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I am pleased to announce a series of free Tech.Days Online Conferences for academic and student developers.
Tech.Days online conferences simply give you access to hand-picked video content and technology training from our UK team, and the chance to get involved online, listen to speakers and ask our panel questions Live.
Windows Azure Online Conference / Tuesday 4 October, 3-5pm
Register for this event here / Click here for more details
If you are just getting started with cloud computing with Windows Azure, this is the perfect starting point for you This online conference will help you get over any initial stumbling blocks, so you can quickly be productive in this new environment.
Windows Phone Online Conference / Wednesday 5 October, 3-5pm
We’ll help you familiarise yourself with different aspects of designing for Windows Phone, including the philosophy behind Metro and Application design. You don’t need any experience of Windows Phone development, you just need an interest in developing phone apps.
Internet Explorer Online Conference / Thursday 6 October, 3-5pm
In this conference we’ll discuss the difference between a website and a web application. You’ll also learn about HTML5 features that allow applications to do more than is currently possible with just AJAX and HTML 4. In-depth web development experience isn’t necessary you just need to be keen to build your knowledge of the different aspects of IE9.
How do you Register?
1. Register simply click on the link for the Tech.Days Online Conference above.
2. View content - Once you’ve registered you will be sent an email highlighting the video and white paper content to view and digest before the day of your online conference. This hand-picked content helps you cut through the clutter of information around your area of interest.
3. Send questions or points in advance - the live online conference will be used to address all your comments and questions - whether they’re sent in advance or asked live.
4. Attend your live online conference - Join the conference at the scheduled time using the LiveMeeting platform. This will not simply be a presentation based experience: the first part will be a wrap-up and high level summary of the video content; the second part will be a Q&A session where you can post questions to the panel and interact with peers.
OS curriculum and Kernel source code
The Windows Academic Program provides universities with curriculum materials, Windows kernel source code, and a project environment for teaching operating system principles using Windows.
The Curriculum Resource Kit (CRK) is a collection of instructional materials that follows the ACM/IEEE-CS Operating System Body of Knowledge and illustrates operating system (OS) concepts using Windows XP as a case study.
Who it's for
The CRK is free and available to any professor or student who accepts the terms of the Microsoft Curriculum License Agreement.
Additional Windows CRK Information
The Windows Research Kernel (WRK) packages core Windows XP x64/Server 2003 SP1 kernel sources with an environment for building and testing of experiments and projects based on modifying the Windows kernel, enabling advanced teaching and research that promote better understanding of the Windows architecture and implementation.
The WRK is free and available to eligible academic faculty members, researchers, and students at accredited universities who accept the terms and conditions of the Microsoft Windows Research Kernel Source Code License - updated.
Additional Windows Research Kernel Information
ProjectOZ is an experimental environment that is built on top of the native NT API for universities to use as a platform for operating system projects.
Who it's for
ProjectOZ is free and available to any professor or student who accepts the terms of the Microsoft Curriculum License Agreement.
Additional ProjectOZ Information
If your interested in Robotics and using Microsoft Robotics studio in your teaching then your going to be interested in attending the NAO’s European Tour.
The NAO tour aims to demonstrate how a humanoid robotic platform can be beneficial to teachers and researchers willing to attract students to scientific curriculum.
On the tour you will be able to take part in short practical workshops exploring computer sciences, mathematics, physics, mechanics, kinematics, and electronics with NAO. So lets make the curriculum exciting with NAO and Microsoft Robotics Studio so attend one of the sessions and learn how NAO is used as a teaching platform from High Schools to University meet teachers and researchers who have adopted NAO and learn from their experience and skills.
Discover a complete teaching solution that stimulates creativity, problem-solving and team-working. Find out the tutorials for STEM classrooms developed by teachers. Research labs are using NAO to explore areas such as human robot interaction, humanoid motion, localization and mapping, cognition, learn about research projects where scientists benefit from NAO.
Register now and attend the half day workshop FREE of charge
Birmingham Oct 11th 2011
Manchester Oct 12th 2011
Edinburgh Oct 13th 2011
Wrexham Nov 2nd 2011
London Nov 3rd 2011
Dublin Oct 20th 2011.
Last week at the Microsoft Windows BUILD event, a number of announcements in relation to Windows Azure were made.These announcements included the following, the release of the Azure toolkit for Windows 8, availability for Bing service APIs (including translation) internationally, a new Azure SDK , updates to Azure management capability and much more.
Here is a list of some of the key announcements:
For more details see Windows Azure Marketplace technical details and at the Windows Azure blog here.
About two months ago the Windows Phone team issued a challenge to student developers over the summer holiday:
The challenge, to create an awesome Microsoft Expression Sketchflow prototype of a Windows Phone application.
The reward was to win one of 50 HTC Mazaa developer devices. The competition resulted in over 281 prototypes created and over 203 participants submitting prototypes.
