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Microsoft just got even more interesting
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Ben Poole    

Over the past few years, I’ve had cause to tinker with Visual Studio and its stable-mates more and more. Quite a few corporates have laid their eggs in the Microsoft basket, and the tooling is better than ever. .NET, Entity Framework, Web API, MVC .NET… some Good Things have been happening, all spurred on by intitiatives like “coding-by-convention”, the rise of node.js with its simple approach to the server runtime.

I was mildly interested when Microsoft announced Visual Studio Code, and the ability to build stuff on OS X, but the really good stuff is happening now:

Microsoft Graph
This is billed as One endpoint to rule them all, and is all about providing a single API endpoint for access to everything in the Microsoft cloud: data, business intelligence, organisational relationships, files, email, and so forth. Very cool (read more Microsoft Graph website).
Cortana & machine learning
The Cortana Analytics Suite looks interesting: Microsoft’s answer to Siri has now morphed into Microsoft’s answer to Watson, with support for myriad languages inclyding R and Python. Read more: Microsoft machine learning.
Ubuntu userspace on Windows
This is rather cool. A joint project between Microsoft and Canonical unveiled its secrets at the Build developer conference a couple of weeks back. Imagine running a bash shell natively on Windows 10: that’s what is coming. A kind of “Wine in reverse”, whereby Ubuntu binaries are running directly in Windows thanks to a syscall translation layer called “Windows Subsystem for Linux.” If you’re a Windows 10 Insider, you can start with this now: Dustin Kirkland, HOWTO: Ubuntu on Windows.

All good stuff. However, if the last two weeks have taught me anything, getting into the Microsoft cloud (i.e. Azure) and developing stuff is a massive pain in the arse thanks to their byzantine web sites, myriad sign-up screens with lack of SSO and the ridiculously complex MSDN / Azure set-up that Microsoft have (it’s up there with IBM Partnerworld). Still a lot of work to do.



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Wed, May 24th 2017 11:29a   Ben Poole
It seems extraordinary to me that I started this website over fifteen years ago now. That’s an awful long time ago when we consider the world of the web and the technology around it. Amusingly (and what a testament to the platform), this site was built on IBM Domino back then, and still is now. There have been a fair few iterations of the site, the most recent incarnation also being the longest in place. I’m conscious that the site has been pretty quiet the last few years, with just
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Why we don’t migrate code to LDC Via
Tue, May 16th 2017 1:42p   Ben Poole
I’ve written a short post over on the LDC Via blog which addresses a question we’ve been asked a number of times in the two years since we pushed the “Go Live!” button on LDC Via (at Engage 2015 in Ghent no less): to wit, why don't we migrate application logic, and / or code? I don’t write JavaScript like I write LotusScript. Do you? Languages have moved on (capabilities, syntax, patterns): what works for VB6-style Lotusscript looks odd in 21st century Java or Jav
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Time well spent
Sat, May 6th 2017 12:00p   Ben Poole
At the risk of clogging up the internet, sundry bandwidth, your attention, or your craw, I’d like to turn your attention to a website and movement that truly is Time Well Spent. The Time Well Spent movement is all about reclaiming our lives from the miraculous wee devices we have in our pockets, on our wrists, and before us on the desk or sofa. We all know that most “news” sources are clickbait-ey horrors, their only goal to have you click on everything in sight, promoting shi
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Two computing giants left us recently
Tue, Apr 25th 2017 11:49a   Ben Poole
In amongst the more general news (i.e. society going to hell in a handbasket, World War III, all that), you could be forgiven for having missed the news in the smaller world of IT: we lost two giants of our field in recent weeks. On April 13th we lost the internet pioneer Bob Taylor, and just a few days before Harry Huskey, passed away at the amazing age of 101 on April 9th. Bob Taylor is most well-known for forging ahead with ARPANET — which of course ultimately gave us t’internet
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IBM Connect goes to the pub
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 5:17p   Ben Poole
In London next Tuesday? Run, do not walk, to IBM Connect goes to the pub, a cheeky wee event we at LDC Via are hosting at The Castle very near Farringdon station. We will have the IBM Connect opening general session on a screen, and the drinks are on us! Read more and sign up on our blog.
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Christmas 2010?
Thu, Dec 22nd 2016 2:19p   Ben Poole
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New Macs, function key strips
Tue, Aug 30th 2016 4:00a   Ben Poole
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VMWare Fusion tip: drag n drop
Thu, Jul 21st 2016 12:37p   Ben Poole
I have a recurring, not to mention infuriating, issue with Fusion which has existed since I started using the software in those heady beta days (2007?). To wit: drag n drop from the host to the guest OS just stops working for no apparent reason. Occasionally, this extends to copy and paste too. One way to address this is to restart the VM (bah!) or when it gets really bad, repair the VMWare Tools installation. Nasty. When the problem happened again today, I decided to dig a little deeper, and f
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The new post-fact age
Wed, Jul 20th 2016 9:20a   Ben Poole
It’s terrifying, especially hot on the heels of the brexit farce here in the UK. Consider this comment, made in a book four years ago and derided at the time: The Republican Party has become an insurgent outlier in American politics — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. We’re
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Fourteen years is forever...
Wed, Jun 1st 2016 12:28p   Ben Poole
You know a blog is pretty much dead when its author misses said blog’s fourteenth birthday by almost three weeks. Chortle! Oh well, happy birthday little website: you’ve done well!




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