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  • Blog Post: Rob's Last Stand: XNA, Microsoft Robotics Studio, 360s, Wiis, and Dancing Robots

    Talk Abstract: By day, he's helped mild-mannered developers build n -tiered architectures using .NET technologies. But by night, the real Rob comes out. The one that works endlessly - nay, furiously - with XNA and the Microsoft Robotics Studio. And now, with backpack and camera over shoulders, he's going...
  • Blog Post: Dublin Event, May 28th: Windows Server 2008 Jumpstart

    There are some exciting things coming for developers in Windows Server 2008 , which recently reached Beta 3 under its codename Longhorn Server. If you're able to reach Dublin next Monday, you may be interested in the upcoming Longhorn Server Jumpstart Event taking place at the Microsoft Ireland buildings...
  • Blog Post: Dev.Live.com gets a Facelift

    I was looking up some information about one of the Windows Live services (Custom Domains, specifically) and noticed they've completely re-vamped the Windows Live for Developers site. If you haven't visited, that's the "one link to rule them all" I have been giving after presentations to developers on...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Developer Resource-a-rama

    I've been absorbing Silverlight from the perspective of a developer who wants to use .NET code to build Silverlight applications. Here are the most useful resources I've found this week: 0. The Documentation Silverlight alpha documentation and samples - very thorough for "alpha" bits! 1...
  • Blog Post: MIX07 Welcome Swag

    Swag found in my MIX07 Welcome Pack: 1 Silverlight / Mix07 T-Shirt (obligatory) 1 copy Vista Ultimate (cool) 1 copy Expression Studio (double cool!!) 3 coloured "discipline" armbands to identify the like-minded at MIX (Blue=Developer, Green=Business, Yellow=Design) 1 myspace.com thingamayoke 1 Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ireland's Imagine Cup winners announced this evening

    I've just returned from the first Microsoft Ireland finals of the Imagine Cup , an annual international student competition hosted by Microsoft. The theme of the Imagine Cup competition this year is "Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all." Although the competition...
  • Blog Post: Adventures in XNA 6: A Wii Flock of Boids

    Here's a flock of butterflies, brought to you in XNA, which can soar around their environment with the help of the Wii controller. By tilting and rolling the Wiimote, you can control the flight of the lead butterfly. The rest of the flock sticks together, chasing you wherever your accellerometer...
  • Blog Post: Tá ocras ar an Orcas: Visual Studio "Orcas" Beta 1 available

    I'm working on two projects in the evenings: One is an XNA app (no surprises there), and the other is a Live Messenger bot that is going to integrate the DotMSN bot library , WCF, WF, SQL2005 and more. I've been building that second project with the March CTP of Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas". Lots...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Robotics Studio, and teaching robotics north of the arctic circle

    I was excited to see a good friend, Mona, start blogging about her experience running a science center located north of the arctic circle. It's fascinating reading. They're designing interactive exhibits and experiments: everything from visualizing DNA to creating 5-meter-high geisers of Coke and...
  • Blog Post: Sliverlight (nee WPF/E)

    That's quite pretty. Here's more on SilverLight , the technology formerly known as WPF/E. "If you'd just shown that logo to me, I wouldn't have thought it was Microsoft." That's pretty high praise, given who it came from...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 11 Apr 2007

    Evaluation Center Experience the New MSDN Evaluation Center The new central location to register to download trial software. Receive updates during the evaluation period and enjoy a set of technical resources put together to enhance your evaluation experience. ...
  • Blog Post: Codeplex Achievement Points?

    I'm a huge fan of XBox Live Achievement Points . (In fact, Siofra uses another term to describe my undying devotion to unlocking achievements in XBox games.) If you don't play XBox 360 online, think of Achievement Points as a "currency of kudos." They're worth nothing in real-world value. Nothing...
  • Blog Post: What developer technologies are you experimenting with?

