In October 2006 the ITWriting blog was migrated to WordPress. Unfortunately most of the old entries were not copied into the new system. The archived entries still exist, but until now there were no links to them; they were part of the dark web. Now all is revealed. These are the entries from the beginning (October 2003) until the WordPress migration. For more recent entries, you’ll need to use the WordPress archive links in the left-hand column.
I have also appended links to old articles that are no longer linked elsewhere.
Tuesday The 10th October Google’s unsettling lack of direction
Tuesday The 10th October Vista security: now prove it
Monday The 9th October Vista: the search for drivers begins
Thursday The 5th October Protecting the Windows kernel
Wednesday The 4th October Stob gets her teeth into Word
Wednesday The 4th October Times Reader memory shock
Monday The 2nd October Who cares about W3C validation?
Thursday The 28th September A handy guide to DRM on Nokia’s forums
Wednesday The 27th September HD DVD vs Blu-Ray – and data-mining Web 2.0 style
Wednesday The 27th September Times Reader vs Sony Reader
Monday The 25th September Delphi 7, Winhelp: not compatible with Vista
Monday The 25th September Vista is too good to dismiss
Friday The 22nd September Help! Vista’s coming
Thursday The 21st September Is this a bug in Vista RC1?
Wednesday The 20th September Securing Windows: why Microsoft is fighting its third-party partners
Monday The 18th September Heavy user praises Amazon S3
Tuesday The 12th September AAC is not a proprietary format
Monday The 11th September Hacking Turbo Delphi
Monday The 11th September iTunes hassles for digital identity expert
Sunday The 10th September How to get Visual Basic 6
Friday The 8th September Microsoft – the elephant not in the room
Friday The 8th September d.Construct 06 – Amazon says 800 million objects now stored in S3
Friday The 8th September Sun scratches the dynamic language itch
Thursday The 7th September IronPython is done
Thursday The 7th September Why the Vista Release Candidate isn’t
Monday The 4th September XNA hassles for 64-bit users
Sunday The 3rd September Amazon S3 may be too cheap
Saturday The 2nd September A new low for anti-virus software?
Saturday The 26th August eBay’s indifference to fraud
Saturday The 26th August Napster gets iPod compatibility
Thursday The 24th August Amazon’s virtual computing revolution
Thursday The 24th August A Delphi REST sample for Amazon S3
Wednesday The 23rd August Performance of Amazon S3
Wednesday The 23rd August XBox 360 vs The Rest
Wednesday The 23rd August How do Microsoft developers find info?
Tuesday The 22nd August Mac users – an influential 2.32%?
Monday The 21st August Visual Basic for Mono gets a revamp
Wednesday The 16th August Credit card fraud
Wednesday The 16th August Does Microsoft promote the desktop at the expense of the web?
Monday The 14th August Crisis at the W3C
Monday The 14th August Who says Microsoft doesn’t use .NET?
Thursday The 10th August Borland’s Turbo tools
Tuesday The 8th August A ClickOnce HTML editor
Monday The 7th August Help, I’m on Windows, where is my home?
Sunday The 6th August DVD ripping and why the right to burn CDs from iTunes might not last
Friday The 4th August Technorati tracking 50 million blogs
Friday The 4th August You can’t trust email
Wednesday The 2nd August Programming language trends: Java losing out to .NET?
Tuesday The 1st August Tao of the Windows Installer
Sunday The 30th July Java, security, and Lily Allen
Friday The 28th July iPod/iTunes "a lethal recipe for anti-competitive lock-in"
Thursday The 27th July Paint.net shows off .NET open source
Tuesday The 25th July Charlie Calvert: another Borlander turns up at Microsoft
Tuesday The 25th July Recursion with Youos
Monday The 24th July Zune announced to hail of protest
Friday The 21st July XBox 360 hits 5 million installed base
Thursday The 20th July Phishing through Google
Thursday The 20th July Microsoft’s .NET pitch
Tuesday The 18th July Another way to hang Windows
Monday The 17th July No escape from native code in Vista
Sunday The 16th July The perils of dynamic data: NetBeans vs Eclipse
Saturday The 15th July Windows backslash is IBM’s fault?
