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programmer_mike a managers view from development hell
I'm currently just completing a project to replace a piece of misguided multi-media nonsense - a "turning page" magazine. The original project used Flash to present content in a jazzy magazine style format complete with turning page animation, and in doing so decided to defy nearly every rule of UI design. Everyone (well just about) knows how to use ......

So, Microsoft has launched Silverlight. I'm a development manager and my team produces web sites, so it’s time to check it out. This isn't a particularly unusual activity for me. Microsoft brings out products left-right and centre, technology moves on every day, you have to run to stay still in this game etc etc etc. But hang on, it seems to be getting ......

I picked my new flat because the location was perfect for my beautiful 5 year old daughter. Easy access to parks, rivers and shops would fill our weekends with adventure and discovery. Having carefully selected the ideal location for my fledgling family, I then reached for my pc and checked that broadband was available. I was in luck (my move could ......

People at my office think I’m obsessed with Virtual PC, and a few of my posts have mentioned it already. I’m glad to see that is not just me that sees the product as the answer to all of their problems. The guys at SSW (www.ssw.com.au) have put together a whitepaper on using Virtual PC 2007 to help with developing applications for Vista. The Virtual ......

It’s easy to forget that mere mortals have to live with ought an up to date MSDN subscription to hand. After my triumphant installation of Vista (I’m coder at heart, any other IT related achievement sees me flushed with pride), I had to flatten and re-install the mother-in-laws pc at the weekend (there must be a gag here somewhere). Back at the lab ......

So, I bought a new external USB drive to back up my machine. I ordered the extra memory that I'd been hankering after. I made sure that every disk I might ever need was to hand and I cracked open a bottle of wine (this step is entirely optional - the author does not advocate operating machinery of any kind whilst inebriated). And... ...it was all over ......

Problem #2 – A coding sabbatical? Maybe I’m sad, maybe I should get out more, but even my home pc has to have SQL Server and Visual Studio on it. I’m sure that everyone has their own little routine for setting up new pc’s, but I see no need to deviate from my regular plan with a home machine. I had heard some rumours about Vista and Visual studios compatibility ......

After the love-in that was my installation of Vista, came the tricky bit – installing the applications and it was never going to be as pretty. Problem #1 – the vanishing drive. I installed iTunes (why I hate this application will be another post) and the DivX drivers (it was late, I had nearly finished my wine, and I wanted to watch some comedy). The ......

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