CodeCapmOz April 4-5 – Speakers, Sessions, Social

CodeCampOz is fast approaching – (4-5 April in Wagga Wagga). Mitch has announced the speakers and sessions, and talked about the important social aspects of CodeCamp, in addition to the obvious technical benefits. Looks like another great CodeCamp! What are you waiting for? Sign up NOW!


Ramp yourself up with Ramp Up

I know, getting training budget is hard at the moment, but you really want to make yourself as employable as possible. Help is at hand (in fact, it’s only a mouse click away). There are, of course, a whole bunch of Virtual Labs you can do (for developers and for infrastructure people). There’s also a…


Finding the Windows dpi setting in .NET

I had a note from Stephen Lead (of Ignite Spatial fame) asking how to determine the dpi setting a user has selected in Windows. He pointed me to the only MSDN article he could find on the subject, ironically explaining how to do it in Visual FoxPro. I didn’t know off the top of my…


Developing an add-in for multiple versions of Office

One of the common questions I get asked when I do sessions on VSTO/OBA development is “how can I target Office 2003 and Office 2007?” (I also get asked about previous versions of Office, but I have a less helpful response there). Mary Lee’s done a great post about this very topic as has Andrew…


Content when you need it – Great training kits available

I went to see the clever folk at Vivid Group yesterday. Being clever, they’ve already established an internal user group of sorts, but they’re often looking for compelling content to deliver. Fortunately, I was able to point them to some great resources. The various Visual Studio Training Kits provide content in the form of presentations,…


More VSTS2008 Virtual Images on MSDN

Matt Nunn sent this round recently – a couple of additions to the many Virtual Images you can download and just start using. I would like to announce that just prior to the holiday season we posted new public VSTS 2008 VPC Images. There are 2 versions of the VPC available: · The first VPC…


Lots of Pre-Configured Virtual Machines for You to Use

Continuing the trend of making it easy to get your hands on a pre-configured environment to help evaluate and learn the new stuff, there are a number of great (and I mean this in several senses of the word) downloads available for you to grab and fire straight up. This is a VPC image that…


MapPoint Web Services (and SQL 2k8 Spatial) Presentation for GITA

I’m in Perth as a result of GITA inviting me to speak at their Seminar and Workshops. I presented on MapPoint Web Services and showed a sneak peek of SQL Server 2008’s Spatial capabilities (here’s another white paper). My slides are available here. The demo app I showed is here. (Don’t forget about the bug…


.NET Framework 3.5 Namespaces Poster Available

This just in from Paul Andrew. We just completed the .NET Framework 3.5 update to the Commonly Used Types and Namespaces poster. Here’s a link to the file (PDF, XPS and 16-page XPS) if you want to grab it now and be the first on your block to get it on your wall. We’ll be…


XNA Games Studio Express Events in Sydney and Melbourne this week

A couple of great XNA Games Studio Express events this week in the MS offices in Sydney and Melbourne, presented by Pete Isensee, director of the Microsoft XNA Developer Connection (XDC). Who should attend? XNA (Game Studio Express) users Game development/design enthusiasts/students Professional game developers Media Sydney Event Date: Nov 14th 2007 @ 6:30PM…