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  • Blog Post: Sydney Opera House Hackathon Dec 7-8

    The iconic Sydney Opera House are running a Hackathon in Sydney over the weekend of Dec 7-8. With a first prize of $4000, this might just be a great way to spend a weekend. They’re making a heap of great data sets available including archival recordings and a huge 3-D spatial data set with a model of...
  • Blog Post: YOW! Conferences in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

    Starting next week, YOW! conferences are running in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Featuring a great line up of speakers and content, YOW! provides an industry perspective on development, design and architecture. If you can’t get to the entire conference there’s an option to just attend the evening...
  • Blog Post: My Ignite Sydney Talk

    I had a great time doing a talk at Ignite Sydney this year. My title was “Statistics - Learn it or Lose” Andrew Coates: Statistics–learn it or lose. Some other great talks from the night (not all safe for work): Andrew Walker’s quirky The Binary Taxi Driver Ben Grill’s strangely compelling Secrets of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Game Developer Workshop in Sydney 24/25 May

    Thinking about writing a game for Windows Phone? Come along and learn from some of the best in the business. Featuring three strands from casual games you can write and publish in a couple of hours up to hard-core 3D games with the unity framework, this DevCamp has something for everyone. Get your game...
  • Blog Post: DDD Melbourne Announced for 28 July plus Call for Speakers

    DDD Melbourne 2012 has been announced and the call for speakers has opened . If you’re a developer in Melbourne (or are happy to travel for an excellent event), check it out.
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Meetups in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in June

    The Lifehacker folk are running another series of their meetups, this time focusing on Windows Azure. I'm going to skip around the country with them as well. The dates are the evenings of Tuesday June 5 in Brisbane Wednesday June 6 in Sydney Tuesday June 12 in Melbourne and Wednesday June 13 in Perth...
  • Blog Post: Estimating and prioritising a product backlog in Sydney on 9 Feb

    Richard Banks is presenting a Readify Dev Day in Sydney early next month on a topic that I suspect most of us could do with a bit of brushing up on. From their event site: At the conclusion of this Dev Day, attendees should not only understand the theory of estimating and prioritising a product backlog...
  • Blog Post: Australian and New Zealand SharePoint Conferences 2012 - Call for Speakers Closes 1 December

    The Australian and New Zealand SharePoint Conferences are JUST around the corner. These events are organised by a dedicated group of NZ and AUS Community Leaders and MVP’s - Debbie Ireland, Mark Rhodes, Nick Hadlee, Mark Orange, James Milne and Kathy Hughes.  Once again, the team are organising...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure BizSpark Startup Camp in Brisbane 2-4 December

    Via Catherine Eibner On December 2nd- 4th we are holding an Azure Bizspark Start-up Camp in our Brisbane office in the lead up to the launch of our Innovation Centre. This unique opportunity will showcase the potential when Government, Incubators, Universities and Microsoft come together to help Startups...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Denali Sydney Breakfast Briefing 1 December

    The good folk at Readify are running a free breakfast briefing on 1 December in the Sydney CBD to give you a lap around the next version of SQL Server, code-named "Denali". Register on their Eventbrite site .
  • 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: SwitchedOn Briefing Slide Decks - LightSwitch and Azure

    I've just finished the first of the SwitchedOn briefings (Adelaide) - we built a LightSwitch application (u:Adelaide, p:Pass@word1) and deployed it on Azure. I've uploaded the slide decks: Session 1 - LightSwitch Morning (2.2Mb) Session 2 - both Azure decks (13.5Mb) Session 3 - LightSwitch Afternoon...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch and Azure Around Australia in October and November

    The Power of LightSwitch on Windows Azure Update 10/10 - Now with Adelaide Details Introducing Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch , a simple self-service tool that allows developers and business professionals to build business applications quickly and easily for the desktop and the cloud- without the...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2011 Video Encoding Process and Status Update

    Update (12 Sep) All of the session videos are now up and the high-quality video files are linked to the thession pages - Step 11 is COMPLETE The encoding process is proceeding apace and last I looked, there are 10 sessions to complete encoding - Step 12 is 93% I now need to a final pass through...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio LightSwitch GDR for SQL Azure

    While we were at TechEd ( talking , by the way, about Visual Studio LightSwitch , twice ), the LightSwitch team released a GDR (General Distribution Release, aka update) to "resolve an issue encountered when publishing to SQL Azure" "This is due to a recent SQL Azure server upgrade which...
  • Blog Post: Document Creation and Conversion with the OpenXML SDK and SharePoint 2010 Word Automation Services – Part 2

    A long time ago, I wrote Part 1 of this post , based on the presentation I did at the 2010 SharePoint Conference in Sydney. If you're following along with the code, you may want to review that post so you can set up your development environment to match mine. To quickly recap, the last post showed how...
  • Blog Post: Business opportunities in the cloud. NSW .NET breakfast seminar

    I’ve been on the NSW.NET committee for a little while now and have been to (and presented at) a few of the breakfast sessions. They’re generally a great mix of useful technical and business information and this month’s is no exception. Business opportunities in the cloud; journeys of Microsoft and its...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia URL Lists for downloading Videos and PowerPoint Decks

    Update 2 - 21 Sep 2010 I've removed the lo-res wmv links because so few of them (<5) actually had videos behind them. Use the MP4 links for lo-res and WMV-High for hi-res. Update 21 Sep 2010 There are now also MP4 files available. These are lower resolution than the HQ-WMV files, and therefore...
  • Blog Post: Australian Tech.Ed Locknote Factoids

    This year at TechEd Australia (aka #auteched ) the locknote was delivered by Miha Kralj, Director in the office of the CTO. The session was entitled "How IT is changing us and our future" and was delivered using a very cool style called PechaKucha – 20 slides, each on the screen for 20 seconds...
  • Blog Post: Document Creation and Conversion with the OpenXML SDK and SharePoint 2010 Word Automation Services – Part 1

    Update 2011-04-06 I Finally got around to writing Part 2 of this post . I had the pleasure this week of presenting at the Australian SharePoint Conference – much kudos to NZ SharePoint MVPs Debbie Ireland and Mark Orange , and local SharePoint MVPs/community folk James Milne , Brendan Law and...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia 2010 Call for Topics

    Once again I've been "blessed" with the content owner role for TechEd Australia 2010 which is on the Gold Coast from August 24-27. Our Call for Topics is now open (and will probably close around June 12). If you're interested in speaking at TechEd Australia (and possibly New Zealand ), please...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure User Group Briefings

    The one and only Dave Lemphers is coming back to Australia for a week at the end of February for a whirlwind tour of the country to coincide with the launch in Australia of Windows Azure . He'll be doing public technical briefings hosted by the user groups in 5 capital cities. Date/Time ...
  • 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: SharePoint 2010 Extravaganza at SBTUG This Wednesday

    Craig Bailey ’s Sydney Business and Technology User Group has a great line up this week, especially given all the goodness that was revealed at the SharePoint Conference last week. SharePoint 2010 at SBTUG Where : Microsoft, North Ryde When : 6pm, this Wed 28 October What : 2+ hours of SharePoint 2010...
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