Microsoft HoloLens for Engineering

Technophiles the world over are buzzing about Microsoft’s announcement of the HoloLens product. This holographic augmented reality platform is bubbling with cool factor, but could have a significant impact on engineering and manufacturing software.

What is XML?

What is XML? Maybe you’ve found yourself asking that question at some point in time. To some, it’s just another meaningless acronym. To others, whether knowingly or not, it’s a key technology that they use every day. Today we’re going to give you the skinny on XML. Not just that, we’re also going to fill […]

No Cost Virtualization Tools

It’s not uncommon for large organizations to have embraced virtualization, both in the testing environment and for production use.  Many vendors have offerings that make it easier for smaller organizations, or individuals, to take advantage of virtualization too.  In fact, all the major vendors offer no cost or personal versions of their flagship products.  And […]

What's New in InfoPath 2010

With the upcoming releases of SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010, a new version of InfoPath will also be released.  InfoPath 2007 included some minor enhancements over 2003 but did not get the Office 2007 user interface (UI) or ribbon bar.  With InfoPath 2010, Microsoft has fully integrated InfoPath into the Office UI, as well as added […]

Auto-Incrementing Build Numbers in Visual Studio.NET

Every Windows executable binary file (EXE, DLL, etc) has a version consisting of the following elements and format: Major.Minor.Build.Revision.  To many software users, this is just a random string of numbers.  For those that develop and deploy software though, this version information is important, even crucial in troubleshooting situations.  Have you ever wondered how the […]

Exit VBA; Enter VSTA

Like many technologies, the ending of support for a particular platform is, as Mr. Anderson is told in the Matrix, inevitable.  Such is the way of Microsoft and VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).  Microsoft announced a while ago it will no longer enhance or develop VBA (read as end-of-support), and will also no longer sell […]

Office 2010 and Collaboration

Microsoft recently announced Office 2010, and is actively touting its benefits to the IT world.  Although many will bemoan this information as marketing hype about interface changes and inconsequential feature additions, there are some significant additions in the Office productivity suite that merit discussion in the PLM community.  In particular, deeper integration with Microsoft SharePoint […]