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  • Blog Post: CodeCapmOz April 4-5 – Speakers, Sessions, Social

    CodeCampOz is fast approaching - (4-5 April in Wagga Wagga). Mitch has announced the speakers and sessions , and talked about the important social aspects of CodeCamp , in addition to the obvious technical benefits. Looks like another great CodeCamp! What are you waiting for? Sign up NOW!
  • Blog Post: Ramp yourself up with Ramp Up

    I know, getting training budget is hard at the moment, but you really want to make yourself as employable as possible. Help is at hand (in fact, it’s only a mouse click away). There are, of course, a whole bunch of Virtual Labs you can do (for developers and for infrastructure people ). There’s also...
  • Blog Post: Finding the Windows dpi setting in .NET

    I had a note from Stephen Lead (of Ignite Spatial fame) asking how to determine the dpi setting a user has selected in Windows. He pointed me to the only MSDN article he could find on the subject, ironically explaining how to do it in Visual FoxPro. I didn’t know off the top of my head, generally you...
  • Blog Post: Developing an add-in for multiple versions of Office

    One of the common questions I get asked when I do sessions on VSTO / OBA development is "how can I target Office 2003 and Office 2007?" (I also get asked about previous versions of Office, but I have a less helpful response there). Mary Lee's done a great post about this very topic as has Andrew...
  • Blog Post: Content when you need it - Great training kits available

    I went to see the clever folk at Vivid Group yesterday. Being clever, they've already established an internal user group of sorts, but they're often looking for compelling content to deliver. Fortunately, I was able to point them to some great resources. The various Visual Studio Training Kits provide...
  • Blog Post: More VSTS2008 Virtual Images on MSDN

    Matt Nunn sent this round recently - a couple of additions to the many Virtual Images you can download and just start using. I would like to announce that just prior to the holiday season we posted new public VSTS 2008 VPC Images. There are 2 versions of the VPC available: · The first VPC is what...
  • Blog Post: Lots of Pre-Configured Virtual Machines for You to Use

    Continuing the trend of making it easy to get your hands on a pre-configured environment to help evaluate and learn the new stuff, there are a number of great (and I mean this in several senses of the word) downloads available for you to grab and fire straight up. This is a VPC image that has been pre...
  • Blog Post: MapPoint Web Services (and SQL 2k8 Spatial) Presentation for GITA

    I'm in Perth as a result of GITA inviting me to speak at their Seminar and Workshops . I presented on MapPoint Web Services and showed a sneak peek of SQL Server 2008 's Spatial capabilities (here's another white paper ). My slides are available here . The demo app I showed is here . (Don't forget...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Namespaces Poster Available

    This just in from Paul Andrew . We just completed the .NET Framework 3.5 update to the Commonly Used Types and Namespaces poster. Here's a link to the file (PDF, XPS and 16-page XPS) if you want to grab it now and be the first on your block to get it on your wall. We'll be using it at a variety...
  • Blog Post: XNA Games Studio Express Events in Sydney and Melbourne this week

    A couple of great XNA Games Studio Express events this week in the MS offices in Sydney and Melbourne, presented by Pete Isensee , director of the Microsoft XNA Developer Connection (XDC). Who should attend? XNA (Game Studio Express) users Game development/design enthusiasts/students Professional game...
  • Blog Post: .NET and VBA Interop

    I got a nice note from Joe Hanna of vantage IT today following my presentation at the Office DevCon last weekend. In case you were interested, I thought I might let you know the results of attempting to build a .NET User Control and consuming it in a VBA project. Following your advice, I downloaded the...
  • Blog Post: Wow, Now I'm MCPD!