So if your developing Windows Phone make sure your using Microsoft Expression Sketchflow which can be downloaded for FREE via Microsoft DreamSpark or MSDNAA and here are some useful tips and guidance on your designs.
Today a comprehensive package to leverage Nokia developer skills while learning to build applications for Windows Phone. Microsoft and Nokia have worked together to build a great package.
The package contains the following tools and documentation to help you along the path to learning Windows Phone development:
These complement the similar iOS/Android guidance & mapping work we released a couple months ago.
The “Windows Phone Guide for Symbian Qt Application Developers” white paper is about 100 pages organized in 8 chapters.
The white paper is available in different formats (HTML, DOCX & PDF).
Chapter 6 introduces porting tutorials, in which you will find practical examples and tips on how to port your applications, like the RSS Reader applications or the “Diner” example, a catalog-type restaurant information application. From design consideration to data binding, the porting story addresses many aspects of the process that will be useful to you; the developer.
The full list of samples and source code is available to you.
The addition of Symbian Qt to the Windows Phone API mapping tool is another perk we wanted to deliver in order to speed up the learning curve to Windows Phone. For this first iteration of the mapping, includes core libraries for Qt 4.7 for Symbian (QtCore, QtGui, QtLocation, QtNetwork, QtSensors, QtSql, QtXml, QtWebKit, QML Elements, QML Components ).
Finally, keep an eye on the “Nokia Windows Phone Training” roadshow. During this one day training event, you’ll learn how to take your ideas and get them running on the Windows Phone platform. Upcoming dates and locations for the roadshow are as follows:
We realize this is only a few dates and locations, so for all the developers who want to learn Windows Phone, we recommend that you follow at your own pace the EXCELLENT “Window Phone Mango Jump Start” online video training.
So, go get your copy of the “Windows Phone Guide for Symbian Qt Application Developers”
The Microsoft robotics group have announced the release of the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 Beta.
You can download RDS 4 beta at Microsoft.com/robotics. What is exciting about this release is that it has extensive support for the Kinect sensor hardware through the Kinect for Windows SDK.
This simply allows developers to create Kinect-enabled robots in the Visual Simulation Environment and in real life. Along with this release comes a standardized reference spec for building a Kinect-based robot. .
The last week has been pretty amazing, the BUILD conference had lots of great sessions explaining how to get productive with Microsoft’s new development tools, services and technologies.
The following are some of the highlights of the Build sessions which were attend by over 4000 developers. The complete list of sessions and videos are available at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011 which can you can view at your leisure.
The Overview of Windows 8 and Metro
If you want to learn more about Windows 8 Metro UI additionally if you want more designer-oriented information, check out Designing Metro style: principles and personalities.
A great overview of the platform, Windows RT and Windows 8 itself. If you want to know more about the API.
This is the second part of the Platform talk
This gives you a deeper look at WinRT
Get the XAML info right from the lead of Windows 8 XAML team
This is the talk that explains how to deeply integrate your XAML application with Windows 8.
Learn all about touch and gestures obviously very important to Windows 8 Metro applications.
Here's where you'll learn about styles, animations and more
Learn how to adapt to different screen sizes, resolutions and more
Want to learn about the tooling and the features of Visual Studio 11
Learn more about async and the future of Visual Studio with Project Roslyn copy and paste code transformation
Check out the full set via http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011
Or simply use the list below to go to content based on topic areas
More Windows 8 XAML
So overall an amazing conference, content and announcements. Please visit the following online resources to view the 200 + hours of content at your own leisure http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011
For further references and to download a developer preview of Windows 8 visit dev.windows.com and keep an eye on the Building Windows 8 Blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8
This week I have been Microsoft’s BUILD developers conference in Anaheim, California.
BUILD is an event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows and provides an avenue for them to discuss other products and tools that Microsoft is working on. The buzz from around the conference has been amazing with delegates super excited about the variety of new features within Windows 8 such as touch-first user interface, powerful applications and a seamless experience that syncs across all of your devices. The increased accessibility of applications across devices also brings about some exciting opportunities to drive innovation and creativity within the developer community. But, this week isn’t only about Windows, but advancements in Microsoft technologies, including Visual Studio 11, code-named “Windows Server 8,” and new capabilities for Windows Azure.
So if you are interested in knowing more about BUILD or what’s new from Microsoft, check out
The Microsoft News Center feature
The Microsoft Blog
Watch the keynotes from the BUILD website
and watch all the presentations at the Channel9 BUILD site.
Welcome to the August/September edition of the Microsoft® Faculty Connection newsletter. This resource provides information about new curriculum resources and other useful educational content for use in the classroom
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Python Tools for Visual Studio Python Tools for Visual Studio (PTVS) turns Visual Studio into a Python IDE. It is a free and open source plug-in for Visual Studio 2010 from the Microsoft Developer Division. PTVS lets developers use all the major productivity features of Visual Studio to build Python code using either CPython or IronPython, and it adds new features such as support for High Performance Computing clusters to scale your code.
