Galway ICT Productivity Conference: 12th Oct for Devs, Architects, IT Professionals

The Galway ICT Productivity Conference, which will take place on Thursday October the 12th, promises top-class speakers for Developers, Architects and IT Professionals.  The theme of the day is ‘Increasing Productivity through Technology,’ which is looked at from three perspectives during three parallel tracks: Developers explore Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server, through presentations by…


Last night’s ”Business Benefits of RSS” discussion in Cork

I was one of the presenters at last night’s IT@Cork Business Benefits of RSS event.  Tom Raftery has posted photos and follow-up information already! My goal was to outline the Microsoft RSS Platform, as presented last week at Mix06 by the Microsoft RSS team.  Through a variety of innovations across the platform, Microsoft is aspiring to make…


The Inimitable Irish Community

For the first half of this week, I took part in Microsoft’s Connect conference, which brought together .NET community leaders and “Evangelist”-types like me from all over Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  Ireland and Northern Ireland were tremendously well represented at Connect.  We had no less than 8 attendees from this island, and one…


Irish Blog award winners announced, posted, blogging about it

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Irish Blog Awards!  The event took place in Dublin’s Alexander Hotel on Saturday night, and the blogs are abuzz with reports of the evening’s success.  I wish I could have been there myself — alas, I’m still out of town.  Compliments to Damien Mulley and the organizers of the…


Some Developer Highlights from around the island this week

The Web Developer Competition, now well and truly launched, has caught the attention of bloggers including Darrell McCrone, Brian Delahunty, Damien Mulley, Kieran Lynam, and John Brennan!  It’s a sweet deal: build a website using the free Visual Web Developer Express, host it, and you’re in with a chance to win prizes like an Xbox 360….


Irish Blogging Awards

Damien Mulley, organizer of the Irish Blogging Awards, kindly offered me the opportunity to take part in the judging.  But bear in mind that, in true blogging style, almost two thousand people have contributed electronically to the voting! The award categories range from technology to politics to culture.  Now, I know blogging about blogging is passé -…


Jesper Johansson on Tufte’s Presenting Quantitative Information Course

Clare recently mentioned that Jesper Johansson, an exceptional Microsoft Security Technology presenter, attended a Presentation Skills course.  What she didn’t mention is that it was Dr Edward A Tufte’s course on presenting quantitative information. Oh, cool! If you present or visualize information at all – in the context of PowerPoint slides, user interface design, reports…


Ireland Architect Forum 2006: Software Factories: Morrison Hotel, Dublin: 1 March

If you’re an Architect in Ireland – or perhaps a Devarchitect who sits somewhere between the worlds of Architect and Senior Developer – then, first of all, you should be subscribed to Bill O’Brien’s Blog, and second of all, on the 1st of March you should be at Architect Forum 2006. This year’s Architect Forum…


How can we improve the localized MSDN Flash Ireland?

In today’s issue of the biweekly MSDN Flash Ireland, I took the opportunity to ask what our subscribers think about our localized newsletter. We’ve been using MSDN Flash Ireland to keep people informed of new developer technologies and community events.  For example, in this week’s issue, Clare put together a very thorough list of upcoming…


Office System 2003 and the Connected Productive Enterprise – Friday breakfast seminar in Belfast

The Visual Studio Tools the Office System is going to make the development of bespoke Office solutions a whole lot easier.  That’s the developer perspective; but how does VSTO fit into the bigger picture of making Information Workers more productive? There’s a breakfast seminar on this Friday at 7:45 at the Northern Ireland Science Park…