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  • 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: 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: 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: What a difference a month makes...

    Between TechReady in Seattle (an internal technical conference, think of it as Tech Ed for Microsoft folks) followed by holidays I've been out of the office for the last month, during which there has been many interesting happenings, including SQL Server 2008 RTM (Aug 6th) - you can download an eval...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 4.0 Released

    Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable software components (application blocks) designed to assist software developers with common enterprise development challenges (such as logging, validation, caching, exception handling, and many others). Application blocks are a type of guidance encapsulating...
  • Blog Post: Combining Information Rights Management with Watermarking via an Outlook 2007 add-in

    VSTO 3.0 with Visual Studio 2008 makes it incredibly easy to extend the office ribbon, and write managed code to add new functionality. A good proof of this from my recent experience was a simple add-in I wrote which combined Information Rights Management in the 2007 Office System with watermarking for...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 SP1 - .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit (ASP.NET MVC, Data Services, Silverlight controls etc.)

    You can now download the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit which covers the technologies in the .NET 3.5 SP1 release and the out of band releases that are a part of the same wave, namely ASP.NET MVC and the ASP.NET Silverlight controls. Currently, the training kit contains six hands-on labs, made up...
  • Blog Post: Video - benefits of multi-targeting in VS 2008

    Zoran Jovanovic, Technical Lead with Dell in Ireland was one of our local VS 2008 launch heroes . Watch the below video to hear Zoran talk about the benefits of multi-targeting in VS 2008. BTW, the video was recorded at the end of February 2008...
  • Blog Post: Video - Dell Global Build Automation Team on migration to TFS 2008

    Frederic Meyer, Team Lead with Dell's Global Build Automation Team was one of our local VS 2008 launch heroes . Watch the below video to hear Frederic talk about the experience in migrating from TFS 2005 to TFS 2008, and his favourite feature in TFS 2008 (same as mine, Continuous Integration...) BTW...
  • Blog Post: Video - DeCare Systems Ireland talk about testing Java and .NET with VS 2008 Test Edition

    Peter Buckley, Test Team Lead with DeCare Systems Ireland was one of our local VS 2008 launch heroes . Watch the video below to hear Peter talk about how his team use VS 2008 Test Edition to test both Java and .NET web applications within DeCare. If you'd like read more about check out the following...
  • Blog Post: VS 2008 / SSIS packages

    I recently received a question about opening SQL 2005 SSIS packages in VS 2008. So the situation is that for SSIS you use BIDS (Business Intelligence Dev Studio) which is based on Visual Studio - what it provides is a subset of the VS functionality. If you install VS 2005 before installing SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Dublin VS 2008 launch - screencast of my LINQ demo

    If you missed the Dublin launch of Visual Studio 2008 in Tripod on March 11th, or if you just want a recap of my talk, check out the below screencast. It has an audio track so break out the headphones - apologies in advance for the low key voice, you wouldn't believe how many takes I had to do to get...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth Javascript Intellisense Helper

    If you're looking at creating Microsoft Virtual Earth mashups and applications then you should definitely check out this project on CodePlex , where a group of developers have produced a JavaScript library that generates Intellisense for the Microsoft Virtual Earth 6.0 AJAX control. It comes complete...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Blueprint for Sharepoint

    Just a link post really, but check out http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/cc303301.aspx for details of source code and guidance for how to use Silverlight and Sharepoint together. Six application component samples are included in the kit to get you started: A simple “hello, world” sample showing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map (a WPF app)

    Way better than a poster, this is a handy application that helps developers to drill down to each product and technology and learn about new features, objects, Web services, namespaces, and schemas required to extend Microsoft Office and build custom Office Business Applications (OBAs). This application...
  • Blog Post: CTP of VS 2008 support for SQL Server 2008

    If you were at the Dublin community launch event on Feb 13th you saw an ASP.NET / VE / SQL Server 2008 demo that I put together during Dave's talk on Windows Server 2008. (Philip from MTUG was sitting beside me, not doubt a little concerned that I should have had my demos done by then :-)) When I...
  • Blog Post: Community Launch Tour 2008 Video

    As per my last post , Dave, Bob and I will be hitting the road for the Community Launch this week. Want to see where we're going? Take a look at the below video that I put together using http://maps.live.com , pretty cool :-) Double click for full-screen to get the full effect!
  • Blog Post: MTUG Community Launch of Visual Studio 2008 / SQL Server 2008 / Windows Server 2008

    Over the next few weeks Dave Northey, Bob Duffy and I will all be travelling to Belfast, Cork, Galway and Dublin to talk to the community about the new features in above products. Exact dates and links to register can be found below - come along to see a few great demos and get a good overview of what...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Press E-Book (Introducing Microsoft LINQ)

    Preview the first chapter from any of these Microsoft Press Visual Studio 2008 titles here , and then download the entire contents of Introducing Microsoft LINQ, as well as additional chapters from the other two titles. Introducing Microsoft LINQ by Paolo Pialorsi and Marco Russo ISBN: 9780735623910...
  • Blog Post: GET [snip]System/Web/UI/Page.cs

    So I just set up debugging of the .NET framework source code as per the instructions on Shawn Burke's blog , which took all of a couple of minutes, fired up a test project and stepped into ListControl.cs to have a look at OnSelectedIndexChanged(). As you can see in the below, I'm in the middle of System...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 certification, anyone?

    Microsoft Certification for Developers Join the Microsoft Certification team to find out what is coming for Visual Studio 2008 certification and to receive guidance on your next step in Visual Studio skills development. Follow the links below to register for a live meeting with the Microsoft Certification...
  • Blog Post: Free 1 day training event for ISVs on VS 2008 in Microsoft Ireland

    For those ISVs in Ireland who are using or planning to use Visual Studio 2008, we're running a free 1 day Visual Studio 2008 training event in Sandyford on December 17th, covering such topics as LINQ, what's new in C# 3.0 and so on. So, if you'are an ISV in Ireland, and are interested please contact...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit – Now Available to Download

    All you ever wanted to know about Visual Studio 2008, in a box :-). Well, downloadable anyway. The technologies covered in the kit include: LINQ, C# 3.0, Visual Basic 9, WCF, WF, WPF, ASP.NET AJAX, VSTO, CardSpace, SilverLight, Mobile and Application Lifecycle Management. You can download the entire...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Case Studies on Microsoft.com

    So Visual Studio 2008 has tons of new features which can let you be more productive, produce quality products, target new platforms - but don't take my word for it...Check out what these 3 participants in the VS 2008 TAP have done already with Visual Studio 2008: OpenNetCF Sogeti Xcalia
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop Recordings now on channel 9

    I like self-training, and a it doesn't get much easier than watching a video! The below videos are from day 1 of a 5 day workshop on Visual Studio 2008 Lap around Visual Studio 2008 & .NET Framework 3.5 What's new in C# 3.0? What's new in Visual Basic 9.0? .NET Framework 3.5 Enhancements .NET Language...
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