Thursday The 13th July The purpose of testing is not to find bugs
Tuesday The 11th July Don’t use Java Enterprise Edition
Tuesday The 11th July Windows Forms 2.0 Programming
Friday The 7th July Microsoft employee laments iPod distraction
Thursday The 6th July Microsoft adds Open Document support to Office
Tuesday The 4th July Fixing Visual Studio setup projects
Monday The 3rd July ASP.NET author gets web standards
Saturday The 1st July 45 million unlinked blogs
Saturday The 1st July Another blog
Saturday The 1st July Microsoft: we won’t kill your PC
Friday The 30th June Abobe Flex 2.0 is out
Thursday The 29th June Implications of Google checkout
Thursday The 29th June Salesforce.com as a web services platform
Wednesday The 28th June Dabble DB
Wednesday The 28th June Code to create Office XML
Tuesday The 27th June Google has the political power of a small state
Sunday The 25th June No price drop for XBox 360
Sunday The 25th June The two pillars of Longhorn
Friday The 23rd June Visual Studio start page a missed opportunity
Friday The 23rd June Is Blinq Microsoft’s answer to Rails?
Thursday The 22nd June Can the Internet be fixed?
Thursday The 22nd June Ruby and .NET
Wednesday The 21st June 3D is not just eye-candy
Monday The 19th June Abobe vs Microsoft: When two is fewer than one
Thursday The 15th June Debugging Visual Studio design mode
Tuesday The 13th June Ray Ozzie: talking the talk
Tuesday The 13th June SQL Server Everywhere is up for download
Saturday The 10th June WinFX is .NET Framework 3.0 – are you less confused?
Friday The 9th June .NET 64-bit hassles
Friday The 9th June MSDN Wiki – plaudits and questions
Thursday The 8th June Microsoft, cross-platform and WPF/E
Thursday The 8th June What’s coming in Dreamweaver 9
Wednesday The 7th June Annoying documentation
Monday The 5th June The new Netiquette: keep your comments clean
Saturday The 3rd June New database role for Team System
Friday The 2nd June Search as user interface
Wednesday The 31st May The synchronized web: caching is magic
Wednesday The 31st May Visual Studio porting hassles
Thursday The 25th May I have seen Apollo
Friday The 19th May Borland CEO: We won’t be JBuildered again
Friday The 19th May An update to the HtmlEditor
Wednesday The 17th May Visiting Amazon.com calls 100 services
Tuesday The 16th May Memory use rockets with 64-bit .NET
Tuesday The 16th May CodePlex is online
Sunday The 14th May Ocado
Sunday The 14th May Java, .NET and dynamic languages
Saturday The 13th May When will Microsoft understand home media?
Saturday The 13th May The cloud vs the LAN
Friday The 12th May Team System reviewed
Friday The 12th May Adobe Apollo: Flash beyond the browser
Tuesday The 9th May Visual Studio Web Application Project is gold
Monday The 8th May JBuilder Eclipse to be more like JBuilder
Monday The 8th May Why web search always beats local help
Friday The 5th May NetBeans in search of Rails magic
Wednesday The 3rd May Borland’s IDE sale: progress report
Wednesday The 3rd May Could you miss this?
Wednesday The 3rd May Napster makes bold move while iTunes gets it wrong
Tuesday The 2nd May WS-* versus REST
Monday The 1st May Microsoft .Net most popular dev platform in the world?
Friday The 28th April ASP.NET Web App Projects gets real-world approval
Wednesday The 26th April Detailed study of cross-platform .NET
Wednesday The 26th April Google is the F1 of our lives
Wednesday The 26th April What’s coming in Windows Mobile
Monday The 24th April EU vs Microsoft: gunning for the wrong target
Monday The 24th April Visual Studio 2005 is unstable
Friday The 21st April Oracle Express: free and huge
Thursday The 20th April Why Microsoft released a buggy VB compiler
Wednesday The 19th April Borland’s strange ‘DevCo’
Wednesday The 19th April How to write fast software
Tuesday The 18th April Will Wikipedia become Britannica?
Saturday The 15th April In laptops, small is beautiful
Thursday The 13th April Users, who needs ‘em?
Tuesday The 11th April Enterprise software: it’s maintenance, not platform choices
Tuesday The 11th April Sun’s Java burden
Tuesday The 11th April The Enterprise software debate
Friday The 7th April Laterooms.com gives up on Mono
Friday The 7th April More on Vista: Pretty vs Useful
Friday The 7th April What’s your Vista rating?
Thursday The 6th April Microsoft backtracks on ASP.NET app model
Tuesday The 4th April MySpace, ColdFusion and ASP.NET
Monday The 3rd April Who’s using Team System?