    I'm curious to hear which developer technologies (both from Microsoft and everyone else) you've checked out recently. As you can see from my blog, I spent a good bit of time last month playing with XNA and was very impressed. I've recently been splitting time between the Windows Live services (Local...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Server and Team System: Presents and Futures

    These are interesting times for development teams who are using Team System and Team Foundation Server for source control, project lifecycle management, process management and collaboration. TeamPlain: Web-based Access to Team Foundation Server Yesterday, Microsoft announced the acquisition of...
  • Blog Post: WPF/E - Martha Rotter in Belfast and Dublin

    Martha Rotter from the WPF/E team is presenting in Belfast tonight and Dublin tomorrow. You're going to be hearing a lot about the technology codenamed " Windows Presentation Foundation / Everywhere " at the upcoming Mix07 conference, and this is the ideal opportunity for developers near Dublin and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live for Developers: The Good, the Intriguing, and the Way to get Started

    On Friday, I showed IT @ Cork the Windows Live Platform for developers. The "one link to rule them all" for those who want to get started mashing a wide variety of services into their web-based applications is the Windows Live Developer Center on MSDN . 1. The Good: Virtual Earth API The...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 20 Mar 2007

    [Default] Evaluation Center Experience the New MSDN Evaluation Center Register to download software and receive regular updates during the evaluation period, directing you to technical resources, including how-tos, webcasts, downloads, virtual labs, and more. ...
  • Blog Post: Adventures in XNA 5: The Sharing of Games is About to Begin

    An imminent update to the XNA Framework will allow for sharing of packaged XNA Game Studio Express Games. Developers will be able to package their binary games into a single file to share with other users of XNA Game Studio Express. These files can be emailed or hosted on websites like any other files...
  • Blog Post: Adventures in XNA 4: XNA Creators Club Goes Live at the GDC

    If there's one thing that the XBox teams seem to nail, it's the community orientation of sites like the new XNA Creators Club . It's the shiny new hub for all things XNA, including samples, downloadable games, video tutorials, developer forums, and more. I authenticated at the site in a few seconds...
  • Blog Post: Adventures in XNA 3: The XNA Animation Component Library

    I've mentioned the XNA Animation Component Library in passing in my last two posts on XNA, so I wanted to take a moment to direct you toward the XNA Animation Component Library. I will confess: there is a reason it took me a while to launch myself into XNA. The original challenge I'd set myself was...
  • Blog Post: Adventures in XNA 2: How Hard is XNA Development, Really?

    You probably don't read the Official XBox Magazine , which is billed as "The UK's Number One XBox360 Magazine." All you need to know is that it's a magazine written by fanboys, for fanboys. Impartiality doesn't seem to be on tap there, but admiration for all things XBox certainly is. So imagine my...
  • Blog Post: Adventures in XNA 1: Mind Balance Reborn

    I sank my teeth into XNA last week and have both the rings under my eyes to prove it, as well as a complete game running on my XBox360! I've heard the XNA vision articulated as "enabling the YouTube of Games." XNA has opened up the XBox360 game console to enthusiast developers and designers, who can...
  • Blog Post: Daft.ie Realtime: Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget for property updates in Ireland

    Daft.ie is Ireland's biggest property website. Their listings include properties for sale, letting and sharing. In fact, I found my Dublin apartment through Daft when I moved here from Canada. Daft has just released Daft Realtime , a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget which receives live updates from their...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2007: Released, as free download

    Microsoft has just released Virtual PC 2007 as a free download . Virtual PC is a client for hosting virtual machines. I have written before at how valuable I find virtualization to be, for development, testing, evaluating, and of course managing my little home infrastructure. Community Tech Previews...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 21 Feb 2007

    [Default] Spotlight on: Windows Vista Innovate on Windows Vista Innovate on Windows Vista helps fast-track solutions to success, by qualifying for a logo that tells everyone your existing application works with Windows Vista, and by providing plenty of assistance as you develop new...
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