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  • Blog Post: It's not all about MIX/Silverlight

    So much else is also going on. Longhorn Beta 3 with IIS 7 and PowerShell has shipped (importantly with a go-live licence) http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver/longhorn/default.mspx (product page) http://www.iis.net/default.aspx?tabid=79 (IIS 7 go-live) Visual Studio 'Orchas' Beta 1 is out in the wild...
  • Blog Post: XNA Game Studio Express - Make your own game

    Now I do love my XB0x 360 - I don't get a huge amount of time to play on it but it is a fantastic machine. We have launched XNA Game studio so that people can create game for the XBox360 and Windows. Yeah baby... http://msdn.microsoft.com/directx/XNA/gse/ Tutorials http://xna101.spaces.live...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Resources (VSTS)

    I'm very proud of Visual Studio Team System and what Microsoft have done here - I've blogged about it in the past a reasonable amount (between my big gaps). It is worth stating that tools like this take more then just installing to get the most out of them (you get a huge amount from just installing...
  • Blog Post: Scrum for Team System Released by Conchango

    Conchango are a leading SI in the UK and they have just released a plug-in for Team System that supports Scrum as an Agile process – very, very cool… I used to work at Conchango as their Principal Architect and I led their charge to becoming the UK ’s top .NET partner. Conchango have a lot to be proud...
  • Blog Post: Team System On-demand Videos – Feature Walk Through

    Anyone who reads this blog will know I’m a team system fan - I just think it’s a great tool for the development team – it helps so much in managing the overall SDLC and what’s more it’s got a very, very solid roadmap from up it will just keep getting better! These videos have been recorded as a...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office – Excel Hand-on Labs

    Three cool hands-on labs for outlook development with VSTO: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=C54B03C8-EE57-4B18-B496-8EE09319E5CD&displaylang=en Lab 1 – Connecting Data and Controls in an Excel Workbook Lab 2 – Using Controls in the Actions Pane Lab 3 – Connecting...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office Snippets – Outlook add-in support

    Well the title says it all really if you are building outlook add-in with VSTO then you should download these: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/vsto/training/snippets/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: Express Registration Resources - Free Books, Hosting, Graphics, ...

    Nigel gives us the lowdown and NZ perspective on what you can get - worth looking into! http://blogs.msdn.com/nigel/archive/2005/11/17/493681.aspx
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 RTM!!!!!

    We made it the official launch of these products may be on November 7 th but we have released them to MSDN Subscribers now. I’ve been waiting for this moment for quite some time and I’m really excited and proud that the products are now out there. Come and join us in NZ for our own version of the...
  • Blog Post: Game Development in C#

    How cool are these gonna be – I was at TechEd Student day on Friday (see next post) and there were so many questions on this stuff. Tony Goodhew did a session on XNA and was just swamped with questions… Anyhow… Game development webcasts: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/msdnvideodev...
  • Blog Post: Its a Road Trip Audio Summary of .NET/VS2005 and SQL2005

    The UK DPE team have done another great thing with the release of their ‘Road Trip’ content. It’s a set of summary audio information for a whole lot of stuff all in bite sized chunks.. It’s pretty cool I’m just listening to it now and aside from the dodgy accents (sorry Mark and team) and a few...
  • Blog Post: Get VSTS, VS2005 and SQL 2005 Beta on DVD

    Simple – go here: http://www.microsoft.com/nz/evaluate/products/vs2005.aspx Fill in the form and we will send out to you within New Zealand… This includes Visual Studio 2005 Team suite and the April CTP for SQL Server 2005. For install details see http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 – How to get it in NZ

    The great thing about Beta 2 is that we allow customers to go live using it – a great local example being Intergen and Bexhill . So the question is how do I get it… Download: We have released the code for Beta 2 on MSDN Subscriber Downloads . ISO images for these products are available: ...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 Product Line-up :: A Picture Says 1,000 Words

    We are getting a lot of questions on the Visual Studio 2005 product line-up and I though I would post a few pictures to clarify this. It’s a relatively long Blog post so first up here are the main headings: Extending the product offering… So What’s in The 3 Visual Studio Team System SKU’s ...
  • Blog Post: Lukas, Connect, HDD Failure and VS2005/VSTS

    I’ve been out of contact for a few days (estimation will continue soon) and there are a few items I should mention: Lukas rocks – we know it – so should you…. Seriously, we got this though a few months back and the process is just real now so congratulations Lukas. Connect has been a big success – we...
  • Blog Post: Demo: Visual Studio Web Developer

    Once again about 15 minutes to do a demo. ASP .NET 2.0 is such a great product that showing it off is a real pleasure, if the audience is seeing it for the first time it just blows them away. I’m going to cover… Got rid of all those extra files We just use a directory now so much better for source control...
  • Blog Post: Demo: Visual Studio 2005 IDE

    So given that I had about 15 minutes I tried to touch on a number of areas. Point I wanted to make was that we have made a wide set of changes designed to make life easier… Fast IDE loading The IDE loads much, much quicker which in itself is nice. Improved window docking I could never get the windows...
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