Friday The 31st March Software contracts and agile methodology
Thursday The 30th March Microsoft makes a grab for Borland developers
Wednesday The 29th March How XAML gets compiled
Wednesday The 29th March Microsoft should use Flash, says Adobe’s John Dowdell
Tuesday The 28th March Delphi for .NET 2.0 now
Monday The 27th March Drilldown into WPF/Everywhere
Saturday The 25th March Microsoft: VBA supported "for the forseeable future"
Saturday The 25th March Microsoft does cross-platform .NET with WPF/E
Thursday The 23rd March Subversion vs Perforce
Tuesday The 21st March Mix06 reflections
Monday The 20th March Amazon: fee-based services are better
Monday The 20th March Marc Canter on Vista: You won’t go back
Monday The 20th March Networking at Mix06
Monday The 20th March Not yet a geek friendly world
Friday The 17th March Mix06
Friday The 17th March Grimes on .Net (again)
Thursday The 16th March Ruby on Rails will change the world
Wednesday The 15th March Amazon gets Web Services
Tuesday The 14th March Microsoft runs .NET on Xbox 360
Monday The 13th March Google to sell online content
Sunday The 12th March Gosling on Java vs other languages
Friday The 10th March Writely in action
Friday The 10th March Don’t trust Google with your data
Thursday The 9th March Over 30 million blogs on Technorati
Thursday The 9th March Bright ideas for post-Borland Delphi
Wednesday The 8th March If languages are bicycles…
Wednesday The 8th March Google deleted all my mail
Wednesday The 8th March Amazon pays you to search the web
Wednesday The 8th March Google clutter with IE7
Tuesday The 7th March Speeding up Windows Forms
Monday The 6th March Google: where did we go wrong with Google Maps?
Monday The 6th March Mono vs Microsoft: can you tell the difference?
Sunday The 5th March Eric Meyer says IE7 will be OK
Saturday The 4th March Mix06 is full
Saturday The 4th March IDE comparison: a very silly survey
Friday The 3rd March Enthusiast buzz for Creative Vision:M
Thursday The 2nd March Team System: you really need it all
Wednesday The 1st March Which dynamic language will win the enterprise?
Tuesday The 28th February Windows backup failure mystery
Tuesday The 28th February Speeding up Delphi 2006
Monday The 27th February Is it Mono vs WPF/Everywhere?
Monday The 27th February Agitator and Team System compared
Sunday The 26th February Pitfalls when handling COM events in managed code
Saturday The 25th February The pain of private runtime libraries
Friday The 24th February Installing Team System RC1
Thursday The 23rd February Write your Google website now
Thursday The 23rd February Where next for e-Books? Please Not YABDDTC
Wednesday The 22nd February Downtime and its consequences
Tuesday The 21st February Download the future of web apps
Tuesday The 21st February Farewell to FrontPage
Tuesday The 21st February Why all web sites look the same
Monday The 20th February Developers tap to the beat
Saturday The 18th February Microsoft’s dinosaur campaign
Saturday The 18th February Buggy calculators
Friday The 17th February David Heinemeier Hansson on Rails
Thursday The 16th February Limitations of SSL exposed by phishing fraud
Thursday The 16th February Then and Now: Sleepycat CEO on Oracle
Thursday The 16th February Latest Gates tongue-twister: 2007 Microsoft Office System
Wednesday The 15th February What’s wrong with Office Live
Wednesday The 15th February Office Live a threat to Small Business Server
Tuesday The 14th February Measuring authority
Tuesday The 14th February WPF Everywhere: Not yet
Monday The 13th February Delphi is dead rumours
Monday The 13th February Mashups and the future of web apps
Sunday The 12th February Rails a "fundamental restart in the thinking process"
Saturday The 11th February PSP Pinball disappointment
Friday The 10th February JBuilder and Delphi may be separated
Friday The 10th February JBuilder 2006 not end of line, says Borland
Friday The 10th February EFF says don’t use Google Desktop
Thursday The 9th February Final notes on the "Future of web apps"
Wednesday The 8th February Borland puts up Delphi for sale
Wednesday The 8th February Flex enterprise services for .NET: maybe never
Wednesday The 8th February David Heinemeier Hansson says be happy
Wednesday The 8th February Add value to the aggregate web, says BBC/Yahoo developer
Wednesday The 8th February SOAP is insane, says Del.icio.us founder
Tuesday The 7th February Blogging Web 2.0
Tuesday The 7th February Adobe’s agressive pricing for Flex 2: Free
Tuesday The 7th February Who’s fastest: SQLite, SQL Server, MySQL, or what?
