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  • Blog Post: More useful Windows Phone 8 Resources

    Announcing the new Windows Phone 8 Developer Platform by Kevin Gallo Visual Studio Blog – Introducing Windows Phone SDK 8.0 .Net Framework Blog – Announcing the release of the .NET Framework for Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone Blog – Meet Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone Dev Center Twitter Feed Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Lego Mindstorms NXT2.0 - TrophyBot

    For some time now, I've coveted the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Robotics kit . It's a great teaching toy tool and not only can you program it with the excellent and intuitive Lego IDE (from LabView), but you can also use Microsoft Robotics Studio and .NET. With that justification, just before Christmas I...
  • Blog Post: New Aussie Community Blogger

    Jake Ginnivan ’s been hassling me on and off with difficult VSTO questions for the last year or so. It looks like Jeremy Thake’s finally persuaded him to start blogging. He’s kicked off with the first post in a 2-part series Writing a Facebook event synchroniser for Outlook 2007+ Part 1 Looks good so...
  • Blog Post: Developer training in Darwin in August

    Got a note in may inbox over the weekend announcing some developer training happening in Darwin. I see Dave's beaten me to it , but I'll repeat here because I reckon it's worthwhile encouraging these kinds of things especially in our more … regional … locations. There are four courses being run, some...
  • 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: Events & more Events – a retrospective

    Fin asked me to write this week’s MSDN Flash editorial, so I did. In case you missed it, here it is. By the way, if you don’t subscribe to the flash, you should :). Sign up today ! It's been a real time for me with events. First the PDC in Los Angeles with over 6,000 developers (in case you missed it...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Info from the Horse’s Mouth – 14 Nov in Sydney and Online

    Matt Nunn , Group Product Manager for Visual Studio Team System will present "The Road to Visual Studio 2010", a presentation (and live demo) aimed at technical decision makers. Matt will provide a first look at the next version of Microsoft’s development tool platform – Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: You want content? How about an Azure Services Training Kit? Azure Videos on Channel 9?

    Hot on the heels of other great training kits , we’ve released the Azure Services Training Kit . From the internal announcement email: Today we are making available the first preview release of the Azure Services Training Kit.  The Azure Services Training Kit will include hands-on labs, presentations...
  • Blog Post: FREE LINQ to SQL Training in Sydney Nov 8th

    Local MCT Deepak Kapoor is running a Free LINQ to SQL training day in the Microsoft Training Lab at North Ryde 10am – 4pm on Saturday Nov 8. With .NET Framework 3.5 Microsoft released LINQ which allows developers to write queries against various data sources using a unified approach. These data sources...
  • 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: WOW! It's the Technology of TechEd Track

    Following Kleefy 's not so unexpected announcement , I've taken over the Technology of TechEd Track for this year's TechEd Australia event. Here's the spiel that I wrote for the track. Come on a journey behind the scenes at Tech•Ed. This track will take you end-to-end in the technology deployed...
  • 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: Deploying VSTO 3 solutions

    While the default mechanism for deploying VSTO v3 Add-Ins is ClickOnce, there there's now also a documented way to deliver VSTO solutions via an MSI installer. By extension, this should mean you can push it out via group policy (or SMS or whatever). Mary Lee's done a good post on this: http://blogs.msdn...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft launches RoboChamps, a worldwide simulated robotics competition platform built on .NET

    It's seems like competitions are the flavour of the month. A couple of weeks ago we launched a world-wide competition for people building simulated robots. This is "... a simulated robotics league that is open to academics, hobbyists and developers from around the world, that demonstrates the power...
  • Blog Post: VSTO/VSTA Power Tools and Submitting Feedback on MS Products

    Anyone who's been to any of my recent presentations knows that I'm a passionate advocate of developing on the Office platform . The release of VSTO v3 with VS2008 was a big step forward in making Office development a truly first-class .NET development experience with its support for customising the Ribbon...
  • 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: Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop Recordings on Channel 9

    In September, we recorded the sessions from a full 5-day Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop. These sessions were delivered by several of the Technical Evangelists on the Visual Studio Rhythm team and Program Managers from the product group. Last week we released the recordings from Day 3. The theme...
  • Blog Post: Free eLearning Courses Available Online

    I'm on the way to Redmond (about an hour out from San Francisco) and clearing my backlog of "Blog This" from my email. This is a beaut! There are some great eLearning courses available for you to do free of charge including: Collection 5125: Introducing Microsoft® Office Communications...
  • Blog Post: Great Silverlight and OpenXML demos

    I've been meaning to blog about this for ages. Darko Jovisic, a Developer Evangelist from Croatia, did a couple of great demos during a presentation in September and he's released them on CodePlex for you to download and explore. First demo: Simple application that plays video and displays random commercials...
  • 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: Searching for Contacts in VSTO

    I LOVE VSTO v3! As part of my demos for Graham Seach's Office DevCon , I've developed a VSTO v3 Outlook Add-in that adds a form region to an incoming e-mail if: The sender is in my contacts (based on the e-mail address); and The contact has a non-null, not-empty company name Here's what...
  • Blog Post: More Videos from the Virtual Tech•Ed Fishbowl

    A bunch more of the videos from the Virtual Tech•Ed Fishbowl on the Gold Coast have gone up. Check these out. Highlights from Two Top Tech·Ed Australia Sessions In this entertaining video, Nick Hodge, officially titled “Professional Geek” at Microsoft, gets the scoop from Joel Pobar, on sabbatical from...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCon in Sydney November 3-4 - Will you be there?

    Long-time MVP Graham Seach is organising an Office CodeCamp-style DevCon to be held here at the MS Offices in Sydney over the weekend of November 3-4 (that's closer than you think!). It will most likely be a free event and Graham is looking for expressions of interest from: Attendees; Speakers; and Sponsors...
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