DreamSpark

Back in the 80s (way back!) Apple got a toe-hold in the PC market in part by engineering a high presence in colleges and high schools. The theory was that if you get a young person started on an Appl...

Michael Vincent on Dynamic Languages

I got an opportunity to attend the LA C# User Group tonight, and listen to Mike Vincent speak on this subject. I’m familiar with the concepts and capabilities of dynamic languages, but looked f...

Two Types of Bugs

A bug is a bug is a bug, right? Not so! Most development shops treat a bug as a task. That seems reasonable – it’s a bit of work that needs to be done. Unfortunately, it’s not so ea...

Version Control with 2008 SP1

I am a simple man. All I ever wanted was drag and drop for source control. That folder chooser dialog was a bear. Now we will get it with Visual Studio 2008 SP1. Thank goodness. From the web site: Si...

Elegant Code to host Open Space Get together

Elegant Code is hosting an Open Spaces session.  An Open Spaces session is a discussion where the attendees generate the topics. There will be no presentation, no lecture, no PowerPoint slides, ...

Are developers getting smaller?

We all know the sedentary lifestyle of your classic IT person can lead to … shall we say … bloat. I regularly joke that the only thing bigger than your typical (Unix) system administrator...

Are you aware of Aware Server?

Last week I had a chance to meet some of the brains behind gridGISTICS – a .NET development company in Atlanta that gets it. Not only are they up to speed on the latest .NET 3.x technologies, b...

Silverlight 2.0

In addition to adding support for the .NET Framework, Microsoft is taking the next version of Silverlight farther by adding a comprehensive control model, powerful skinning and “theming,”...

Orca not Orcas

I just learned about this neat editor for creating and editing Windows Installer packages (.msi files) and merge modules (.msm files). Orca is just one of many cool installer tools by Microsoft....

Extending Load Testing Browser Support

The browser support out-of-the-box for Team Edition for Testers is pretty minimal. But, you can extend this support by adding your own browsers (common ones you’ll probably want to add are IE7,...