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  • Blog Post: Building Windows Phone 7 Apps? Head to Irish Open Spaces Coding Day!

    Related to my previous post, I wanted to mention that if you’re building Windows Phone 7 apps, there will be phones available to use and deploy on at Irish Open Spaces Coding Day on September 11th at the Enterprise Ireland offices in Dublin.  You’ll need to bring your own laptop and your app ready...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Developer Event

    Last night ALT.NET and Dublin MTUG held a joint event in the Radisson Blu hotel in Dublin city centre to show off Windows Phone 7 and talk about building applications and games. Despite being serenaded by an ice cream truck, deafened by alarm sirens and evacuated from the building due to the faulty alarm...
  • Blog Post: OMG TMI!!!!!!!!!!!!111111 @ the dotConf

    I had an amazing time last week at NCI’s dotConf event in the IFSC.  From their hilarious kick off Lego video to a great speaker line-up to a very fun after party to celebrate their newly launched MSc in Web Technologies, the folks at NCI know how to run fantastic events.  I’m sure every attendee...
  • Blog Post: Jesse Liberty Visiting Ireland and Northern Ireland

    We’ve had such amazing visiting speakers lately, and joining us shortly is Jesse Liberty , self-confirmed Silverlight Geek. Jesse is visiting Dublin, Belfast and Cork to talk about Silverlight development, and as Jesse has created a lot of the training content on http://silverlight.net , you won’t get...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Launch Events – Ireland & Northern Ireland

    Many of you have already received e-mail invites from us or from community organizations about the Visual Studio 2010 Launch events here in Ireland and Northern Ireland, so this is just a quick update about the events. We have a few prizes for folks who attend the events and folks who download VS2010...
  • Blog Post: Stay Up-To-Date with Microsoft Tech Events

    I get a lot of feedback from people that they have a hard time finding out about various tech events in Ireland & Northern Ireland.  For Microsoft developers, we have mtug.ie, dublinalt.net, microsoft.ie and a variety of other sources for tech events news. So I put together a Twitter alias for...
  • Blog Post: WordCamp Ireland 2010

    Just a quick post as I’ve gotten several e-mails asking for my WordCamp Ireland slides. The slides can be downloaded here: http://www.slideshare.net/martharotter/free-tools-for-wordpress-users-from-microsoft My talk was “Free Tools for WordPress Sites”, and I covered several free tools people can download...
  • Blog Post: Live At MIX10

    If you’ve seen me at all in the last few weeks, I’ve probably been gushing about MIX10 .  Now in its fifth year, MIX is the Microsoft event I’ve been dying to go to, year after year. And now I’m here, in Las Vegas.  And MIX10 starts in around 48 hours.     If you’re here, too...
  • Blog Post: BizSparkCamp Dublin – March 8th

    Everything is locked and loaded for BizSparkCamp Dublin on March 8th at the Radisson Hotel on Golden Lane. As part of the local BizSpark programme, Microsoft Ireland , Enterprise Ireland and TechLudd are delighted to announce BizSparkCamp 2010 featuring Innovate! PitchSlam – an event designed to help...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Series – Free Dev Tools and Support for MIX attendees

    I know we’ve all been calling it the Zune Phone for a while now, but whatever it is it’s public news and it’s gorgeous.  I’ve been getting a few questions about writing applications for it, so I thought I’d throw this out there.  MIX is traditionally a conference for web developers and designers...
  • Blog Post: Visiting Dublin – Josh Holmes!

    About a year and a half ago, Josh Holmes visited Dublin from the US on a whirlwind tour of Europe to talk with developers about rich, interactive applications. Josh spoke with developers from all over Ireland and from all different backgrounds. He’s a great speaker and a fun, down-to-earth guy who really...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Superstar Tim Heuer Visits Dublin!

