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Tech Ed 2006 Rumour Mill
Speaking of Team System the rumour mill has told me that Microsoft have a few announcements about this at Tech Ed. Now it doesn't take a genius to work out that Team System is about groups that are involved in the development life cycle and not all these groups are catered for in Team System yet. There are a few glaring omission's. Microsoft has made a serious commitment to Team System, the amount of money spent on it is staggering and is clearly a long term investiment. I believe it's goal will ......

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 4:22 PM

Visual Studio Team System Licensing Rant
I'm not a fan of the new licensing model for MSDN and Team Studio. It's not about being to complicated, which it is, it's about the increase in price. MSDN Universal as it's name state's had all the Microsoft software in the package, the equivalent to my mind is Team Suite. Except that MSDN universal has been down-graded to MSDN Premium subscription. Team Suite works out to be double the price of MSDN Universal. Ok, so it still cheaper than the opposition, but not by much! Take for example Serena, ......

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 4:13 PM

Architects! Reach for the SkyScrapr!
Microsoft has, with very little fan-fare, launched another site specifically aimed at Architects called The differences being it is aimed specifically at Solution, Infrastructure, Strategic & Industry Architects which to be fair aren't areas that Microsoft has covered much before. The site has afew articles, blogs and links to podcasts with a novel new feature called the 'Archipedia' is to provide plain english definitions of architectural topics such as for example 'What is ......

Posted On Friday, May 26, 2006 12:53 PM

Girl Geeks are Cool!
Tuesday night I was lucky enough to attend the 6th London Girl Geek dinner held at the Polar Bear which is literally a stones throw from Leicester Square tube. The host was Ms Blow and the guest speaker was Celia Francis, CEO of WeeWorld. This time round it was a smaller, more intimate affair than some of the previous events. In a way it was nicer as I had a golden opportunity to have a chat with almost everyone at the event. I believe that there were a lot of absentees, so all I can say is that ......

Posted On Thursday, May 18, 2006 10:41 AM

“It's not a question of whether we'll open source Java, now the question is how”
“It's not a question of whether we'll open source Java, now the question is how” said Sun’s new chief executive Jonathan Schwartz at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco. Sun so far has resisted calls to release the code over concerns for fragmentation and forking, pressure from IBM and BEA has perhaps finally encouraged a change of heart. However this isn’t going to stop Sun from moving forward and developing Java itself, ‘Mustang’ is expected later this year ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:50 AM

How do we defeat our ego's?
As we all know the development cycle at many a code shop is floored and there has been a number of methodologies and initiatives to help us get over some of the core problems. The simple fact is that I believe that a great deal of the problems in the development cycle or more uncomfortably closer to home. I alluded to this in a previous post ‘Software design and why developers suck at it !’ but to but it bluntly, it’s our attitude towards our work and the other people (other than ......

Posted On Monday, May 15, 2006 4:53 PM

Intellisense in SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 editors
As normal service has resumed and I’m blogging again (admittedly I’m not going to blog about absolutely everything) here is a wonderful little utility I found on my travels for adding Intellisense to editor in SQL Server. It’s called promptSQL from Red Gate. I really love how Intellisense makes me more productive (i.e. lazy) in Visual Studio and I was wondering about its rather obvious admission from SQL Server 2005 Management Studio, missing a trick strings to mind. Anyway for ......

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 12:30 PM

QTEK 9100 / I-Mate k-Jam / HTC Wizard feedback from ordinary users
In this post I would like to share some the comments about the QTEK 9100/I-Mate k-Jam/HTC Wizard devices that I’ve had in the field since mid February. The feedback is from ordinary users where I.T. isn’t their primary function. Some of them have used Palm-Pilots in the past, for many this is there first experience at a Microsoft platform based devices. I should also explain that my organisation has both Lotus Domino and Exchange thanks to mergers and acquisitions, so many users use Lotus ......

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 7:31 AM

'SOA will be the dominate technology issue in the IT market'
... was the conclusion of a recent IDC Research survey, entitled 'FROM PILOT TO PAYOFF: SERVICE-ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE HITS ITS STRIDE' which can be found here.Top Survey Insights• Between 2005 and 2006, SOA adoption accelerated – with increases in pilot program, departmental, and enterprise-wide deployments.• SOA spending increased, while funding for traditional architectures dropped.• SOA momentum will continue to build, as most companies consider SOA a critical short- and ......

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 5:59 PM

Software design and why developers suck at it !
I’ve been on holiday recently and my sun-lounger reading of choice amongst all the usual best-seller guff was Alan Cooper’s The Inmates Are Running the Asylum which came highly recommended from a good friend of mine. To be perfectly honest, the book has altered my world view of the development cycle and our issues. So what I want to discuss here is one of the issues that came out of the book and that issue is us, the developers! In short, if you haven’t read the book (and I highly ......

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 5:54 PM

Can Microsoft be Cool?
? Google has it, Apple's got enough to bottle and give away.What am I talking about? It's Coolness.Coolness that most fickle and allusive of all sort after qualities, sells. Admittedly it's no guarantee of success or even profit but it it desirable and certainly an aid to help your product fly off the shelves.So is Microsoft cool? Only amongst the die-hards and apologists perhaps, but not the man in the street. IMHO Microsoft's image is pretty cheesie. The video about if Microsoft designed the iPod ......

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 5:49 PM

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