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  • 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: Last night's ''Business Benefits of RSS'' discussion in Cork

    I was one of the presenters at last night's IT@Cork Business Benefits of RSS event. Tom Raftery has posted photos and follow-up information already ! My goal was to outline the Microsoft RSS Platform, as presented last week at Mix06 by the Microsoft RSS team. Through a variety of innovations across...
  • Blog Post: The Inimitable Irish Community

    For the first half of this week, I took part in Microsoft's Connect conference, which brought together .NET community leaders and "Evangelist"-types like me from all over Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Ireland and Northern Ireland were tremendously well represented at Connect. We had no less...
  • Blog Post: Irish Blog award winners announced, posted, blogging about it

    Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Irish Blog Awards ! The event took place in Dublin's Alexander Hotel on Saturday night, and the blogs are abuzz with reports of the evening's success. I wish I could have been there myself -- alas, I'm still out of town. Compliments to Damien Mulley...
  • Blog Post: Some Developer Highlights from around the island this week

    The Web Developer Competition, now well and truly launched, has caught the attention of bloggers including Darrell McCrone , Brian Delahunty , Damien Mulley , Kieran Lynam , and John Brennan ! It’s a sweet deal: build a website using the free Visual Web Developer Express , host it, and you’re in with...
  • Blog Post: Irish Blogging Awards

    Damien Mulley , organizer of the Irish Blogging Awards , kindly offered me the opportunity to take part in the judging. But bear in mind that, in true blogging style, almost two thousand people have contributed electronically to the voting! The award categories range from technology to politics to...
  • Blog Post: Jesper Johansson on Tufte's Presenting Quantitative Information Course

    Clare recently mentioned that Jesper Johansson , an exceptional Microsoft Security Technology presenter, attended a Presentation Skills course. What she didn't mention is that it was Dr Edward A Tufte 's course on presenting quantitative information. Oh, cool! If you present or visualize information...
  • Blog Post: Ireland Architect Forum 2006: Software Factories: Morrison Hotel, Dublin: 1 March

    If you're an Architect in Ireland - or perhaps a Devarchitect who sits somewhere between the worlds of Architect and Senior Developer - then, first of all, you should be subscribed to Bill O'Brien's Blog , and second of all, on the 1st of March you should be at Architect Forum 2006 . This year's Architect...
  • Blog Post: How can we improve the localized MSDN Flash Ireland?

    In today's issue of the biweekly MSDN Flash Ireland , I took the opportunity to ask what our subscribers think about our localized newsletter. We've been using MSDN Flash Ireland to keep people informed of new developer technologies and community events. For example, in this week's issue, Clare put...
  • Blog Post: Office System 2003 and the Connected Productive Enterprise - Friday breakfast seminar in Belfast

    The Visual Studio Tools the Office System is going to make the development of bespoke Office solutions a whole lot easier. That's the developer perspective; but how does VSTO fit into the bigger picture of making Information Workers more productive? There's a breakfast seminar on this Friday at 7...
  • Blog Post: John Grace at INDA on .NET build tools -- More like that!

    At last night's INDA Cork meeting, I was co-presenting with local expert John Grace, who spoke with great authority and passion on .NET build tools, including Nant, FXCop, NDoc, and installers. John's a great speaker, and has over 8 years of real-world project experience. He was quick to point out...
  • Blog Post: WSE 3.0 talk at the INDA Cork Usergroup Meeting

    Last night, I spoke about service-oriented development using Web Services and WSE 3.0 at the INDA Cork usergroup meeting. I always enjoy coming down to Cork for these presentations, and INDA Cork's Joe Gill wrote some kind words and posted some photos from the presentations. I decided to focus on...
  • Blog Post: Mix 06

