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  • 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: 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: Linked .NET User Group – April Events. SQL 2008, VSTS 2010

    Brian Madsen pinged me today, at almost the same time as my automatic notification arrived. This month the Linked .Net Users Group has two great Live Meetings as pare of their ongoing program (recordings of previous sessions are archived here ). Session 1 – register here April 8th 03:00 Sydney time ...
  • Blog Post: Dave Does Data (or, "Maybe Pigs do Fly")

    SQL guru David Lean has joined the blogosphere and, of course, he’s started with some hardcore SQL Spatial information. Check out these great posts: SQL 2008 Spatial Samples, Part 1 of 9 - How to Learn SQL Spatial SQL 2008 Spatial Samples, Part 2 of 9 - Background on Spatial Types & Well Known Text...
  • Blog Post: My Spatial Data presentation at Ignite Spatial

    As I said in my MSDN Flash editorial , I had a great time presenting at Ignite Spatial last Wednesday – the atmosphere was great and the format was a lot of fun. I’ve popped the deck up on my skydrive and would love some feedback if you were there. Is this a format we should be adopting for at least...
  • 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: Demos Happen { Here } – State finals starting in Sydney tonight.

    This evening (Monday 11 Aug) is the first of the Demos Happen { Here } state finals. We’ll be kicking off at 6pm at Microsoft HQ in North Ryde. Subsequently we’ll be holding finals in the MS offices in Canberra - Aug 12 6pm Melbourne – Aug 13 6:30pm Brisbane – Aug 18 6pm Adelaide – Aug 20 6pm Come and...
  • 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: Demos Happen { Here } - Win a trip to TechEd in Sydney and/or LA

    Note: this competition is open to Australian Residents aged 18 years or over on or before 1 September 2008 One of the cool things we're doing as part of the launch of Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 is running the first Microsoft National { Community } Demo Competition. Put...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Certification Live Meeting (APAC Friendly Time)

    I was in a meeting today with Tania Netterfield and she shared some certification plans with me that I'm itching to announce ... but I have to wait. In the mean time, Trika's announced that they've rescheduled the SQL Server 2008 Certification live meeting. The second meeting listed below is at Midday...
  • Blog Post: Another Aussie Success Story - Elcom's gone all 2008 on us

    Another place heroes happen ... Craig 's finally announced the results of his labour over the past little while. Elcom , one of Australia's leading Content Management providers, have switched entirely across to the new wave of products Windows Server 2008 SQL Server 2008 Visual Studio 2008 (with .NET...
  • 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: 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: MapPoint Web Services (and SQL 2k8 Spatial) Presentation for GITA

    I'm in Perth as a result of GITA inviting me to speak at their Seminar and Workshops . I presented on MapPoint Web Services and showed a sneak peek of SQL Server 2008 's Spatial capabilities (here's another white paper ). My slides are available here . The demo app I showed is here . (Don't forget...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Webcast: Building Spatial Applications with SQL Server 2008 (Level 300)

    The word's getting out there (a little too slowly for my liking, but anyway ...): SQL Server 2008 will have spatial data support built-in. The first CTP to have this feature enabled should be CTP5 (due out any day now). In the mean time, Isaac Kunen and Michael Rys have recorded a webcast with some great...
  • Blog Post: MCT Community Summit in Sydney 29-31 Jan 2008

    Sharmilla sent this through today. Microsoft proudly presents its first MCT Community Summit 2008 in Sydney, Australia, January 29 – 31st For the very first time, Australia will be hosting its very own MCT Community gathering to gain and share knowledge! This exciting Event is from Jan 29 – 31 st 2008...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Virtual Hands On Labs

    Are you ready to experience SQL Server 2005? Announcing the launch of the SQL Server 2005 Virtual Hands on labs. In these labs, you will get to experience many of the new features in SQL Server 2005 including CLR integration, XML support and deep business intelligence integration. Just follow the...
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