Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

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May, 2006

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    TechEd Australia and New Zealand - Developer Tools Track - Draft Session Plan


    I'm responsible for the Developer Tools track at TechEd Australia and New Zealand. I've been beavering away whittling down the 116 US TechEd Sessions and combining them with the local submissions we got and here's the current state of play (in no particular order). Note that 2 of the 18 sessions will be cabana sessions (in the exhibition area) and for NZ, we have to cull the list further (down to 12)

    • Using the New Windows Mobile 5.0 APIs for Application Development
    • Extending Team Foundation Server
    • Protect your Applications: Defensive Strategies that Can be Applied to Applications
    • Sharing Assets Between the .NET Compact Framework (Windows Mobile) and the .NET Framework (Desktop Windows)
    • C++/CLI. The Best Language for Managed AND Native Development
    • Developing Applications That Work on Both Pocket PC and Smartphone
    • VSTS Performance Tools
    • Securing and Deploying Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Microsoft Office (VSTO) Solutions
    • Concurrent Development with Branching in Team Foundation Server
    • Visual Basic: Tips, Tricks and Futures
    • Building Control Hierarchies and the Anatomy of a Super ComboBox
    • Introducing an Exciting New Addition to Visual Studio Team System
    • Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server: Step-by-Step Migration and Adoption Planning
    • Smart Client: Real-World ClickOnce
    • Visual Studio: Leveraging Your Visual Basic 6 Investments with VB 2005
    • Visual C#: Tips and Tricks and Future Directions
    • Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server - Applying Version Control, Work Item Tracking and Team Build to Your Software Development Project
    • Programming with Concurrency in .NET: Concepts, Patterns, and Best Practices.

    We're also running one of the Dynamics CRM sessions.

    • Using Web Services to Develop Applications for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    What do you think?

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    Making VSTS integrate into your current systems - Adam Cogan Tours Aussie User Groups


    Adam Cogan is touring the country talking about integrating VSTS (and TFS) with your current practices. He started at the new Newcastle Coders Group last Wednesday and is visiting 10 User Groups in a month!

    Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) is the new technology from Microsoft that integrates the whole development cycle from initial design, testing and development as well as bug tracking and project management tools. In this session you will be taken through everything you need to know to optimise your software development cycle using VSTS:

    1. How a bug tracking system works
    2. Customising Team Foundation Server (TFS) to work in your organisation
    3. Updating your bug tracking system to work with TFS
    4. How a task list and work items work

    We will also compare VSTS with its alternatives.

    Place & Date Time Location
    Newcastle - Wednesday 3 May 2006 18:00 - 21:00 University of Newcastle
    Melbourne - Monday 8 May 2006 18:00 - 21:00 CITC Building, 1/257 Collins Street, Melbourne
    Wollongong - Wednesday 10 May 2006 18:00 - 21:00 University of Wollongong
    Brisbane - Tuesday 16 May 2006 18:00 - 21:00 Microsoft Brisbane
    Perth - Wednesday 17 May 2006 13:00 - 17:00 (Perth Time) Microsoft Offices, Level 14, QV1 Building, St. George's Tce, Perth.
    Canberra - Thursday 18 May 2006 12:00 - 13:00 O'Malley's Hotel, Civic
    Canberra - Thursday 18 May 2006 16:30 - 18:00 Microsoft Barton, Canberra
    Hobart - Tuesday 30 May 2006 18:00 - 21:00 The Green Room at Wrest Point Casino, 410 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay, TAS
    Adelaide - Wednesday 31 May 2006 12:00 - 16:00 (Adelaide Time) TBA
    Sydney - Thursday 1 June 2006 18:0 - 20:30 AMP Capital Investors, Ground Floor, 50 Bridge Street (The AMP Building), Sydney

    See also

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Cavemen for PocketPC - these guys rock!


    Via Frank, I downloaded and played with the public beta of Cavemen - a Lemmings clone for PocketPC using the .NET Compact Framework. The team writing it are a couple of guys up on the Gold Coast.

    Have a read about the game and download it. Help our local software industry!!!!

