Nelson Launch

On Monday Chris visited Nelson as part of the Regional user group tour on Monday.  I understand that there were lots of questions and eveyone learned something they didn’t already know. Daniel Ballinger organized the group and had almost 20 people attend which is great work for a first ever user group type meeting in…


Pocket PC Magazine awards

If you’ve been developing for Windows Mobile you’ll know that there is a fairly rich developer community out there to draw on.  Pocket PC Magazine does a great job of pulling the different peices of that community together once a year in their Pocket PC Awards. If you are interested in seeing the range and…


Regional User Group Launch starts today!

If you are in one of the regional places that we are going to be visiting starting today – you’ll probably want to know the time table we are working toward (i.e. when we will be in your town). So – to recap: Chris Auld (Microsoft Regional Director) will be coming around talking about the…


Auckland Connect almost soldout

If you want to come along to the Auckland Technical Connect Event next tuesday – you should hurry – we are down to the last 50 or so places left and there are already over 1100 people registered. Its going to be a great event!


Paypal Commerce starter kit for .Net 2.0 available (beta)

If you are interested in running a website based on ASP.Net 2.0 and are wondering how to sell your products on it, you could use the Commerce Starter Kit. The Commerce starter kit is a free, open source e-commerce storefront written spcecifically for ASP.Net 2.0.  It features out-of-the-box product catalogue and shopping cart functionality that…


Two ways to get the express editions

A little while ago someone tried to nail me to the wall for only providing a massive 400+Mb download for the Express editions.  Other people have asked me where they can get the Express editions from so that they can install it on multiple machines without downloading it repeatedly. The upshot of this is that…


Team test load agent – how do I get it?

Chris got a query about the Team test load agent.  This is a testing component that was included in VSTS until the RC stage. Well, the answer is: Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Team Edition for Software Testers provides a number of functions to assist software professionals to ensure the quality of their applications. One of…


Craig goes global with Tablet Development

I should have posted this on Friday. Craig – who has been running the Tablet PC User Group here in Wellington – started working with VB Express to create a basic little tablet blogging tool that takes the ink you write, transform it into text and them post it to your blog using whatever API…


Where to get the RTM version of Visual Studio Express Editions

One of the most exciting things about the new version of Visual Studio 2005 is the Express editions.  These are freely downloadable versions of Visual Studio (free until November 2006) – they are packaged very specifically – making five different flavours: Visual Basic Express C# Express J# Express C++ Express These flavours are all Windows Forms only…


Visual Studio 2005 Launch Tour – coming to a town near you!

If you are in a regional center you may be interested to know that Chris Auld – a Microsoft Regional Dirctor and MVP will be touring  around the following towns on the following dates: Nelson 28/11/2005    Lunch New Plymouth 30/11/2005    Evening Hamilton 1/12/2005    Lunch Tauraunga 1/12/2005    Evening Rotorua 2/12/2005    Lunch Napier    5/12/2005       Lunch Palmerston North 5/12/2005    Evening If…