Tech Ed and MSDN Unplugged update

Sometimes it feels like we just live from one event to the next. So while we’ve now got the launch events out of the way, there is more coming – and we need your help to make them the best events they can be First up – we are getting underway with our Unplugged sessions…


Introducing the Christchurch Embedded .NET User Group (EDNUG)

Chris has blogged the details of the newest user group in New Zealand – in Christchurch – focused on Embedded development. The first meeting is next week – details here I have recently became involved in starting up a new user group within the Christchurch area. Andrew Leckie, Andy Scrase, Bryn Lewis and myself are…


Congratulations new MVP’s

Each quarter we award those who work hardest in the technical community with an award we call the Most Valuable Professional. These awards are given for the contributions made to the technical community over the last 12 months.  Contributions can take the form of blog posts, news group mailing, mailing list help and presentations to…


SQL Server User Group – Thursday

Adrian just emailed me to let me know that Australian Peter Ward is presenting in Wellington on Thursday night: Peter Ward is visiting us from Australia and will make 2 presentations, with refreshments in between. Peter Ward is WARDY IT Solutions Chief Technical Architect. Peter is an active member in the Australian SQL Server community…


2008 Summer Road Trip Prize Draw Results

On Wednesday we drew the prize draw for the 2008 summer road trip. Jeremy took the data, imported it into SQL, did some code to match registrations and invitations to evaluation forms, then write a little function to draw someone from random from the list of entries. The prize pool was: Two servers with Windows…


Road Trip Code and slides now available

Many of you have asked about availability of the code and slides from the road trip, and the good news is that they are now up. Jeremy has the scoop along with instructions to build a VM for yourself. Enjoy!


VS2008 blog on Geekzone

Given that March is a big month here at Microsoft New Zealand due to the launch of Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008, Mauricio decided to get a bunch of developers together to blog about some of the cool new features in Visual Studio 2008. The Visual Studio Blog is hosted…


Changes in DPE (and a new blog to follow)

As you may know Sean has moved on to Redmond which means we have a new manager here in DPE New Zealand. Scott Wylie is now the Director of the Developer and Platform Strategy team here in New Zealand.  Scott has been in Microsoft New Zealand for longer than almost anyone else in Microsoft New…


Sharepoint User Group

I just got an email from Chan regarding the Sharepoint User group in Wellington this week.  There are some nice add-ins to Sharepoint around, and one of them is the Community Kit for Sharepoint – which Zac has been involved in building.  Details below: This Wednesday 27th at Intergen at 6PM Topic: Getting the most…


A more open Microsoft

One of the big changes over the last few years at Microsoft has been openness.  That is openness about interconnecting with other systems (i.e. non-MS systems), openness with regards to file formats and openness with regards to working with other technology companies. Others in the industry have noticed this too.  We did the deal with…