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    The Imagine Cup ‘08 is Over, well done everyone

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    I am sitting now in the staff room at the Imagine Cup finals venue and thinking about the last few days. Most of the people left already and this is a good time to try to write down what I feel the Imagine Cup is all about. As I mentioned in my previous...
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    Thoughts about the Imagine Cup finals

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    I attended the presentations delivered by the 6 Embedded, 3 Games Design and 6 Software Design finalists at the Imagine Cup Finals in Paris today (and by the way check out the event blog and the official site for more info). On top of the high quality...
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    New Silverlight sites keep showing up

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    As we progress toward launch of Silverlight 2, we see more and more sites adopting it to create extremely cool apps. Here are a few examples: http://linerider.com/ Line Rider is a casual game developed by Boštjan Čadež (also known as fšk on the internet...
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    Are Universities relevant for employers?

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    I was in Manchester on June 20th for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the world's first stored-program electronic digital computer program successfully on 21st June 1948. That program was written by Tom Kilburn who, along with the late F.C....
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    Presentation at the Scottish Further Education Unit Event

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    On the 26th of June I attended the Scottish Further Education Unit ’s Computing and Information Technology Subject Network Conference - A Qualifications Update . As part of the event, I delivered a speech on the latest Developer Technologies (including...
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    Free coding e-book

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    As spotted by Dan on Channel 9 “ Karl Seguin recently released a great free 79 page eBook for .NET developers covering design patterns, unit testing, mock objects, memory management, object relational mapping, and more.  Get it while it's free!”
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    A (special?) day in life…

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    Last week we hosted a Talent Debate organised by Business in the Community to stimulate the discussion around how to develop talent in the United Kingdom to be able to ensure the future competitiveness of the country within the global economy. As part...
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    A few cool things (at least I think they are)…

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    This week I found a few extremely cool things I wanted to share: DeepEarth With their own words: “DeepEarth is a community project focused on creating a rich interactive mapping control using Silverlight2 Deep Zoom. Concentrating on Microsoft Virtual...
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    Getting started with Silverlight 2 Beta 2

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    After last week release of Silverlight 2 Beta 2, (SL2B2)  I collected a small step-by-step guide and a few resources for those we want to start playing around and experience it. 1. Install the client Installing the SL2B2 client is very quick and...
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    Dream Build Play 2008 Challenge

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    We just launched the 2008 Dream Build Play challenge! Participants can build their dream game to compete with other game developers around the world.  This year’s contest will feature Xbox360 development only and to ensure that everyone has access...
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    Silverlight 2 Beta2 Released

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    As announced earlier this week at the Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers conference (see my earlier blog post for more details), Silverlight 2 Beta 2 has just been released. You can download both Silverlight 2 Beta2 and the Visual Studio...
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    Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview Released

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    One of the features introduced with Windows Vista which is rarely spoken about is Sideshow. In case you are not familiar with it, SideShow is a technology that enables Windows PCs to drive a variety of external display devices connected to the main PC...
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    New Windows Live Writer Technical Preview

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    When I started blogging, I looked at a number of tools to help me write and publish my posts and have to say that I became really addicted to Windows Live Writer. The thing I love about it is that it is simple, focused and straight to the point. Very...
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    More interesting announcements

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    On top of Bill Gates announcements at the Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers conference, we just announced a few more technologies and releases that are important in the Academic world: Parallel Extensions to the .NET Framework 3.5 Parallel...
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    Bill Gates’ last keynote at Tech·Ed: announcing Silverlight 2 Beta 2

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    Today was Bill Gates’ last public keynote as Microsoft Chief Software Architect. He spoke at the Microsoft Tech·Ed North America 2008 Developers conference and you can see a streaming version of the keynote here . While Bill is probably not the most exciting...
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    Expression 2 now available on MSDN

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    After my post on the release of Microsoft Expression Studio 2 , I received a few questions asking about its availability on MSDN…. I can now confirm that it is available there for download. I definitely recommend anyone interested in We, Silverlight and...
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    XNA presentation at the MSDN roadshow in London

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    In a post some time ago I mentioned going to the MSDN Roadshow in London and while there I was interviewed about the XNA demonstration we had over there. I just found out that the video of this interview has been published on http://www.ilivetocode.com...
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    Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2008

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    Since yesterday it is possible to register for Microsoft Professional Developers Conference which will be held in Los Angeles from October 27th to 30th. Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect, will deliver the keynote session and in the preliminary...
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    Would you like to build software for Microsoft?

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    Miguel Llopis a Spanish undergraduate student in Computer Science, who is currently an intern in Redmond, will hold two Live Events to explain how Microsoft Development Centers work and which opportunities are available to apply for development positions...
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    Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 will support more file formats

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    Listening to a lot of customer feedback, the Office decided to add additional file formats to the current 20 in Microsoft Office 2007. So from the first half of 2009 the following formats will be available: XML Paper Specification (XPS) Portable Document...
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    Vista Squad: UK based user group for all Microsoft Vista / .NET 3.5 and Silverlight is meeting next Tuesday 27th of May

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    I will be joining the event ( more info and registration here ) which will be hosted in Microsoft’s London office near Victoria Station. At the event Marcus Tillett will talk about the ADO.NET Entity Framework and Aaron Parker will give an introduction...
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    New blog: OneNote and Education

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    One of the best and least known components of Microsoft Office is OneNote . Released initially as part of Microsoft Office 2003, OneNote is an excellent note-taking application. Some of the guys in the OneNote team just launched a new blog dedicated to...
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    More Silverlight Tutorials

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    Mike Taulty and Mike Ormond just published a series of Silverlight 2 screencasts. You can access them all at this website: http://www.silverlightscreencasts.com Of course you will need Silverlight 2 Beta 1 to see the screencasts (and to try out the samples...
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    Touch Wall

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    At Microsoft CEO Summit 2008, Bill Gates demonstrated the “Touch Wall”. It is a similar concept to Microsoft Surface (the touch table which got so much media coverage lately) but it is based on a complete different technology ( and looks like it will...
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    Cool use of Silverlight, Deepzoom and Virtual Earth

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    The guys at Liveside.net just published a very interesting post on how to mesh a Silverlight Deepzoom app into a Virtual Earth map. Here is the final effect (to see it you will need to download the Silverlight 2 Beta 1 Runtime ) If you consider that this...
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