Monday The 6th February NetBeans 5.0 challenges Eclipse
Sunday The 5th February Don’t rewrite, refactor
Friday The 3rd February Blogs are not reliable
Friday The 3rd February Rant: Why does Microsoft delete KB articles?
Friday The 3rd February Neat Windows GUI for SQLite – SQLite Spy
Thursday The 2nd February Delphi 2006 and the .NET vs native debate
Wednesday The 1st February Reflections on IE7
Tuesday The 31st January Mainsoft’s test suite for Mono
Monday The 30th January IBM gets into the free DBMS game
Sunday The 29th January Robert Fripp’s music download store
Sunday The 29th January Robert Fripp commends Vista
Saturday The 28th January Reflecting on XBox 360 Live Arcade
Friday The 27th January Who’s who at WhatWG, and why it matters
Friday The 27th January First ever profit for Windows Mobile
Friday The 27th January MSN Spaces to be Windows Live Spaces
Friday The 27th January Microsoft Live claims to be disruptive
Thursday The 26th January Tech-Ed Europe rebranded, moves to November
Thursday The 26th January Microsoft’s "Application Blocks" counter quick and dirty coding
Wednesday The 25th January Analyst: only RDBMS and Unix will last
Wednesday The 25th January Google loves blogs
Tuesday The 24th January .NET vs Objective-C and Cocoa
Tuesday The 24th January Web 2.0 the Microsoft way – Mix 06
Monday The 23rd January Crystal Quest is back
Monday The 23rd January On Windows Vista and bad dialogs
Monday The 23rd January SQLite gets CHECK constraints
Sunday The 22nd January The observed life – depressing, or not?
Saturday The 21st January You have no privacy part 99999
Friday The 20th January Visual Studio Live – just get the docs right
Thursday The 19th January The truth about SQL Server
Thursday The 19th January It’s not just Google watching you
Wednesday The 18th January Who will *really* support Team System?
Tuesday The 17th January Team System just about up and running
Monday The 16th January NCC weighs in on DRM debate
Monday The 16th January BackgroundWorker exceptions in .NET 2.0
Monday The 16th January Where are you reading this blog?
Friday The 13th January Hosting Office documents in .NET forms
Friday The 13th January No more Windows Media Player for the Mac
Thursday The 12th January Mono 1.1 "stable for all users"
Wednesday The 11th January Borland’s best Delphi release for years
Wednesday The 11th January IntelliJ IDEA in an Eclipse world
Wednesday The 11th January Will I run Windows on a Mac?
Tuesday The 10th January Gosling is wrong, PHP is not a clone of JSP
Tuesday The 10th January Google Pack is not what I want
Saturday The 7th January Another reason not to buy from iTunes Music Store
Thursday The 5th January C# now more in demand than VB in the UK?
Monday The 2nd January The write-only web – what to do about old stuff?
Sunday The 1st January Visual Studio 2005 DLL Hell
Friday The 30th December IT Support: too much kick and hope
Wednesday The 28th December Who writes Amazon’s "reader reviews"?
Tuesday The 27th December Bad caps rant
Friday The 23rd December Microsoft dogfoods .NET – up to a point
Friday The 16th December Outlook’s extraordinarily obscure UI
Thursday The 15th December Impressed by Blogger Web Comments – the annotated web done right
Thursday The 15th December One more step towards the Google workplace
Tuesday The 13th December Ninja Gaiden on Xbox 360: nearly but not quite
Tuesday The 13th December Connecting an Xbox 360 – too hard?
Thursday The 8th December Live by the web; die by the web: Amazon’s Xbox 360 nightmare
Monday The 5th December Flex 2 preview on The Register
Friday The 2nd December Xbox 360 supply chaos as predicted
Thursday The 1st December 10 days of XP 64-bit
Wednesday The 23rd November JRE installs Google toolbar – how much do I hate this?
Monday The 21st November Running on Windows x64
Monday The 21st November Sony Rootkit is anti-virus failure
Saturday The 19th November Scary Google dominance in my site stats
Friday The 18th November Free Visual Basic 2005 eBook
Friday The 18th November A detailed roadmap for Mono
Friday The 18th November Delphi 2006 is done – apart from C++, that is
Monday The 14th November Rediscovering the small developer
Monday The 14th November New Borland CEO says … nothing much
Saturday The 12th November Xbox 360 not all that compatible …. yet
Friday The 4th November Common sense needed in Massachusetts Open Office debate
Friday The 4th November Xbox 360 supply chaos looms
Wednesday The 2nd November Making sense of Visual Studio 2005 editions
Monday The 31st October Sony copy protection resembles malware, claims Windows expert
Monday The 31st October Zend joins Eclipse – two IDEs will dominate software development
Sunday The 30th October Clever blog marketing
Saturday The 29th October David Berlind’s inDRMpendence campaign
Friday The 28th October Visual Studio 2005 is finally released
Friday The 28th October Forbes attacks bloggers
Friday The 28th October DRM, Apple, and the future of digital downloads
Wednesday The 26th October Can a computer play bridge?
