Web Innovators – It’s Time For MIX

MIX10 is finally open for registration and it’s going to be a fantastic event in Las Vegas this year.  The Gu and Bill Buxton are returning to keynote the conference and new speakers and topics are being added weekly. WHEN: March 15-17, 2010 WHERE: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, US WHO: Developers, Designers, and Anyone…


MSDN FLASH IRELAND – INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES – 11 DECEMBER 2009

Top News Try Out the Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2 Best Practices Analyzer Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2 Best Practices Analyzer is part of the Team Foundation Server PowerTools 2010 Beta 2 for validating a Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2 deployment. Updated Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework The Windows…


Life At Microsoft Part II

About a year ago, this video was posted which revealed that Microsoft geeks are incredibly competitive and that we love having code-offs.  I love this video & use it all the time in my talks and presentations. I was thrilled to find out the same team recently did a follow-up video which is equally hilarious. …


Catch Up on PDC Videos with MSDN & Channel 9

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time over the last few days trying to catch up on Microsoft PDC videos, especially all the Silverlight 4 announcements. Channel9 has done a great job of connecting with a lot of the PDC speakers and posting short interviews and in-depth conversations about their topics.  You can find…


PDC – Be There Virtually

I’m not in Los Angeles this week for the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference.  Which is unfortunate, because yesterday all attendees were given free ASUS multi-touch laptops.  And besides the exciting giveaways, there have been some very exciting new announcements like the availability of both the Surface SDK and the new Silverlight.net 4 beta. However I’m…


Surface SDK Available on Microsoft Download Center

Perfect timing!  I had a great time talking with people about the Microsoft Surface device last weekend at BarCamp Cork, and now the Surface SDK has been released this week at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference. Previously, to design and build applications for the Surface, one needed to purchase a Surface Development unit, which as you…


Upcoming Talks and Events

November just started and it’s shaping up to be quite a busy month already. The Silverlight Jumpstart course I mentioned previously on my blog kicks off its second round this week at the Westbury.  The course is full for both in-person attendees and LiveMeeting attendees, however if you’re interested in a future session, please e-mail…


Introducing the Silverlight Jumpstart Program

Over the last three weeks, I ran a pilot program with nine Dublin developers and designers called Silverlight Jumpstart.  This free training program was designed to give developers and designers intensive training in developing rich, interactive applications using Silverlight.  It focuses on understanding the programming model, the feature set, and two separate tools: Expression Studio…


WebsiteSpark Launch & Relaunch of TechLudd

It’s been far too long since the last TechLudd, so we were thrilled to help relaunch TechLudd and at the same time celebrate the arrival of WebsiteSpark in Ireland. There is a lot more information on WebsiteSpark in my previous blog post, but the short version is that it’s a program to help give software,…


Please Welcome WebsiteSpark!

Last year, Microsoft provided a program to help new start-ups get developer tools, discounts and a business network at practically no cost. BizSpark helped over 300 Irish start-ups in the last twelve months. This year, the Spark family is extending to include web designers and developers.  WebsiteSpark is launching officially in Ireland on Tuesday, October…