Thursday, 13 December 2007
This will help Virtual Earth compete with Google Maps, especially as Multimap is one of the top 10 most visited site in the UK.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
This may come as good news for some groups who were scraping together their final bits for the entry. Luckily my team was ready to hand in our entry this Friday, the extra time will allow us to polish up on our entry and add some extra content.
Also meaning that people who have only just found out about the Imagine Cup, have a month now to get their idea typed up and submitted!
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
I started the event out with a present about the Imagine Cup, going through what is involved in the Imagine Cup and the various prizes that are up for grabs, from a trip to Redmond working with the Popfly team to the pile of Xbox 360s that Microsoft are giving away.
Phil Winistanley then went on to talk about developing websites using ASP.NET. Some of the topics that Phil covered were:
- A comparison of C# to Java
- Overview of the .NET framework and the languages supported
- Master pages and CSS to build up a consistent theme throughout the project
- Controls with back end functionality (Imagebutton that fired an event)
- Implementing AJAX into your ASP.NET pages
- Login and user creation components that are supplied with ASP.NET
- Rich video, using the forthcoming ASP.NET 3.5 Framework
During his talk Phil mentioned Visual Studio Express Edition which can be downloaded from the following link:
This comes with the .NET Developer Server, which is used instead of such things as the TomCat server which you may be more familar.
Phils talk ended with rich content in a website which was an ideal starting point for Mikes Silverlight demo. Mike covered a wide range of topics:
- Silverlight & XAML Introduction
- Silverlight V1.0 (current build)
- Silverlight V2.0 (future release)
- Rich Interactive Media, showing the Silverlight Airways and the Fox Film site
- cross platform capabilities
- Expression Studio, for creating XAML
There are various ways of creating XAML but by far the best is by using Microsofts Expression Suite which is a family of programs (Design, Blend, Web and Media) which come togther to allow designers and developers to create rich web content. Trials of the Expression Suite can be found at:
All in all the event was a great success, even with my it being my first public presentation. I would like to once again thank all those of you who turned up and a special thanks to Mike and Phil for giving some great presentations.
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Monday, 3 December 2007
This problem has been solved using an imput bias which can be seen in the above diagram. Each of the layers in the network have a bias representing them and the bias input is added to the sum of the rest of the inputs this makes sure that the output will never become 0.
Sunday, 2 December 2007
MIX @ MMU is fast approaching, with only a couple of short days to wait we have another speaker confirmed!
Mike Taulty a Microsoft Development Evangelist and Silverlight guru will be attending, giving an insight into development using Silverlight, Microsofts latest web technology which gives developers the ability to create rich interactive user experiences.
MIX promises to be a great event, especially with Phil and Mike offering a wealth of knowledge and experience.