Tuesday The 25th October Sony PSP makes sense of portable video
Tuesday The 25th October Putting Office online – has Sun got the vision?
Tuesday The 18th October Web 2.0 is taking off though it is not really new
Tuesday The 18th October Apple iPod and the perils of introductory pricing
Tuesday The 18th October Wikipedia under fire
Wednesday The 12th October Fixing Sophos and a rant against heavyweight solutions to simple problems
Wednesday The 12th October Please Sun – Don’t infect Java with the Google toolbar
Wednesday The 5th October Sun comes round to Microsoft’s point of view?
Thursday The 29th September The iTunes DRM debate
Tuesday The 27th September Sparkle is all Avalon, all .NET
Thursday The 22nd September Hell freezes over
Wednesday The 21st September Fixing Windows Server 2003
Tuesday The 20th September The stupidity of Default Permit
Friday The 16th September Will XAML be hated like Flash?
Monday The 12th September Sceptical about XBox 360 compatibility
Monday The 12th September Scoble at PDC
Friday The 9th September HP’s heavyweight utility slugs home PC
Sunday The 4th September Frustration for Microsoft employees
Friday The 2nd September Office XML and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Tuesday The 30th August Give your blog the right name
Monday The 29th August Microsoft’s Mono problem
Wednesday The 24th August Ways to use a wiki
Tuesday The 23rd August BBC reports on legal music file sharing
Monday The 22nd August What’s in your junk mailbox?
Monday The 22nd August A must-read ASP.NET post
Monday The 22nd August I have problems with iTunes
Friday The 19th August XBox 360 already no 1 at Amazon uk
Thursday The 18th August I’m running Windows Vista
Thursday The 18th August Remembering Windows 95
Wednesday The 17th August Analysing the latest virus attack
Wednesday The 17th August More FoxPro tea leaves to read
Monday The 15th August What is the future of COM?
Wednesday The 3rd August X-develop – an alternative IDE for .NET, Java and Mono
Saturday The 30th July HP sees sense over the iPod
Wednesday The 27th July From Indigo to mumble mumble
Tuesday The 26th July Indigo is like CORBA, says Miguel de Icaza
Monday The 25th July Farewell Treo, hello Microsoft Smartphone
Thursday The 21st July XML in SQL Server 2005
Wednesday The 20th July Who reads IT Magazines?
Monday The 18th July Mono and J2EE
Friday The 15th July Apple says don’t use Java
Friday The 15th July Simple Ajax – and a script tip
Tuesday The 12th July Dear Microsoft, where is the macro language for Office 12?
Friday The 8th July IIS 7 a bright spot at Tech-Ed Europe
Wednesday The 6th July Visual Studio and Longhorn – unscrambling the tangle
Tuesday The 5th July Motion Computing and the future of the Tablet
Friday The 1st July Microsoft was right to freeze Visual Basic 6
Wednesday The 29th June The catch behind free JDeveloper
Sunday The 26th June Wizard inventor comes forward
Saturday The 25th June Kent Beck slams troglodyte developers
Tuesday The 14th June Microsoft copies BlueJ
Tuesday The 14th June Subscription is the future for online music
Tuesday The 14th June The paradox of search – why external is best
Monday The 13th June Why CAPTCHA does not work
Wednesday The 8th June London Geek Dinner – and why Scoble expects to get sued
Sunday The 5th June Apple’s "catastrophic" server performance
Thursday The 2nd June End of the road for FoxPro
Wednesday The 1st June Chrome and cross-platform .NET
Wednesday The 1st June Ajax and .NET
Wednesday The 25th May Jade Empire XBox review
Sunday The 22nd May Microsoft’s Office team has lost touch with the individual
Friday The 20th May XBox 360 backwards compatible – no recompile required
Friday The 13th May How many PCs have spyware?
Friday The 13th May Just say no to intrusive applications – Yahoo Music, for example
Friday The 13th May How long should a tech book be?
