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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 & Windows Azure Launch

    If you’re involved in any capacity with software development, or want to understand more about cloud computing, this is a half-day event not to be missed. Come along to the official New Zealand launch of Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure . We’ve lined up two international experts, Sam Guckenheimer...
  • Blog Post: TEDx Auckland - Failure is the Best Possible Outcome

    Last October I was honored to present at TEDx Auckland . The topic I chose to talk about was one that was very important to me at the time and I intentionally wanted to be a little controversial in my presentation. When I check my mail early this week I was very excited to see a beautifully packaged...
  • Blog Post: Building the MSN Silverlight "Wall of Fashion" for Air New Zealand Fashion Week

    Anyone that has been reading my blog for a while will know that I have been working with DeepZoom for some time now. I have been very keen to get Silverlight onto MSN.co.nz for a while. An opportunity presented itself for me to build a DeepZoom viewer and purchase 700 photos from Michael Ng (the official...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Ed New Zealand T-2 Weeks

    We are now only two weeks away from Tech.Ed New Zealand! If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet to the event there is still time to register. Now as you may be aware Tech.Ed Australia “SOLD OUT” this year with a deal to give each delegate a netbook running Windows 7 . We got a bit of feedback...
  • Blog Post: Wellington Code Camp Completed, SharePoint Conference Tomorrow

    This week the MSDN Flash is all about spreading the word of three awesome community run events past and present. The Wellington Code Camp. took place on the 13/14th June The New Zealand Community SharePoint Conference is tomorrow in Wellington. Barcamp Auckland 3 is coming up on the 11th July in Auckland...
  • Blog Post: UNPLUGGED – Building Line of Business Applications with Silverlight 3

    I have previously written about the UNPLUGGED road trip that Mike , Nathan and I have been on. I also mentioned that I would be making a screen cast and sharing the source code from the Silverlight 3 Line of Business demo that I delivered. The demo that I presented was based on Scott Morrison’s two sessions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UNPLUGGED

    Last week we kicked of the Microsoft UNPLUGGED Road show visiting locations around New Zealand including Palmerston North, Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland presenting technical sessions for Developers and IT Pros on Windows 7 and Silverlight 3. Check out this short video of the events so far and the photos...
  • Blog Post: Expression For Art’s Sake – 3 1/2 Day Silverlight 3 Camp – Wellington, NZ

    There’s no better way to try a new technology than getting people together to learn, share and build on top of it. So, that’s what we’ve been doing with Silverlight and Expression Studio for the last couple of years: Inviting a board array of developers and designers (you) to come spend time with us...
  • Blog Post: NZsynth – How It Was Done

    Previously I wrote and demoed the NZsynth application that was built for the WEB09 keynote. This post is detailing how it was made and introducing version two (Zoom all the way in using mouse wheel then double-click for popup image).   WATCH THE VIDEO that goes end-to-end on the development of the...
  • Blog Post: NZsynth and WEB09

    It started as a conversation I was having with Brett Roberts regarding options for promoting NZ online at a time when tourism was taking a hit from the current economic climate. From there we discussed the proposed National Cycleway and this lead to a conversation about “crowd sourcing” images that people...
  • Blog Post: ROAD TRIP! MSDN Unplugged Coming to a Town Near You

    Join us for the May - June 2009 UNPLUGGED Roadshow as we visit locations around New Zealand presenting technical sessions for Developers and IT Pros. Choose from either the MSDN Stream for Developers or TechNet Stream for IT Pros . At the end, get the opportunity to install Windows 7 RC on your PCs too...
  • Blog Post: ACP Media Development Leads To Pure Direction

    I have been working with the team at ACP Media for a couple of years and finally at the Expression For Art’s Sake event at Wellington a couple of weeks ago I had a chance to catch up with Dave Harvey , Grant Archibald and Darko Zoroja to discuss their work with Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC and jQuery. ...
  • Blog Post: WEB09 - ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Challenge

    This is the first of a few posts that I am making on WEB09 in Auckland and the 'Expression For Art’s Sake’ event that we held in Wellington this month. I have over 30GB of raw video to process so it will take some time to get the stories out. After previously mentioning that he didn’t like vendor...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash - Web 09: It's about User Experience, and the tools to create it.

