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MSDN Flash Podcast 020 – David Gristwood and AWS talk Azure
On January 1st I switched focus to 100% Azure. My friend and colleague David Gristwood has been firmly focused on Azure through 2009 working with early adopters. We decided to record a podcast talking about what we are up to and how Microsoft UK has been helping early adopters using deep dive labs, workshops and training. We also have a stab at describing the Windows Azure Platform in 1 minute (I hopelessly overrun by 100%) and we finish with an interview between David and Active Web Solutions (AWS). ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 9, 2010 10:38 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast 019 – Paul Foster discusses Windows Mobile Widgets
An interview with colleague Paul Foster recorded end of December. In the first 5 minutes we talk about lego, snow, cider and robots. We do then eventually get onto the topic of Windows Mobile Widget development. Sounds fun and straight forward. Paul wrote the article for the December 16th 2009 UK MSDN Flash newsletter: “A key new feature of Windows Mobile 6.5 (WM 6.5) is the Widget runtime. The runtime provides a Microsoft implementation of W3C Widget support to Windows Mobile for the first time. ......

Posted On Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:32 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast 018 – Michael Foord discusses IronPython
[22/12/09: I have been unable to get the podcast hosted on Channel 9 due to problems with the publishing platform. But Michael did a great job so I wanted to get it posted. Hence you can find it on Skydrive for the moment. Download from Skydrive ] A great chat with Michael Foord, author of IronPython in Action, on why a C# or Visual Basic .NET developer should look at also investing time in learning and using IronPython. Michael wrote an article on IronPython for the November 18th 2009 UK MSDN Flash ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 22, 2009 9:24 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast 017 – Hadi Hariri talks Behavior Driven Development
I talk to Hadi Hariri about the differences between Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and Test Driven Development - and why Hadi chooses BDD every time. Hadi wrote an article on BDD for the December 2nd 2009 UK MSDN Flash newsletter: “Test Driven Development (TDD) is about design, not about testing first. We use unit tests and testing frameworks to drive out the design of our API and validate its usage. Think of TDD as an approach to defining the specification of our application. However the true ......

Posted On Friday, December 18, 2009 4:45 PM

A great find – Software Engineering Radio. And are we 2 years behind the Java community? Or longer?
A great find… I listen to a lot of podcasts but I realised they were all exclusively focused on Windows and .NET development. I decided to look further a field and discovered this absolute gem - Software Engineering Radio. There are 151 shows to choose from and TBH, I feel like I just won the lottery (ok – not really). The breadth is fantastic. Java, Ruby, .NET, patterns, performance, uml, security, case studies (eBay for instance) and with some fantastic speakers such as Ted Neward, Bob Martin and ......

Posted On Friday, December 18, 2009 10:35 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast 016 – Phil Leggetter talks Real Time Web with Silverlight
Phil and I discuss the real time web and consuming real time data from a Silverlight client. “Real-time data can be consumed in a number of ways but there are a few techniques that are better suited to an RIA. A publisher/subscriber hub is one way of subscribing to data but this technique requires the subscriber to be running a web server which isn't possible from Silverlight or any other RIA technology. Continuously polling a resource is the most common way to check if the data you are interested ......

Posted On Thursday, December 17, 2009 11:00 PM

UK MSDN Podcast finds a new home – info on subscription details, ITunes, Google Reader etc
I have been producing a regular (regular for me anyway!) podcast on development topics for a good few months now. I have been hosting it on a small (and cheap) UK podcast hoster with mixed results. The two big issues were download speeds and a showstopper – it often went down for several hours at a time. Obviously this couldn’t continue. I have therefore now moved off podcastfm and over to channel 9 who actually do a pretty decent job of podcast hosting. This has consequences ......

Posted On Thursday, December 10, 2009 12:03 PM

MSDN Flash Podcast 015 – SQL Azure at TechEd Europe
While at TechEd Europe in November 2009 I had a chance to catch up with David Robinson, Program Manager in the SQL Azure team and discuss... SQL Azure :-) We cover the "reboot", large databases, the new support for SQL Azure in SQL Server Management Studio, customer feedback and futures. V2 hints include: - bigger database - automatic partitioning - spatial data types You might also want to check out the slides of a SQL Azure session I recently delivered based on the session David gave at TechEd ......

Posted On Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:58 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast 014 – Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services at TechEd Europe
This podcast was recorded at TechEd Europe in November 2009. I get a chance to sit down with Mike Flasko, Program Manager in the Data Services team. We had both presented on Entity Framework during the conference which is where we started the discussion before we moved on to talk about Data Servies and some of the announcements around Data Services, RIA and WCF which would be happening the following week at PDC. Definitely worth a listen (IMHO). Listen/Subscribe: Download/Play MSDN Flash Show 014 ......

Posted On Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:54 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast 013 – Code Contracts at TechEd Europe
While at TechEd Europe in November 2009 I had a chance to catch up with the two lead developers of the Pex team Peli de Halleux and Nikolai Tillmann to talk about Code Contracts. Code Contracts contains a common library (System.Diagnostics.Contracts) for expressing pre-conditions, post-conditions and invariants which any tool writer can take advantage of. A number of tools are available on devlabs including a documentation extracter and a static analysis tool. Code Contracts works with .Net 4 and ......

Posted On Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:52 AM

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