    IE7 WPF Windows Live mobile devices Windows Media Center Windows Vista digital identity mash-ups XBox 360 AJAX RSS Mix 06 March 20-22 in Las Vegas Designers, Developers, Decision Makers It's Web 2.0 in the flesh, baby, and it's got 'tude to spare :)
  • Blog Post: Irish .NET Usergroup Activities Next Week - Cork, Dublin, Limerick

    January will see a number of .NET usergroup events in Ireland, some of which are listed here, on the developers.ie site . I’m going to be in Cork and Limerick next week myself, and Aiden O'Connor will be speaking in Dublin on Windows Workflow Foundation, which is not to be called WWF or confused with...
  • Blog Post: Welcome, Dave Northey, Microsoft Ireland's new IT Pro Evangelist!

    I wanted to extend a very warm welcome to Dave Northey , the newest member of Microsoft Ireland's Developer and Platform Group! Dave has been working with Microsoft in Ireland for almost ten years, and brings that wealth of experience to his new role of IT Pro Evangelist . We're all very excited...
  • Blog Post: Visual Web Developer 2005 Express on this month's PC Live magazine!

    Christmas sure is coming! On my nightly walk home, I ricochet like a pinball down Grafton Street, bouncing off frantic shoppers in the hub of Dublin's shopping arcade. Those of you who stop into a newsstand while doing your shopping may notice that Microsoft Ireland is giving out free copies of Visual...
  • 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: One more cool MSN Messenger thing: Ask Encarta!

    1. Add encarta@conversagent.com to your list of MSN Messenger contacts. 2. Ask it questions like "What is the capital of Ireland?" and "Who is Wayne Gretzky?" and "What is a moose?" and "Where is the Guinness Brewery?" 3. It'll search Encarta and give you the answers. Cool! ("Where is the Guinness...
  • Blog Post: Every Day is makeITsecure day

    You may have heard last week about makeITsecure day , an initiative that united the Irish government with a number of organizations, including Microsoft. As part of the campaign, we were out – on the streets, in the schools, and at a number of high-profile events – discussing issues like phishing, spyware...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Hands-On Training

    I'm going to be offering two days of free hands-on training in Visual Studio Team System in Dublin on November 14th and 15th. A perfect way to complement the launch activities with an opportunity for you to work with Team System yourself in the roles of Architect, Developer, and Tester. Here are signup...
  • Blog Post: Launch of the Launch: November 7th Community Events in Belfast, Cork and Galway

    Events related to the Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 launch are going to be coming fast and furious over the next few weeks. Next Monday, on November 7th, Community launch events are happening in Cork, with Bill O'Brien on tap; Galway, with Mick Lohan spreading the good word there; and Waterford...
  • Blog Post: Resurrection

    "Do you think we can get it working again?" I asked Scott, as he opened up the Marsellus Wallace briefcase to reveal the bits of a disassembled brain-computer interface. Here we were on a Saturday morning, in Gary's stunning office space overlooking Saint Stephen's Green in the heart of Dublin...
  • Blog Post: SteveB Dublin Visit Photos and MSDN Flash Editorial

    In this week's MSDN Flash Ireland editorial, I reflected on Steve Ballmer's visit to Dublin and looked toward our next focus: the November launch events. I've been eagerly awaiting the official photos from the SteveB visit. Here are a few half-decent photos here I took of the various SteveB events...
  • Blog Post: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh executive producers of Halo movie

    ...which begs the age-old question: Master Chief's minions versus the Riders of Rohan; who would win? Peter Jackson on Halo, which will be shot in Wellington, New Zealand: "I'm a huge fan of the game and look forward to helping it come alive on the cinema screen." Read more at the Bungie site ...
  • Blog Post: SQL 2005 Sequel presentation tonight in IMPERIAL Hotel, Cork City

    For those of you from the Cork City area, come on out to the IMPERIAL Hotel tonight at 7:00 for a look at what's new in SQL Server 2005 for developers. This SQL presentation is the sequal to the presentation I gave in Waterford last week. It's a developer-centric view of what's new in SQL Server 2005...
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