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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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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Dev.Live.com gets a Facelift

I was looking up some information about one of the Windows Live services (Custom Domains, specifically) and noticed they’ve completely re-vamped the Windows Live for Developers site.  If you haven’t visited, that’s the “one link to rule them all” I have been giving after presentations to developers on the Windows Live Services. The re-org is…

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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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MIX07 Welcome Swag

Swag found in my MIX07 Welcome Pack: 1 Silverlight / Mix07 T-Shirt (obligatory)1 copy Vista Ultimate (cool)1 copy Expression Studio (double cool!!)3 coloured “discipline” armbands to identify the like-minded at MIX (Blue=Developer, Green=Business, Yellow=Design)1 myspace.com thingamayoke1 Silverlight sticker1 Vista-branded USB key in black fuzzy box (containing Live Platform In-A-Box, Live Search Starter Applications, Live Search…

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Microsoft Ireland’s Imagine Cup winners announced this evening

I’ve just returned from the first Microsoft Ireland finals of the Imagine Cup, an annual international student competition hosted by Microsoft.  The theme of the Imagine Cup competition this year is “Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all.” Although the competition has been running since 2003, this is the first year that Microsoft…

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Adventures in XNA 6: A Wii Flock of Boids

Here’s a flock of butterflies, brought to you in XNA, which can soar around their environment with the help of the Wii controller. By tilting and rolling the Wiimote, you can control the flight of the lead butterfly.  The rest of the flock sticks together, chasing you wherever your accellerometer-fuelled flights of fancy take you….

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Tá ocras ar an Orcas: Visual Studio "Orcas" Beta 1 available

I’m working on two projects in the evenings: One is an XNA app (no surprises there), and the other is a Live Messenger bot that is going to integrate the DotMSN bot library, WCF, WF, SQL2005 and more.  I’ve been building that second project with the March CTP of Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas”. Lots…

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Microsoft Robotics Studio, and teaching robotics north of the arctic circle

I was excited to see a good friend, Mona, start blogging about her experience running a science center located north of the arctic circle.  It’s fascinating reading.  They’re designing interactive exhibits and experiments: everything from visualizing DNA to creating 5-meter-high geisers of Coke and computer-controlled Lego greenhouses.  Mona has a background in marine microbiology, she’s an innovative teacher,…

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Sliverlight (nee WPF/E)

That’s quite pretty. Here’s more on SilverLight, the technology formerly known as WPF/E.   “If you’d just shown that logo to me, I wouldn’t have thought it was Microsoft.” That’s pretty high praise, given who it came from…

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