Free ASP.NET Hosting for UK Students

This offer has been suspended – please check back soon for update. In the past when talking to students about ASP.NET one common criticism  is the prohibitive cost of ASP.NET hosting in the UK. I have been told numerous time by students that they can get Apache/PHP/MySQL hosting for next to nothing or even free…


DreamSpark – Free Software for all UK Students

Today sees the launch of our DreamSpark programme allowing students around the world to download a selection of full Microsoft products for free. DreamSpark is available to students in the UK as well as many other countries (with more to follow shortly) and includes the following products: Developer Tools: Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition Visual…


DreamSpark Verification Update

Just a quick post today with a couple of bits of useful info about DreamSpark… I have had a few mails from people who can’t find their university listed in the ‘Select your school/organization’ list on the DreamSpark site. If your uni isn’t listed you should still be able to verify using either your Athens…


Inspiration Tour back on the Road

Yesterday saw the first of this academic years Inspiration Tour events at Bradford University. This year we’re running two sessions; one focusing onrich application development using Silverlight/WPF and the other on XNA games development. The content is designed to introduce these technologies and give an insight into their commercial application (with lots of cool demos…


Pacman – Powered by XNA (and Silverlight)

Those readers of the Microsoft Studentzine newsletter will have seen Ben Coley’s series of articles helping you create your first game using XNA. He’s walking readers through the creation of Pacman adding new code and gameplay each month. His first two articles can be found below but if you want want to keep up to…


Imagine Cup; Example Software Design Entry

To help everyone out myself and Ben Coley have created an example entry to the Imagine Cup Software Design Competition. The idea isn’t meant to set the world alight but hopefully it should give you a good indication of the required format and length of an entry. I have posted the meat of the form…


Microsoft Inspiration Tour… Coming to a university near you!

We are currently busy preparing to launch a new initiative which will see me and several other members of the academic team touring the UK to deliver technically focused content to students. Each and every university has the opportunity to host one of these sessions so start pestering your lecturers to visit The Inspiration Tour…


Inspiration Tour Resources

Yesterday saw the first of our Inspiration Tour dates kindly hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. I thought it would be a good idea to pull together a bunch of resources on the technologies we talk about as a central reference for those who attend the tour or are interested in Silverlight, Embedded, XNA, Popfly or Surface….


Getting started with XNA

I was recently asked to write a guide to getting started with XNA to be published in a guide we will be distributing this year. As I was writing it I was thinking this would be great for the blog so now its finished here it is! NB: If you don’t know what XNA is and…


Inspiration Tour Update

As we’re nearing the Christmas break I thought I’d put together a post about the tour so far… Since the third of October we’ve visited 20 universities all over the country, travelled in excess of 6000 miles and spoken to nearly 2000 students. The reaction has been great and we’re in the process of adding…