). Training Day on the 19th with all day sessions (£199 if you register before Sept 30th) SQL 2008 and R2 on the 20th (£99 if you register before Sept 30th) Community Day on the 21st – for FREE Don’t delay, register today. Oh and I hope to see you on the Saturday ......

Posted On Thursday, August 27, 2009 12:08 PM

My podcast hoster is down. Sorry. Alternative download link
[UPDATE 27/8/09 14:51: The hoster is back up - stick with Itunes and the RSS feed in the original posts] Yesterday I posted two podcasts on XAF (show 008) with Gary Short and ASP.NET 4.0 (show 007) with Mike Ormond. No doubt because of my enormous number of followers (cough) the hosters site failed( which means your RSS reader and ITunes will not be able to download them until podcastfm get it fixed. I have placed the shows on my Skydrive whilst this is resolved. I think it is time ......

Posted On Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:40 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast Show 008 – Gary Short discusses using XAF to build WebForm and WinForm applications
This podcast is an interview with Gary Short in which we discuss the DevExpress eXpressApp Framework™ (XAF) for quickly building WebForm and WinForm applications. Along the way we manage to mention testing frameworks, home-grown source control, rabbits feet, British Rail and Microsoft Access (Apologies in advance to the Access User Group) but most of it is about understanding what XAF is and when you would use it. Show Notes: XAF Posts on the Project Management application being built in XAF eXpress ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 26, 2009 5:40 PM

MSDN Flash Podcast Show 007 – Mike Ormond discusses ASP.NET 4.0
This podcast accompanies the August 12th, 2009 edition of the MSDN Flash newsletter. It includes an interview with Mike Ormond discussing the new stuff in ASP.NET 4.0 plus an opportunity to ask Mike “Which are you? MVC or WebForms?”. Other areas discussed in the intro section include the RTM of Windows 7, the UK launch event of Expression 3 and Silverlight 3 plus the results of the poll of how developers scored in the Joel test. P.S. Apologies on the delay in publishing this podcast – but I did have ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 26, 2009 3:28 PM

AltNetUK conference was a great way to spend a weekend
Last weekend (August 1st and 2nd 2009) I went into London to attend the Alt.NET UK Conference or more specifically two separate but related days. This was my first ever Alt.NET conference and I absolutely loved it. It was exciting to be around so many enthusiastic and smart individuals discussing software development with an open mind and a desire to help those around them. No elitism, no stuffiness, just developers doing what they do best – talking about (and doing) development. It reminded me of ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 5, 2009 9:57 PM

UK MSDN Flash Poll: How did your software team score in the Joel Test?
It is 9 years since Joel Spolsky created “The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code”. I thought it fitting to make a poll around it for the August 12th edition of the UK Flash (and a big thanks to @rammesses for the initial suggestion). There is a little work required to complete the poll as you really should read the article by Joel – but for simplicity, below are the 12 questions. The test is still valid if you are a team of one. Please, do remember the words of Joel (with my highlighting): “I've ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 5, 2009 1:28 PM

Are you a UK company selling applications that work great on Windows 7?
A few years back I was the technical owner for SQL Server 2005 readiness in the UK with Independent Software Vendors. One of the things we did at the time was put together a detailed catalogue of UK developed applications that worked great with SQL Server 2005. My marketing buddy at the time was Ian Moulster and I just spotted he is doing something similar for Windows 7. Check out Ians explanation or.. 1: if (YourCompany.Country == UK && YourApplication.SupportedOS == OS.Win7) 2: { 3: Email.SendEmail("Win7Direct... ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 2:19 PM

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