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  • Blog Post: May the road rise to meet you...

    It's time for me to sign off from this blog. I'll be over on www.robburke.net and wish you all the best.
  • 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: All good things ...

    It has now been almost three years since I joined Microsoft to work with developers in Ireland. During that time, Microsoft has unleashed one-and-a-half new Visual Studios, presented the world a new Vista, and most recently they've shed some SilverLight on things. Meanwhile, I've kept up the auld...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Valentia Technologies - Microsoft Global Case Study

    I wanted to take a moment to congratuate Valentia Technologies , an Ireland-based company and one of our Microsoft Ireland Vista Launch Partners, for the release of their Microsoft Global Case Study . Valentia's solution for patient-care reporting is used by emergency care personnel during the "golden...
  • 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: Imagine Cup 2007: IT Challenge Online Quiz: Round 1 is *tomorrow*

    Over 100 students from 23 Colleges and Universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland have registered for the Imagine Cup Competition . And it's not too late: the competition is open to students from all third level Colleges and Universities around the world to compete in nine categories which span...
  • 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: 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: First Irish web hoster offering ASP.NET AJAX!

    I asked earlier this week if any of the web hosting companies in Ireland are offering ASP.NET AJAX as part of a dedicated or shared hosting package. Blacknight solutions are first to the gate informing me that they are ready to go! They created a standard shared hosting account for me, and I configured...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 1 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: Ray Foley Vista interview about Vista, XBox360

    I was on Ireland's Today FM today chatting with Ray Foley about Vista, but since it was Ray Foley , we also ended up chatting about XBox360, Vista's Media Center and how it integrates with the XBox, and other cool things Vista will do for you at home. And yes... on the XBox, I am YumYumMoose . Hear...
  • 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: We are running the Imagine Cup in Ireland this year!

    For the first time ever, this year's Imagine Cup competition will include Ireland ! I just got out of a meeting with Liam Cronin, one of my colleagues here at Microsoft Ireland, who is leading the charge and making it happen. The Imagine Cup is an international competition for students, with 9...
  • 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...
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