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Virtual Machine Tips for running SharePoint by Bil Simser

Just a few simple Virtual Machine tips when developing in SharePoint My VMs are 40GB in size and pre-allocated. After installing SharePoint, SQL Server, and Visual Studio and all the tools I need I have about 10GB for data which is more than sufficient...

Code to Interfaces. Right. What’s an Interface? by Bil Simser

The premise of coding to interfaces has been around for awhile now. The concept is simple. Given a definition of something you create things based on that definition. That might be a horrible description of an interface but I didn’t want to go all Computer...

Get Juiced with me and 10,000 friends at Prairie Dev Con West by Bil Simser

I”m happy to say that Prairie Dev Con West 2012 is almost upon us. In just over a week geeks from the five corners of the planet will get together and talk about D’Arcy Lussier’s hair and hope that the Mad Mexican doesn’t crash their session. For me there...

Does the world really need "official" apps? by Bil Simser

The "buzz" exploded a few days ago with this site . "Official" application requests for Windows Phone 7, vendors and services that don't have a presence (an official one anyway) on the Microsoft phone platform. I have to ask though, do we really need...

Visual Studio Achievements - Remember Kids They're Just For Fun by Bil Simser

I followed a neat project for the last couple of months which today became a reality, Visual Studio Achievements . Achievements are something the gaming world are very familiar with. They're milestones of recognition to meet like "Blowing up 30 Enemies...

Some JSON Resources For You by Bil Simser

As a developer I really dig JSON over XML for information exchange. It's clean, simple, and just works. I don't have to deal with complicated schema validation, reams of unreadable encoded text, and hierarchies that make no sense. I prefer to consume...

Prairie Dev Con West - Sessions Announced and Registration Open! by Bil Simser

I’m thrilled to announce that the Prairie Dev Con West folks have posted sessions and speakers on their site, and opened registration for Prairie Developer Conference West ! Three Days of Fantastic Sessions! Prairie Dev Con West happens March 13 – 15...

Microsoft's Next Move, Split Metro and Classic Mode in Windows 8? by Bil Simser

Caveat lector. This is an opinion piece and not something I do often (or probably well) but my thoughts on this were a little more than 140 characters could handle. You have been warned. Recently Netflix CEO Reed Hastings stood up and, doing his best...

Secret Agent Man by Bil Simser

Just a quick one this morning as we all get started in the week. Something that comes into play (sometimes in a big way) is the user agent string your browser gives off. So for example using the User-Agent field in the request header, you can determine...

Unicorns, Triple Rainbows, Package Management and Lasers by Bil Simser

Since the dawn of time, developers have been adding references to projects. Even longer, they’ve been doing it through a cumbersome and tedious manual process. You know the routine. C’mon. Play along with me: Launch web browser Search for the website...
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