LightSwitch Beta 2 Download and Training Kit

I’ve been excited by LightSwitch since I first saw it more than 18 months ago and the recent release of the Beta 2 version and the updated Training Kit has just got me more excited. The Training Kit includes the following content: LightSwitch Overview Demo: Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch Hands-on-lab: Simple Book Store Application Hands-on-lab:…


Training Kit Redux–More developer resources than you could shake a stick at

A while ago, I did a post about the great Developer Training Kits available for free download from Microsoft. Since then, we’ve released a bunch more, so I thought I’d list all of the ones I use regularly in one place. Each of these great resources include hundreds of MB videos, presentations, white papers, demo…


Linked .NET User Group – April Events. SQL 2008, VSTS 2010

Brian Madsen pinged me today, at almost the same time as my automatic notification arrived. This month the Linked .Net Users Group has two great Live Meetings as pare of their ongoing program (recordings of previous sessions are archived here). Session 1 – register here April 8th 03:00 Sydney time – Greg Low – iFTS…


Dave Does Data (or, "Maybe Pigs do Fly")

SQL guru David Lean has joined the blogosphere and, of course, he’s started with some hardcore SQL Spatial information. Check out these great posts: SQL 2008 Spatial Samples, Part 1 of 9 – How to Learn SQL Spatial SQL 2008 Spatial Samples, Part 2 of 9 – Background on Spatial Types & Well Known Text…


My Spatial Data presentation at Ignite Spatial

As I said in my MSDN Flash editorial, I had a great time presenting at Ignite Spatial last Wednesday – the atmosphere was great and the format was a lot of fun. I’ve popped the deck up on my skydrive and would love some feedback if you were there. Is this a format we should…


Events & more Events – a retrospective

Fin asked me to write this week’s MSDN Flash editorial, so I did. In case you missed it, here it is. By the way, if you don’t subscribe to the flash, you should :). Sign up today! It’s been a real time for me with events. First the PDC in Los Angeles with over 6,000…


Demos Happen { Here } – State finals starting in Sydney tonight.

This evening (Monday 11 Aug) is the first of the Demos Happen { Here } state finals. We’ll be kicking off at 6pm at Microsoft HQ in North Ryde. Subsequently we’ll be holding finals in the MS offices in Canberra – Aug 12 6pm Melbourne – Aug 13 6:30pm Brisbane – Aug 18 6pm Adelaide…


WOW! It’s the Technology of TechEd Track

Following Kleefy‘s not so unexpected announcement, I’ve taken over the Technology of TechEd Track for this year’s TechEd Australia event. Here’s the spiel that I wrote for the track. Come on a journey behind the scenes at Tech•Ed. This track will take you end-to-end in the technology deployed to make the event the showcase it…


Demos Happen { Here } – Win a trip to TechEd in Sydney and/or LA

Note: this competition is open to Australian Residents aged 18 years or over on or before 1 September 2008 One of the cool things we’re doing as part of the launch of Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 is running the first Microsoft National { Community } Demo Competition. Put together…


SQL Server 2008 Certification Live Meeting (APAC Friendly Time)

I was in a meeting today with Tania Netterfield and she shared some certification plans with me that I’m itching to announce … but I have to wait. In the mean time, Trika’s announced that they’ve rescheduled the SQL Server 2008 Certification live meeting. The second meeting listed below is at Midday on February 7…