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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: FranklySpeaking’s Back

    Michael Kordahi and I started the FranklySpeaking podcast back in November 2009. We recorded about 75 episodes up to the middle of 2011 and then went quiet with the exception of 2 or 3 false starts (there was other shiny stuff to play with). A couple of months ago we restarted and we’re having...
  • 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: Windows Phone 8 Training Kit Updated

    The updated Windows Phone 8 Training Kit is live! http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38782 This kit contains 20 Hands-On Labs and a set of 6 presentations that can be used to drive code camps or for general training purposes. These are great for getting yourself up to speed with...
  • Blog Post: Building a Windows Phone Transport App for NSW

    Dave Glover’s just posted a call to Be Part of the Windows Phone Developer/Designer Virtual Team "NSW Transport App Hot House" . Transport NSW are making a set of data feeds available around real-time bus and train status (vehicle locations, station maintenance, accessibility etc.) and are...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 Development Internals book for only $10 - this week only

    Just spotted this over on the Microsoft Press blog . This looks like an awesome book and you can have access to bits of it now for $10. If you wait until next week, the price goes up to $20, and it keeps going up as more of the book's available (although for your $10, you keep getting more of the book...
  • 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: LightSwitch Star Contest - Win an ASUS Laptop

    The folks over at The Code Project have launched a cool contest so you can show off your LightSwitch skills and win prizes in the process. From their release: Do you have what it takes to be a LightSwitch Star? Show us your coolest, most productive, LightSwitch business application and you could win...
  • 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: Cool LightSwitch Extensions from Aussie Developer

    Aussie developer Yann Duran has just published his second Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 extension. The Luminous Controls extension is currently a TextBlock and a GroupLayout control. This is the second LightSwitch extension Yann's published, the first being Luminous Themes. He's in the process of writing...
  • 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: 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: Storytelling - A Moth-eaten theme

    One of the most effective ways to get a message, any message, across is to use stories. For some reason the human brain appears to be wired to be good at remembering and regurgitating stories. I like to begin presentations with a story that’s somehow relevant and am always on the lookout for a good story...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4 Training Kit Updated

    I’ve been raving about our great Training Kits for a while now (including last week’s post on the updated LightSwitch Training Kit ). Last week we also released the March 2011 version of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit and Training Course . The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: AlphaJax Wins Onya Award

    Hi, my name’s Andrew and I’m an AlphaJax Addict. It’s been 15 minutes since I last played and that’s only because I’m waiting for my 15 opponents to get of their lazy backsides and have their turn. On the upside, AlphaJax has led to this comment from my anti-smartphone wife: Wow, this isn’t nearly as...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Beta 2 Download and Training Kit

    I’ve been excited by LightSwitch since I first saw it more than 18 months ago and the recent release of the Beta 2 version and the updated Training Kit has just got me more excited. The Training Kit includes the following content: LightSwitch Overview Demo: Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch Hands...
  • 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: Free SharePoint Development Training in SYD, MEL, ADL, PER, CBR, BNE in March and April

    Community stalwart, MVP and Regional Director Adam Cogan is running SharePoint 2010 developer training around the country at the end of this month (and the beginning of next). From their newsletter: In this FREE 3 hour session, you will learn why Team Foundation Server 2010 (TFS) is the fully integrated...
  • Blog Post: Pride and Sloth - I guess that’s two out of a possible seven

    I am the guest editor of the (Australian version of the) MSDN Flash for next week. I expound on a view I’ve held for a while - namely that two of the most important attributes of a good developer are boastfulness and laziness. Boastful, in that a good developer wants to share learnings with...
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