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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Updated

    The June 2012 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit is now available for download. From the download page: The June 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes over 42 hands-on labs and 18 presentations. Some of the updates in this version include: 12 new hands-on labs for Windows...
  • 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: 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: Visual Studio 2010 Tips and Tricks Session

    As part of our developer readiness outreach, our Visual Studio Product Manager, Ibrahim Hamza, has organised what sounds like an excellent session on maximising your productivity with Visual Studio 2010. Learn how to become a Visual Studio coding guru! In this fast-paced session, learn to write code...
  • Blog Post: Training Kit Redux–More developer resources than you could shake a stick at

    A while ago, I did a post about the great Developer Training Kits available for free download from Microsoft. Since then, we've released a bunch more, so I thought I'd list all of the ones I use regularly in one place. Each of these great resources include hundreds of MB videos, presentations, white...
  • Blog Post: NXT2.0 Robot - The Journey Continues

    In my previous post , I talked about getting a new Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 robotics kit and about building TrophyBot to carry around a Lego trophy Catherine Eibner won for being an awesome evangelist . In this post, as promised, I'll talk about how I programmed the robot to move around, shouting "HORRAY...
  • Blog Post: Want to go to JAOO in Sydney or Brisbane next month?

    The JAOO conference in Sydney May (5)7-8 and Brisbane May (9)11-14 looks great. The speaker list reads like a who’s-who with Greg Willis, Nick Hodge, Joel Pobar and a whole lot more . We’ve managed to find a comp ticket to each of these events to give away. Drop me a note telling me why you should have...
  • 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: 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: How do you become a "Successful Developer"?

    Fin asked a few of us inside and outside Microsoft for tips in becoming a successful developer. I’m not sure that she expected the deluge (or verbosity) of responses – I think she only had about 300 words to fill in total – she asked 15 people so it turns out 20 words each was the target. I’m going to...
  • Blog Post: More TechEd Conversations

    One of the tools we're using at TechEd Australia this year to facilitate the Connect pillar is called (aptly enough) TechEd Connect. Here's the US version of the card I can insert on my blog and use to find like-minded geeks to hang out with while I'm in Orlando.  We're planning to have the same...
  • Blog Post: Get twice as certified and help win your User Group $3000 worth of prizes

    As some of you know, I'm a big fan of the certification system . Well, there are only 11 days left of MS Learning's great offer to give you a free exam voucher for each MCP/MCTS credential you get before 31 May. You'll need to prove you passed by sharing your MCP transcript . Here's the skinny (for all...
  • Blog Post: Community is where you make it

    As my blog tag says, it's all about community. Just before I went dark to go on the Wave Launch tour, I got a note from Daniel Vaughan to say he was doing a presentation to a User Group inside the firewall at his work (btw, Daniel's blogged about the presentation - Model Driven Development: An introduction...
  • 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: Visual Studio 2008 certifications demystified

    Still catching up on my blogging, so this one's a little old. The irrepressible Trika blogged about the VS2008 series of certifications and included a bunch of different paths through the tracks based on your current certification status. There's also a link to a Live Meeting webcast about all this stuff...
  • Blog Post: MS Press Online Store now open in Australia with discounts for UG members until the end of May

    I got this note from Tania Netterfield, our partner manager for CPLS and the local MS Press representative. Hello all, I’m delighted to advise you that our press distributor Woodslane in conjunction with MS has developed an Microsoft Online Press Store which is now LIVE! www.mspress.com.au To help...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Readiness Events in Australia (and heaps more technologies too)

    Greg   beat me to it . The Australian Partner Readiness site has three great SQL2008 sessions listed SQL 2008 for Developers SQL 2008 BI - JumpStart SQL 2008 : IT PRO Admin : 1 Day JumpStart But that's just the start of it. Check these out: Application Platform & Windows Server 2008: 1 Day JumpStart...
  • 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: DotNet-U: Great training you can take and give

    We had the pleasure last week of hosting Doug Turnure , the Developer Evangelist from Atlanta, Georgia. Doug and I started at Microsoft around the same time (I think he pre-dates me by about 6 months) and we've corresponded a few times but this was the first time I'd met him in person. We had a great...
  • 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: Australian Imagine Cup 2008 web site is now live

    This just in from Nick Ellery: Imagine Cup is the world’s premier technology competition for students. Each year, students are provided with a theme – this year, the theme is extremely topical and relevant – “Imagine A World Where Technology Enables a Sustainable Environment”...
  • Blog Post: Windows Embedded Retail Seminars - Sydney and Melbourne

    Don Kerr just sent this through (he, Nelson Lin and and Dave Glover are presenting): Get the competitive edge with Windows Embedded in retail Discover the latest end-to-end solutions for retail at the Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS) Seminar. Explore the latest in-depth product specific...
  • Blog Post: Smart People in SUITS

    I had the pleasure last Tuesday of attending the Sydney University IT Society ( SUITS ) End of Semester Dinner. Our Student Partner at USyd, Ed , was kind enough to invite me and I was made to feel very welcome by the staff and students. I love hanging out with smart people and, believe me, these are...
  • 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: More Great .NET 3.0 Training in Australia

    I just got this note from Faith Rees about some exciting .NET 3.0 training being conducted by our partner, Readify . Contact them directly for more info. Juval Lowy’s Windows Communication Foundation MasterClass– Registrations close 21 September Juval Lowy is returning to Australia by popular demand...
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