Windows Azure User Group Briefings

The one and only Dave Lemphers is coming back to Australia for a week at the end of February for a whirlwind tour of the country to coincide with the launch in Australia of Windows Azure. He’ll be doing public technical briefings hosted by the user groups in 5 capital cities. Date/Time City Details Mon…


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!


Great Azure Training in Sydney CBD Next Week (Free!)

Update – Wow! that was quick! All the spots are gone. Sorry about that. Dave beat me to it, but anyway … Next week, 10-12 March, Chris Auld is running a three day dive into the Azure platform in the Sydney CBD. There is some great material, it’s free, and we feed you! If you’re…


SharePoint Development – is it too easy?

I was chatting to some community folk in the pub last night after presenting (on Architectural patterns on S+S – slides here) at the Sydney Deep .NET User Group*. I heard an interesting premise: “Good developers don’t want to do SharePoint development because it’s too easy”. To me, this passes the smell test. Developers like…


New Melbourne User Group – Silverlight Designer and Developer Network

Got this note from Jordan Knight today. Looks like a great new group staring up with some smart people in Melbourne. The Silverlight Designer and Developer Network Starts Next Week! Launching next week, the SDDN, which is part of Victoria .NET,  is a new special interest group completely and absolutely for Silverlight and surrounding tools…


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…


Steve Ballmer comes to Sydney and live online November 6

Developers, Developers, Developers! As part of a whirlwind visit to Sydney early next month, Steve Ballmer will be presenting Microsoft’s future vision for developers in the world of software-plus-services. He’ll discuss the next wave of technologies just launched at the Professional Developer Conference. There will also be a live Q&A session with Steve. Immediately following…


You want content? How about an Azure Services Training Kit? Azure Videos on Channel 9?

Hot on the heels of other great training kits, we’ve released the Azure Services Training Kit. From the internal announcement email: Today we are making available the first preview release of the Azure Services Training Kit.  The Azure Services Training Kit will include hands-on labs, presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build…


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…


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…