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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 ISV Remediation (App Compat) Workshops, Dublin, June 15th-19th 2009

    June 15 th -19 th 2009 New Horizons, Strand House 22-24 Strand Street Great Dublin This is a set of half day and full day workshops where participants will have the opportunity to test their application for compatibility with the most recent publicly available version of Windows 7. You will also receive...
  • Blog Post: (Free) 2 day Windows 7 Developer Training, Dublin: June 11th & 12th 2009

    This instructor led training course will show developers how to build the next generation of software applications which deliver the richer application experiences and positive product discriminators that users now expect. The course will consist of approximately 50% instructor presentation (PowerPoint...
  • Blog Post: Podcast & Screencast: Slow Train Software, WPF, Windows 7

    Slow Train Software are a Dublin-based software development company who recently delivered a fantastic WPF-based user experience to their customer in the form of Velocitek Speedplay . Velocitek is a leading provider of GPS equipment for sailors. Their products enable dinghy and sport boats sailors...
  • Blog Post: CWE/SANS TOP 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors

    Interesting article http://www.sans.org/top25errors/ – also useful as a checklist for code reviews maybe?   I guess the question is, how many of them are you / have you been guilty of? (ending a sentence with a preposition doesn’t count, thankfully :-))
  • Blog Post: InnovateOn for ISVs: why?

    Here's why :-) Click on any of the links below to get step-by-step instructions to help guide you through the various development stages.   You can also find resources for your solution using the neat Silverlight search app at http://www.innovateon.com/advancedsearch.aspx where you can search based...
  • Blog Post: New Dynamics CRM curriculum on InnovateOn

    Interest in Dynamics CRM from our partners has been incredible, but one thing that has come up in the past is that outside of the Microsoft official curriculum material there was no clear guide to learning CRM for ISVs. I'm happy to announce that the InnovateOn portal now includes an updated curriculum...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Application Certification - simplification of process

    Displaying the Windows brand on your product represents a relationship and a shared commitment to quality between Microsoft and your company. In addition, customers trust that seeing the Windows brand on your product ensures that it has been verified to work well on Windows. The InnovateOn portal now...
  • Blog Post: Distributed Agile Development at Microsoft patterns & practices

    When I meet customers Agile Development comes up a lot , so this is a timely paper from Microsoft’s patterns & practices group, which has been following an agile, distributed development approach for the past five years. During this time teams within the group have experimented extensively with different...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ireland Podcast: Modernising your VB6 code with NewCode

    (I'm hoping to invite (fairly regularly) ISVs/Partners/Customers in Ireland/Northern Ireland to come talk about the development of their products and applications. If you'd like to participate in the future please contact me .) In this podcast (or mp3-on-a-share as I'm told I should be calling it...
  • Blog Post: Nip & Tuck for GUIs (3) : manipulating a hosted WPF user control from a Windows Forms app

    In my last post in this series I showed how easy it is to host a WPF user control within a Windows Forms application. The control I used was completely self-contained in that it didn't require (or allow) the Windows Forms host app to set any properties or communicate with it in any way. That's not necessarily...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Web Platform Installer Release Candidate

    The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free tool that makes it simple to download and install the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 and 7.0, SQL Server 2008 Express, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1. The...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR - RTM

    The VS Database edition team has just released the golden version of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR. I've included the feature list inline below, and you can download the software from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bb3ad767-5f69-4db9-b1c9-8f55759846ed&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Nip & Tuck for GUIs (2) : Windows Forms and a self-contained WPF user control

    I figure the most logical follow-on from my last post is to show how simple it is to start using WPF within an existing Windows Forms application. I set myself the goal for this post of doing this with zero code behind whatsover to avoid clouding the issue. I had no choice but to incorporate Flickr into...
  • Blog Post: Nip & Tuck for GUIs (a.k.a. the scoop on Expression Design's past)

    So you may know that AutoCAD 2009 uses WPF for it's "chrome" (no not that Chrome, the other chrome i.e. ribbon, action recorder and QuickView). What's probably less well known (but which you can learn about at the MIX 08 University in this session ) is that Expression Design , below, has quite a lot...
  • Blog Post: Event : UX Options with Microsoft, 11th Dec 2008 (Dublin)

    Event Invite: User Experience Options with Microsoft - a full-day seminar If you've been reading a lot about Silverlight, WPF and all the various flavours of the Expression tools - you might be wondering about how they all fit together, and with more mature technologies like VB6 and WinForms. Well, this...
  • Blog Post: Partner Training on 1) WPF 2) Web Development with VS 2008 in Dec 2008

    Just a quick heads up re. two partner training events (for partners in Ireland / Northern Ireland) happening in the next month, on WPF and Web Development. Follow the link inline below for more details & to register (you'll need to log in using your partner credentials). EventID Event Start Course...
  • Blog Post: WPF Data-centric Applications Using the DataGrid and Ribbon Controls

    Having just blogged about the availability of the above I should mention this session from PDC , where the presenters build up an entire application in a few stages while teaching attendees how to use all of the basic features of DataGrid and Ribbon (and some more advanced features). You'll also see...
  • Blog Post: WPF & Silverlight : Sharing skills and code

    I get asked about this quite a bit, so this is session from PDC is a ready-made answer :-) Over the course of the session Ian builds a Twitter client in both Silverlight and WPF highlighting the pros and cons of each approach, what code is the same and what is different and why. Ian covered many details...
  • Blog Post: WPF DataGrid and Ribbon now available!

    Some great WPF resources/previews were made available after the PDC keynote: · WPF Toolkit including V1 of DataGrid, V1 of DatePicker/Calendar, & preview of VisualStateManager (VSM): http://www.codeplex.com/wpf (The WPF Toolkit is a collection of WPF features and components that are being made available...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft software for Irish Start-ups

    Check out this article in today's Irish Independent covering the recently announced BizSpark program which I blogged about last week http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/free-microsoft-software-for-irish-startups-1532399.html If you're a startup in Ireland/Northern Ireland who ...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Training Kit Available

    The first preview release of the Azure Services Training Kit is now available. The kit includes hands on labs, presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that use the Azure Services Platform. This release includes 11 hands on labs that cover the broad set of services...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Developer Guide Now Available

    The features and technologies of the Windows 7 operating system announced recently at PDC enable the building of next generation of software applications. To read descriptions of those features, along with screen shots from the pre-Beta version of Windows 7 released at PDC, download the Windows 7 Developer...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft BizSpark in Ireland / Northern Ireland

    Last night we launched Microsoft BizSpark in The Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin. This is a global program to help early-stage startups when they need it most, by giving Software No upfront cost for developer tools and production licenses of server products - you have immediate...
  • Blog Post: Martin Woodward wins PDC ShowOff Competition

    Check this video out from Northern Ireland MVP Martin Woodward which scooped top prize in PDC's ShowOff Competition: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/PDCNews/Show-Off-and-VSIP-Passport-Winners-Announced/ In this video, Martin introduces you to Brian the Build bunny, and explains how he is connected to...
  • Blog Post: Eclipse Tools for Silverlight

    Check out this open source project " Eclipse Tools for Silverlight " which allows you to use Eclipse to create Silverlight applications. Basically it's an Eclipse plug-in, with a XAML editor (with code hints and completion), a SL project system and SL compiler, and in a nice touch the SL projects created...
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