Jul 252006

It’s official!  Charlie Calvert, long time Delphi evangelist at Borland and C# developer at Falafel, and consummate writer, has joined Microsoft’s C# team as Community Program Manager.  Charlie is a wonderful speaker, and by his very nature has a calming effect on people.  He’s a great addition to the C# team. Welcome, Charlie!   Originally published […]

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Jul 122006

In times like these I’m reminded of Captain Jack Sparrow, who, when caught between a hoard of hungry cannibals on one side and a sheer cliff of death on the other, elloquently and concisely summed up the situation thusly: “Bugger!” The technology rollout that I hinted at in the terrible tease of my previous post will not be happening this week at […]

Jul 102006
Mashup Camp!  And a Crack of Thunder...

I’m off to Mashup Camp this week!   Monday and Tuesday are pegged for Mashup University, with a more traditional conference session structure, and the unstructured (or just-in-time structured) mashup camp is on Wednesday. I’m told that last year’s camp was nothing short of a web geek tech orgy, so these next few days should be a lot […]

Jul 082006

Toronto was sunny, warm, and surprisingly windy – perfect weather!  Highly recommended over Toronto’s November offerings. I had a day to kill between TechEd and the TDUG meeting Monday night, so Bruce McGee took me over to Toronto’s Pacific Mall to cruise for cool greymarket gadgets, unfamiliar anime titles, and big-name DVDs of dubious origin. Oh! And don’t forget the walnut […]

Jun 212006

TechEd 2006 was quite an event.  Nearly 10,000 people converging on the new Boston Convention Center is a sight to behold.  I was at TechEd in part as a crash course to learn my team’s messages and the Microsoft messages, to learn how to use the other services in the Windows Live service cloud, and […]

Jun 112006

The new homepage for Windows Live Developers  has launched!  Whether you call it “LiveDev” or “devlive”, this is the part of Windows Live that is focused exclusively on developers.  Most of the other Windows Live properties are geared for consumers (hundreds of millions of ’em), such as Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Messenger.  For gearheads who […]

Apr 212006

Long time colleague Bruce McGee expressed in email some concerns about Microsoft openness and interop, and general trustworthiness to do the right thing: “[Concerning the new job at Microsoft], I’m hoping it’s really cool stuff for you and really usable stuff (in a lot of different ways) for guys like me.  Just please try to avoid […]

Sep 152005

Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is clearly the hot topic of PDC this year.  Windows Vista dominated the keynotes and looked very pretty up there on the screen, but nothing gets developers salivating like language enhancements.  What is LINQ, really, and what does it mean for Delphi? The founding premise behind LINQ’s many facets is that there is […]

Sep 132005

Clear, Confident, Connected.  These are the mantra of Microsoft’s Windows Vista, rolled out in this morning’s keynote addresses at PDC. Clear Microsoft aims to make information clearer through slick UI presentation, data organization, and data slicing.  I’m not sure if having multiple video feeds playing on screen simultaneously necessarily creates greater clarity, but it certainly demos […]

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Off to PDC

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Sep 122005

I’m off to Microsoft’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) this week in Los Angeles.  If you haven’t been to PDC, picture this:  take the US BorCon, multiply by 4 (or is it 10?  hard to count when they won’t sit still), and remove all non-company speakers. PDC’s greatest difference from BorCon is that PDC is exclusively a Microsoft […]

Jun 222005

Paul Spain writes in the ADUG mailing list:  “As the evolution of Borland’s Object Pascal is now effectively bound to the evolution of .NET’s CLS, Delphi will have to wait for Microsoft before we see these features appearing in our tool of choice…” Bullshit. Delphi fans unite:  Whenever someone makes that claim, feel free to grab […]

Jun 082005

Apple’s announcement that it will abandon PowerPC and build future Mac OSX machines on Intel chips has raised a few eyebrows.  How compatible will this Intel Mac hardware be with the well established PC platform?  What about Windows/Mac software portability?  Should Borland create a Delphi for the Intel Mac? Apple’s G4 and G5 Macs are powerful 64 […]

Mar 122005

This week found me and my shadow in Redmond again on errands obscura. Going from meeting to meeting to meeting this week, I recalled a sage warning by Eddie Churchill when he was handling much of the Microsoft technical liaison a few years ago: “You thought you had it tough in the bad old days […]

Mar 032005

A few weeks ago I was in Redmond for the Whidbey Compiler Development Lab.  It’s been quite awhile (2 years?) since the last dev lab specifically for .NET compiler authors.  It was interesting to see the number of enthusiastic new faces mixed in with the slightly world weary battleaxes. New guys enter the lecture room, […]

Mar 052004

Wondering how to do something in .NET that you used to do with a Win32 API call? Here’s a handy reference that Roy Nelson dug up recently: Microsoft Win32 to Microsoft .NET Framework API Map Now, why is that buried in the Academic Alliance web site instead of featured in MSDN proper?