    Call me unusual, but I like doing the MS Certification exams . First, some history. My first exam was way back in 1999, when I participated in the beta program for the (then) new Visual FoxPro exams, 70-155 (Designing and Implementing Distributed Applications with Microsoft® Visual FoxPro® 6.0) and 70...
  • Blog Post: VSTO Resources

    This came through on an internal list today. The author, Asli Bilgin, warns that this is " BY NO MEANS a comprehensive list ", so if you've got more, leave them in the comments here. VSTO Resources bits & bytes Get Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Visit the...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Microsoft Office Virtual Labs

    Today, a great series of labs for developing Office solutions, including a bunch of brand-new labs on Visual Studio Tools for Office. Microsoft Office Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ). The 2007 Microsoft Office System delivers an entirely new level of programmability and extensibility...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - ASP.NET Virtual Labs

    Celebrate the new Financial Year with another great set of labs. ASP.NET Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) With ASP.NET you create richer Web applications with fewer lines of code. These virtual labs teach you about the innovations that debuted with ASP.NET 1.x and introduces you to...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Soup to Nuts Virtual Labs

    Today, a great set of labs to finish the Financial Year - Soup to Nuts Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) Learn how to build Microsoft Windows Forms applications and Smart Clients in Microsoft .NET. We will cover object oriented concepts and delve deep into .NET. During this series of...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Virtual Labs

    Today, Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) What's new in Visual Studio Team System Virtual Lab Express is the fastest and easiest way to test drive Microsoft products and the Virtual Lab environment. These are 30-minute hands-on overviews of some of...
  • Blog Post: What version of TFS am I Running?

    Chris Birmele , our (ostensibly neutral) VSTS Technical Specialist was complaining about not being able to work out what version (Beta, RC, RTM, SP1) and which Edition (Standard, Trial, Workgroup) of TFS was running on a machine. After consulting with VSTS MVP and all-round TFS guru, Anthony Borton ...
  • Blog Post: .NET and Win32 Interop - New Toolkit Available

    While I was prepping for some VFP sessions I delivered in Hong Kong last week, I pinged yag for some pointers from his DevCon keynote. In addition to a bunch of great info on Sedna and VFP 9.0 SP2 , he pointed me at a really cool resource - the Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 . This toolkit basically...
  • Blog Post: Slide decks from the Hong Kong Roadmap and Futures Event

    I've just spent a couple of days in Hong Kong culminating in 3 presentations to VFP and VB6 developers about strategies for moving their applications forward to take advantage of the platform. The three decks are attached. I posted some of the sample code I presented in a previous post . In the afternoon...
  • Blog Post: Resize Images - a Thumbnail Maker

    Nic was hanging out with Nick (a combination that's just asking for trouble if you ask me) a couple of weeks ago near my desk, and Nic was bemoaning the lack of a resizing utility. This triggered something in the back of my mind and lo! I found a post by Rick Strahl on (almost) this very thing. I tweaked...
  • Blog Post: MEDC Australia Site Live

    The Australia and New Zealand mobile and Embedded Developers Conference (MEDC) is on in Sydney on May 15th. The MEDC ANZ Site is now live and there is an early bird special on to save $49 if you register before April 27th. This year we have a new track – Mobile devices in the enterprise. This one-day...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET AJAX Online Training

    Via Brian Goldfarb . Microsoft Learning have just released Clinic 5230: Developing Enhanced Web Experiences with Microsoft® ASP.NET AJAX Extensions . From the course description: In this 2-hour clinic you will learn about the rich functionality that ASP.NET AJAX Extensions provides for building highly...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and ASP.NET AJAX

    I had some great questions after my session at the ISV Innovation Day in Melbourne yesterday. One was around using ASP.NET AJAX functionality in SharePoint. Completely coincidentally, Darren posted about this yesterday. He pointed to Mike Ammerlaan's great post . There was also discussion on this topic...
  • Blog Post: Great Media Centre Resources

    Tomorrow, during the Melbourne leg of the ISV innovation days , I'm going to be talking about some of the sensational things developers can achieve using the plumbing Vista provides. One of the products I'm going to use to demo this is Niall Ginsbourg 's Big Screen Weather , a great Media Centre Addin...
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