    Software developer and entrepreneur John Ballinger has been running the Auckland Web Meetup for the last two years. During this time, the group has grown from about 20 to an incredible 550 members. The group meets once a month at the Media Design School in central Auckland for an evening of presentations...
  • Blog Post: Live Services Jumpstart – Day 1 Morning Session

    As mentioned previously I am over at the Live Services Jumpstart Training in Sydney this week along with a few other kiwis. Day 0 for me was a chance to do a photo walk in Sydney. It has been a while since I’ve been in Sydney and it was great to get reacquainted with an old friend. Day 1...
  • Blog Post: Artist in Residence Melbourne Dec 1-5

    Michael Kordahi and Shane Morris are holding an Artist in Resident (AiR) in Melbourne from Dec 1-5. Michael wrote: For those unfamiliar: AiR is a program whereby a developer and designer pair get together and build something in Silverlight from scratch. It goes for 5 days where you start with some training...
  • Blog Post: Live Platform Jumpstart 2009 in Sydney 8th-9th of December 2008

    At PDC 2008 this week, we announced a new way to program Live Services, the Live Framework (in CTP). Check out the overview of Microsoft’s Live Platform Services . Today we are making available the first preview release of the Azure Services Training Kit.  The Azure Services Training Kit will include...
  • Blog Post: November Events Christchurch, Wellington & Auckland

    November MSDN UNPLUGGED Update - Double Sessions Since July I have delivered 46 sessions to more than 3000 New Zealanders and the truth is I need a break! For the next “super sized” unplugged sessions in November we have commissioned developer gurus Kirk Jackson and John Daniel Trask to deliver a three...
  • Blog Post: Right Click

    Right Click is a series of events that explore the IT issues facing small and medium-sized businesses in New Zealand today and the options and solutions available. This year I was privileged to travel around New Zealand and present a half hour presentation titled the Technology of Tomorrow. I promised...
  • Blog Post: Unplugged - Preparing for Cloud Computing & PDC

    I have just finished a road trip talking to developers about preparing for cloud computing, Silverlight 2, IE8 and upcoming announcements at PDC. The session was intended as a high level over-view to set the scene for the next wave of IT trends and development technologies hitting us square between...
  • Blog Post: Web On The Piste

    Last year at WOTP I posted about the Web Jam and the Dystro/ Glenn stuff. This year it was fun to head back to Queenstown and reflex on another years worth of development on our RIA platforms. It was fantastic to team up with Michael Kordahi DG for the first time at an event. There was a...
  • Blog Post: Expression Encoder now available for trial and purchase

    The Expression Encoder was released this morning and is available for trial and purchase here . Since the previous beta Live Production has been added... also I have been testing the Silverlight Streaming Plug-in Preview that is almost ready for prime time and will be made available shortly. Check...
  • Blog Post: Technical Briefing Wrap and HOLIDAY!

    First of all what does it look like to talk to nearly 2000 people? Well here is a picture I found on flickr of 900 people... yup I'm in there #9 top row. Think double this and we will be just about there! It was all of you that made this event so successfull, THANKS! Darryl did a great...
  • Blog Post: Emerging Web Technologies

    I presented today alongside David Bolocker amongst others on Service Oriented Architecture, Web 2.0 and Mashups. I even came up with my own quote... "Software Convergence, is not the reduction of solutions but the expansion of presentation & information to user combinations." Check out my...
  • Blog Post: Counting the days... 26 work days, 3 keynotes, 3 presentations and 1 external conference.

    I just planned my time for the rest of Feb and March and I am overwhelmed by how much work I have left to do. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, on the 24th of March I am flying my family to Europe for a month long holiday! I am going to be blogging infrequently over the coming weeks sorry...
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