BUPA Great North Run – Done – Next Challenge Please!

I’m very late posting this but I want to say a big thank you to all of those who have supported me and sponsored me in my efforts to complete the BUPA Great North Run and raise some money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind. On Sunday 5th October, on a beautiful sunny morning, where conditions were perfect!  The atmosphere on the Metro into Newcastle and at the start line was great.  The BUPA Great North Run was a wonderful experience and I really enjoyed the whole day.  I managed to complete my first ever half marathon in 2:15:10.  … Continue reading BUPA Great North Run – Done – Next Challenge Please!

VBUG Newcastle: Introducing OpenXML with Craig Murphy – Wednesday 29th October 2008

I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Craig Murphy to VBUG Newcastle on Wednesday 29th October to give us his introduction to OpenXML.  Craig has this to say about the topic: Overview With the release of Office 2007, Microsoft moved their document formats over to XML-based formats. This text-based format has many advantages, including, but not limited to readability, good compression and ease of reconstruction. However, as developers [responsible for report creation], OpenXML has significant benefits for us. We now have a consistent object model across all Office applications. More importantly, we no longer have to understand the intricacies … Continue reading VBUG Newcastle: Introducing OpenXML with Craig Murphy – Wednesday 29th October 2008

Developer Developer Day 7 – Agenda Live!!

Yes folks, all the votes have been counted and verified and the Developer Day Team have now published the Agenda for the 7th Developer Developer Day on Saturday November 22nd 2008 at Microsoft’s Reading Campus.  There is a great deal of variety and what is most exciting is that there are a number of new speakers taking the plunge, including VBUG’s very own Phil Pursglove!  It looks to be yet another cracking day! best of luck to all new speakers!! For latest registration information keep an eye on the Developer Day Website and if you’re on Twitter, follow @DeveloperDay for … Continue reading Developer Developer Day 7 – Agenda Live!!

11th VBUG Conference 4th and 5th November 2008 – Book Now!!

I have been heavily involved with the Agenda for this year’s VBUG Conference and am pleased to say that we have been able to set up a great selection of topics and a plethora of excellent speakers including the Keynote by Roy Osherove, sessions from Ken Getz, Jeffrey McManus, Oliver Sturm, Tony Whitter and many, many more excellent speakers. Session Highlights include Tips and Tricks for Successful Software Teams ASP.Net 4.0 Silverlight for Mobile Distributed Caching for ASP.Net Applications Create Managed Code for Office 2008 in VS 2008 We have a wide range of sessions with a good mix of … Continue reading 11th VBUG Conference 4th and 5th November 2008 – Book Now!!

VBUG Online Meetings Return: Tuesday 21st October – CSLA.Net Introduction with Andrew Hallmark

At VBUG we are pleased to announce the resumption of our Online Meetings, and we resume with CSLA.NET Introduction by Andrew Hallmark next Tuesday, 21st October 2008, from 19:30 – 20:30.  I know a few people in my own region have asked for this topic to be covered but unfortunately it’s not been possible, but now you can see the presentation online from wherever you are :).  Be sure to sign up for this free event – for more information and to register for the event be sure to visit the event page – VBUG Online: CSLA.NET Introduction with Andrew … Continue reading VBUG Online Meetings Return: Tuesday 21st October – CSLA.Net Introduction with Andrew Hallmark

Flash Chance to Win an Xbox 360 Elite

If you don’t already subscribe to the MSDN Flash newsletter, first of why not?? and secondly sign up now to have the chance to win an XBOX 360 Elite.  Microsoft are running this competition until 28th November 2008 for all who sign up to the MSDN Flash Newsletter which is crammed with useful information, articles and event listings every fortnight Sign Up Now for the MSDN Flash Newsletter