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  • 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: XNA Video Montage shows nascent indie games (and XNA Studio Beta 2, with Content Pipeline!)

    I'm impressed by the diversity and quality of the nascent indie games featured in this XNA Video Montage , which was released on Major Nelson's blog in a format which is optimized for the Zune.* XNA Game Studio is a set of tools based on Visual C# Express 2005 that allow students and hobbyists to...
  • Blog Post: Students ask the most interesting things

    Last Wednesday I gave a presentation to SkyNet , the University of Limerick Computer Society. About 30 undergrad and graduate students turned up for Atlas, Vista and pizza, in that order. What I showed them was basically a riff on my ASP.NET "Atlas" presentation from ApacheCon Europe , but I also...
  • 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...
  • 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: XNA Studio Express Beta now available

    I just got word (through my free subscription to the Connect program) that XNA Game Studio Express Beta is available for download at the Microsoft Download Center from the location at this link . You may be interested in a discussion in the XNA Team Blog about the XNA Framework Content Pipeline ....
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET "Atlas" July CTP looks solid

    I've just updated the Mosaic Art by Siofra site to the July CTP of Atlas. It's a simple site built with Atlas over a weekend, which I have shown a couple of times during demos. Although there isn't much difference from an end-user's perspective, some issues I had with the site's admin menus have gone...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Studio Express

    " XNA Game Studio Express is a set of tools based on Visual C# Express 2005 that allow students and hobbyists to build games that target both Windows and Xbox 360." To all the enthusiasts, hobbyists and students who have ever asked me if they could develop apps for their Xbox 360, this is the news...
  • Blog Post: Atlas keynote at ApacheCon Europe

    Wow - thanks to everyone who attended my Atlas presentation at ApacheCon Europe today. I was overwhelmed by the full house and the warm reception. And it was kinda cool to be the Microsoft guy running Apache and PHP on his laptop :) Here are my slides (zipped .ppt) . I started with a brief Introduction...
  • Blog Post: Webcast Series: Atlas (20 Jun), Team Foundation Server (22 Jun), Windows Presentation Foundation (27 Jun), VB.NET 2005 (4 Jul)

    There's a series of four afternoon webcasts coming up about new developer technologies, and you're very welcome to attend. 20 Jun: Irish MVP Kieran Lynam on ASP.NET Atlas , 22 Jun: TFS expert Martin Woodward on Team Foundation Server , 27 Jun: Avalon junkie Rob ("Me") Burke on the Windows...
  • 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: RoboCup tournament at the National College of Ireland (and dancing robots in general)

    While scanning through the papers this weekend (over some Taiwanese High Mountain green tea that was relayed to me by the thoughtful and multilingual Eric Fish ), I discovered that robots had invaded the National College of Ireland on Friday ! NCI had hosted the annual RoboCup competition, which features...
  • Blog Post: F# - a functional programming language, in more ways than one

    [Another in my continuing series on the innovative Microsoft Research projects I had a chance to check out in Cambridge...] I had the good fortune of meeting Don Syme at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, who introduced me to his brainchild, F# (which is pronouced "F Sharp," and that's Don on the left...
  • Blog Post: Windows Presentation Foundation at the INDC: Resources for learning Avalon

    I presented about the Windows Presentation Foundation at yesterday's INDC usergroup event in Dublin. First of all, congratulations to the many communities of Ireland and Northern Ireland who joined forces to host their most ambitious developer conference to date. I had a great time, and the consensus...
  • 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: 3 Tips for keeping your ASP.NET Starter Kit site cross-browser and cross-platform compatible

    In each version of Visual Studio 2005, including the free Visual Web Developer Express Edition, ASP.NET 2.0 goes a long way to help you author websites that have a broad reach across web browsers and platforms. Many web developers exploring Visual Web Developer begin with ASP.NET's free Starter Kits...
  • Blog Post: Websites over lunch at Trinity today (Event Followup)

    [ Post-Event Update: Event followup links below.] Together with Darrell McCrone, I'm going to be presenting at Trinity College Dublin today on Visual Web Developer . We'll start from scratch, build a site, learn about the starter kits, and by the end of the presentation I'll be to showing how to use...
  • Blog Post: Getting on the Express Train: Mindstorms, Skype, Mediashare!

    The obvious news: The Express Editions of Visual Studio (5 million downloads and counting) are now officially free . The cool news: there's some very impressive content available in Starter Kits for Visual Studio Express Edition, as showcased in Dan Fernandez's blog . I wish I had time to explore...
  • Blog Post: Changing perceptions about VB.NET from a C# junkie;

    I must confess, gentle reader, that while I've always insisted that the language-agnostic world of .NET welcomes all comers with open arms, in my heart of hearts I have sometimes been a closet C# snob. I come from the angly-bracketed realm of Java and C++, and to me, C# just looks... natural; Over...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Ireland - International Resources - 31 Mar 06

    Web Resources [.NET Framework] GotDotNet CodeGallery Share, find, download and discuss evolving .NET applications, ideas, and documents from other developers and Microsoft employees. [Default] IDC Collaborative Survey on Open...
  • Blog Post: Ireland Web Developer Competition, Month 1: Enter early and often!

    To my readers who are residents of Ireland or Northern Ireland: March, the first month of our ASP.NET Web Developer competition, is drawing to a close. If you've built an ASP.NET web site, perhaps using the free Visual Web Developer Express Edition , you should take a moment and enter it into the...
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