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  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Dave and Rob's Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)

    Dave and Rob ’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources 1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions? The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts. Broken out...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 19 Sept 2006

    Special Section: ASP.NET 2.0 [ASP.NET] [Windows Forms and Smart Clients] Dundas Map for .NET Released Dundas Software has officially launched Dundas Map for .NET - available for ASP.NET with AJAX support and Windows Forms. [ASP.NET] September ASP.NET Support...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista RC1, .NET Framework 3.0 RC1 completed

    Two big announcements: Windows Vista RC1 Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is complete , as per Jim Allchin's announcement , and available to download for TechBeta and TAP participants! Vista RC1 will also be available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers next week , and available to the general...
  • Blog Post: WinFX becomes .NET 3.0

    "You can think of WinFX like .NET 3.0," I often said, while trying to explain how these new technologies fit into the .NET picture. Well, now, WinFX is called .NET 3.0 . It's just a change in branding. WinFX will still run against the 2.0 version of the CLR runtime. It's still the same (impressive...
  • Blog Post: Vista Beta 2, WinFX Beta 2, Office 2007 Beta 2 (updated 9 June)

    If you've been waiting (with beta'd breath) for the ideal moment to start exploring the upcoming Microsoft developer technologies, that moment has arrived. Yesterday saw the release of three different Beta 2s: WinFX Beta 2, Vista Beta 2, and Office 2007 Beta 2. Here's what you need to know to get started...
  • Blog Post: Ireland .Net Developers Conference - 3rd and 4th of May - Tentative Agenda

    Next week, on the 3rd and 4th of May, four of our technical communities - the ICS , INDA , IrishDev , and NIMTUG - are joining forces to host their largest .NET developer conference ever at the Morrison Hotel in Dublin. If you're a developer, a project manager, a technical architect or a company director...
  • Blog Post: Some interesting blog links from around the island this week

    Kieran Lynam points out that Internet Explorer 7’s ctrl-F search is deeply dinosaured , and points me to the first podcast I’m ever going to listen to . Tom Raftery is tired of companies who don’t care to listen to their customers and continues to host podcasts that I really should be listening to...
  • Blog Post: Great Hands-On Labs for WCF (Windows Communications Foundation ('Indigo') )

    With the January CTP of WinFX out the door, and a Go Live license available for its WCF and WF components , I'm getting more and more requests for good developer resources that will bring you from zero to WinFX hero. Well, if you're curious about WCF, the Windows Communcations Foundation, then I've...
  • Blog Post: January CTP version of WinFX released, and includes a Go-Live license for WCF and WF!

    Today's January CTP drop of WinFX includes a Go-Live License for Windows Communcation Foundation (Indigo) and Windows Workflow Foundation ! Wow! Windows Presentation Foundation, my friend Avalon, has (conspicuously) yet to receive its Go-Live status. In fact, there were no changes to the Avalon...
  • Blog Post: 'Tis the Season to be Coding! (More Sudokus, More X-Box 360 Shenanigans, and the WinFX December CTP!)

    Cormac O'Brien pointed me to his brother's .NET Sudoku Solver that uses a rich Windows Forms interface to show you each step it takes to solve the puzzle! And Don Box has festively raised the stakes of what can be done using .NET and an X-Box 360 Controller, by adding a dash of SOAP and -- wait for...
  • Blog Post: Tomorrow in Dublin: Indigo for the COM, COM+ and MSMQ Developer

    Because it's never too late to plug a worthwhile event, I wanted to mention that Paul Fallon is going to be speaking tomorrow night at the Morgan Hotel in Temple Bar on surely his favourite topic, Indigo (a.k.a. the Windows Communication Framework). I'd love to be there, but will be out in Galway...
  • Blog Post: So you want to install all the WinFX bits from PDC yourself.

    So you're hoping to explore the pre-release WinFX goodies - WPF, WCF and WWF - from the comfort of home. Do you need the PDC DVDs ? Do you need an MSDN subscription ? Do the stars have to be aligned ? No , no , and... well, no... although astral alignment can sometimes help. Rob Relyea has the...
  • Blog Post: Dublin Hands-On Labs, October 12th (Introductory .NET) and 13th/14th (WinFX)

    We're going to host two full-day Hands-On Labs in Sandyford in October. The labs are open to anyone interested in .NET, and are designed for two very different audiences. The first day's lab is an introductory session designed to familiarize you with Visual Studio 2005 and .NET 2.0. The second 2 days...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2005 developer summary and pre-release dev links: To Vista, and beyond...

    PDC 2005 was a conference focused not just on today's technologies, but also the roadmap to Vista and beyond. The distilled message is clear: .NET the foundation for everything that's coming. Below are some of the developer announcement highlights, with links to more information and pre-release libraries...
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