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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: SketchFlow & SuperPreview Talk Overview & Slides

    At Future of Web Design Belfast & last week in Dublin, I gave an overview of SketchFlow & SuperPreview.  I promised to share my talk notes & slides & demos with folks, so here they are.  This covered a lot of information, so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to...
  • 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: Reminder: Silverlight 3, SketchFlow & SuperPreview Talk at MTUG Dublin

    Just as a reminder and for those of you who are not MTUG members, Microsoft Technology User Group Dublin is running a free event tomorrow evening with me in the Morrison Hotel from 7:30pm.   Here’s a summary of the talk I’m giving: SketchFlow: Building Web and Desktop Applications from Concept to...
  • 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: SQL Academy Returns with Bob Duffy on June 26th

    SQL Academy is returning this week, bringing you a SQL Server Analysis Services session by Bob Duffy on June 26th.  SSAS 101 – Training Overview This Session in an Introduction to Data Modelling and Analysis Services 2008 with a focus on people who are experienced with the SLQ Server database engine...
  • 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: Updates for MIX Essentials!

    I am thrilled to confirm a couple of additional talks for MIX Essentials next week on June 24th in the Dublin Hilton Hotel.  If you haven’t yet registered for MIX Essentials, you can do so here: http://www.microsoft.com/ireland/mix09 . Daniel Mellgaard Frost is joining us from Denmark and share...
  • Blog Post: Kathleen Dollard Visits Ireland

    The very famous Kathleen Dollard is visiting Ireland!  Kathleen, who is well known for her book Code Generation in .NET , her “Ask Kathleen” column in Visual Studio Magazine, and much more, is doing a tour of Ireland and the UK. She will be speaking at user group events in both Dublin and Cork as...
  • Blog Post: The .NET Coffee Break is Back!

    The .NET Coffee Break series from Developers.ie is back.  Next up is Dino Esposito doing a talk on what’s new in ASP.NET 4.0. Dino is the author of Programming ASP.NET 3.5 Core Reference (Microsoft Press, 2008) and other best-selling books such as Microsoft .NET: Architecting Applications for the...
  • 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...
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