I have some cool news for students today. As a student, it can often be hard to keep up with what’s new and exciting at Microsoft, what is the interesting new technology, and where to find great deals and offers.
So together with Liam Cronin, Microsoft Ireland’s Academic Engagement Manager, and the help of some interns and student partners, we’re putting together the first ever Microsoft Ireland Student Newsletter.
The first newsletter will be going out tomorrow, and we’ll send it out every couple of weeks while students are in session.
Newsletters will contain student-focused content including deals and offers for you, announcements about new releases and technology, news about contests like the Imagine Cup, tips and tutorials, and guest columns from students around Ireland and Northern Ireland.
If you’re interested in the newsletter, you can click here to go ahead and get signed up: register for student newsletter.
As always, if you have any feedback about the newsletter including content you’d like to see or things that would be useful for you, please feel free to leave a comment here or e-mail me at martharo [at] microsoft.com.
I am finishing putting together the video from Josh Holmes’ recent visit to Dublin. If you’re looking for his slides, you can find them here.
In the meantime, I wanted to post a link to a couple of posts Josh has.
First of all, here’s a link to “Architecture of RIA from JAOO”: Architecture of RIA from JAOO. This is a great blog entry where Josh describes a joint session he did with James Ward from Adobe at the JAOO conference. The reason this is such a useful blog entry is because Josh basically walks you through his Architecture of RIA slide deck, which is quite similar to what he talked about in Dublin. He has a link to the full set of slides on slideshare.net, and then he walks the reader through many of the individual slides and describes what they mean and why the concepts are important for people designing, developing and architecting RIAs. If you didn’t get to make it to the talk in Dublin, this is well worth a read. If you did, it’s a great refresher.
I also think it’s awesome because how often do you get to see an evangelist from Adobe and an evangelist from Microsoft on stage together?
The other link is of course Josh’s wrap-up of his European tour: http://www.joshholmes.com/2008/10/22/EuropeanSilverlightTour.aspx Josh traveled for several weeks around Europe talking about RIA Architecture and Silverlight, and ended his tour right here in Dublin. When you read the post, you really get a feel for how long Josh was on the road, the people with whom he interacted, and the impressions he made wherever he went. I know the folks in Dublin certainly enjoyed having him here, and it’s easy to see that he got warm welcomes everywhere he went.
As soon as I have the video ready, I’ll post it on this blog as well.
The PDC, or Professional Developers Conference, is two days in and I am so jealous of all the folks that are in Los Angeles for it this week.
If you’re just now tuning in, here’s a quick recap:
* Monday was Cloud Computing day. Ray Ozzie introduced Windows Azure, the operating system in the cloud, and talked about its components and how it works. To see that keynote, click here: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/KYN01/
* Tuesday was Windows 7 day. Steven Sinofsky showed off the new multi-touch features, UI and additional pieces of Windows 7. There were also guest appearances from Ori Amiga, David Treadwell and of course Ray Ozzie to talk about Office Web applications, Windows Live, Mesh, and more. To see that keynote, click here: http://wm.istreamplanet.com/customers/ms/750_ms_pdc_081028.asx
* Today (Wednesday), the Keynote is going to be given by Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President of Microsoft Research. The Research group is always doing really interesting things, and I’ve heard nothing about this keynote yet, so it should be full of surprises. You should be able to watch that live starting at 3:30pm GMT here: http://microsoftpdc.com/Default.aspx
A cool thing that they’ve been doing is broadcasting twitter streams. So as you’re watching the keynote in the Silverlight viewer, you can click on the “Twitter” text and see the stream of comments from people live-twittering the event.
For more videos, channel9 has the goods. There are interviews with Ray Ozzie, David Treadwell, discussions with product groups and updates on news and events. http://channel9.msdn.com/ has everything; click “Media” to see video interviews, and click “Recent” to see the very latest updates.
One other source for great PDC content is the blog http://www.istartedsomething.com Long Zheng has posted things like screen shots of Windows 7, keynote liveblogging (very interesting and entertaining), as well as stuff like official PDC Wallpaper.
I also wanted to mention one other event coming up next week. The SQL Server User Group is having Shahar Bar, CEO of Valinor, talk about High Availability and Business Continuity with SQL 2008 at the Microsoft building on Monday, October 13th at 18:00. Shahar is also a Senior SQL Server consultant for Valinor, which is a dedicated and independent SQL Server consulting services company.
Summary: The meeting will deal with challenges of business continuity and the different solutions SQL 2008 offers to handle them. We will compare and demonstrate the different high availability solutions by SQL Server 2008, and learn how to choose the solution that will suite our business needs and budget.
If you are interested in how you can use SQL Server 2008 to manage business continuity issues and other challenges, this would be a great talk for you to attend.
For more information and to register, click here.
I wanted to let you know about a great event coming up in Cork: Microsoft MVP Niall Flanagan will be presenting on Monday, October 13th at 19:00 in the Imperial Hotel on the topic of SQL Server – Index Internals & Performance.
Summary: This talk will cover the structures and benefits of various kinds of indexes and will also cover the 2005 feature "INCLUDE" and the 2008 feature "filtered indexes".
Niall runs the SQL Server User Group here in Ireland and is a very valuable resource for SQL Server information. If you are doing any kind of SQL Server work or are thinking about working with it in the near future, you should definitely pop down to the Imperial to listen to Niall.