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  • 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: Finding the Windows dpi setting in .NET

    I had a note from Stephen Lead (of Ignite Spatial fame) asking how to determine the dpi setting a user has selected in Windows. He pointed me to the only MSDN article he could find on the subject, ironically explaining how to do it in Visual FoxPro. I didn’t know off the top of my head, generally you...
  • Blog Post: Developing an add-in for multiple versions of Office

    One of the common questions I get asked when I do sessions on VSTO / OBA development is "how can I target Office 2003 and Office 2007?" (I also get asked about previous versions of Office, but I have a less helpful response there). Mary Lee's done a great post about this very topic as has Andrew...
  • Blog Post: Still doing Office 2003 Development? We've got you covered.

    While I love talking about the great developer experience in Office 2007 and VSTO v3, I acknowledge that there are plenty of developers who are constrained by their corporate SOE to targeting Office 2003. Even though we've been concentrating on the new stuff, we haven't forgotten you. Erika Ehrli has...
  • 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: New Visual Studio 2008 Virtual Labs

    Back in June and July, I did a series of posts about the great Virtual Labs that are available for you to jump right into with no download and no configuration requirements. I posted about labs for: Business Intelligence Microsoft Search Solutions for the Enterprise Security SQL Server 2005 Upgrade VSTS2005...
  • 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: Visual Studio Extensibility CoDe Focus Magazine Online

    I was chatting with Ken Levy a couple of weeks ago about what he's up to now (he works for the Visual Studio Extensibility Team ) and he pointed me at a great resource that he's put together with the guys from CoDe Focus Magazine . VSX CoDe Focus magazine is now online at http://code-magazine.com/focus...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Generating OpenXML Documents on the Server

    Via Doug . One of the great features of the New OpenXML file formats used by Office 2007 is their server-side programmability (creation, interrogation, updating etc). Erika Ehrli has a great post on Building Server-Side Document Generation Solutions . Check it out!
  • Blog Post: VSTO Resources

    This came through on an internal list today. The author, Asli Bilgin, warns that this is " BY NO MEANS a comprehensive list ", so if you've got more, leave them in the comments here. VSTO Resources bits & bytes Get Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Visit the...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Microsoft Office Virtual Labs

    Today, a great series of labs for developing Office solutions, including a bunch of brand-new labs on Visual Studio Tools for Office. Microsoft Office Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ). The 2007 Microsoft Office System delivers an entirely new level of programmability and extensibility...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - ASP.NET Virtual Labs

    Celebrate the new Financial Year with another great set of labs. ASP.NET Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) With ASP.NET you create richer Web applications with fewer lines of code. These virtual labs teach you about the innovations that debuted with ASP.NET 1.x and introduces you to...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Soup to Nuts Virtual Labs

    Today, a great set of labs to finish the Financial Year - Soup to Nuts Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) Learn how to build Microsoft Windows Forms applications and Smart Clients in Microsoft .NET. We will cover object oriented concepts and delve deep into .NET. During this series of...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Virtual Labs

    Today, Microsoft Visual Studio Team System Virtual Labs (from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) What's new in Visual Studio Team System Virtual Lab Express is the fastest and easiest way to test drive Microsoft products and the Virtual Lab environment. These are 30-minute hands-on overviews of some of...
  • Blog Post: Learning Online with Virtual Labs - .NET Framework 3.0 Virtual Labs

    Today, .NET Framework 3.0 Virtual Labs (this time from the MSDN Suite of Virtual Labs ) Windows CardSpace Virtual Labs Core Features of Windows CardSpace Windows Presentation Foundation Virtual Labs Building Windows Presentation Foundation Applications C# Part 1 Building Windows Presentation Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Sydney Business and Technology User Group First Meeting - it was HUGE!

    Last night I was fortunate enough to attend the inaugural meeting of the new Sydney Business and Technology User Group (or, as I like to refer to it, sbTug). Craig Bailey announced the group a week or so ago and I was very impressed with the great turnout of people from all over the community. The group...
  • Blog Post: .NET and Win32 Interop - New Toolkit Available

    While I was prepping for some VFP sessions I delivered in Hong Kong last week, I pinged yag for some pointers from his DevCon keynote. In addition to a bunch of great info on Sedna and VFP 9.0 SP2 , he pointed me at a really cool resource - the Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 . This toolkit basically...
  • Blog Post: Slide decks from the Hong Kong Roadmap and Futures Event

    I've just spent a couple of days in Hong Kong culminating in 3 presentations to VFP and VB6 developers about strategies for moving their applications forward to take advantage of the platform. The three decks are attached. I posted some of the sample code I presented in a previous post . In the afternoon...
  • Blog Post: Resize Images - a Thumbnail Maker

    Nic was hanging out with Nick (a combination that's just asking for trouble if you ask me) a couple of weeks ago near my desk, and Nic was bemoaning the lack of a resizing utility. This triggered something in the back of my mind and lo! I found a post by Rick Strahl on (almost) this very thing. I tweaked...
  • Blog Post: MEDC Australia Site Live

    The Australia and New Zealand mobile and Embedded Developers Conference (MEDC) is on in Sydney on May 15th. The MEDC ANZ Site is now live and there is an early bird special on to save $49 if you register before April 27th. This year we have a new track – Mobile devices in the enterprise. This one-day...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET AJAX Online Training

    Via Brian Goldfarb . Microsoft Learning have just released Clinic 5230: Developing Enhanced Web Experiences with Microsoft® ASP.NET AJAX Extensions . From the course description: In this 2-hour clinic you will learn about the rich functionality that ASP.NET AJAX Extensions provides for building highly...
  • Blog Post: New VSTS/TFS User Group in Canberra

    I got this note from Nils today. See you there! I’d like to make you aware of the new Visual Studio Team System user group! The purpose of the VSTS User Group is to form a community of practice for Canberra-based IT professionals interested in the use of Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) to support the...
  • Blog Post: Make and Mend Day - Installation, Configuration and Celebration

    I recently upgraded my Toshiba Tecra A7 to the RTM versions of Vista and Office 2007, and have been going through my list of things to install on a new machine to check that I haven't missed anything. In addition, I've been meaning to enable access to my TFS box via the internet for some time now, so...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to .NET presentations for DiData in Canberra

    I had a great time yesterday presenting to some of Dimension Data 's customers in Canberra. This is was a continuation of the series I started in Sydney a few months ago (and has subsequently been seen in Melbourne , Brisbane and Adelaide via other members of my team). The sessions were well received...
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