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Expression Web Designer CTP1


    MVP Rick Strahl has posted about the first CTP of Expression Web Designer. Rick's a long-time MVP and a pretty demanding tools user (as well as the author of some commercial and some free tools). Rick raves about the new support for styles, the performance (even at this early stage in the cycle) and it's ability to deliver an accurate rendition of the page in the WYSIWYG editor. He also talks about some stability issues he's come across. All in all I think he's pretty impressed.

    So it's a somewhat mixed bag, but for a first Impression Expression makes a good one. In fact, I think I can use it to replace FrontPage almost immediately on this end since it has the minimal set of features that I use in FrontPage in the first place.

    Check it out.

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Software as a Service - Architectural Considerations


    Yesterday morning I presented at the Sydney sessions of the Software as a Service (SaaS) seminar series (the sessions also ran in New York, San Jose, Boston, Munich, Düsseldorf and Paris). My session about some of the architectural concepts associated with SaaS (slides here (691 kb)) and was derived from a white paper entitled Architecture Strategies for Catching the Long Tail.

    One of the authors of the white paper, Gianpaolo Carraro, a Microsoft Application Architect working in this space, chatted with Diego Dagum about SaaS recently. The transcript of that chat is available at

    There are a couple of links to blogs in that chat that are worth calling out: Gianpaolo's blog and in particular his note on the SaaS Simple Maturity Model, and the other author of the White Paper, Fred Chong's blog. Subscribed.

    BTW, I'll also be presenting this session next Wednesday at the South Coast Chapter of the ACS.

    Venue Auditorium
    City of Wollongong Tennis Club
    Foleys Road
    Gwynneville, NSW 2500
    Date Wednesday, 7th June, 2006
    Time 5:45pm for 6pm – 7:30pm
    Meeting adjorn to Club Dining Room to continue discussion
    Online Registration
    Fee Free for ACS members, $10 non-ACS members
  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    3 Days Vista Developer Training for AUD200


    Update -You'll need the coupon code, which is VistaTDANZ


    As part of the Vista Readiness campaign, We're offering 3 days of developer training in Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland.

    The cost is AUD200 (or NZD230 for Auckland). The information page is here. Although it says you have to be an MS partner to attend, Shuk assures me that we've got extra spaces available for non-partners.


    This three day hands-on lab will take you through the process of building a Windows Vista application . The course will focus on the new features introduced in this product. The course is geared towards developers utilising Windows Vista. It is a combination of presentations and hands on labs that focus on growing services opportunities for ISV partners, and a series of new hands-on technical exercises that highlight some of the compelling new design enhancements in Windows Vista.


    Day 1

    • Intro Session
    • Windows Vista User Experience, HOL
    • Consuming Search and Organise Services, HOL
    • Best Practices for User Account Control in Windows Vista
    • Consuming RSS Data from your Applications

    Day 2

    • WPF: 2D Graphics
    • WPF: Tools
    • WPF: Styles, Templates, and Resources, HOL
    • WPF: Data binding
    • WPF: Animation, HOL
    • WPF: Documents, Text, and File Formats
    • WPF: 3D Graphics
    • WPF: Interop and Migration

    Day 3

    • Lap Around Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), HOL
    • Lap Around Windows Workflow Foundation (WF)
    • C++ CLI
    • Establish a Feedback Loop
    • Windows Vista Software Logo Requirements
    • Windows Vista Application Compatibility Issues and Resolutions

    Dates City Time Registration
    May 30, 2006 - Jun 1, 2006 Sydney 9:00AM-5:00PM Register Now!
    Jun 5, 2006 - Jun 7, 2006 Melbourne 9:00AM-5:00PM Register Now!
    Jun 14, 2006 - Jun 16, 2006 Auckland 9:00AM-5:00PM Register Now!

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    What would make you come to Tech•Ed?


    Tech•Ed 2006 is coming to Sydney at the end of August and I've been tasked with making it a must-attend event for developers. Apart from world-class technical sessions, what would make you fork out the $1600 (or fight the battle with management for the budget) to come to Tech•Ed as a developer?

    My current remit is "making the Dev’s feel loved and excited about being a Microsoft Developer". I'm open to suggestions. Leave them as comments here or use the contact me link.

    Of course, if you've already made up your mind to come, you can register now!

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