Tuesday The 10th May Intel steals my memory
Sunday The 8th May Blogging is changing Microsoft
Friday The 6th May Building a 64-bit PC
Tuesday The 26th April Microsoft and Apple take different paths to 64-bit
Tuesday The 26th April Windows XP Pro x64 uses Server 2003 code base.
Thursday The 21st April Wi-fi by the minute leads to excessive hotel bills
Tuesday The 19th April Is Microsoft imploding?
Tuesday The 12th April Microsoft has new forums – but where’s the Smart Client?
Saturday The 9th April Opening a Mac Mini case
Friday The 1st April Computerworld Developer Survey
Friday The 1st April Borland, JBuilder and Eclipse
Thursday The 31st March Do we want role-based development tools?
Saturday The 26th March Using a wiki for documentation
Sunday The 20th March Influences on Team System
Thursday The 10th March How much memory does a .NET application use?
Monday The 7th March Grimes on .NET
Thursday The 3rd March How many IDEs can Borland support?
Thursday The 3rd March C# skills in high demand in the UK
Sunday The 27th February Is XBox 2 the answer to the iPod?
Saturday The 26th February Old-school vs New-school at Microsoft
Saturday The 26th February Robin Good’s Windows nightmare
Thursday The 24th February Xbox power cord mystery
Tuesday The 22nd February Slashdot on Mono
Tuesday The 15th February The risks and rewards of open source software
Monday The 14th February Welcome to LUA – developing for limited user accounts
Tuesday The 8th February Is Microsoft Office XML an open standard?
Tuesday The 1st February Borland’s quality problems and Delphi 2005
Thursday The 20th January Are you using Visual Studio Tools for Office?
Wednesday The 19th January iPod rivals need standards
Wednesday The 19th January How good is the iPod?
Monday The 17th January The .NET platform in Longhorn
Monday The 10th January DRM: Customers are hurting.
Monday The 10th January The CD sales boom will not last
Sunday The 9th January The problem with COM add-ins
Wednesday The 5th January Automating Windows Media Player
Tuesday The 21st December A simple Delphi wrapper for Sqlite 3.0
Thursday The 16th December Not so sure about "Plays for Sure"
Friday The 10th December Is downloadable music the end for high end audio?
Friday The 10th December VS 2005 and .NET 2.0 – September 2005, but too long delayed?
Saturday The 4th December Microsoft Access: my number one wish
Thursday The 2nd December ITWriting XBox Game of the Year 2004
Wednesday The 1st December Why C++ makes faster .NET apps
Tuesday The 30th November Why Internet single sign-on has to happen
Wednesday The 24th November Declining IE share – what difference does it make?
Thursday The 18th November Microsoft runs with local admin rights
Wednesday The 17th November Future Exchange API will be web services
Wednesday The 10th November FSFS to replace Berkeley DB in Subversion?
Friday The 5th November Where is the cross-platform tipping point?
Tuesday The 2nd November Team System or Subversion?
Friday The 22nd October Why I haven’t got a Mac
Friday The 15th October What Borland is up to with Software Delivery Optimization
Wednesday The 13th October monoForge offers free asp.net hosting on Linux
Tuesday The 12th October Trials with a Treo
Wednesday The 6th October A home needs a digital hub
Wednesday The 6th October Why does ADO.NET make me grab ALL the data to the client?
Tuesday The 5th October iPod users aren’t thieves
Wednesday The 29th September Why the Palm doesn’t do .NET
Friday The 24th September Middleware co. report on .NET vs WebSphere/Linux
Thursday The 23rd September Oracle’s Java tools strategy
Thursday The 23rd September .NET pros and cons – a new forum
Thursday The 23rd September The future of Windows Forms
Tuesday The 14th September 10 reasons Microsoft developers should look at SharpDevelop
Tuesday The 14th September A glimmer of RAD Linux (Kylix) interest from Borland
Saturday The 11th September A pure managed code database engine
Friday The 10th September Wrestling with the Windows Installer
Monday The 6th September Review of JDeveloper 10g
Sunday The 5th September Borland’s Boz Elloy praises Eclipse
Sunday The 5th September Eclipse now and in the future
Sunday The 5th September ITWriting.com redesign
Friday The 3rd September Chrome – a new language for .NET
Friday The 3rd September Apple is lock-in too
Wednesday The 1st September A Longhorn blog worth reading
Friday The 27th August HP iPod a disappointment
Tuesday The 24th August Does anyone use .NET?
