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Tech Ed 2009 - Surface Service Pack 1 Releases

At PDC last November, there were lots of Surface machines around the LA Convention Center. For TechEd 2009, there aren't Surface devices all over, but there are a few. The Microsoft Surface is releasing a Service Pack 1 (SP1) update to current Microsoft Surface customers and partners which includes:

Notes from Tech Ed 2009

This week I'm at Microsoft's Tech Ed. There are keynotes, hundreds of sessions, hands-on labs, exhibitors, and tons of things happening. There is too much to cover it all. A lot of it is available online as well. Over the next few days, I’m going to try to post comments here in my blog on things I've learned or observations. Some will be sniper shots at things (like the Bill Veghte saying people want demos rather than PowerPoint, so they were going to do demos – he said this after 35 minutes of slides….).

Microsoft Announces General Availability of BizTalk Server 2009

Microsoft has announced the release of the sixth version of BizTalk Server today. Microsoft posted a press release on this new release today that contains information on what is new. It is available today on MSDN and will be available in nine other languages on May 1st.

Real Developers Don’t Need No Designers

In my post, Are You a Deluded Developer, the issue is raised as to whether a developer could be both a desktop developer and a Web developer. The real focus of the post ended up being about designers. As a result of this blog entry, a few discussions on the topic occurred on the forums. More interesting was a follow-up comment made by FunkyDexter on VBForums:

Are You a Deluded Developer?

Desktop and Web developers are two different creatures. We have diatribes about the differences between Linux versus Windows , between Java versus .NET, between Flash versus Silverlight, between Oracle versus SQL Server, and between a lot of other technologies, but have we overlooked one of the more fundamental battles—the one between desktop developers and Web developers.

Which RIA Are You Dying to Use?

In reading my paper copy of the February 2nd issue of eWeek, there was an interesting article on RIA 1.1 where they evaluated various platforms. There was a chart presented in the article, which I've recreated below. The chart is based on a question that O'Reilly Media asked of 200 developers regarding what RIA technology they would be next on their list to use.

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