After the Last Stand

May the road rise to meet you...When the XNA-fuelled fireworks were over at yesterday’s Last Stand in Dublin (literally and figuratively) I was totally lost for words. When does that ever happen?!

What I really want to say most is thank you – especially to Clare Dillon, Philip McKeown, Fergal Breen and everyone else at Microsoft, MTUG, IrishDev and beyond who made my time with the Ireland developer communities so enjoyable. I love the communities because you guys WANT to be there and so it makes it worth my while to shower you with my honest (boundless?) enthusiasm.

And thank you so much for letting me keep the Lego Mindstorms NXT kit! (!!!) I promise you it will be well looked after and is staying in a loving home where it will get all the attention it deserves. And Siofra and I may have to share the table between mosaics and Lego from now on :)

You probably could tell, I really enjoyed the chance to pull out all the stops and show you what I’ve been up to.

Just like the guy who forgets that his glasses are on his forehead, I forgot that my speaker notes were in my pocket. There were about 4 other things about XNA and Robotics Studio I forgot to show you yesterday… but those all are for another day, except this one thing:

With the XNA 1.0 Refresh, it takes just one step to package up your games (code+content) to distribute as an install for Windows and XBox360! At present, you need to be a XNA Creators Club member to play the XBox versions, but the Windows ones are good to go for free.

So if I can have the permission of the inimitable Phil McDarby to distribute the beautiful background image behind the fireworks, I’ll take my Guitar Hero XPlorer-controlled finale, pack it up, and you can all answer Ireland’s Call with your Guitar Hero controllers any time you want, even when Ireland aren’t playing rugby at Croker.

 [Update: I’ve done this, and also released the code.]

p.s. thanks for reading this on my new blog… you’re at the right place, and I may be traveling the Earth but I’m not falling off the face of it :)

Rob’s Last Stand: XNA, Microsoft Robotics Studio, 360s, Wiis, and Dancing Robots

Irish Microsoft Technologies Conference

Talk Abstract:

By day, he helps mild-mannered developers build n-tiered architectures using .NET technologies.

But by night, the real Rob comes out. The one that works endlessly – nay, furiously – with XNA and the Microsoft Robotics Studio. And now, with backpack and camera over shoulders, he’s going freelance, making the IMTC, in fact, Rob’s Last Stand*. Witness applications written in C# that run on Windows and the Xbox 360! Gasp as the Nintendo Wii controller gets integrated into .NET to control a wee flock of boids! Learn how to do all this stuff yourself! And if none of that batters yer sausage (in the words of the esteemed Podge O’Leprosy), then come for the dancing robots.

Rob’s going to give the talk he’s been dying to give for 3 years, give away the Lego Mindstorms kit, and then boldly make like a moose, and vamoose.

Ah goodness, now you just have to be there.

When: June 7th, Irish Microsoft Technologies Conference
Where: Cineworld, Dublin
Level: All
Who should attend: Developers, IT Pros, Designers, Leprechauns, my Mammy.
What you’ll take away: XNA, Robotics Studio, possibilities for everything from commercial apps to weekend projects, a sense of awe and wonderment at the interconnectedness of all things, oh, and possibly some Lego.

* By “Rob’s Last Stand” please note that terms and conditions apply, including but not limited to Rob making another stand at the bar that night.

Helpful links: For those traveling from overseas, here are some resources that might come in handy, in no particular order —