Microsoft Ireland Team Blog

June, 2009

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    SQL Academy Returns with Bob Duffy on June 26th

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    SQL Academy is returning this week, bringing you a SQL Server Analysis Services session by Bob Duffy on June 26th. 

    SSAS 101 – Training Overview

    This Session in an Introduction to Data Modelling and Analysis Services 2008 with a focus on people who are experienced with the SLQ Server database engine but may be newer to Analysis Services. We will be running through the basics of modern dimensional modally theory as applicable to SQL 2008 and then an end to end demonstration of building Analysis Services Cubes using Visual Studio 2008.

    In addition we will be announcing some of the exciting BI enhancements being released shortly such as Project Gemini and other enhancements in SQL 2008R2.

    Agenda
    o Dimensional Modelling 101
    o SSAS Cube Building 101
    o SQL 2008 R2 roadmap – Awareness

    See the full agenda here.

    When: Friday 26th June, 10.30pm – 14.30pm
    Where: European Development Centre, South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18. See http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/contact/ for a map.

    Click here to register now for this event.

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog.
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    Hothouse Venture Programme Accepting Applications

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    Hothouse Venture Programme

    Applications are now being accepted for the very successful Dublin Institute of Technology Hothouse Venture Program.  Hothouse is an annual incubation programme for 16 graduate entrepreneurs to provide them with support, training, workspace, networking, business counselling and more. 

    The deadline for this year’s applications is July 31st, and the programme begins in September. 

    For more information, visit http://www.dit.ie/hothouse

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog.
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    Networking seminar - Intelligent outsourcing for export success

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    There is an 'Intelligent Outsourcing' seminar and networking lunch on the 2nd July at the Digital Exchange in Dublin. This is a forum bringing together a number of Irish software companies with six of of the leading Microsoft Gold Certified Partners from Sri Lanka.

    The forum will explore areas of common interest between the Irish and Sri Lankan companies - looking at opportunities to partner for the Irish/European markets (from a blended costings/ extended capabilities perspective etc) but equally to look to partnering for growth opportunities for Irish companies in the dynamic and growth-oriented South Asian markets. The event is supported by Chambers Ireland.

    The attached brochure contains full details.

    You can register online at http://tinyurl.com/nq8kun

    Details of the event can also be seen at www.BusinessSriLanka.com and the profiles of the Sri Lankan companies can be seen at:

    www.tinyurl.com/m93s2z

    Cross posted from Ronan's blog
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    Updates for MIX Essentials!

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    I am thrilled to confirm a couple of additional talks for MIX Essentials next week on June 24th in the Dublin Hilton Hotel.  If you haven’t yet registered for MIX Essentials, you can do so here: http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/mix09.

    Daniel Mellgaard Frost is joining us from Denmark and share his expertise in ASP.NET, MVC, Azure development and even more.  The additional talks are as follows:

    ASP.NET and MVC

    ASP.NET MVC is a fairly new web application framework that allows the developer to very close to what the web can offer you.  Daniel is going to take you back in time to see what the differences are, from the good old ASP classic days, to ASP.NET webforms, to Microsoft’s latest ASP.NET framework.  You will get a feeling of how MVC works, and why you should use it. There will be some code for you to take home and work on.

    Where Next with Windows Azure: Storage and even PHP with Azure!

    Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud based operating system. With Azure you can host different types of web applications, plug into a broad suite of services, save data and a lot more.  Daniel has build a small solution that shows how the storage model in Windows Azure works and at the same time how you can use the Microsoft technology stack to interact with this model.

    We have had a lot of requests for MVC talks as well as interop talks for web development with Azure Services, so I know I’m not the only one thrilled about these additions.

    You can find a full agenda on the MIX Essentials site as well as more details and registration information: http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/mix09.  See you at MIX!

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog.
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    Kathleen Dollard Visits Ireland

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    The very famous Kathleen Dollard is visiting Ireland!  Kathleen, who is well known for her book Code Generation in .NET, her “Ask Kathleen” column in Visual Studio Magazine, and much more, is doing a tour of Ireland and the UK.Kathleen Dollard

    She will be speaking at user group events in both Dublin and Cork as well as at the MIX Essentials event next week, and while she’s here she’ll be covering a variety of topics.  Kathleen is a fabulous speaker and you definitely need to make sure you attend one of her sessions.

    Dublin MTUG: Windows Presentation Foundation: Beyond the Bling (200 level)
    Wednesday, June 24th at 7:30pm
    Dublin Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, D2 (right next to the Green Luas Charlemont stop)
    Register: http://www.damtug.mtug.ie/Events/EventInfo.aspx?ID=524bded0-b3e7-42de-965f-793a1fbf7dfe

    Abstract:
    Have you seen Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) portrayed as a way to spin photos on cubes and wondered what this had to do with you? Windows Presentation Foundation does take us into a new realm of graphics, but it also offers a radical new UI model that's well worth exploring. This session focuses on how you can use WPF to make business user interfaces. We'll focus on the underlying model and separation of UI into discrete pieces that can be expressed in different ways. We'll build UI's with grids and stack panels for layout and explore databinding, templates and triggers. You'll see how to create an application that's logically organized and you can customize both in look and feel on a global basis -either to customize for individual clients or to keep your application looking fresh through future UI fashion changes.

