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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 available now

After a surprise comment to a three year old posting I realized that I have gotten sloppy, since I used to post about Visual Studio beta and service pack releases. Since Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 just came out I thought it would be a good opportunity to pick up that old tradition again. Visual Studio has become much more than the development environment it used to be when Microsoft released the first version of Visual Studio .NET in 2002. After losing the .NET moniker with the release of Visual Studio 2005 the number of different editions dramatically increased, the flagship...

posted @ Wednesday, October 21, 2009 3:05 PM | Feedback (13)
How to (not) restore SQL-driven ASP.NET websites

After having really nothing important to report on for quite a while I wanted to share some experiences and gotchas I ran into while restoring this blog. Basically what had happened was that my server (and the rest of the stuff from my old house) was moved to a new location, and at the same time I decided to perform a hardware refresh (I really wouldn’t call it upgrade since I replaced the existing processor with a low power Celeron and an energy saving power supply) and topped it off by switching from the old Windows Vista 32bit system to a...

posted @ Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:53 PM | Feedback (11)
iPhone 2.1 Development in Windows using Eclipse

A couple of days ago PJ Cabrera published a document through IBM DeveloperWorks on how to use Eclipse CDT to develop iPhone applications under Windows or Linux. The instructions included jailbreaking the iPhone and installing software through Cydia to be able to transfer applications over to the phone. It also required the user to decrypt parts of the iPhone firmware to compile the toolchain. Apparently it did not take long for IBM to realize what they had allow to be published, so at the time of this posting the link to the document as well as the PDF have been...

posted @ Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:03 AM | Feedback (10)
Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, Silverlight, Rosario August CTP, and more!

Update 3/8/2007 2:32pm: As promised by Brian Harry they released a VPC image of the Visual Studio Team System Code Name "Rosario" August 2007 CTP! Head over to the download page and give it a try! The white paper mentioned on the download page is available here, and additional documentation for the CTP and the new Team Foundation Server is available here. It's been a while since I posted something since I was busy working on some of my programming projects (so busy I even left the much anticipated iPhone launch day without a comment), but the recent slew of Microsoft...

posted @ Friday, August 3, 2007 2:56 PM | Feedback (1)
7:42 Minutes of your Life well spent

While reading about the TED idea conference I stumbled over this video of a very impressive Microsoft presentation of the Seadragon and Photosynth technologies. Those who have been following the recent Microsoft Surface and Silverlight products might have heard about or looked at Photosynth, but Seadragon is another very impressive imaging technology which deals with quickly navigating, zooming, and panning through vast amount of image data without using a lot of bandwidth. The video is only 7:42 minutes long and as I wrote in the blog post title time well spent. If it is any indicator of the quality of this presentation, Blaise Aguera...

posted @ Friday, June 8, 2007 1:16 PM | Feedback (2)
Microsoft MIX07 Session Videos Direct Download Links

This year's MIX07 conference is loaded with new and unexpected announcements and introductions of new technologies. To satisfy all the people that tried to get tickets but couldn't get into the sold out conference anymore Microsoft recorded all sessions and keynotes on video and made them available on the MIX07 sessions website. They can be viewed online through the Silverlight plugin or downloaded as WMV files for offline viewing. However, probably due to heavy load the website is fairly slow and times out a lot, so I collected the direct download links for the WMV files and listed them below sorted...

posted @ Thursday, May 3, 2007 3:27 PM | Feedback (1)
And the award for worst product name of the year goes to...

...Microsoft for the official product name for a sub-set of WPF technology previously known under the code name WPF/E: Silverlight. Sure, it's a catchier name than WPF/E (for non-geeks), but I seriously wonder if it will help to turn it into the Flash killer it wants to be. You can read more on Soma's Blog about the announcement they made at the NAB conference in Las Vegas, and you can also check out my previous post on the early preview versions of WPF/E. Other tech blogs will have similar announcements over the next couple of days, but Brad Abrams from the Microsoft...

posted @ Monday, April 30, 2007 11:41 AM | Feedback (6)
Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Beta 1 Released

It seems like Microsoft is finally getting a handle on meeting their own timelines, or in this case even beating the previously announced "late April to early May" timeframe for the release of Beta 1 of the next version of Visual Studio. As of now only the Virtual PC version is available, meaning that you can download a whole VPC image that has the Orcas Beta 1 installed on Windows XP for easy testing without having to install the components on your own development machine. Within the next couple of days they will most likely also release the installation package...

posted @ Monday, April 30, 2007 11:15 AM | Feedback (3)
The Microsoft (Code) Name Game

Mary Jo Foley is currently doing a series of blog articles every day in December where she writes about a codename for an upcoming (or rumored about) Microsoft product. My plan is to distill her articles into this posting with the most interesting facts, which will be updated once a week or so as she adds more codenames to the list. It will be interesting to see a year from now which projects made it into a final product. Update: The article series is now done and this posting is complete. While codenames have been used for all kinds of products...

posted @ Tuesday, January 2, 2007 11:56 AM | Feedback (3)
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