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We did it! LightSpeed 3.0 is done!

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 03:03:41 +0000

I am stoked – we finally got LightSpeed 3.0 out the door! For a company the size of Mindscape, we took on a mamoth amount of work and took almost all of 2009 to deliver what we think is an extremely solid 3.0 product. If you’re interested in the features, you can read the official [...]

Come and learn about VS 2010

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 04:10:27 +0000

A quick note to anyone living in New Zealand who would like to learn more about what’s coming in Visual Studio 2010 and the changes coming to MSDN subscriptions. I’ll be speaking about these changes over the course of the next two weeks in various locations, I’d love to see you there. 1st December – [...]

New blog – a seperation of concerns

Sun, 22 Mar 2009 09:02:17 +0000

Right-o! One thing I’ve juggled a bit on this blog over the years has been a separation between technical and business. I’ve sorted that out by deciding to push any business related posts onto my new blog over here: This blog will still exist and be used but I’m going to be covering more [...]

We shipped WPF Flow Diagrams

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 22:11:06 +0000

Yesterday we shipped our WPF Flow Diagrams product – a really nice component for creating beautiful flow diagrams in your applications. They can be interactive, read-only, exporting to PNG/JPEG/BMP, serialized, deserialized, customised with new node types, and a whole heap more. When we release a product I always like to put up screenshots (something that [...]

Mindscape gets #2 NZ Start-up

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 20:19:01 +0000

I was pleased to see that Mindscape was named the #2 start-up in the New Zealand Top 10 Start-up awards. It’s always nice to get recognised for the work you are doing and I’m thankful to those that voted for us as well as our supporters and customers who have helped us to where we [...]

IETester – Essential web dev tool

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 21:15:36 +0000

In my last post I wrote about several add-ins to FireFox that make web development easier. Now I’ve found another tool that makes the world of web development much easier – IETester. Oh. My. God. This is a tool that every web developer on the planet should have running on their machine. What you get [...]

4 essential FireFox extensions for geeks

Sun, 11 Jan 2009 21:58:46 +0000

I’ve always used extensions with Firefox but only really one or two. Recently I’ve started using a few more and finding them super handy. Perhaps I’m late to the party but who cares – lets call it fashionably late. For those of you who haven’t seen these extensions then perhaps they’ll help you too. If [...]

Starcraft II – now with rain

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 20:57:57 +0000

One thing I want to do this year is just start posting a little more about random things I spy and want to comment on rather than just announcements & opinion peices. I’m not buying into this whole “My blog posts that ruled in 2008″ so here’s to the first post of the year. I’m [...]

Give the gift of giving –

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 23:54:03 +0000

Last night we finally pushed the big red button – the release button – on It’s been a huge effort with many players involved in the creation of a website dedicated to making it easier for people to donate to causes they feel passionately about. One of the nice things about Givealittle is that [...]

LINQ-to-SQL – Goneburger

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 08:10:10 +0000

It appears, as it has always been expected, that LINQ-to-SQL is being put out to pasture and that Microsoft is now pushing LINQ-to-Entities as the database abstraction engine of choice. This is a great shame given that Entities, as it currently stands, is a long way off being a viable solution for many projects (for [...]