Comparing Content Management Systems

There are a lot of good open source Content Management Systems out there and I’m sure we all know some of the big ones in the market. There is a slight problem with so many good alternatives out there and that is which one to choose? Let’s take a look at the two biggest open…

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Cel Shading in XNA

Ever wondered how games achieve that really cool cartoony looking effect? With the bold, blocky lighting and the big black borders? It’s quite a neat look and helps make games look really eye-catching! It’s easier and more effective to make a game look stylized, than to make a game look extremely realistic! This article will…

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Student Project Express: Completing your student project with Microsoft technologies

Learning to use the Microsoft Developer tools and technologies (.NET Framework, C#, Visual Studio, SQL Server, etc) is something that can prove extremely important for graduates looking for a job once they complete their studies. Using these for the final student project is a great way to learn in a productive way and is potentially…

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Silverlight – Gadgets, Web Slices and More! (Part 2)

In this part of the Silverlight article, we’ll be going through IE8 Web Slices – what they are, how they work and how we can put our Silverlight application in them. What are Web Slices? A Web Slice is a new feature within IE8 that allows a user to subscribe (favourite) just a portion of…

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PDC 2009

Intro Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is often mentioned in revered tones around the water-cooler. Not just because it’s notoriously difficult to get a ticket (usually the conference is a sell-out), or hard to get to (Los Angeles is not, by any stretch of the imagination, near the UK), but because this is the place…

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Life as an Intern (Laura Blackmore)

My role at Microsoft revolves around many of the skills I have learnt throughout my two years at university. I first started Liverpool John Moores University in 2007 without any courses in mind. I decided to study BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems as it looked to be quite varied. My first year involved Networking studies,…

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Bing Maps

Microsoft recently launched the new beta Silverlight version of Bing Maps. Merging a whole range of technologies, there’s now some really cool stuff available in Bing Maps! From satellite view to Streetside to Photosynth, Bing Maps has it all! User Interface With the new Bing Maps, the user interface has changed quite a lot. It’s…

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Life as an Intern (Colin Davies)

My name is Colin Davies and I am currently on placement at Microsoft as a Marketing Project Manager. Around now a lot of you will be thinking about getting applications in for either placements or grad roles so I have been asked by the lovely editor of this newsletter to give you a little insight…

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Silverlight – Gadgets, Web Slices and more! (Part 1)

There’s a lot of cool things you can do with Silverlight. This new series will introduce you to some of them, including parameters, OutOfBrowser, Gadgets and more. In this part, we’ll be discussing passing parameters in to an application to inform the application of where it is running – be it browser, OutOfBrowser, WebSlice or…

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Azure Applications (Explained)

  What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure is a cloud computing platform. It allows the deployment of cloud based applications that are managed at Microsoft datacenters. How do I get Azure? In order to start building Azure applications, you need to have Visual Studio 2008 or higher to install the SDK and tools. Windows Azure…

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