    I am thrilled that Tim Heuer is coming to visit Dublin to kick off the Dublin Microsoft Technology User Group’s first meeting of 2010! As a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft for the Silverlight Team, Tim joins us for a talk about What’s New in Silverlight 4 and Using Silverlight for building Line-of...
  • Blog Post: XNA Creators Club: Developer Talk Series

    Want to learn about some exciting new developments in XNA?  Would you like to hear live from experts?  Starting this month, the Developer Talk Series by the XNA Creators Club hosts monthly discussions with expert developers and people working with XNA technology.  Upcoming topics include...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Jumpstart – Update

    I have received a lot of e-mails about the Silverlight Jumpstart program for January.  While I’m writing back to everyone, I wanted to post an update to let you know what’s going on with it. Unfortunately due to resources and time being low on the team (we’ve had some team members shuffling around...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 – Ignite Training, Developer Track

    This is a bit last-minute, as I only recently found out about it but I wanted to add it for anyone who is doing SharePoint work.  There is a training event this week from January 11th – January 15th at BT Training Solutions. The five day training is targeted towards experienced SharePoint 2007 developers...
  • Blog Post: Web Innovators – It’s Time For MIX

    MIX10 is finally open for registration and it’s going to be a fantastic event in Las Vegas this year.  The Gu and Bill Buxton are returning to keynote the conference and new speakers and topics are being added weekly. WHEN: March 15-17, 2010 WHERE: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, US WHO: Developers...
  • Blog Post: PDC – Be There Virtually

    I’m not in Los Angeles this week for the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference.  Which is unfortunate, because yesterday all attendees were given free ASUS multi-touch laptops.  And besides the exciting giveaways, there have been some very exciting new announcements like the availability...
  • Blog Post: BarCamp Cork III Review

    I had a fantastic weekend in Cork this past weekend for the third annual BarCamp Cork.  Well done to Gordon Murray , Ciara Feely , Ciara Crossan , and everyone else involved!  The crowd was excellent, and I met lots of new people and caught up with familiar faces, too.  Plus, I love the...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Talks and Events

    November just started and it’s shaping up to be quite a busy month already. The Silverlight Jumpstart course I mentioned previously on my blog kicks off its second round this week at the Westbury.  The course is full for both in-person attendees and LiveMeeting attendees, however if you’re interested...
  • Blog Post: WebsiteSpark Launch & Relaunch of TechLudd

    It’s been far too long since the last TechLudd, so we were thrilled to help relaunch TechLudd and at the same time celebrate the arrival of WebsiteSpark in Ireland. There is a lot more information on WebsiteSpark in my previous blog post, but the short version is that it’s a program to help give software...
  • Blog Post: Great Technical Speakers in Ireland & Northern Ireland

    Thanks to the over 200 of you who showed up to meet Scott Guthrie and hear him talk.  Judging by the questions people were asking yesterday, people are very excited about ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET 4/VS2010!  In fact there were so many questions, Scott had to skip the Silverlight talk.  Not...
  • Blog Post: Can’t Get Enough Scott: “Gu And A” Scheduled for Sunday September 27th

    The Scott Guthrie event on Monday, September 28th filled up in three days.  We have a waitlist for the event at the moment. So for those of you who would still like to see Scott, he has graciously agreed to host a second event on Sunday evening.  We’ll be at the Radisson Blu Royal hotel (formerly...
  • Blog Post: The. Red. Polo.

    I just realized that a red polo means something different in Ireland than it does in the US, doesn’t it?  We may have to temporarily rename Scott Guthrie’s red polo while he’s here in Dublin in two weeks. I loved this video that Scott created of his talk preparations for MIX 09 this year. ...
  • Blog Post: Guathon

    I couldn’t help but laugh at the Manchester GUATHON event registration page for Scott Guthrie .  Scott is dropping by Manchester after his visit to Dublin, and they did a great job compiling a list of “things you might not know about Scott Guthrie” which includes such gems as: When Scott Guthrie...
  • Blog Post: SCOTT GUTHRIE COMES TO DUBLIN!

    This is HUGE news  – Scott Guthrie is coming to Dublin to do an afternoon with .NET developers in Dublin city centre!  I couldn’t be more excited! You can register here: http://short.ie/scottgu Who: THE GU! What: A full afternoon workshop covering ASP.NET MVC, .NET 4, Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight...
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