Congrats to UC’s Team APA – 2007 Aus Imagine Cup Winners

The winning team from the University of Canberra

Congratulation to Team APA from the University of Canberra (Philip Allan Haines, Ngoc Thuy Duong Khuu, Van Tieu-Vinh, Ping Li and mentor Dr Dat Tran) for winning the 2007 Australia Imagine Cup Finals. That’s victory, two years in a row for UC! They will be representing Australia on an all expense paid trip (well, almost) in the WW Finals in Seoul, Korea!

Check out Now the Blind can Program (err, should it be ‘code’) .NET to find what give Team APA the final edge in a very tight competition.

Not to fret if you have missed on this year’s finals! There are lots of time to start preparing for next year’s competition. The 2008 Worldwide Imagine Cup Finals will be held in Paris, France (article dated 14 Jun 07) and the theme is certainly close to my heart – “Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.”

Related link:
University of Canberra are going to the Imagine Cup world finals – again. (Aus IC Blog)

PS: Nick, you have certainly raised the execution of Imagine Cup Finals to a new level. Well done, I’m proud of you! Can’t await to follow up on your Mix in the Campus execution (Think MTV Google vs Microsoft employee death match!).

Now, I wonder who are the inaugural Kiwi reps for this year’s WW Imagine Cup Finals?


Moonlight – Silverlight for the Linux/Unix Platform at Mix07 Paris

Miguel de Icaza (a prolific open source developer on the Mono/Linux projects) and his team have began to port Silverlight onto the Linux platform. He will be showcasing the team’s efforts at Mix 07 in Paris.

– Picked up the story from Silverlight on Linux – Miguel de Icaza’s moonlight project

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PS: Talking about the Australia ReMix07, love the content, love the its purpose of this event but I will not be attending the event in Melbourne. I wish the old gang – Nick Ellery (AU Imagine Cup Finals), Monique, Anna and Michael (WebJam at Remix) every success for the event. I’m pretty sure Long will be at there to cover the event.

The 72 Hours Conversation Commence Now in Mix 2007!

Mix 2007, has kicked off in Vegas. The major news from the keynote address was the announcement of Silverlight support for video streaming (Silverlight streaming) and as a .NET member. What this means to developers is the ability to take advantage of support for ASP.Net AJAX, LINQ and cross languages support for Visual Basic, C# and C++ and other in their Silverlight app!

Just think about the possibilities! Silverlight is ROCKING!

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Visual Studio Orcas and .NET Framework Download and Resources

Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1 (and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta) has been released and available for download.

What’s News in:

a) Visual Basic Orcas  (see Visual Basic “Orcas” Beta1 is in the wild!)

  • Intellisense Everywhere – This feature is about providing statement completion suggestions at new points in edit mode.
  • Relaxed Delegates – Relaxed delegates are a way to extend VB’s implicit conversions to delegate types
  • (My fav new feature) Multi-Targeting – Enables you to use Orcas Beta1 to write applications that target .NET 2.0, 3.0, or 3.5.

b) .NET Framework 3.5

  • Deep integration of Language Integrated Query (LINQ) and data awareness
  • ASP.NET AJAX for quickly creating more efficient, more interactive and highly-personalized Web experiences that work across all the most popular browsers
  • New web protocol support for building WCF services including AJAX, JSON, REST, POX, RSS, ATOM and several new WS-* standards
  • Full tooling support for WF, WCF and WPF including the new workflow-enabled services technology

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Visual Studio 2005 Short-Cuts Guide

The Visual Basic team released poster quality reference guide to the keyboard shortcuts in VB IDE environment, which you can easily download and print out.

Check out Lisa Feigenbaum’s (an VB IDE Program Manager) Top 10 shortcuts! My fav is #3 – Ctrl + M,  to toggle outlining for the current region to move around the code.


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Microsoft Research India SMS Toolkit: Enable your own SMS Server

(Via Kevin Schofield’s post) Given the ubiquity of SMS and rising demand for SMS applications, MSRIndia has developed a SMS Toolkit which enables anyone with a PC and a Windows Mobile Phone to run their own SMS server.

This raises opportunity for developers to connect their interesting PC and Internet applications to SMS capable phones and create new useful SMS based apps; heralding a new era of mobile commerce especially in emerging markets.

To run the SMS Toolkit, the hardware requirements are:
– An application Unlocked Windows Mobile 5.0 based phone
– A PC running Windows XP or Vista
– A USB cable to connect your phone to your PC

Software Requirements:
SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition
– Activesync 4.0 and above

To find out more and download the MSRIndia SMS Toolkit, visit the project’s Codeplex page.
Related link: Microsoft Research India blog

Sample screenshot of a sample application scenario (SMS news item broadcast)
Bulk SMS via Excel 1.JPG

An Interview with Joel Pobar and Prof. John Gough

Last Feb when I visited QUT, I had a chance to  to chat with Prof John Gough over dinner. He shared with me his thoughts on IT enrolment as well as his passion for complier (from his nuclear physics days) and the CLR. John wrote “Compiling for the .NET Common Language Runtime“, a book about about the CLR compiling process in great detail.

Nick Hodge, our in-house professional geek recently travelled to Brisbane to interview Joel Pobar (a CLR wiz, who had helped me a lot to understand reflection during his CLR PM days) and John on compliers. Check out the Channel 9 video!