Students ask the most interesting things

Last Wednesday I gave a presentation to SkyNet, the University of Limerick Computer Society.  About 30 undergrad and graduate students turned up for Atlas, Vista and pizza, in that order. What I showed them was basically a riff on my ASP.NET “Atlas” presentation from ApacheCon Europe, but I also spent some time talking about the…

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New Team Foundation Server features in Service Pack 1 Beta (and Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Betas)

The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta has just been released.  Here’s the official announcement.  You can register for and download the Service Pack updates at http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio.  (The Connect site is a bit finnicky. If you get stuck, see below.*)   The usual caveats about betas apply, but if you install SP1 Beta, I…


Top Tips for free Microsoft support and training resources

Clare asked Dave and me to reveal some hidden gems that are available from Microsoft for technical support and learning.  This was our list of the shiniest gems that we find devs and IT pros don’t always know about.  I also posted the Best of the Rest as an article.   1. MSDN Forums –…

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Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources (and the Best of the Rest!)

Dave and Rob’s Top 5 Tips for Free Microsoft Support and Learning Resources   1. MSDN Forums – http://forums.msdn.com Looking for answers to your toughest technical questions?  The MSDN forums are regularly visited by members of the product teams, MVPs, influencers, and experts.  Broken out by technology and then by detailed subject.  Solve technical problems,…

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MSDN Flash Ireland – International Resources – 19 Sept 2006

Special Section: ASP.NET 2.0 [ASP.NET] [Windows Forms and Smart Clients] Dundas Map for .NET Released Dundas Software has officially launched Dundas Map for .NET – available for ASP.NET with AJAX support and Windows Forms. [ASP.NET] September ASP.NET Support Voice: Log Parser 2.2 and ASP.NET [ASP.NET] [Web Development] Free E-Learning: Create a Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 Web…

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Fun with Texture Transfers

One of the image processing technologies that Andrew Blake (of Microsoft Research) showed us during his Computer Science and Illusion presentation was image quilting, where bits of a texture are stitched together into a large, cohesive image. A cool application of image quilting is texture transfer, where bits of a source texture are stitched together…

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Windows Vista RC1, .NET Framework 3.0 RC1 completed

Two big announcements: Windows Vista RC1 Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is complete, as per Jim Allchin’s announcement, and available to download for TechBeta and TAP participants!  Vista RC1 will also be available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers next week, and available to the general public shortly thereafter.  Anyone who participated in testing of Beta 2…

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Ultimate Developer and Power Tool List for Windows

Recently updated to its 2006 edition, Scott Hanselman’s Ultimate Developer and Power Tool List for Windows is definitely worth a visit for developers and IT professionals. A few utilities from his list of top ten for 2006 that I have recently found useful: Lutz’s Reflector and its addins are amazing tools for dissecting .NET assemblies…

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XNA Studio Express Beta now available

I just got word (through my free subscription to the Connect program) that XNA Game Studio Express Beta is available for download at the Microsoft Download Center from the location at this link.  You may be interested in a discussion in the XNA Team Blog about the XNA Framework Content Pipeline.  It includes video goodness….

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XNA Game Studio Express

“XNA Game Studio Express is a set of tools based on Visual C# Express 2005 that allow students and hobbyists to build games that target both Windows and Xbox 360.”  To all the enthusiasts, hobbyists and students who have ever asked me if they could develop apps for their Xbox 360, this is the news…

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