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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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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
I wrote this six years ago. Flip 2010 for 2016! So, the veg. are done, the table is laid, the turkey a-ready: I can now sit down and wish my readers a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! You three make my day, and I run this site just for you guys. Here’s hoping for a splendiferous 2011 for us all (and let’s face it, it can’t be any worse than 2010, surely??!) Merry Christmas one and all. Here’s hoping for better days ahead.
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New Macs, function key strips
Tue, Aug 30th 2016 4:00a   Ben Poole
By most measures, Apple is well overdue a refresh of its Mac and MacBook lines: 2016 has seen nothing on that score, and the latest press event announced for next week doesn’t really tell us any more. One of the more persistent rumours for the new machines, whenever they may turn up, states that the row of function keys on the new MacBooks will be replaced by some kind of context-sensitive “touch strip” Sweet baby Moses, if this is true then I hope to all that is holy that App
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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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Perspective on the loss of a Prince
Mon, Apr 25th 2016 12:40p   Ben Poole
Quite rightly, the world has gone nuts over the loss of Prince Nelson Rogers last week. Hell, I’m listening to some of his music right now, and I’ve had some insanely sad moments this weekend pondering his death, whilst also thinking about the other entertainers we’ve lost so far in 2016 (Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood, David Bowie, Ronnie Corbett, Paul Daniels and many, many more). But this stuff happens. We need a little perspective as people lament the passing of genius. No, w




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