The content of the presentation at VBUG Brighton tonight

As last time I got completely overloaded with work and forgot to post the content of the demo, this time I’m doing it the other way around. Code is available on my public mug (get it? caffeine-it, mug, public? Funny? No? Oh well). Point your favourite svn tool to

From the command line

C:\> svn co bingo

Will add the updates I’ll tweak till then and the powerpoint slide sometimes tomorrow at the same place.

See you all tonight in Brighton, or over the next two days at Mix!

Ads London Beers #3 – 14th October 2008

Following on the success of the previous events,I am happy to announce the next London Beers event.

The format is going to be different from the previous event, as it will be a sort of mini openconf-style session. Here are the rules

  • Arrivals, discussion and socializing between 18:00 and 19:00, with one necessity: find the topic of the day and find the questions that we will try to answer. We may provide post-its, white boards or body painting equipment to help people focus.
  • At 19:00 the big clock will start ticking for a time-boxed 60 minutes workshop on the subject. The goal is simple: can we as a group get insight and progress our understanding of the problem. The specifics of the format will probably change when we get there, but I’d like us to focus on up to 4 questions.
  • At 20:00 the clock will ring and that will be it of the conversation. Everyone will be invited to fill-in a wiki with a one or two line answer for each of those questions. The goal is to capture a snapshot of the state of mind at the event, and to be able to compare those with the result of our reflections that, I’m sure, will be extensively shared on blogs, mailing lists, twitter, etc.
  • One this is all written down, everybody will be able to continue the discussion in the pub or wherever they see fit.

Please leave comments here and everywhere you feel relevant, or hit me on twitter, to suggest topic ideas or to provide criticism of the whole concept. Without feedback one cannot separate success from failure, and recognizing those are necessary to progress and improve.

If your company wants to invest a bit of money behind the bar for food and drinks, don’t hesitate to let me know.

And of course, the location is the same as the previous event, and I have been told the kitchen staff will stay a bit longer for us this time.

The Blue Posts
18, Kingly Street
London W1B 5PX

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Developing .net code since 2000?

Over the years, I’ve had a couple of people in interviews being surprised at my assertion that I started development on .net in 2000. As I go through yet another cleanup of my email archives (I’m an archival freak) that are reaching around 15GB of data, I found this email.

From: []
Sent: 14 November 2000 03:09
To: …
Subject: Thank you for your recent Microsoft purchase

Thank you for visiting our store, Sebastien P. Lambla.

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Refer to order number MSDSTB129915 when contacting us.

Thank You,

Microsoft Developer Tools

This was the first beta of visual studio. 8 years of C#, how time flies!