Keeping Connected to Microsoft in Ireland

The whole Developer and Platform group have joined forces to start an MSDN Ireland Group Blog, including new developers Martha Rotter and Ronan Geraghty (who I must say are off to an amazing start with the group).  Inimitable community guru Clare Dillon, as well as Olive Cannon and Ciara Murphy, who you might know through…

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After the Last Stand

When the XNA-fuelled fireworks were over at yesterday’s Last Stand in Dublin (literally and figuratively) I was totally lost for words. When does that ever happen?! What I really want to say most is thank you – especially to Clare Dillon, Philip McKeown, Fergal Breen and everyone else at Microsoft, MTUG, IrishDev and beyond who…

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Nikon’s RAW (NEF) Vista Codec Updated

Nikon has released an updated version of their RAW (NEF) Codec for Vista that resolves an issue that caused it to suddenly stop working last week. Apparently the problem had something to do with an expired certificate. The new Codec is still labeled version 1.01. However, if you uninstall the old 1.00 or 1.01 codec,…

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Rob’s Last Stand: XNA, Microsoft Robotics Studio, 360s, Wiis, and Dancing Robots

Talk Abstract:  By day, he’s helped mild-mannered developers build n-tiered architectures using .NET technologies. But by night, the real Rob comes out.  The one that works endlessly – nay, furiously – with XNA and the Microsoft Robotics Studio.  And now, with backpack and camera over shoulders, he’s going freelance, making the IMTC, in fact, Rob’s…

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All good things …

It has now been almost three years since I joined Microsoft to work with developers in Ireland.  During that time, Microsoft has unleashed one-and-a-half new Visual Studios, presented the world a new Vista, and most recently they’ve shed some SilverLight on things.  Meanwhile, I’ve kept up the auld vices: dabbling in AI, shooting some photographs,…

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Dublin Event, May 28th: Windows Server 2008 Jumpstart

There are some exciting things coming for developers in Windows Server 2008, which recently reached Beta 3 under its codename Longhorn Server.  If you’re able to reach Dublin next Monday, you may be interested in the upcoming Longhorn Server Jumpstart Event taking place at the Microsoft Ireland buildings. The developer- and IT-Professional-focused event takes place…

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Silverlight Developer Resource-a-rama

I’ve been absorbing Silverlight from the perspective of a developer who wants to use .NET code to build Silverlight applications. Here are the most useful resources I’ve found this week: 0. The Documentation Silverlight alpha documentation and samples – very thorough for “alpha” bits!  1. Silverlight Mind Map This is a “mind map” of Silverlight…

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Silverlight Airlines Keynote Demo Online

Last night, Delay announced the publishing of the Silverlight Airlines Demo from Monday’s keynote. He and a colleague, Ted Glaza, built the demo in three weeks, beginning with nothing and building on top of the Silverlight .NET platform as it was still being developed.  Now you can play with it yourself in a browser. You might…

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Communities of Purpose: Social Networking Panel

  From left to right on the Social Networking: Enabling the Two-Way Street panel at MIX07:   Dave Morin, Facebook;   Evan Williams, Twitter;     Aaron Emigh, Six Apart;       Joseph Kleinschmidt, Leverage Software;         Marc Canter, Broadband MechanicsThese guys have all created what Joseph referred to as “Communities of Purpose” (and I am a…

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Futures in Design with Kip Voytek

Kip Voytek’s great design presentation today was, in my mind, underattended.  I am sometimes concerned that there isn’t the right developer/designer mix here at MIX. Kip is from the R/Greenberg Associates design agency.  Here are some of my notes from the talk:   Create Simplicity by being subtractive AND additive: it was refreshing to hear…

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