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  • 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: 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: August 2011 Windows Azure Releases

    While I was overseas, the Windows Azure team announced the availability of the August 2011Release of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and updated Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Grab 'em while they're, if not hot then at least luke warm.
  • Blog Post: Document Creation and Conversion with the OpenXML SDK and SharePoint 2010 Word Automation Services – Part 2

    A long time ago, I wrote Part 1 of this post , based on the presentation I did at the 2010 SharePoint Conference in Sydney. If you're following along with the code, you may want to review that post so you can set up your development environment to match mine. To quickly recap, the last post showed how...
  • Blog Post: Counting the number of sections in an OpenXML Document

    1/4/11 - Updated a couple of images and some of the code explanation Adam Cogan asked me a question the other day that asked (among other things) "How do you know if a doc has multiple sections?" In Word, of course, you can break a document up into sections by inserting a section  break...
  • Blog Post: More VSS to TFS Workshops this Month in MEL, SYD, BNE and Online

    Hot on the heels of my post on the Readify DevDay in Sydney , I got a note about even more VSS to TFS workshops (this time presented by Richard Angus from Enhance ALM). Topics include: The benefits of migrating to TFS A demonstration of the key features of TFS Pre-migration planning Hands-on walk through...
  • Blog Post: TFS for VSS Users - 1/2 day training in Sydney

    I got this note from Sarah Webb at Readify today - looks like a good way to spend half a day if you’re looking to move from Visual Source Safe to a more modern source control system (and get a heap of additional goodness thrown in) Readify Dev Day: TFS for VSS Users… Since 2005, Team Foundation Server...
  • 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: 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: 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: Document Creation and Conversion with the OpenXML SDK and SharePoint 2010 Word Automation Services – Part 1

    Update 2011-04-06 I Finally got around to writing Part 2 of this post . I had the pleasure this week of presenting at the Australian SharePoint Conference – much kudos to NZ SharePoint MVPs Debbie Ireland and Mark Orange , and local SharePoint MVPs/community folk James Milne , Brendan Law and...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Saturday Perth event

    SharePoint Saturday has reached Australia recently with the efforts of Brian Farnhill and Ben Walters in both Melbourne and Sydney . Jeremy Thake from Perth SharePoint User Group thought it was about time it happened in Perth with the help of other volunteers. The event is provisionally announced for...
  • Blog Post: Lighting up your Apps with Windows 7 - User Group Sessions

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting at the two Canberra .NET User Group meetings (I'll be presenting the same session tomorrow night at the Sydney .NET User Group ). My topic was an introduction to developing on Windows 7. We discussed the value of the platform and  I reiterated the benefits...
  • Blog Post: Free training in Sydney May 19-21. Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0

    We’ve got a few seats left for some more great free training in Sydney next week – 19-21 May, this time on VS2010 and .NET 4.0. If you're interested in attending please email Shuk Chan . Begin Length Session Title Day 1 Visual Studio Team System 2010 8:30 AM 30 Registration and Breakfast 9:00 AM 45 Visual...
  • Blog Post: Looks like we got ourselves a convoy – Vodcast on VS2010 and .NET 4

    I’m catching up with some blogging I’ve been meaning to do for ages and this is one of the first things I wanted to post. The team looking after getting the word out about Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 are doing a series of Video Podcasts they’ve called 10-4 (the code name for VS2010 was Dev 10, and...
  • 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: 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...
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