Microsoft Ireland Team Blog

June, 2008

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    Ever been to an “Expert Zone” chat?

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    Expert Zone chats are live chat sessions about various Windows topics.  They are always one hour, and image they’re cool because they give you the opportunity to actually chat with folks working on building the products.  You can ask them questions, get advice and share information with others using the technology.

    The Internet Explorer team is doing a chat this week on IE 8.  Have questions on any of the new features of IE 8 or getting your site ready?  Go have a chat with the team at 18:00 GMT (10:00 PST) on Thursday, June 19th: Enter Chat Room 

    See here for additional scheduled chats: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/chats/default.mspx  Each one has a link so you can add it to your calendar and not miss it.

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog
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    Quick Follow-up: MIX Essentials Ireland

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    imageA couple of weeks ago, Dublin hosted Ireland’s first ever MIX event!  MIX is Microsoft’s conference for all  things web-related and takes place annually in Las Vegas.  We had a smaller, one-day version of the conference at Underworld with speakers from the US, the UK, Ireland and all over.

    I wanted to let you know that we’re busy right now getting the follow-up content ready to put online, but in the meantime, you can check out a lot of the slides as well as some previous talks by some of the speakers here: http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/mix08/register.html.  Many of the speakers have their slides available already. 

    The videos are currently being encoded and when we have those online, I’ll post another update and let you know. 

    Thanks everyone who came along – it was really a fun event.  For those of you who missed it and still want to see MIX content (or for those of you who loved it and want more!), there is currently a MIX event being planned for this Autumn in the UK, Brighton to be more specific.  It’s still in the planning stages, but I will post more details as I get them.

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog
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    Attention OpenCoffee-teers in Dublin!

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    Ever been to an OpenCoffee event?  Went a while back but haven’t gone in a few months?  Have no idea what I’m talking about?image

    OpenCoffee is an informal get-together which happens all around Ireland.  The people that arrive to chat are from all different areas including web developers, designers, start-ups, software developers, photographers, venture capitalists, students and hobbyists.  In Dublin, we meet every other Thursday from around 9-ish to 12-ish at The Morrison Hotel.  You can find out more information here on the blog: http://www.opencoffeedublin.com/ 

    Here’s where I need your help.  Lately we’ve been trying to do some cool and interesting things with OpenCoffee Dublin, like live conference with folks at home or work as well as with other OpenCoffees in Ireland, show off some new designs, and even do a bit of demos and informal talks to bounce ideas off of people.  It’s been really fun. 

    However we are in need of a new venue for a variety of reasons.  Basically what we need is:

    • Solid and free wi-fi
    • Great coffee
    • Plenty of comfortable room
    • A place that is not too loud so we can hear each other
    • Electrical outlets for laptops and things (preferably not right next to the espresso machine)

    Do you have any ideas?  We’re really interested in ideas and feedback.  Please pop over to this blog entry and leave some comments: http://www.opencoffeedublin.com/new-venue-for-opencoffee-dublin/.  We’ll send some scouts out to check out venues and at the June 26th OpenCoffee we will try a new locale.

    Thanks for your help.

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog
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    Twitter Plug-In for Live Writer

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    I know people have mixed feelings about this, but I wanted to mention it anyway as I am a huge Windows image Live Writer fan.  The Live Writer team recently released a plug-in for automatically creating a new Tweet on Twitter to point to your blog post. 

    This means that you can hit the “Publish” button on your blog post and have it instantly update your Twitter stream with a link to the new blog post.  Pretty cool, especially if you often blog in response to things happening on Twitter, as many folks I know do.

    You can find out more about this in the Live Writer blog here: http://writerdevzone.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!FF912D98C958E9D3!170.entry  The entry talks about updates to the Live Writer SDK and shows you how to take advantage of the new pre- and post- publish events.

    Another cool thing they added as a sample was a “Digg This” plug-in to enable adding automatically a DiggThis button to your post.

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog
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    Check out the Darklight Festival in Dublin

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    image http://www.darklight.ie/index.htm

    The Darklight Festival is a four-day event celebrating cutting-edge film, animation, art & technology.  While it’s in town there will be a wide variety of workshops, screenings, events, talks etc.  There really is something for every interest.  I’ve never been before, but it sounds like an incredibly interesting and fun few days.

    Want to get even more involved?  They are looking for volunteers.  If you’re interested and you’re attending anyway, why not help out.  See here for more information: http://www.darklight.ie/pages/volunteers.htm 

    To get the most up-to-date information, subscribe to the Darklight blog here: http://darklightfestival.blogspot.com/.  They have a few podcasts on there as well.

