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What’s new in .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008

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Update July 25th: Huge signs that beta 2 will arrive THIS week. Update July 16th: There are some 'signs' that beta 2 will arrive really soon.  Most of the community information on Visual Studio 2008 has been focussing on the Language INtegrated Query (LINQ) features of C# 3.0, but ...

July 12, 2007

Guidance Automation Extensions 1.3 is coming…

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A very short blog entry that triggered me. Hopefully, it will arrive soon, since that makes it potentially possible to use the Web Client Software Factory on a Visual Studio 2008 (Orcas) environment. For those guys that also use the V3 alpha drops of the Service Software Factory, be pat...

July 3, 2007

Mexico, here we come…

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In just two days of working, our holiday starts. Me and my girlfriend Barbara have been considering taking our new Volvo and driving off to the south of France again. We enjoyed that holiday a lot last year, but we thought that we'll have plenty of opportunities for such a holiday as so...

June 18, 2007

Having fun while doing my job

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Recently, I've been giving presentations on topics such as C# 2.0 and ASP.NET 2.0 to some of the coworkers of Aviva .NET Professionals (a partner of Aviva Solutions). Usually that is not something worth blogging about. But yesterday evening's group was so full of enthousiasme, I couldn't resist s...

June 13, 2007

Great fun ‘im Schweizerhaus’

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Although I lived most of my life in Nijmegen (in the east of the Netherlands), I also lived for about four years in a little village near the German border which is called Millingen aan de Rijn. Although this village is quite busy on itself (it is a very popular place for both Germ...

June 9, 2007

Visual Studio “Orcas”…2007…2008

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If you have been reading the many posts about this week's TechED that is going on in Orlando, you may have noticed the references to Visual Studio 2008 (a.k.a.) and SQL Server 2008 (a.k.a. Katmai). I'm not sure if I've been been paying attention or not, but I don't remember an...

June 5, 2007

Windows Live Writer Beta 2 and Sharepoint 2007 Blogs

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I've been using Windows Live Writer for a while now, but somehow it never worked properly from behind a firewall. Moreover, Aviva Solution's weblog is based on Sharepoint 2007, and WLW did not support this type of blog, up until now... The Live! team has released beta 2 of Windows Live Writer. An...

May 31, 2007

SilverLight 1.1 Developer Reference poster

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I haven’t had a lot of time to investigate SilverLight yet, but if you haven’t heard of it, I’m afraid you’ve been living in a cave for the last couple of months. Anyway, check out this great poster (click here get a full-size version).<p align="center"></p>

May 24, 2007

Visual Studio “Orcas” Beta 1 - First impressions

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It arrived sooner than expected, but still, I'm glad to see Microsoft has made such an amount of progress. Last weekend I downloaded the Professional Edition and the Team Foundation Server bits and got started. My main interest is to see if it is good enough for production development. We use the...

April 23, 2007

NHibernate 1.2 best practices

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One of my former collegues pointed me at a great article by Billy McCafferty which will be one of my classics. It deals with many great design and architectural patterns and the tools available to implement those patterns in a real-live production-ready enterprise solution. It’s a great document ...

April 18, 2007