Monday The 23rd August New C# book for beginners
Saturday The 21st August SP2 debate exposes deeper problems
Friday The 20th August We need a standard for rechargeable batteries
Thursday The 19th August Still waiting for the ideal mobile device
Wednesday The 18th August In praise of Ninja Gaiden on XBox
Wednesday The 18th August Can Windows culture be changed?
Wednesday The 18th August SANS and securing Windows
Thursday The 5th August A Delphi-like language for Visual Studio?
Monday The 2nd August IBM’s Eclipse add-in links .NET and Java
Monday The 2nd August Lookout a sign of .NET acceptance?
Monday The 2nd August Code Complete 2
Friday The 30th July Email via mobile phone
Thursday The 29th July Apple, Real, iPod and iTunes
Wednesday The 28th July Free UML 2.0 designer from Borland
Tuesday The 27th July Vandalized Windows and a surprising discovery
Saturday The 24th July HP and Windows Mobile 2003 SE
Tuesday The 20th July No ActiveDocumentHost in Whidbey, or ever?
Tuesday The 20th July Exchange Intelligent Message Filter outsmarted
Sunday The 11th July Borland Together vs Microsoft Team System
Monday The 5th July CVS for everyday work
Wednesday The 30th June The hidden cost of spam
Wednesday The 30th June Mono is released
Monday The 14th June The hidden cost of viruses
Sunday The 6th June Reflections on Tech-Ed 2004 San Diego
Sunday The 6th June C# nullable types: null == null?
Tuesday The 1st June UML 2.0 stencils for Visio
Tuesday The 1st June So far so good with the Exchange IMF
Wednesday The 26th May Yukon is good for the .NET Framework
Tuesday The 25th May New Visual Studio Community Preview
Sunday The 23rd May Are code snippets evil?
Sunday The 23rd May It’s not piracy that killing CD sales
Thursday The 13th May Visual Basic’s broken array dimensioning
Tuesday The 4th May The Microsoft Installer is too complex
Tuesday The 27th April Mono is set for June 30th
Tuesday The 20th April Visual C++ Compiler is now free
Friday The 16th April Microsoft .NET on Linux advances (Mono)
Friday The 16th April More on XML in SQL Server 2005 (Yukon)
Tuesday The 13th April Borland kills Codewright
Wednesday The 7th April Lindows is just a bad name
Wednesday The 7th April IBM on Web Services and SOA
Tuesday The 6th April Sun, Microsoft, .Net and open source
Wednesday The 24th March Microsoft and the EU remedies
Tuesday The 23rd March Is the Microsoft platform too integrated?
Thursday The 18th March Microsoft: improve Windows Media Player
Thursday The 18th March IRiver, iPod, WMA, DRM
Wednesday The 17th March SQLite gets blob support
Monday The 15th March HP and iTunes a mistake?
Tuesday The 9th March Delphi, JBuilder, DRM
Monday The 8th March Google edits the Internet
Tuesday The 24th February Xbox Live and ISA server
Sunday The 8th February Tablet ad misses the mark
Monday The 2nd February Who invented the Wizard?
Monday The 2nd February ADA gets a blog
Monday The 2nd February Too much integration in today’s IDEs?
Thursday The 29th January Why many developers don’t get .Net
Monday The 26th January Microsoft Mini PDC in London
Friday The 23rd January .Net drawing in Delphi 8
Friday The 23rd January Java IDE market share
Wednesday The 21st January Java IDE market, Borland futures
Tuesday The 20th January New articles on Itwriting.com
Sunday The 18th January Sqlite performance conundrum
Sunday The 11th January More fun with Sqlite
Saturday The 6th December Sqlite is small, fast and free
Wednesday The 19th November Unicode in HTML Editor for dot net
Sunday The 16th November Borland and Dot Net
Tuesday The 4th November BDP.Net considered harmful?
Monday The 3rd November From PDC to Borland Conference
Friday The 24th October No PDC Birds of a feather for Mono
Tuesday The 21st October Hosting mshtml
Monday The 20th October Tablet PDC plan hits snag
Monday The 20th October The year of the Tablet?
The LG Viewty is a camera phone with a differnce. The UI is built with Adobe’s Flash, the camera is half-decent, and it plays DivX videos. Does that make it a good buy? Read this review.
Scott Guthrie is a General Manager at Microsoft, responsible for most of the development teams working on .NET. In this interview, he talks about LINQ, new features in ASP.NET, and Silverlight, promising cross-platform compatibility on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Microsoft is seeking ISO standardisation for its XML Office document format, but running into opposition from advocates of the rival Open Document Format. This interview with Jean Paoli, General manager for interoperability and Office Open XML architecture at Microsoft, covers the rationale for ISO standardisation and reflects on the implications of its success or failure.
