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GeekPost Weekly Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 3

By James Hippolite, in , posted: 30-Oct-2009 14:24

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Volume 1 Issue 3

Friday 30 October 2009

Hippolite Musings

Tena Koutou Katoa,

My Grenada Village ( project proceeds apace.  This week, I have:

  • Converted to ASPX & MasterPages;
  • Enabled .NET Support on my hosting site (discovered this was necessary, after uploading my updated files, and the site wouldn't work temporarily!);
  • Enabled SMTP support;
  • Advertised on the site.

Next week, I hope to think up how to put up past newsletters as PDFs in a clever fashion.  It would be dead boring just to have a massive list ("click here for November 2009").


Developer News

Top News

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Ready to Download

Download the beta and begin investigating the new capabilities, including new testing options, enhancements to the integrated development environment, built-in tools for Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, new drag-and-drop bindings for Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation, and more.
Explore Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 with a New Training Course on Channel 9

Dive into videos and labs that will help you get familiar with .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010. This exclusive opportunity lets developers access free courseware online for a self-paced learning experience.
Windows 7 Developer Training Is Now Online on Channel 9

These videos, hands-on labs and samples are the quickest way to ramp up on the new developer features in Windows 7. Our new online offering allows you to learn at your own pace and download only those modules that interest you.

Telecom News

Telecom is bringing TiVo? to your place

From November you'll be able to use Telecom Broadband and TiVo to view the best of free-to-air television, popular overseas shows and heaps of hit movies on your TV.

Sign up now to receive TiVo updates and you could be in to win 1 of 5 TiVo media devices.

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Certification News

Win 7 and VS2010 Training Courses LIVE

Want to learn more on the latest versions of Visual Studio and Windows coming out of Redmond?  Do you like how-to videos and hands-on labs?

Just got word on  some Visual Studio 2010 and Windows 7 training from Channel 9.  Check out these resources.

Explore Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 with a new training course on Channel 9

The developer evangelists who bring you the 10-4 Show are providing videos and labs for you to get familiar with .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010. This exclusive opportunity lets developers access courseware online in a self-paced learning experience.
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The most comprehensive Windows 7 Developer training is now online on Channel 9

These videos, hands-on labs, and real-world samples are the quickest way to ramp up on the new developer features in Windows 7. Our new online offerings allow you to learn at your own pace and download only those modules that interest you.  Go ahead and jumpstart your Windows 7 developer skills now!

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SQL Server News

The Bit Bucket (Greg Low)

Ramblings of Greg Low:

SQL Down Under show transcripts now coming online

I've had quite a few requests from people for some form of searchability for the content in the SQL Down Under shows. We've looked into having show transcripts posted and after a few false starts, I'm pleased to announce that they are starting to come online now in the "Previous Shows" section at:

While not perfect, they certainly can help. If you are reading them and find any glaring errors, please just let us know and we'll fix them. We're working backwards through the shows and the first three transcripts are available now.


Product News

Kiwis celebrating Windows 7 Launch Editorial: Daryl Ooh

Dear MSDN Flash readers,

As many of you may know, yesterday was the official launch of Windows 7! If you had the chance of being part of the launch in Auckland and Wellington, hope you enjoyed it! Highlights include Richie McCaw and Frankie Stevens, the Auckland Samba Band and HP's 7 Wonders competition. Notebooks were given away every 10 minutes including the new HP Envy notebook worth $4,499!

In true Microsoft fashion, this moment was captured with Photosynth and Deep Zoom. Check them out! Competitions, Desktops and Offers

Now it's your turn to win some prizes!

  1. Enter our Facebook contest - become a fan of Windows NZ and upload your photo, image, video or "original interpretation" of 7 for the judges to review.

  2. Enter our Windows 7 desktop theme contest. The subject is "Keeping It Kiwi" so send us your photos or digital images, and some words, which show us how proud a Kiwi you really are and your work could end up as an official Windows 7 theme download!

You can also download these great desktop themes for Windows 7. Greg Straight (Kiwi graphic designer) and Avatar are very cool!

There is also a retail offer, buy a PC with Windows 7 and save on a copy of Windows 7 for a second PC. Windows 7 Readiness Resource Kits

We also have some Windows 7 Readiness Resource Kits for IT Pros and Developers. These will help you get up to speed with developing for Windows 7 with presentations, developer guides, white papers, how-to guides and sample code. Request below, and I'll post one out to you, free! Only New Zealand and limited supply.

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!

Kind regards

Daryl Ooh
Audience Marketing Manager
Microsoft NZ

Microsoft Partner News

Preparing for the Windows Azure Platform Launch

Greetings from the Windows Azure Platform Team!

We hope you are enjoying your participation in one or more of the Community Technology Previews (CTPs) of the Windows? AzureT platform (i.e., Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services). The feedback from these CTPs has proven invaluable in enhancing our services and we appreciate your participation.

In October 2008 at our Professional Developer Conference we opened the Community Technology Preview (CTP) for the Windows Azure platform (Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services). The CTP has been invaluable in terms of shaping many aspects of the Windows Azure platform.

PDC 2009 is an exciting event for all of us who are working on the Windows Azure platform as it's our opportunity to show you the work that we've done over the past year, including some brand new features. The conference also marks the beginning of our transition from a CTP to a business. For your planning purposes, this post maps out the key stages of that transition that you should be aware of.

  • At PDC 2009, on November 17th, 2009, a number of new features in Windows Azure will be made available for the first time. The CTP will remain open through December 31st, allowing you to experiment with the full feature platform and to give us any final feedback.
  • Beginning January, 2010, new customers will have to sign up for an offer to access services on the Windows Azure platform. You'll receive your first bill with a $0 balance, so you can see your exact usage while still enjoying free service.
  • On February 1, 2010, we will begin charging customers for using the Windows Azure platform.

Making the transition in these three steps accomplishes a few goals. First, it gives you a chance to explore our full feature set for free. Second, it allows our team time to get your feedback on the new features and address any issues that arise. Finally, it lets you preview exactly how billing will work before you need to start paying.

We'd like to thank everyone who has participated in our Community Technology Preview. Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services are better products because of you. We look forward to seeing you next month at PDC 2009!

Windows Azure Platform CTP Team
Microsoft Corporation

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Training News

Understanding ViewState is probably one of the best articles that explain this I [Neal Bloomfield] have read.  If you are using webforms, do yourself a favour and go read it.

Dot Net News

Two news items around Sales Force

Events Schedule

In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to METTLE.  I'm available for bookings.

Date Event Venue Speaker
09-Nov-09 Tech-Ed Europe Berlin, Germany  
19-Nov-09 SQL Server growth in the NZ Fire Service Wellington SSUG Geoff Laws


Ding Dong,The Vista's DEAD!

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James Hippolite
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Welcome to my technical blog. 

Here, I attempt to distill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer knowledge I have accumulated since first qualifying MCP in 1996.  This blog started on 13 September 2007 as an off-shoot from my mixed up personal blog.  But it took a shot in the arm from Scott Hanselman's talk at TechEd New Zealand 08 "32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less".