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  • Blog Post: Spark Programs: BizSpark versus WebsiteSpark

    Thanks to everyone who came along to our BizSpark Camp event last week at the Radisson.  The feedback from the sessions and the PitchSlam event was fantastic, so we really appreciate everyone’s support! After the event, I received an absolute *flood* of BizSpark applications from new companies,...
  • 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: 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: Imagine Cup 2009: Innovative Students Take Science Gallery by Storm

    April 30th was a very competitive day in Dublin.  Students from around Ireland competed in Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup competition at the Science Gallery in Trinity College. The Imagine Cup is a contest open to students all around the world.  Winners from each country go on to the finals...
  • Blog Post: XNA Talk with DCU

    Last week I had an XNA talk at DCU.  They had left me with a few questions to answer which I had left on my machine which went into the shop.  I got it back yesterday and here are the questions:  What is the accepted file size for games submitted to Community Games? from the FAQ on creators...
  • Blog Post: Developer Developer Developer Belfast – Go Vote!

    Voting is now open for DDD Belfast.   As mentioned in my previous blog post, Developer Developer Developer is a free, day-long event with great presentations submitted by professionals.  Now is your chance to make your voice heard and ensure the sessions you want to attend and the speakers...
  • Blog Post: DDD Ireland – Back for More!

    If you were in Galway last year for the first ever Developer Developer Developer Ireland (Techprechaun!), you’re already familiar with the idea of a community-driven, developer-focused, multi-track day of talks, training, presentations and great fun, all for free. If you didn’t attend DDD Ireland 2008...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 SP1 Released Plus Free .Net 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit

    Yesterday Microsoft released its .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 .  It is now available for download here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=124150 .  The new version of the framework includes: ASP.NET Dynamic Data Core improvements to the CLR Performance improvements for WPF Support...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to PDC - 1 week left for Early Bird Discount

    For folks who haven't yet registered for the PDC, this week is the time to do so!  If you register before August 15th, you'll save $200 on your conference ticket.  This is a great deal, and the PDC will certainly sell out shortly after so get your ticket now to avoid disappointment. If you...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2008 Barcelona – Early Bird expires July 31st

    Just an FYI for those of you planning on attending TechEd Developers or TechEd IT Pro in Barcelona this year.  There is a “ Super Early Bird” discount that saves you €300 plus gets you all kinds of bonus benefits like keynote priority seating and discounted hotel accommodations, etc.  If you...
  • Blog Post: The .Net Coffee Break Show – Now Registering for Show 3

    I know Clare has mentioned the .Net Coffee Break on her blog a few times before, but as they ’re now on their third show I thought it was worth mentioning again. The good folks over at Developers.ie have created a great idea in the form of a live webcast during, of course, coffee break time (well, coffee...
  • Blog Post: DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper Ireland 2008

    I’m pleased to say that the first ever DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper event ever held in Ireland was not only a successful event, but also a ton of fun.  If you’ve never heard of DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper, you should check out the intro video here: http://www.dddireland.com/ .  It does a nice...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server User Group Meeting – Tonight in Sandyford

    Alan Crowley from DeCare Systems in Cork is in Dublin for the evening to talk with the Microsoft SQL Server User Group.  The discussion is on “Visual Studio for Database Professionals”, and includes the following topics: Introducing DB Pro as a part of Team System Overview of DDLC Microsoft Visual...
  • Blog Post: Irish Microsoft Technology Conference Lands Next Week!

    If you haven't heard yet, for the third year in a row, Dublin is hosting the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference , or IMTC next week! For those of you who haven't been to an IMTC before, you can expect tons of high-quality sessions showcasing the latest technology for Microsoft developers.  We...
  • Blog Post: Vi - How Do I Love Thee

    Last Monday morning, I was doing some work at my desk, just like any normal Monday morning, except for one thing. There was someone standing over me, and an enormous camera pointed at me and my desk, filming some footage for a story on Ireland Girl Geek Dinners. Did the person want to know what lovely...
  • Blog Post: QuMIX! MIX at Queen's University in Belfast

    Today I went up to Belfast with Vincent Vergonjeanne and Liam Cronin to present at QuMIX '07. Mike McMeekin , who is a Microsoft Student Partner at Queen's University Belfast did a fabulous job setting up the afternoon, so special thanks go to him and all of his hard work. The afternoon included a session...
  • Blog Post: This Just In: Silverlight 1.1 Tools Alpha for VS 2008 Now Available!

    I wasn't kidding about all of the cool stuff happening as soon as I'm gone! On Monday afternoon an updated version of the Silverlight 1.1 Tools Alpha was released. This version will work with the RTM version of Visual Studio 2008. This means that all the great features you know and love from Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Studio 2.0 Beta Available!

    Man, I disappear for a few days and all the excitement happens! Not only did Microsoft ship Visual Studio 2008 and .Net 3.5 Monday , but the XNA team also released the Game Studio 2.0 Beta!! If you want to try it out, you can download it here and see the cool new integration with Visual Studio 2005 ...
  • Blog Post: Mashup Camp Europe!

    This weekend Dublin had the pleasure of hosting Mashup Camp Europe for the first time ever. It was a two-part event divided over three days. The first part was Mashup University where organizations talked about their Mashup solutions and tools for customer. The second part was the "unconference" part...
  • Blog Post: At TechEd Europe This Week

    I know, I know, my life is tough. This week I'm in Barcelona to attend the Microsoft TechEd Developers conference (so if I'm behind a bit on e-mail, now you know why...). We're one day in to the conference so far, and I've already seen some great sessions on Unified Communications, IIS7, Windows Live...
  • Blog Post: Another Reminder About Mashup Camp Europe - November 10-12 in Dublin

    If you haven't already, check out the Mashup Camp site for the latest details on Mashup Camp. You can see an updated online flyer here: http://www.mashupcamp.com/dublinflyer.html . If you're on jaiku, you can add dberlind as your contact to get updates and news and even Mashup Camp trivia. Registration...
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