Spark Programs: BizSpark versus WebsiteSpark

Thanks to everyone who came along to our BizSpark Camp event last week at the Radisson.  The feedback from the sessions and the PitchSlam event was fantastic, so we really appreciate everyone’s support! After the event, I received an absolute *flood* of BizSpark applications from new companies, which is great.  However after going through the…


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…


Imagine Cup 2009: Innovative Students Take Science Gallery by Storm

April 30th was a very competitive day in Dublin.  Students from around Ireland competed in Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup competition at the Science Gallery in Trinity College. The Imagine Cup is a contest open to students all around the world.  Winners from each country go on to the finals which in 2009 are in Cairo,…


.NET 3.5 SP1 Released Plus Free .Net 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit

Yesterday Microsoft released its .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.  It is now available for download here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=124150.  The new version of the framework includes: ASP.NET Dynamic Data Core improvements to the CLR Performance improvements for WPF Support for the new date and file stream capabilities in SQL Server 2008 for LINQ to SQL New…


Countdown to PDC – 1 week left for Early Bird Discount

For folks who haven’t yet registered for the PDC, this week is the time to do so!  If you register before August 15th, you’ll save $200 on your conference ticket.  This is a great deal, and the PDC will certainly sell out shortly after so get your ticket now to avoid disappointment. If you haven’t…


The .Net Coffee Break Show – Now Registering for Show 3

I know Clare has mentioned the .Net Coffee Break on her blog a few times before, but as they’re now on their third show I thought it was worth mentioning again. The good folks over at Developers.ie have created a great idea in the form of a live webcast during, of course, coffee break time…


SQL Server User Group Meeting – Tonight in Sandyford

Alan Crowley from DeCare Systems in Cork is in Dublin for the evening to talk with the Microsoft SQL Server User Group.  The discussion is on “Visual Studio for Database Professionals”, and includes the following topics: Introducing DB Pro as a part of Team System Overview of DDLC Microsoft Visual Studio for Database Professionals Refactoring…


Irish Microsoft Technology Conference Lands Next Week!

If you haven’t heard yet, for the third year in a row, Dublin is hosting the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference, or IMTC next week! For those of you who haven’t been to an IMTC before, you can expect tons of high-quality sessions showcasing the latest technology for Microsoft developers.  We have sessions for software developers,…


QuMIX! MIX at Queen’s University in Belfast

Today I went up to Belfast with Vincent Vergonjeanne and Liam Cronin to present at QuMIX ’07.  Mike McMeekin, who is a Microsoft Student Partner at Queen’s University Belfast did a fabulous job setting up the afternoon, so special thanks go to him and all of his hard work. The afternoon included a session on…


This Just In: Silverlight 1.1 Tools Alpha for VS 2008 Now Available!

I wasn’t kidding about all of the cool stuff happening as soon as I’m gone!  On Monday afternoon an updated version of the Silverlight 1.1 Tools Alpha was released.  This version will work with the RTM version of Visual Studio 2008. This means that all the great features you know and love from Silverlight Tools…