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog
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    Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Released!

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    image Here in Sandyford I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting for the Silverlight 2 Beta 2 release and on Friday, June 6th it finally arrived!

    Of course ScottGu’s blog is an excellent source of information for what to expect from this release: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/06/06/silverlight-2-beta2-released.aspx  Did you know that with all the new features, Silverlight 2 Beta 2 is still only a 4.6MB download? 

    One of the more interesting pieces about this release, especially for the many Irish folks building Silverlight applications, is the availability of a go-live license.  A go-live license allows a developer to start using and deploying commercial applications built on top of Silverlight 2. 

    How can I get started?

    To get started using and building Silverlight 2 Beta2 applications, this link is your best friend: http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/.  There you can find links to the Silverlight tools, Expression Blend 2.5 June 2008 Preview and the Deep Zoom Composer.  Please note that with the new Silverlight tools install, you now only have one install, and that includes the Visual Studio add-on, the Silverlight 2 Beta 2 runtime, and the Silverlight 2 Beta 2 SDK. 

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog
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    Silverlight 2 Beta 2 publicly available this week

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    Hot off the press from TechEd US, Silverlight Beta 2 will be available this week. Check out below for a summary of some features, but perhaps most interesting is that Silverlight 2 Beta 2 comes with a commercial go-live license!

     

    · UI Framework: Beta 2 includes improvements in animation support, error handling and reporting, automation and accessibility support, keyboard input support, and general performance.  This release also provides more compatibility between Silverlight and WPF.

    · Rich Controls: Beta 2 includes a new templating model called Visual State Manager that allows for easier templating for controls. Other features include the introduction of TabControl, text wrapping and scrollbars for TextBox, and for DataGrid additions include Autosize, Reorder, Sort, performance increases and more.  Most controls are now in the runtime instead of packaged with the application.

    · Networking Support: Beta 2 includes improved Cross Domain support and security enhancements, upload support for WebClient, and duplex communications (“push” from server to Silverlight client).

    · Rich Base Class Library: Beta 2 includes improved threading abilities, LINQ-to-JSON, ADO.NET Data Services support, better support for SOAP, and various other improvements to make networking and data handling easier.

    · Deep Zoom: Beta 2 introduces a new XML-based file format for Deep Zoom image tiles, as well as a new MultiScaleTileSource that enables existing tile databases to utilize Deep Zoom. Better, event driven notification for zoom/pan state is another improvement in Silverlight 2 Beta 2. 

    Cross posted from ronan's blog
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    Teach yourself how to develop on Sharepoint

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    This is a great site for developers who want to get up to speed with developing for Sharepoint. You can download a ready-to-go VPC or just take some Virtual Labs to take hands-on exercises via your browser. Here's a snapshot of the available topics:

     

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    There's a ton of useful material here to self-train, including webcasts, screencasts, presentations, demos, whitepapers and the full HOL download so you can use the HOLs on your own machine.

    Cross posted from ronan's blog
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    Microsoft SLPS Case Study featuring Softedge Systems (Ireland-based ISV)

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    I recently blogged about SLPS and am delighted to highlight a case study featuring a local ISV - Softedge Systems.

    Softedge Systems flagship product, DocsAlive 2007, is a multimedia content-creation tool built on the 2007 Microsoft® Office system. DocsAlive is also certified on Windows Vista. .

    Softedge Systems is using SLP License Designer to manage trial versions and activations. “The flexibility of licensing is the most important feature,” says Vikas Sahni, CEO Softedge Systems. “We can control the behavior of each individual license key and easily modify those behaviors without touching the code—we just log on to the server and change the key.”

    Sahni adds, “Another benefit of SLP Services is being able to track customer usage—trial copies, downloads, and activations. We now have visibility into how many copies of DocsAlive are out there, where they are, and how they’re being used.”

     

    You can read the full case study here

    Cross posted from ronan's blog
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    Difficulty accessing MSDN downloads

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    It has been brought to our attention that some Partners have recently experienced difficulties in accessing their MSDN Downloads.  This was due to a system change - affected users will need to re-associate their Live ID to their subscription to re-access MSDN Download.

    ACTION: Partners if you have been experiencing difficulties in accessing your MSDN Download please click here and fill in the required fields.  Once your information has been processed access will be re-instated.

    If you're based in Ireland / Northern Ireland have any queries in relation to this please feel free to contact us or the MSDN support team on 1800 88 21 95 choosing option 3.

    We apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

    Cross posted from ronan's blog
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