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  • Blog Post: Talking LightSwitch Shop with Richard

    While I was at TechEd last month, I sat down (twice) with Richard Banks and recorded an episode of Talking Shop Down Under about LightSwitch . Richard's been hoarding his TechEd recordings and releasing them slowly. This one came out today. Check it out .
  • Blog Post: SwitchedOn LightSwitch and Azure briefings for Wellington and Auckland

    I thought I was 33% of the way into the SwitchedOn briefings for LightSwitch and Azure , but today I found out that I'm only 25% through. New cities, Wellington and Auckland have been added to the event, and I'm looking forward to seeing my Kiwi mates and having them commiserate with me about our Rugby...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Saturday Perth event

    SharePoint Saturday has reached Australia recently with the efforts of Brian Farnhill and Ben Walters in both Melbourne and Sydney . Jeremy Thake from Perth SharePoint User Group thought it was about time it happened in Perth with the help of other volunteers. The event is provisionally announced for...
  • Blog Post: Free training in Sydney May 19-21. Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0

    We’ve got a few seats left for some more great free training in Sydney next week – 19-21 May, this time on VS2010 and .NET 4.0. If you're interested in attending please email Shuk Chan . Begin Length Session Title Day 1 Visual Studio Team System 2010 8:30 AM 30 Registration and Breakfast 9:00 AM 45 Visual...
  • 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: Great Azure Training in Sydney CBD Next Week (Free!)

    Update – Wow! that was quick! All the spots are gone. Sorry about that. Dave beat me to it , but anyway … Next week, 10-12 March, Chris Auld is running a three day dive into the Azure platform in the Sydney CBD. There is some great material, it’s free, and we feed you! If you’re interested in attending...
  • Blog Post: Tim Sneath : Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application

    Tim’s blogged about a cool WPF reference application released onto CodePlex by Microsoft and Vertigo. Family.Show 3 is a family tree program that allows you to quickly enter relationships, key dates and other information. Dave tells me it’s not perfect for that (it’s a reference app and has some limitations...
  • Blog Post: Looks like we got ourselves a convoy – Vodcast on VS2010 and .NET 4

    I’m catching up with some blogging I’ve been meaning to do for ages and this is one of the first things I wanted to post. The team looking after getting the word out about Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 are doing a series of Video Podcasts they’ve called 10-4 (the code name for VS2010 was Dev 10, and...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Development – is it too easy?

    I was chatting to some community folk in the pub last night after presenting (on Architectural patterns on S+S – slides here ) at the Sydney Deep .NET User Group *. I heard an interesting premise: “Good developers don’t want to do SharePoint development because it’s too easy”. To me, this passes the...
  • Blog Post: The King is Dead! – Long Live the King!

    Many of you know that Norbert Haehnel long-time director of my team, Developer and Platform Evangelism, here in Australia recently departed to take up a position at Microsoft in Germany. In fact, his last gig here was to MC the Power To Developers event Steve Ballmer keynoted. The burning question (for...
  • Blog Post: New Melbourne User Group - Silverlight Designer and Developer Network

    Got this note from Jordan Knight today. Looks like a great new group staring up with some smart people in Melbourne. The Silverlight Designer and Developer Network Starts Next Week! Launching next week, the SDDN, which is part of Victoria .NET,  is a new special interest group completely and absolutely...
  • 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: Steve Ballmer comes to Sydney and live online November 6

    Developers, Developers, Developers! As part of a whirlwind visit to Sydney early next month, Steve Ballmer will be presenting Microsoft's future vision for developers in the world of software-plus-services. He'll discuss the next wave of technologies just launched at the Professional Developer Conference...
  • Blog Post: VSTO/OBA Thought Leadership and Clarity from Craig Bailey

    Craig’s been doing some great work around OBA and VSTO on his blog lately. As well as his recent presentation at SBTUG , he’s posted CLARITY: Office Business Applications (OBA) VSTO: VS2008 SP1 enhancements OBA: Office Business Applications resources VSTO: More on VS2008 SP1 enhancements ; and VSTO:...
  • 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: Times Reader SDK Released

    Yeah, I know I'm about 3 months late with this, but I'm coming out of the tunnel (between here and here ). Frank blogged it (of course) as did Tim Sneath (and probably 100s of others). I've been using the New York Times reader as a great example of a smart client , of the power of WPF and an example...
  • Blog Post: patterns & practices - Two new guides available - Team Development and Performance Testing

    As one of the pillars of Visual Studio Team System, I always talk about the guidance, both built into the system as process guidance and available as best practice from the patterns & practices team. There are two new guides available for download (or to purchase in hard copy). patterns & practices...
  • Blog Post: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

    26-Sep Updated table formatting "If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants" Isaac Newton 1676* As a Developer Evangelist, I'm often talking about the value of "the Platform" and sometimes it takes a little while for people to see that value. I like to tell a story about...
  • Blog Post: Four more Fishbowl Videos

    The Virtual TechEd Fishbowl Editors have been at it again. Four more great videos. The Wide Ranging Applicability of Team Foundation Server Ron Jacobs, host of ARCast.TV , sits down to talk with customers Justin Butcher and Michael Daniel about using Team Foundation Server in a scenario with hundreds...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCons - Sydney (November 3-4) and San Jose (February 10-13)

    As I posted previously , Grahame Seach is pulling together the community Office DevCon in Sydney this November (3-4). The website is now live with the list of 29 sessions and speakers, information about the conference and the facilities, as well as a registration link. Sign Up Now! There's also another...
  • Blog Post: OpenXMLDeveloper.org - for all your OpenXML Development Needs

    As you might expect, there's been a bit of discussion on the internal aliases about the results of ISO ballot DIS29500 . Kleefy asked me about resources for developers wanting to write apps that read and/or write the new formats regardless of the programming language. Of course, I pointed him at http...
  • Blog Post: Free High Performance Computing/Compute Cluster Server Training in Sydney September 18/19

    David Kelly, our HPC Guy sent me this today - contact me if you're interested in coming along and I'll forward to David: Microsoft intends to run free Windows Compute Cluster Server training at our Sydney office on September 18 and 19. The agenda will include the following components: Infrastructure...
  • 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: .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...
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