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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Back from Holidays and Upcoming Events

    I just returned from an amazing holiday in Iceland where I spent 12 days road-tripping, climbing glaciers , exploring fjords , sea fishing for cod, and monkfish, snorkeling between continents , eating unbelievable food , hiking lava fields and enjoying the wonders of geothermally heated lagoons . ...
  • 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: Hothouse Venture Programme Accepting Applications

    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...
  • 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: 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: Blogging and Social Media for Business Seminar: June 13th in Limerick

    I noticed this event coming to Limerick in June and wanted to give it a mention as I think a lot of people would benefit from this schedule of Ireland’s top experts in social media & online networking. According to the overview , topics included are as follows: * Bernard Goldbach: Using Twitter effectively...
  • Blog Post: XNAFest at University of Ulster, Magee Campus

    I’m late on this one but figured it was worth posting as it’s today and tomorrow. If I hadn’t been in the US for the last week, I would definitely be up at the University of Ulster right now with some serious XNA experts. The Microsoft XNA Academic Summit (XNAFEST 2009) will be held at the University...
  • 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: Windows 7 RC is Out!

    For those of you who haven’t heard yet, the Windows 7 Release Candidate went public today.  This download will be made available at least until June 2009.  The 32 and 64 bit versions are available in five languages: English, German, Japanese, French and Spanish. You can pick the version you...
  • Blog Post: Lots of Upcoming Tech Events

    I know I’m not the only one who is busy lately. Events are popping up all over the place, so I thought I’d take a second and throw some out there in case you’re not aware of them. Dublin ALT.NET Meetup: Thursday, April 16th starting at 7:00pm at The Duke off Grafton Street in Dublin city centre ...
  • Blog Post: Developer Developer Developer Belfast – Getting Close!

    If you haven’t yet heard of Developer Developer Developer, you’re missing out. DDD is coming to Belfast FOR FREE on Saturday April 4th, and registration is open here: http://developerdeveloperdeveloper.com/belfast/Register.aspx Topics planned include: ASP.NET MVC Monorail Functional Programming SQL Server...
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