Cloud Infrastructure Soars in Europe It was barely a year ago that European scientific and industry leaders came together to develop, test, and deploy a high-quality, interoperable cloud platform for industry and research. The result was VENUS-C (Virtual multidisciplinary EnviroNments USing Cloud infrastructures). Jointly sponsored by the European Commission and a consortium of 14 partners, among them Microsoft Research, VENUS-C was conceived to meet the needs of seven different research and commercial areas: bioinformatics, systems biology, drug discovery, civil engineering, civil protection, civil emergencies, and marine biodiversity. VENUS-C has since developed into a functional, operational platform, and is now being used for 15 new pilot projects, which received seed funds after an open call that elicited 60 proposals from throughout Europe.
Kinect for Windows SDK Beta Refresh Available Interest in the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) beta, released in June, has been strong, and we're delighted to learn that so many developers and innovators who are experimenting with natural user interface (NUI) applications have taken advantage of the SDK to explore the potential of the Kinect sensor. In support of our commitment to encourage researchers and enthusiasts in their exploration of the possibilities of the Kinect sensor, we have released a refreshed version of the SDK. The community has provided us with a lot of good feedback, and this release addresses some of the top items you've told us about.
The Faculty Connection Resource Center is the place to find these and other classroom-ready teaching materials:
Mango Jump Start: Building Applications for Windows Phone This introductory content covers how to create Windows Phone solutions, edit program source files, add and manage program resources, and then build and run the solution. It also explores options for debugging solutions using the Windows Phone Emulator or an actual device as well as managing the solution properties for deployment in the marketplace. Once you are done with the basics, continue on with additional Mango Jump Start sessions that examine Silverlight, building interfaces with Expression, app data storage, using Bing Maps, developing with XNA, and even selling apps.
Windows PowerShell Overview In this video presentation, Kurt Callemin provides an introduction to PowerShell, tells you what it is used for, why you should use it, and how it works. The goal is to make you familiar with the concepts behind this scripting language with examples and teach you how to explore the world of PowerShell in more depth.
Students to Business Day Belgium 2011 View these video presentations from the event:
NEWS FROM MICROSOFT RESEARCH
Find recent news from a Microsoft Research site near you.
Faculty Summit 2011 Microsoft Research Connections hosted its 12th Faculty Summit in July, providing a forum for lively debate on the development, application, and funding of technologies in the environmental, medical, and educational spheres. Presentations and streaming video of keynotes, talks, panels, workshops, and demonstrations are now available on-demand; find links to them on the Faculty Summit agenda page.
Project Hawaii SDK: Create Mobile Applications Create cloud-enabled mobile applications with the tools and services included in the Project Hawaii Software Development Kit (SDK). Arjmand Samuel, research program manager from Microsoft Research Connections, talks about what the SDK contains and how it can be used to develop Windows Phone applications.
NEWS FROM MICROSOFT DYNAMICS
CALL FOR PAPERS: Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Preconference 2012 The Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance (DynAA) will host the Worldwide Microsoft Dynamics Academic Preconference in Houston, Texas, USA on March 17-18, 2012. This is an event that all members of the DynAA should attend! You have the chance to:
Find more information about this event, including links to last year's preconference.
DynAA invites papers/abstracts in research, research-in-progress, teaching, applications, and case studies incorporating Microsoft Dynamics into business and information systems curricula. The deadline for refereed paper submission is January 1, 2012. DynAA will publish conference proceedings in CD/DVD format and online. In addition, the best quality papers from those accepted will be recommended to the Journal of Integrated Enterprise Systems (ISSN: 2162-9285) for publication. The deadline for presentation and panel discussion submissions is February 1, 2012. For more detailed information, please visit: clcloud.com/DYNAA2012.
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The Faculty Connection Resource Center contains recommended Curriculum Resources, Reference Materials, Software, and Supplemental Resources:
View the Faculty Connection Resource Kit page for curriculum materials on areas such as Cloud Computing and Operating Systems. These kits contain lecture materials, PowerPoint presentations, videos, white papers, labs, and more that can be used for classroom presentations.
Find Higher Education and Teacher resource kits to help you engage your students.
Find additional faculty and student resources:
These are the top downloads by faculty and teachers from the Faculty Connection Resource Center:
1. Windows Phone Programming in C#
2. Introduction to Programming Through Game Development Using Microsoft XNA Game Studio
3. Windows Operating System Internals Curriculum Resource Kit (CRK)
4. A Comparative Analysis of Cloud Computing Environments （简体中文）
5. Programming with C# and XNA 0.5: Jump Start
6. A Lap Around Microsoft Expression Blend®
7. Learn Programming with XNA
8. Expression Web 4 Quick Start Tutorial: Beaches Around the World
9. Введение в современные веб-технологии (in Russian)
10. Introduction to Mobile Application Development Using Silverlight (Lecture 3 of 3)
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