Quickie: Microsoft Windows Installed Base to Cross 1 Billion Mark

Interesting story I read about how “there will be more PCs running Windows in the world than there are automobiles”.

How do they come up with these numbers?

Read on:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2163283,00.asp

Microsoft releases: VS2008 Beta 2, .Net Framework 3.5 Beta 2 and SilverLight 1.0 RC

New releases from Microsoft for all you developers out there:
Happy downloading!

Links:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/default.aspx
http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/install.aspx

A developer’s best friend is…

Two years ago, my friend, mentor, manager and fellow MVP Omar Shraim and I were on a Whidbey (now Visual Studio 2005) and Yukon (now SQL Server 2005) ‘Train-the-Trainer’ course in Paris, France.

And I can remember our trainer for the Yukon course was ‘Richard Hundhausen,’ an MVP and an RD, who gave us a few tips from ‘real life’ so-to-speak about development in the ‘real world’. And, according to him, ‘a developer’s best friend is Google’.

Well, not particularily Google, but back then your best choice for online searching was, in fact, Google. Things have changed since then.

The moral of this blog is not to try to debate which search engine is best, but to show developers out there the light of way. When developing applications and stuck on the best way (or any way) to write a particular piece of code, don’t bang your head against the wall and attempt to read every book there is on the shelf (you can use that as a last resort).

Literally, almost everything, related to software development or otherwise, is available on the internet. All you have to do, is search. I say this from experience. Never underestimate the power of ‘internet search’.

Now, the next time you face a problem, any problem, ‘Google it!’ or best still ‘Live it!’

Quickie: 10 hiddens gems in SQL 2k5

I know its been so long since I last blogged, but I’ve been extremely busy. I promise to come back, with a vengeance.

Meanwhile, enjoy this wonderful article Top 10 Hidden Gems in SQL Server 2005, courtesy of my MVP friends Moustafa Arafa and Alirez Aliabadi (who’s now in Canada).



Enjoy!!



Links:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/bestpractice/gems-top-10.mspx