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  • 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: 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: Hungry for ''Orcas''? Try the March CTP!

    "Orcas" is the codename for the next release of Visual Studio, which will allow you to develop applications using .NET versions 2.0, 3.0 and the up-and-coming .NET 3.5. The .NET Framework 3.5 introduces no breaking changes, but it does include some exciting new functionality. You can explore the new...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista, 2007 Office System and Exchange 2007 Developer Launch: Technical Links

    On December 5th, Microsoft Ireland launched Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System, and Exchange Server 2007 at Croke Park in Dublin. If you were one of the 3,000 people there on the day, you got to experience a whistlestop tour of those three very important releases, a drill-down presentation into Vista...
  • Blog Post: WPF/E -- Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere -- Community Preview

    Interested in developing applications in the Windows Presentation Foundation that you can run… everywhere? "WPF/E" is the Microsoft solution for delivering rich, cross-platform, interactive experiences including animation, graphics, audio, and video for the Web and beyond. Utilizing a subset of XAML...
  • Blog Post: Express Yourself (Expression Web, Expression Blend)

    The Expression line of applications are a suite of designer tools that help integrate the designer and developer's workflows. Expression Web Expression Web was released earlier this month. It's a professional design tool for creating modern, data-driven, standards-compliant websites, and although...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals - Released

    A very impressive addition to the Visual Studio Team System has been released for database professionals - and I've been neglecting to write about it! Team Edition for Database Professionals is designed to manage database change, improve software quality through database testing, and bring thebenefits...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 20 Dec 06

    [Default] Spotlight on: Visual Studio Team System for Database Professionals Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Power in Simplicity Are you interested in building robust and reliable, mission-critical applications? From architecture through development and testing, the integrated tools...
  • Blog Post: Interact with 2D in 3D: 3D Tools for the Windows Presentation Foundation

    With the 3D Tools for the Windows Presentation Foundation library, which is now available on CodePlex, the Windows Presentation Foundation team has reduced the 3D case back to 2D, and made it possible to interact with 2D objects within a 3D scene. See the WPF 3D Team blog for more details, samples, and...
  • Blog Post: NLarge is now a CodePlex community project

    NLarge is now hosted up on CodePlex as a community project ! If you haven't seen CodePlex, it's like "Team Foundation Server in the Sky": a place to host community projects, which hosts code, wikis, work items, and all the other great Team Foundation Server collaboration stuff. NLarge is my humble...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 is completed!

    It was alluded to, almost as an aside, during this morning's keynote speech at Tech Ed Europe. But let's not let today's most impressive bit of Microsoft developer news pass us by: The .NET Framework 3.0, formerly known as WinFX, has been released and is available for download . Its components --...
  • Blog Post: Hungry for ''Orcas''?

    If you've got a hunger on you for a preview of the next generation of the Visual Studio development envrionment, you can download the Community Tech Preview of Visual Studio code name "Orcas" , which is the flavor of the course that will follow Visual Studio 2005. Orcas was discussed in this morning...
  • Blog Post: Introducing NLarge - screen magnifier utility for presentations

    NLarge is a free little utility for technical presentations. It magnifies the screen (via a smooth animation), and allows you to pan and zoom around the magnified image. You can annotate the magnified screen using the mouse or a Tablet PC pen. NLarge runs from your system tray, and is triggered by...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a few great launch Partners

    Launch is coming soon, not just for Windows Vista and .NET 3.0, but also the 2007 Office System and Exchange 2007. We're looking for a few great Partners to be involved in this very significant event. Over the past two weeks, I've met with local development teams who are building applications using...
  • Blog Post: Galway ICT Productivity Conference: 12th Oct for Devs, Architects, IT Professionals

    The Galway ICT Productivity Conference, which will take place on Thursday October the 12th, promises top-class speakers for Developers, Architects and IT Professionals . The theme of the day is ‘Increasing Productivity through Technology,' which is looked at from three perspectives during three parallel...
  • Blog Post: Petzold's new WPF book, Applications = Code + Markup, is brilliant

    I've been meaning to write for some time about Charles Petzold 's book on the Windows Presentation Foundation, Applications = Code + Markup . Early reviews of the book offered glowing praise , so I ordered a copy of my own. I've read enough of it by now to offer it my highest recommendation. If you...
  • Blog Post: New Team Foundation Server features in Service Pack 1 Beta (and Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Betas)

    The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta has just been released. Here's the official announcement . You can register for and download the Service Pack updates at http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio . (The Connect site is a bit finnicky. If you get stuck, see below.*) The usual caveats about...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources

    Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning. This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don't always know about. I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article. 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums...
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