Author Archives: Dan Drew

About Dan Drew

Dan has worked in the software industry for almost 15 years as a developer, architect and manager at industry leaders such as Delrina, Microsoft and MySpace. The results of his work are used by millions of users in the home, corporate, and Internet markets.

Missing The Windows Tablet Point

So Asus just announced their new tablet based on Windows 7, and already the backlash against it has begun. But while it’s true that the Windows desktop experience is less than ideal for a touch-centric device, the naysayers who claim … Continue reading

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Finding Time to Innovate

As developers, we’ve all experienced the frustration of losing touch with the latest and greatest technologies that so captured our fascination in the first place. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this … Continue reading

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ParallelFX: Armed and Dangerous

Last Tuesday I attended a presentation by Rob Windsor of the TVBUG user group on the new parallel extensions in .Net 4. I had tried out some of the extensions back when ParallelFX was still an RC candidate, but the … Continue reading

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WP7: Rendering Content to a Bitmap

Sometimes you need to render UI content, such as text, to a background bitmap. This can be handy for animation or saving on render time for static content. In Silverlight for Windows Phone 7, this is as easy as creating … Continue reading

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Dude, Respect Other People’s Time

We’ve all experienced it. We’ve all put with it. We’ve all secretly wanted to punch the person that did it. We’ve all super-secretly wanted to follow up on the punch with an angry, guttural scream and kick. Okay, the last … Continue reading

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Google Tries to Chrome the Enterprise

While its possible Google knows something I don’t, as someone who’s spent a fair chunk of my career building software for the enterprise their latest attempt to ratchet themselves into that market seems somewhat naive. Recommend on Facebook Share on … Continue reading

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Planning for Failure: The Problem With Working Overtime

There’s an old programmer quote that goes something like this,

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think
“I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.

I feel the same way about teams working overtime. Continue reading

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Windows Phone 7: Cutting Transparency Down To Size

I know that few developers these days give a second thought to such trivialities as application footprint, but as someone who lived through the DOS era I still get queasy when I know I’m wasting space. Now with the spotlight … Continue reading

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Cliques Are For High School, Not Your Business

They say the secret to a successful marriage is good communication. I’m not entirely sure who “they” are, or even the current state of their plans for world domination via a complex scheme of pulleys and hamster wheels, but on … Continue reading

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AzureFest

Last Saturday I attended AzureFest at Microsoft Canada. Big thanks to Cory Fowler at ObjectSharp for the presentation! In addition to learning about Azure and meeting some great people, I was also inspired by the bizarre “development machines” that some … Continue reading

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