Microsoft is taking its next-generation user interface cross-platform, with a new runtime that lets .NET and XAML run on the Mac and elsewhere. Tim Anderson talks to Forest Key, Director of Developer Tools Product Management at Microsoft.
Tim Anderson reports on a press briefing with Barney Wragg of Universal Music and Michael Bornhäuser of DRM provider SDC. On the agenda: Subscription vs individual download, Apple, and rogue download site allofmp3.com.
SQL Server 2005 includes deep XML integration, including a native, indexed XML datatype along with commands that accept or return XML. Tim Anderson interviews Dr Michael Rys about the thinking behind the new features along with guidance on when to use them.
Mono is the open-source implementation of Microsoft .NET. Tim Anderson interviews project leader Miguel de Icaza, asking why Mono is now partnering with Mainsoft to ease migration to J2EE.
Visual Basic was the most popular programming language in the world, yet Microsoft froze its development in favour of a new and different VB. Here’s why.
On February 28th 2005, Borland became a Strategic Developer in the Eclipse Foundation. What are the implications for JBuilder, Borland’s Java IDE? Tim Anderson gives his view, based on a recent interview with Raaj Shinde, Vice President product strategy and architecture at Borland’s Together business unit
Evaluating the memory usage of a Windows application – many developers are surprised at the high mem usage figures Task Manager reports for their .NET application. But is Task Manager giving useful information?
Check out this detailed review of the high-end iPod photo, Apple’s market-leading portable music player.
Sqlite is a small, fast and free database library. This is a simple wrapper for Delphi 7, including access to some of the new features in Sqlite 3.
An earlier review of iRiver’s H140 MP3 player has been one of the most visited pages on this site. Here now is a review of the more recent H320 / H340 series, together with some thoughts on what it takes to make a successful portable music device in today’s market.
Subversion is a popular open-source version control system. Here’s my review of the official handbook together with some comments about my own early experience installing and using Subversion itself.
Talking about SDO, Borland’s chief scientist Danny Thorpe said "..It’s big. Big work. Big risk. Big reward." But what is SDO, and what does this mean for popular tools like JBuilder and Delphi? Tim Anderson quizzes CEO and President Dale Fuller and Nigel Brown, Vice President and General Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Wondering whether to jump to .NET? This forum is dedicated to discussing the pros and cons, offering an at-a-glance view of key points with comments from the developer community.
Ted Farrell is Architect and Director, Application Development Tools Division at Oracle Corporation.Here he talks about JDeveloper, both the current 10g and future versions. Topics include JDeveloper vs Eclipse, refactoring, MDA, and model-driven development.
An interview with Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, about the popular tools platform and Java IDE. I first wrote about Eclipse in July 2002, Of course that article is out-of-date now, but I referred to Eclipse as "a huge shake-up in the Java tools market" and said that "Eclipse has every prospect of becoming the standard Java IDE." Two years on, those comments still look reasonable.
After discovering the limitations in Visual Studio .NET setup projects, here’s what happened when I decided to tweak the generated Microsoft Installer file.
I’ve written a C# book for beginners.
Windows is a good operating system, wrecked by those who exploit it. All is explained here.
Jason Weisser is IBM’s VP of Enterprise Integration. I spoke to him about XML web services and the future of WebSphere.
Not a development topic this time – just a personal reflection on the passing of the silver disk.
An introduction to XML, explaining what it is and why it matters. Click here to read.
A brief introduction and reflection on what open source and free software is all about.
Sqlite is a small, fast and free database library written in C. I decided to investigate using it as a cross-platform database libary with .Net and Java on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Here’s how I got on, including downloads.
Borland’s CEO Dale Fuller and Chief Technology Officer Blake Stone answer questions about JBuilder, Microsoft .Net, Delphi, Linux and more. Read it here.
Tablet PC will take off. Here’s why.
An in-depth interview with Microsoft product manager Euan Garden. Click here to read.
A whistlestop tour, combining history, opinion, technical introduction, and even a few predictions.Read it here.
Macromedia Software Architect Edwin Smith talks about design decisions behind these new server-side products, how to survive in the J2EE market, and how ColdFusion might one day run on .Net.Click here to read it.
A powerful .Net control that supports display and edit of HTML text. Also demonstrates advanced COM interop. Download it here.
Democratically elected by a committee of one, here’s ITWriting XBox game of the year 2004.
A musical legend in concert November 2005