    Cork MTUG:  .NET 4.0 Language and IDE Features (200 level) 
    Thursday, June 25th at 7:00pm MTUG logo
    Imperial Hotel, Cork
    Register: http://cork.mtug.ie/Events/EventInfo.aspx?ID=335a3f52-30ef-4b2b-a3fa-2ff405a98df5

    Abstract:
    Unveiling the next version of .NET lays out new language features building on the trend increasing the dynamic characteristics of C# and VB.NET. New language features will fall into categories of new features to support the current drivers, cross-over of features between the languages, and IDE improvements to ease your programming experiences. The current drivers for the languages are declarative coding, dynamic programming and concurrency. You'll see how a vision of the languages is evolving from these driving forces - building on the dynamic features separately developed for LINQ and in the DLR. You'll also see how the combined language team is balancing distinction and parity in areas such as late binding, XML and lambda expressions. The next release will present a major overhaul of Visual Studio itself. This offers exciting possibilities for improving your coding and debugging experience, including changes to document mapping and visualizing the structure of your object models and code dependencies. You'll leave knowing what you can look forward to in the next version, as well as a better feel for the overall direction of the languages. MIX logo

    MIX Essentials: The Challenge of Silverlight Architectures (300 level)
    Wednesday, June 24th at 2:30pm (Conference runs from 9:30am-5:00pm)
    Dublin Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, D2 (right next to the Green Luas Charlemont stop)
    Register: http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/mix09

    Abstract:  
    Silverlight represents a sweet spot between rich client WPF and WinForms applications and the ease of web deployment. Now that .NET code runs on the browser client, we’re confronted with the many differences between the two versions of the CLR. A valid question arises about what code should run on the client. This talk looks at the mechanics of the problem – how to reuse code across the two platforms, how to pass data between the platforms, and how to support databinding. Then it launches into issues of validation, authorization and calculations. You’ll see a DTO (Data Transfer Object) approach and understand the alternative mobile object solution and touch on some of the great support for visualizing data using the Visual State Manager. This talk presents Silverlight from the perspective of a rich client programmer demanding all the functionality and ease of coding inherent in the stateful, intelligent Silverlight model.

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog.
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    The .NET Coffee Break is Back!

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    The .NET Coffee Break series from Developers.ie is back.  Next up is Dino Esposito doing a talk on what’s new in ASP.NET 4.0.

    Dino is the author of Programming ASP.NET 3.5 Core Reference (Microsoft Press, 2008) and other best-selling books such as Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the Enterprise (Microsoft Press, 2008) and ASP.NET AJAX: Architecting Web Applications (Microsoft Press, 2009). He's also the author of the "Cutting Edge" column on MSDN Magazine and a frequent speaker at industry events worldwide, including Microsoft TechEd, DevConnections and in Europe, DevWeek and Basta.

    What's New in ASP.NET 4.0

    The key words to understand what's new in the overall ASP.NET 4.0 platform are "more control."  ASP.NET 4.0 is neither revolution nor refactoring of the architecture. It consists, instead, of a good number of small-scale changes that all go in the direction of providing developers with much more control of certain frequently used features of the existing framework. For example, ASP.NET 4.0 Web Forms will give you more control over the viewstate management, the generation of ID in the context of data-bound controls, the HTML generated by some template-based controls. In addition, you find new families of pluggable components for features that weren't supporting the provider model in earlier versions of ASP.NET and a finer control over the linking of external script files through the ScriptManager control. And this is just for Web Forms. In addition, there's a bunch of new extensions for client-side rendering of AJAX pages. Not a revolution, but enough to write better applications more comfortably.

    Where: At your own desk!
    When: This will be broadcast live on Thursday 18th of June at 11:00am (Irish time!)
    How: All the connection details to the show will be sent to you a few days prior to the start of the webcast.
    Cost: This event is free but you need to register by following this link http://www.developers.ie/Webcasts.aspx

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog.
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    MIX Essentials – Your Next Web. Now.

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    mixLogoAs designers and developers know, it’s so critical to stay up to date on the latest technology, newest tools and ideas to keep yourself, your ideas and your applications fresh.

    MIX Essentials, happening in Dublin on Wednesday June 24th is all about that.

    We’ve got a two-track day, full of amazing and highly respected speakers from all over Europe to update you on new tools and techniques.

    Hear from local design stars like Sabrina Dent on the Stalinist Web Design Model and Leeanne Lowe on Guerilla Web Strategy.  Learn about Silverlight 3 from the UK’s Mike Taulty.  See Expression Blend 3 & the new SketchFlow tool with User Experience expert Martin Tirion from the Netherlands.  Check out SuperPreview and the developer tools in Internet Explorer 8 with architect advisor Cormac Keogh.  Head of Microsoft Ireland’s BizSpark program, Ronan Geraghty, will be talking about the Azure Services platform and how to take advantage of it.  And WPF experts Kathleen Dollard and Ian Griffiths show us how to take advantage of the power of WPF for desktop applications.

    You can register now for this FREE event at http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/mix09.

    WHO: Developers, Designers, Business Decision Makers and anyone who is building or wants to build exciting & interactive web and desktop applications. 
    WHERE: Hilton Dublin Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2
    WHEN: Wednesday June 24th, 9:30am – 5:00pm
    WHAT: See more on the agenda at http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/mix09/register.html 

    See you at MIX Essentials!

    Cross posted from Martha's Blog.
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