Small Basic for Beginner Developers

Small Basic has been designed specifically for novice developers. The easy to use programming language allows beginners to get a clear understanding of the fundamentals of programming and have lots of fun on the way. Small Basic is available for download- Click here. Also check out the Small Basic Blog and Small Basic forums for…

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Aussie Imagine Cup site is now live...

Yes, the Australian Imagine Cup website is now live, and it looks AWESOME! I worked with Wunderman on this (they also did the Imagine Cup flyers that you plant and grow a tree out of) and I am very happy with the work they’ve done. Check it out. The other big news to note is this…

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Imagine Cup Australia Update - register now for IC08

I run Imagine Cup each year in Australia. It’s (primarily) a software design competition, and is open to university students worldwide. The prizes are great, students get treated like rockstars and it’s all a cracking good time. The following is from my Imagine Cup blog (all Imagine Cup news will be cross-posted to this blog)…

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Source code for Microsoft .NET framework libraries to be released

As some of you might have noticed already, there’s news straight out of Redmond that some .NET source code is being made public with the final release of Visual Studio 2008. Basically, you sign up to a ‘Microsoft Reference License’, and get to view source code for the .NET libraries (you can’t re-distribute, re-compile or copy the source code at…

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Channel 8 - New student community site launched on Sunday!

Exciting news from the U.S Academic team this week – Channel 8 has gone live! Before anyone gets really excited (as I did) and starts imagining a TV channel dedicated solely to IT students, Channel 8 is not a television station (although that would be great – anyone with a few million lying around, please…

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Learn .NET in Second Life

A few questions every person should ask themself: – Can a beast with the head of a ram and the body of a man use Visual Studio?  – Is it possible to travel to a tech seminar attended by industry leaders by using levitation? (It’s much better than driving – levitation emits zero emissions)  – Is it possible to…

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Imagine Cup Australia Winners

Part of my responsibilities in my role with MS is to run the Australian leg of Imagine Cup. It’s a worldwide software development competition for uni students, with a variety of prizes and benefits for the students and uni’s involved. This year, the finals took place at ReMix in Melbourne, and the top three teams from…

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Australian Imagine Cup software design finalists are announced.

Australian Imagine Cup finalists have been announced. Three teams will go to ReMix later this month to duke it out to see who will reign supreme as Australian Imagine Cup champ (aswell as the chance to go on to Korea to compete in the International finals).  I’m charged with organising the Australian competition this year, so…

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Lessons learnt in games development degrees

Nick Hodge, Microsoft’s Professional Geek (yes, that is his actual job title), recently interviewed Ross Brown and Penny Drennan from QUT about lessons learnt from the first ever semester of teaching the Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment degree. Forgetting for a minute some of the concerns raised about the sudden influx of students wishing to study gaming,…

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