Welcome to the first edition of the year. I hope that you have a great 2009 despite the obvious challenges. I recommend the first thing you do is download this fun calendar
created by the UK community and start planning which events you will attend. Don’t forget to mark the Professional Developers’ Day
on Monday 23 March and the MSDN Events in February taking place in London
(24) and Manchester
As a team we plan to try out plenty of new things during 2009 including making our content easier to find and view via sites such as YouTube/ukdpe
. We are also attempting to aggregate our “online presence” on Friendfeed/ukdpe
to make it a little easier for you to track what we are up to. It is early days and we know we have plenty more to do but I felt it was worth sharing at an early stage to get your feedback
. I also will be making a few changes to the Flash. The first of these is to give you all the chance to contribute to the Flash by writing a 400 to 500 word Technical Article
. My reasoning is pretty simple - I am convinced you will do a fabulous job of it! Check out this summary
if you think you may be interested. I will also be adding a Visual Studio tip into each edition drawing shamelessly on the excellent tip archive of Sara Ford
. Expect more improvements over the coming months.
I have plenty of Fresh Discoveries
for you to explore. Our USA colleagues have started a weekly video podcast on Visual Studio 2010
, there is a great introduction to the world of designing for testability
, plenty of SQL Server 2005 downloads
now that Service Pack 3 is out and the MIX 10K Smart Coding Challenge
. The challenge is to create a great web application in Silverlight or WPF in just 10 kilobytes of code. We already have at least one UK entry (BlockSquash
) and I would love to see more – the prize is a great one!
The Technical Article
takes a look at Windows Azure, the new Operating System for the Cloud from Microsoft. Windows Azure has the potential to significantly change how we solve business problems in 2009 and beyond whilst still using our favourite .NET tools and languages. Well worth a read.
Finally, thanks to all those who took part in the fun poll
in December. It was a close run thing but apparently slightly more of you preferred two 32inch monitors to snow for Christmas – shame on you :-) This time around the Poll
is on the importance of UML
in software development given our renewed focus on UML in Visual Studio 2010.
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