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Home for Christmas

I’m back home for Christmas now (yes, I know – its barely december… what can I say…?), so I thought I’d finally update my various blogs! It’s been a busy past few months…

In mid-October, I attended the first Microsoft “Connect” event held in Barcelona. The idea behind this was to bring together community leaders from around Europe – along … Read more “Home for Christmas”

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MSDN Connection (UK)

Microsoft launched a revamped UK MSDN site yesterday, featuring a new “MSDN Connection” service. This basically allows you to customize the MSDN portal according to the technologies and programming languages you’re interested in. And even better…. you get an RSS feed too! ūüėÄ

Definitely worth signing up if you’re a UK developer! Take a look here: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/msdn/ 

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ASP.NET Software Engineering

Yet more ASP.NET 2.0 & Generics

Continuing on my ASP.NET 2.0/Generics adventure…. there also seems to be no way to specify that a Page or UserControl inherits from a class with a type parameter using the Inherits attribute – and doing this in the code doesn’t work, as the partial class declarations end up specifying different base classes.

Am I missing something elementary here?

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ASP.NET Software Engineering

Generics in ASP.NET 2.0?

I’ve finally gotten around to having a closer look at the current Whidbey beta – particularly from the ASP.NET angle. However, I’ve got a fairly straightforward question that so far I haven’t been able to find any answer to – or even the slightest hint of one. Suppose I want to create a custom Web Control, that accepts a type parameter so … Read more “Generics in ASP.NET 2.0?”

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CodeZone UK Launched

For all you UK developers out there – CodeZone UK was officially launched during the TechEd Europe conference, after a lot of work on Microsoft’s part (with a little bit of help from community leaders to provide some initial content!)¬†As of last Friday the site now indexes content from both Developer Fusion and DNJ online, and hopefully many more … Read more “CodeZone UK Launched”

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Holiday!

Well, I’m now off Uni for 3 months over the summer, which should mean I’ll finally get time to code my ASP.NET content management system for Developer Fusion…. write some articles in the process, plus squish a few bugs on the C#/VB.NET code converters!

Attended a great talk by Scott Guthrie a few weeks ago on ASP.NET 2.0 at the … Read more “Holiday!”

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Thames Valley User Group Kick-off Meeting

Just thought I’d pass on the word about the first Thames Valley User Group meeting. It’s being held on 21st June at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park (UK!). Speakers include Scott Guthrie (don’t think we need any introduction there…), and Andy Payne (technical architect at HP UK).

Membership and attendance are totally free. For the full agenda, check out http://www.thamesvalleyusergroup.net/agenda.aspx. … Read more “Thames Valley User Group Kick-off Meeting”

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Software Engineering

Microsoft Error Messages

Apologies to everyone in advance – this just made me laugh.

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.

When asked to define “great” he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that … Read more “Microsoft Error Messages”

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C# Software Engineering

Automatically convert VB.NET code to C#

I’ve just launched another utility on Developer Fusion – this time, a converter from VB.NET to C#. This is the only VB.NET to C# converter that I’m aware of which is currently online.

The code is very much a work-in-progress. As with the C# to VB.NET converter, the code is based on the great work of the #develop team. I’m … Read more “Automatically convert VB.NET code to C#”

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C# Software Engineering

Automatically Convert C# code to VB.NET

I’ve just put up the first (of many) planned utilities on Developer Fusion – a conversion tool for automatically translating C# code into its VB.NET equivalent.

http://www.developerfusion.com/utilities/convertcsharptovb.aspx

Feel free to take a look, and let me know if you find any problems. The credit is 99.99% due to the guys behind #develop. I’ve simply made this tiny bit of their great application … Read more “Automatically Convert C# code to VB.NET”

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Microsoft & the technical community

A couple of days ago I was invited to a meeting of UK “technical community leaders” at Microsoft’s UK headquarters in Reading (to take place in a couple of weeks).¬†Obviously, I’m delighted to be considered a technical community leader….!

Anyway – the main point¬†of the meeting is¬†to discuss “what Microsoft can do to help support you and … Read more “Microsoft & the technical community”

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Windows Installer XML goes live on SourceForge

Microsoft has released the source code for the Windows Installer XML (WiX) developer tool to SourceForge earlier today under the IBM Common Public License as part of the Shared Source Initiative. This is the first SSI to go “public” on Source Forge rather than a Microsoft site, and the first to use an externally created “Open Source” license.

There’s a discussion on … Read more “Windows Installer XML goes live on SourceForge”