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  • 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: TechEd Australia LightSwitch Decks and Resources

    My TechEd Australia sessions proved to be pretty popular and I had a great time catching up with people afterwards. The number 1 resource you need for LightSwitch is http://msdn.com/lightswitch Here are the decks: Introduction to Visual Studio LightSwitch DEV201 Advanced Solutions with Visual Studio...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Game

    Just got this from a contact in the know … Now that the Silverlight 2 Beta 2 bits have gone public I’d like to share a project I’ve been working on recently: http://www.buddyknavery.com If you’re a fan of classic adventure titles (Maniac Mansion, King’s Quest, etc.) then this game will most likely be...
  • 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: More Office Developer Documentation

    She's indefatigable! Erika Ehrli keeps posting these gems. Hot on the heels of my post about Office Object Model References , I discovered two great posts from her. Announcing the Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map Version 2! ; and Open XML Format SDK - Class Diagram Explorer in Silverlight 2...
  • Blog Post: Registrations open for Tech.Ed Australia

    It's alive! The registration site for Tech.Ed Australia is live. Don't miss out on the great Early Bird special offer. There's a couple of great features of this Silverlight-enabled page. There are testimonials from Tech.Ed alumni and two consolidated blog feeds from the TechEd team and from the Track...
  • Blog Post: Record your Demos Happen { Here } demo with Community Clips

    Jensen Harris (of " The Story Of The Ribbon " fame) announced it, Allan Da Costa Pinto has pointed to it already (as, of course, has Frank - does he never sleep?). There's a great new public site for the (previously internal only) Microsoft Office Labs . This is a collection of some of the...
  • 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...
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