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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'Deakin defies drop in uni applications'

From the Australian Newspaper website this morning: ” AN aggressive marketing campaign by Deakin University has helped buck a decline of school-leaver interest, making it the only campus in Victoria with a significant increase in undergraduate applications. Final first-preference data for commonwealth-supported places obtained by The Australian shows applications to Victorian universities were down 3.1…

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XNA Gamefest presentations are now available online

Gamefest is probably the biggest game technology event on the Microsoft calendar. The 2007 conference hapened earlier this year (in the U.S, of course), and the presentations and some of the audio from speaker sessions have now been posted online for download. There’s some very useful stuff here f you’ve been playing with XNA. The best…

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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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Windows OS Kernel for Australian Academics

  I have in my hot little hands around 30 copies of the “Windows Academic Program” CD. It’s a special kit coming out of our Redmond HQ that’s meant for teachers (and researchers) of operating system units in tertiary institutions. Oh, what a package it is… The disc contains: “1- Windows Kernel in Source Code 2- Windows Curriculum Resource…

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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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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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Microsoft 'Faculty Connection'

Semester 1 is about to end in Australia – which probably means plenty of you will be flat out marking assignments and planning classes for next semester. Microsoft’s Faculty Connection is a site that operates (in conjunction with MSDNAA) to do exactly that – helps plan your classes for the coming semester.  The site is a central repository of materials and resources…

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