WebMatrix Start Building Better Websites

Since the launch of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer there have been almost 2 million downloads of the 5 most popular applications. This made me curious to find out a bit more about what applications modern web developers are using to build for the web. This afternoon I tried my hand at installing and testing…


SilverStripe first open source web app to become Microsoft Certified

In July 2008 I spent a day at the Open Source Lab at Microsoft in the USA. This got me thinking of who in New Zealand would be a good candidate to engage with the Microsoft Open Source Labs to be added to the next group of Web Application Partners? I thought about SilverStripe? I…


KENTiCO and WebsiteSpark in New Zealand

I have been noticing an increase in the number of new ASP.NET web sites in New Zealand that have been built using Kentico. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET is a full-featured content management system for building web sites, on-line stores, intranets and Web 2.0 social networks. I have also noticed that Kentico is currently the 2nd…


GOVIS09 Videos Making Windows Media Streaming work Cross Platform.

It is funny the things that can start on Twitter these days. Take this Twitter conversation between Don Christie (President of NZOSS) and Kevin Ackhurst (Microsoft NZ MD). I guess this is my opportunity to explain the situation and offer a solution. GOVIS09 videos have been published exclusively using Microsoft Media Server (Microsoft’s proprietary network…


Update on Silverstripe and the WebPI

In March I wrote about SilverStripe and the work that we had done with them to add them to the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. This month PC World has picked up the story and published this one pager (the article isn’t online yet but may turn up on PC World’s website later this month). At…


SilverStripe = FREE, the MIX09 Keynote

The more time I spend with the Web community in New Zealand, the more time I also spend with people and companies utilising the open source business model. That might sound like an oxymoron to some but my experience is that developers generally open source their software to obtain reach and build lucrative service contracts….