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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR - RTM

    The VS Database edition team has just released the golden version of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR. I've included the feature list inline below, and you can download the software from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bb3ad767-5f69-4db9-b1c9-8f55759846ed&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Partner Training on 1) WPF 2) Web Development with VS 2008 in Dec 2008

    Just a quick heads up re. two partner training events (for partners in Ireland / Northern Ireland) happening in the next month, on WPF and Web Development. Follow the link inline below for more details & to register (you'll need to log in using your partner credentials). EventID Event Start Course...
  • Blog Post: What a difference a month makes...

    Between TechReady in Seattle (an internal technical conference, think of it as Tech Ed for Microsoft folks) followed by holidays I've been out of the office for the last month, during which there has been many interesting happenings, including SQL Server 2008 RTM (Aug 6th) - you can download an eval...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 4.0 Released

    Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable software components (application blocks) designed to assist software developers with common enterprise development challenges (such as logging, validation, caching, exception handling, and many others). Application blocks are a type of guidance encapsulating...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 SP1 - .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit (ASP.NET MVC, Data Services, Silverlight controls etc.)

    You can now download the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit which covers the technologies in the .NET 3.5 SP1 release and the out of band releases that are a part of the same wave, namely ASP.NET MVC and the ASP.NET Silverlight controls. Currently, the training kit contains six hands-on labs, made up...
  • Blog Post: Video - benefits of multi-targeting in VS 2008

    Zoran Jovanovic, Technical Lead with Dell in Ireland was one of our local VS 2008 launch heroes . Watch the below video to hear Zoran talk about the benefits of multi-targeting in VS 2008. BTW, the video was recorded at the end of February 2008... Cross posted from ronan's blog
  • Blog Post: Video - Dell Global Build Automation Team on migration to TFS 2008

    Frederic Meyer, Team Lead with Dell's Global Build Automation Team was one of our local VS 2008 launch heroes . Watch the below video to hear Frederic talk about the experience in migrating from TFS 2005 to TFS 2008, and his favourite feature in TFS 2008 (same as mine, Continuous Integration...) BTW...
  • Blog Post: Dublin VS 2008 launch - screencast of my LINQ demo

    If you missed the Dublin launch of Visual Studio 2008 in Tripod on March 11th, or if you just want a recap of my talk, check out the below screencast. It has an audio track so break out the headphones. Double click to go full screen and you should get a very clear view of the code. If you've any comments...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Javascript Intellisense Helper

    If you're looking at creating Microsoft Virtual Earth mashups and applications then you should definitely check out this project on CodePlex , where a group of developers have produced a JavaScript library that generates Intellisense for the Microsoft Virtual Earth 6.0 AJAX control. It comes complete...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Blueprint for Sharepoint

    Just a link post really, but check out http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/cc303301.aspx for details of source code and guidance for how to use Silverlight and Sharepoint together. Six application component samples are included in the kit to get you started: A simple “hello, world” sample showing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map (a WPF app)

    Way better than a poster, this is a handy application that helps developers to drill down to each product and technology and learn about new features, objects, Web services, namespaces, and schemas required to extend Microsoft Office and build custom Office Business Applications (OBAs). This application...
  • Blog Post: CTP of VS 2008 support for SQL Server 2008

    If you were at the Dublin community launch event on Feb 13th you saw an ASP.NET / VE / SQL Server 2008 demo that I put together during Dave's talk on Windows Server 2008. (Philip from MTUG was sitting beside me, not doubt a little concerned that I should have had my demos done by then :-)) When I...
  • Blog Post: Community Launch Tour 2008 Video

    As per my last post , Dave, Bob and I will be hitting the road for the Community Launch this week. Want to see where we're going? Take a look at the below video that I put together using http://maps.live.com , pretty cool :-) Double click for full-screen to get the full effect! Cross posted from ronan...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Press E-Book (Introducing Microsoft LINQ)

    Preview the first chapter from any of these Microsoft Press Visual Studio 2008 titles here , and then download the entire contents of Introducing Microsoft LINQ, as well as additional chapters from the other two titles. Introducing Microsoft LINQ by Paolo Pialorsi and Marco Russo ISBN: 9780735623910...
  • Blog Post: GET [snip]System/Web/UI/Page.cs

    So I just set up debugging of the .NET framework source code as per the instructions on Shawn Burke's blog , which took all of a couple of minutes, fired up a test project and stepped into ListControl.cs to have a look at OnSelectedIndexChanged(). As you can see in the below, I'm in the middle of System...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 certification, anyone?

    Microsoft Certification for Developers Join the Microsoft Certification team to find out what is coming for Visual Studio 2008 certification and to receive guidance on your next step in Visual Studio skills development. Follow the links below to register for a live meeting with the Microsoft Certification...
  • Blog Post: Free 1 day training event for ISVs on VS 2008 in Microsoft Ireland

    For those ISVs in Ireland who are using or planning to use Visual Studio 2008, we're running a free 1 day Visual Studio 2008 training event in Sandyford on December 17th, covering such topics as LINQ, what's new in C# 3.0 and so on. So, if you'are an ISV in Ireland, and are interested please contact...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit – Now Available to Download

    All you ever wanted to know about Visual Studio 2008, in a box :-). Well, downloadable anyway. The technologies covered in the kit include: LINQ, C# 3.0, Visual Basic 9, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX, VSTO, CardSpace, SilverLight, Mobile and Application Lifecycle Management. You can download the entire...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Case Studies on Microsoft.com

    So Visual Studio 2008 has tons of new features which can let you be more productive, produce quality products, target new platforms - but don't take my word for it...Check out what these 3 participants in the VS 2008 TAP have done already with Visual Studio 2008: OpenNetCF Sogeti Xcalia Cross posted...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop Recordings now on channel 9

    I like self-training, and a it doesn't get much easier than watching a video! The below videos are from day 1 of a 5 day workshop on Visual Studio 2008 Lap around Visual Studio 2008 & .NET Framework 3.5 What's new in C# 3.0? What's new in Visual Basic 9.0? .NET Framework 3.5 Enhancements .NET Language...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio 2008 Virtual lab

    Want to see some of the new features for Web Development in VS 2008? Here's an easy way : The “Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2008” lab from the VS 2008 training kit is available on MSDN Virtual Labs here . Couldn 't be easier! Cross posted from ronan's blog
  • Blog Post: Action required: VS 2008 VPCs will expire on Nov 1st 2007

    VS 2008 VPCs will expire (prematurely) on Nov 1st 2007. This is much earlier than expected/intended. So, if you're currently using a VS 2008 VPC and have information stored in TFS that you need to keep then you need to take action ASAP to back up your TFS databases so you can move them to updated VPCs...
  • Blog Post: Hands-on LINQ learning material now available

    The good follks at InnerWorkings ( http://www.innerworkings.com/ ) have just released 3 hours of hands-on LINQ learning material. Find out more at http://www.innerworkings.com/catalog/drills/D0047B-CS/linq-to-sql . Cross posted from ronan's blog
  • Blog Post: TFS Best Practices Analyzer

    Brian Harry announced the release of the Sept 2007 TFS Power Tools which contains the TFS Best Practices Analyzer, a tool to help you diagnose problems with your system and to highlight what hasn't been configured correctly. Here's a summary of what it does; Gathers configuration information...
  • Blog Post: Early adopter information for ISVs in Ireland (VS 2008, SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and more)

    We in the Developer & Platform Group in Microsoft Ireland are about to kick off our early adopter program for ISVs (the successor to the Ascend / Touchdown programs - see http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/isv/bb190411.aspx - that some of you may have been involved in). Microsoft is committed to...
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