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Windows 8, actually.

The North American TechEd videos are online now. The keynote from Day 2 is about Windows 8 and is worth watching. Actually, whilst watching the day 2 keynote see if you can count the times “actually” is used, actually        … Continue reading

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Windows 8 mail app

My first impressions of the windows 8 mail application … Accounts : The mail app seemed to work straight away with my @live account, and looks like it will offer good synchronisation with multiple accounts however I am unable to … Continue reading

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Why a little bit of VB is a bad bad thing

Scott Hanselman posted about VB6 and showed a snippet of code : Public Function Fib(ByVal n As Integer) As Integer     Fib = IIf (n < 2, n, Fib(n-1) + Fib(n-2)) End Function What Scott probably didn’t realize that the … Continue reading

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Lightswitch suddenly becomes relevant

The LightSwitch team announced that LightSwitch will render to HTML5 + javascript. This is huge in expanding and liberating the client requirements including mobile devices !! see the LightSwitch team blog for more details ..

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What I’d really like in a phone

The software a phone runs is important but the hardware is even more so. My current day to day phone is the Lumia 800, and the previous one was a HTC mozart. To me the difference is massive. The lumia … Continue reading

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Visual Studio 11 ALL CAPS

The following is my response to the VS blog post about the design for all caps in top level menus: First off, why would you want to add *EMPHASIS* to menus when the design philosophy stated for the new … Continue reading

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Rotate your Calculator on Windows Phone

Today I has having some discussions over the right roof pitch for a car port, so I grabbed my phone, rotated it and did some quick trigonometry.  Ten minutes later I tried to do the same and I could only … Continue reading

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Visual Studio toolbar

The beta of Visual Studio 11 is causing a lot of feedback around the grey shade icons.  The use of colour or not has also brought to the forefront the UI for colour-blind people.  So I thought I’d post a … Continue reading

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VB Quark #7 : Optional Parameters and Dates

Hopefully you already know VB has full support for Optional parameters, both declaring them and calling them, but did you know you can use Dates as Optional parameters ?    Public Sub AddNewCustomer(customer As Customer,                               Optional dateAdded As Date = Nothing)       … Continue reading

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Displaying Dates in VS 2010

From time to time there’s discussion about the way dates are displayed in the Visual Studio IDE for Visual Basic. Typically dates are shown using VB’s date literal syntax of #MM/dd/yyyy# which is the standard US format.  For people outside … Continue reading

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