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  • Blog Post: Keeping Connected to Microsoft in Ireland

    The whole Developer and Platform group have joined forces to start an MSDN Ireland Group Blog , including new developers Martha Rotter and Ronan Geraghty (who I must say are off to an amazing start with the group). Inimitable community guru Clare Dillon , as well as Olive Cannon and Ciara Murphy, who...
  • Blog Post: After the Last Stand

    When the XNA-fuelled fireworks were over at yesterday's Last Stand in Dublin (literally and figuratively) I was totally lost for words. When does that ever happen?! What I really want to say most is thank you - especially to Clare Dillon, Philip McKeown, Fergal Breen and everyone else at Microsoft...
  • 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: Leaving Las Vegas

    I've just touched down in Dublin after the long haul back from the MIX conference. I had an amazing week - days of MIX, nights of Vegas - but it's with some relief that I'm back here now. On Wednesday morning I snapped this shot of a woman painting in the blue water of the Trevi Fountain at Ceasar...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Airlines Keynote Demo Online

    Last night, Delay announced the publishing of the Silverlight Airlines Demo from Monday's keynote. He and a colleague, Ted Glaza, built the demo in three weeks, beginning with nothing and building on top of the Silverlight .NET platform as it was still being developed. Now you can play with it...
  • Blog Post: Communities of Purpose: Social Networking Panel

    From left to right on the Social Networking: Enabling the Two-Way Street panel at MIX07 : Dave Morin, Facebook ; Evan Williams, Twitter ; Aaron Emigh, Six Apart ; Joseph Kleinschmidt, Leverage Software ; Marc Canter, Broadband Mechanics These guys have all created what Joseph referred...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Developer Reference Diagram

    Click to download. With props to Expression Product Manager Arturo Toledo for putting this together, and thanks for the cool poster version they're giving out here at MIX!
  • Blog Post: MIX Misc Monday

    Myspace presentation: Serving up the long tail's mp3 and other rich content at scale is an awesome task. And by "awesome" I mean the original, "awe-inspiring" sense of the word. Myspace is using the Concurrency and Coordination Runtime from Microsoft Robotics Studio as part of their infrastructure. ...
  • Blog Post: MIX07 Keynote: Favourite Moments (and photos)

    After this morning's MIX07 keynote, I am reinvigorated about the power and potential of Silverlight . Here are my favourite moments: Scott Guthrie debugging a Silverlight application's .NET code that was running on a Mac in the Safari browser, changing a property on a remote .NET object in the...
  • 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: 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: TechReady4 Kicks off in Seattle - Caption this photo of Steve Ballmer on fire.

    The TechReady conference is off to a great start. I've shaken off the jetlag and am overwhelmed by the smorgasbord of sessions. Here's a photo of Steve Ballmer firing us up during this morning's keynote. He's still got it!! TechReady is an internal technical readiness conference, so despite my...
  • Blog Post: Express Yo'self at Designertopia with new Expression Betas

    Two days of designer/developer fusion kick off today at the Designertopia conference in London . Just in time for Designertopia comes good news from the Expression design tools front: Expression Design hit Beta 1, and Expression Blend hit Beta 2. Both downloads are available from the Expression website...
  • Blog Post: Ireland Vista Launch Party - Republic of Loose photos

    Irish band Republic of Loose played The Village in Dublin last night for Microsoft Ireland's Vista launch party. It was a sold-out free gig that's part of the Experience Wow Vista fanfare here in Ireland. I came armed with my camera and there's a set of photos up on Flickr now . If you haven't...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Dublin Event: 'A Day of Connected Systems'

    What do the Windows Communication Framework (WCF), BizTalk 2006 and SQL Server Service Broker have in common? They’re three strategic Microsoft technologies that offer developers opportunities to build applications that tightly link together users in the organisation, customers, and business partners...
  • Blog Post: Designertopia

    I want to go to Designertopia , a conference about Microsoft's new designer-oriented tools that is taking place in London on February 1st and 2nd. The focus seems split between (1) the new Expression applications, (2) cross-browser, cross-platform technologies (AJAX, WPF/E, etc.), and (3) the bleeding...
  • Blog Post: The very differences : Professor Richard Harper, Microsoft Research, 17 Jan, Limerick

    "People want technologies that support and deepen the very differences that make one place distinct from another." So asserts Richard Harper, the second Microsoft Research speaker coming to present here in Ireland. Second Life illustrates the value of virtual real estate , and game developers have...
  • Blog Post: Back in action

    There wasn't a whole of blogging (or snowing) going on while I was visiting family and friends back in Canada last week. The sunsets , however, were gorgeous! I'm back in action today, knee-deep in the e-mail. Events: I've had a few people mail me asking about upcoming MSDN and community events...
  • 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: Cork, Dublin, Belfast Events: Visual Studio Tools for Office with team member Donald Drake

    If you're located in Cork or Dublin or Belfast, and interested in how the Visual Studio Tools for the Office System (or roughly VSTO for short) allow developers to build on top of Office as a platform, then be sure to head out to the Microsoft Technologies User Group events this week. Donald Drake...
  • Blog Post: DirectX demos still get my juices flowing

    On Tuesday I attended Mike Pelton's session about how to choose between WPF and DirectX for rendering 3D graphics. He began by illustrating WPF's strengths, and specifically called out data binding, the similarities between the 2D and 3D APIs, and the ease with which WPF developers can perform common...
  • Blog Post: Flickr pool for Tech Ed Europe photos - please add yours!

    I uploaded my first set of Tech Ed Europe photos to my Flickr account in this Photoset . I also created a "Tech Ed Europe 2006" group pool on Flickr. Please feel free to add your own photos taken at the conference to that group. The shot to the right features three of the usual suspects from the...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe: Developers kicks off in Barcelona

    It's time to get this blog back in motion, live from the TechEd Europe: Developers conference in Barcelona. I'm here for the week and will be hanging around the Ask the Experts section on the Exhibition floor, so if you're here, pop by and say hello. If you're not at TechEd, the Virtual Side will...
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