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  • 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: 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: WPF in a box(s)

    We’ve got some sensational WPF training kits just in. There’s some great content in these 2-disk sets and we’re looking to get them out widely. Dave Glover ’s organising a bunch of 1-day training sessions presented by the community . I’ll have a stack of them at Code Camp They’ll be available from your...
  • 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: Tim Sneath : Announcing Family.Show v3 – Our WPF Reference Application

    Tim’s blogged about a cool WPF reference application released onto CodePlex by Microsoft and Vertigo. Family.Show 3 is a family tree program that allows you to quickly enter relationships, key dates and other information. Dave tells me it’s not perfect for that (it’s a reference app and has some limitations...
  • 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: 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: Visual Studio 2008 certifications demystified

    Still catching up on my blogging, so this one's a little old. The irrepressible Trika blogged about the VS2008 series of certifications and included a bunch of different paths through the tracks based on your current certification status. There's also a link to a Live Meeting webcast about all this stuff...
  • Blog Post: Times Reader SDK Released

    Yeah, I know I'm about 3 months late with this, but I'm coming out of the tunnel (between here and here ). Frank blogged it (of course) as did Tim Sneath (and probably 100s of others). I've been using the New York Times reader as a great example of a smart client , of the power of WPF and an example...
  • 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: (fish)Bowling for TechEd

    Two new videos from the Virtual TechEd FishBowl . While you're at it, check out the BuilderAU video section for even more TechEd goodness. XNA Gaming Tools and Technologies XNA, Microsoft’s latest suite of game creation tools, is composed of industry-leading software, services, resources, and communities...
  • 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: ReMix Australia

    Can't make it to Mix in Vegas ? Never mind, do the next best thing. Monique just sent me this exciting news: Remix Experience Australia at - the World of Entertainment - Crown Promenade – MELBOURNE 25-26 th June 2007 Remix Australia will be the first of its kind from Microsoft bringing together...
  • Blog Post: WPF? Pah!

    I'm sitting in Joseph Cooney's (excellent) session on WPF at CodeCampOz , and it seems to me that the canonical demo of WPF is an animated button bouncing around a form. Of course, this is something VFP has been able to do for ever: ************************************************** *-- Form: form1...
  • Blog Post: Great Media Centre Resources

    Tomorrow, during the Melbourne leg of the ISV innovation days , I'm going to be talking about some of the sensational things developers can achieve using the plumbing Vista provides. One of the products I'm going to use to demo this is Niall Ginsbourg 's Big Screen Weather , a great Media Centre Addin...
  • Blog Post: Developer Tools Roadmap - Premier Account Briefing

    Update - Trouble seems to be publishing to FTP sites through my new ISA server at home. Presentation download links below. Yesterday, when I delivered back-to-back Premier Account briefings to around 120 folks, I promised that I'd post the presentation deck here today. The deck is here in PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: User Interface Guidelines for Windows Development

    I get this question a bit, and it was asked again today on the Stanski list: "Where can I find UI guidelines for Windows Development?" Microsoft sites: For Vista: http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/uxguide (see also http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/prodinfo/top10/default.aspx ) For XP: http...
  • Blog Post: 3 Days Vista Developer Training for AUD200

    Update -You'll need the coupon code, which is VistaTDANZ As part of the Vista Readiness campaign, We're offering 3 days of developer training in Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland. The cost is AUD200 (or NZD230 for Auckland). The information page is here . Although it says you have to be an MS partner...
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