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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: New Year, New Blog

    Not mine, Microsoft’s! Microsoft is sporting a shiny new official blog here:  http://blogs.technet.com/microsoft_blog/ .  This blog aims to “cover and add context around the top level news from the company and industry.”  I know a lot of people who have been asking for this for a long...
  • 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: Life At Microsoft Part II

    About a year ago, this video was posted which revealed that Microsoft geeks are incredibly competitive and that we love having code-offs.  I love this video & use it all the time in my talks and presentations. I was thrilled to find out the same team recently did a follow-up video which is equally...
  • Blog Post: Catch Up on PDC Videos with MSDN & Channel 9

    I’ve been spending quite a bit of time over the last few days trying to catch up on Microsoft PDC videos, especially all the Silverlight 4 announcements. Channel9 has done a great job of connecting with a lot of the PDC speakers and posting short interviews and in-depth conversations about their topics...
  • 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: Surface SDK Available on Microsoft Download Center

    Perfect timing!  I had a great time talking with people about the Microsoft Surface device last weekend at BarCamp Cork, and now the Surface SDK has been released this week at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference. Previously, to design and build applications for the Surface, one needed...
  • 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: Please Welcome WebsiteSpark!

    Last year, Microsoft provided a program to help new start-ups get developer tools, discounts and a business network at practically no cost. BizSpark helped over 300 Irish start-ups in the last twelve months. This year, the Spark family is extending to include web designers and developers.  WebsiteSpark...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Get Your PDC On: November 17th – 19th, Los Angeles

    http://microsoftpdc.com/ The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is one of those tech events where magic happens.  It’s a forward-looking conference with industry leader speakers which brings audiences from around the world to learn about the future of Microsoft’s platforms and the industry...
  • Blog Post: MIX Essentials – Your Next Web. Now.

    As 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...
  • Blog Post: bing! On Safari with Glims

    When I’m browsing on my MacBook, I prefer to use Safari. But it used to bug me that I didn’t have the option to use Live Search in the browser. When bing came out recently, I wanted the option to use bing as my primary search engine in the browser. I did some browsing around and found Glims: http...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Future Vision and Then Some

    I admit it – I am a complete sucker for cool technology videos.  This one even makes me a little emotional as it’s hard to believe we’ve come so far.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. And just because I thought it was hilarious, I’m also linking this video which is a parody of the above...
  • Blog Post: Hey Students – Get the Latest Developer News

    If you’re a student studying computer science, development, IT, software design, web design or anything along those lines, sign up for the Microsoft Ireland Student Newsletter .  This twice-monthly newsletter contains guest articles by fellow students, book discounts, pointers to interviews, tips...
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