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I was pointed in the direction of this article by a colleague “Shocker: Windows 8 is an Android killer”.

It is a smörgåsbord of great quotes. Windows 8 is going to be awesome 🙂

“working with Windows 8 is simple and enjoyable”

“In those seven weeks, we’ve managed to create a solid first version, that works across all resolutions, laptops, desktops and tablets, whether they use a touch screen, pen or mouse. Development was easy”

“The fact that you can develop native applications for Windows using HTML and JavaScript is huge: in our case, it meant that every single engineer in our company already knew how to develop for Windows.”

“I have paused all our Android development in favour of Windows 8”

“Working with Android is complicated and painful”

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Today (20th Oct 2010) I delivered a 90min session to architect on the Windows Azure Platform.

Are you an ISV?

ISV = Independent Software Vendors – that is you write some kind of product that you sell to more than one customer. My new team is all about helping ISVs and we have a team blog and brand new twitter account which I will increasingly be found on. If you are an ISV, please fave the blog and follow the twitter account. And if you are an ISV please keep an eye on (and sign up to) http://bit.ly/ukmprhome, especially if you are interested in the Windows Azure Platform.

FREE access to the Windows Azure Platform

If you are looking for the cheapest way to explore Azure then check out the free Introductory Special – not many compute hours per month but you do get a SQL Azure database free for three months. (A while back I did a walkthrough for this offer and for the even better MSDN subscriber offer)



I just posted details of 2 weeks of FREE training in October delivered via Live Meeting but we also recognise that some folks prefer classroom based training. Hence we have scheduled four two day workshops from September through to April.

This two-day intensive instructor-led workshop provides delegates with an early opportunity to gain insight into the nature and benefits of the Windows Azure Platform. Delivered through workshop style presentations and hands-on lab exercises, the workshop will focus on three key services – Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric.

Details and registration links at:

London 30th September 2010

London 15th November 2010

London 8th February 2011

London 5th April 2011


  • Module 1: Windows Azure Platform overview
  • Module 2: Introduction to Windows Azure
  • Module 3: Introduction to SQL Azure
  • Module 4: Introduction to AppFabric

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Back in May and June I jointly run a highly successful (IMVHO) training programme on the Windows Azure Platform over a six week period for UK developers (Check out some stats/background).

We have been discussing how we can take that format forward and I am pleased to say we have our first “spin off”. Namely the  “Windows Azure Platform – Accelerated Virtual Training Workshop” which will take place in October. Yippeee.

The training will be delivered over a two week period and combines instructor led sessions (delivered virtually over Live Meeting) with independent distance learning, email support and access to hands-on practical exercises. The training provides delegates with an opportunity to gain insight into the nature and benefits of the Windows Azure Platform

Register NOW


NB: This is on UK time!

Day 1 – Live Meeting 3 hours Monday 11th October

9.30 am until 12.30 pm

  • Overview of the “Accelerated Training Workshop” Virtual learning programme
  • Windows Azure Platform overview
  • Introduce the "Azure Application Resource Toolkit" and the Training Resources Application
  • Introduction to Windows Azure
  • Windows Azure demo
  • Set participating students their Distance Learning Homework from the "Azure Application Resource Toolkit"

Day 2 to Day 4 – Self Learning

  • Daily emails of Azure hints and tips to assist learners with Distance Learning Homework
  • As a guide, Distance Learning Homework is expected to take students 1 hour per day to complete

Day 5 – Live Meeting 3 hours Friday 15th October

9.30 am until 12.30 pm

  • Review of work done to date in the workshop
  • Open Questions and Answers
  • Introduction to SQL Azure
  • SQL Azure demo
  • Review of next steps
  • Homework: Follow-up exercise to compley before Day 10

Day 6 to Day 9

  • Daily emails of Azure hints and tips to assist learners with Distance Learning Homework
  • As a guide, Distance Learning Homework is expected to take students 1 hour per day to complete

Day 10 – Live Meeting 2 hours Monday 25th October

9.30 am until 11.30 am

  • Review of work done to date in the workshop
  • Review of sample applications built by students
  • Open Questions and Answers
  • Programme Close


This course is aimed at software developers with at least 6 months practical experience using Visual Studio 2008 or Visual Studio 2010.

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Quick Link: download ASP.NET MVC Preview 1

It is a an exciting time to be a web developer. There are lots of new technologies from Microsoft coming out for the browser (IE9 changes everything), in the area of tooling (the brand new WebMatrix) and for the server – with ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 released today (27th July 2010).

Download and install side by side with MVC 2

If you have Visual Studio 2010 (The FREE Web Developer edition is fine) then you can safely download ASP.NET MVC Preview 1 (download + install takes a few minutes). ASP.NET MVC 3 is designed to be installed side-by-side with ASP.NET MVC 2 which means you can install today’s Preview 1 release on your machine without it impacting existing MVC 2 projects.  Once installed you will have a new set of ASP.NET MVC 3 project templates show up within Visual Studio 2010’s “New Project” dialog.


MVC 3 Preview 1 includes:

  • View improvements: Select a view engine, new view engine “Razor”
  • Controller Improvements: Global filters for “cross cutting” logic, new ways to pass data to views, new ActionResult types
  • JavaScript and AJAX improvements: built-in JSON binding and more
  • Model Validation improvements: .NET 4 DataAnnotations and more
  • Dependency Injection improvements: Making it easier to do DI/IOC work to simplify testing of controllers

Once you have played, please give feedback

Preview 1 is about getting feedback. Post your feedback and any bugs/issues you find to the ASP.NET MVC forum at http://forums.asp.net. Thank you.

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P.S. Oddly, I only just received my copy of the excellent Pro ASP.NET MVC 2 by Steven Sanderson last week. It arrived before I had got round to finishing the first edition on ASP.NET MVC 1. MVC 3 Preview 1 arrived before I had read 20 pages of the second edition. I need to speed up 🙂

CTP1 of Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” is now available. This is a lightweight and easy to use database management tool for SQL Azure databases. It enables you to swiftly develop, deploy, and manage data-driven applications in the cloud.

Project “Houston” provides a web-based database management tool for basic database management tasks like authoring and executing queries, designing and editing a database schema, and editing table data. All implemented in Silverlight.

Getting Started

For this initial CTP, you can access “Houston” from SQL Azure Labs. You also need to make sure that you check the “Allow Microsoft Services” checkbox in your firewall to allow “Houston” to communicate with your databases. Also check out the starter videos:

Step1 – connect at https://manage.sqlazurelabs.com/


Step2 – browse


Step3 – Create



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