Nigel Parker's Outside Line

Juxtaposing the web, media and mobile for New Zealand developers.

NV Interactive Take New Zealand Cricket to the Microsoft Azure Cloud

Those that know me will know that I have a great passion for cricket. I am lucky that I am able to...

Author: NigelParker Date: 03/03/2015

Working Together to Change the World – the Microsoft <3 GreenButton Story

All good stories start with a Once Upon a Time and the GreenButton story is no different. It was a...

Author: nparker Date: 05/01/2014

2013: The amazing year that was

It's that time of year again where I write and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year....

Author: nparker Date: 12/25/2013

H.264, MPEG DASH, Media Extensions and Life After Flash

Anyone who has been following me for some time will know that I have a history of commenting on...

Author: nparker Date: 10/27/2013

Apply for two of the BEST JOBS IN NEW ZEALAND!

More than 8 years ago, before the iPhone, before Twitter, before Facebook, before digital cameras...

Author: nparker Date: 07/07/2013

Get Your Game On

Why should you consider Windows Apps? Well because the market opportunity for games is really good...

Author: nparker Date: 03/31/2013

So I Sold My Surface…

Now I wouldn’t normally consider this sort of thing news worthy but I guess others have so I...

Author: nparker Date: 03/13/2013

8 years on the ship

In two months time I will have been eight years in the DPE team at Microsoft New Zealand. During...

Author: nparker Date: 01/16/2013

I’m internalising a really complex situation...

I have just had one of those eureka moments sitting by the pool in Fiji relaxing in the sun, so I...

Author: nparker Date: 11/28/2012

Profile of Kiwi Made Windows Store apps at Launch

With Windows 8 and Windows RT launching in New Zealand today we though we’d showcase a number of the...

Author: nparker Date: 10/24/2012

The Awesome Datacom MetroComp

Kerry Topp (General Manager | Microsoft Enterprise & Mid-Market Solutions | Datacom Limited)...

Author: nparker Date: 06/12/2012

The Launch of the New Zealand Windows 8 Store and the First Set of Kiwi Apps

I am really proud to have worked with the following pioneering Kiwi’s over the last few month...

Author: nparker Date: 06/06/2012

Be What’s Next

Having just completed my seventh year as a technology evangelist in New Zealand it is easy to lose...

Author: nparker Date: 04/02/2012

Four Full Days with Windows 8 – Kevin Isom’s Story

Having been on the road for a week participating in Windows 8 camps up and down the country it is...

Author: nparker Date: 03/27/2012

UX Guidelines for Metro Style Apps

Over the last week I have delivered a session in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland on Designing...

Author: nparker Date: 03/22/2012

Windows Camp in New Zealand and Developing for Windows 8

The Consumer Preview of Windows 8 was launched on 1st March 2012 and I hope you have all had a...

Author: nparker Date: 03/11/2012

Webstock 2012

Webstock has once again exceeded my expectations in regards to awesomeness and depth of thought....

Author: nparker Date: 02/15/2012

The NZ Herald Windows Phone App

Late last year SHIFT did a great job helping APN to update their mobile website...

Author: nparker Date: 02/13/2012

Nokia Lumia 800 Releasing in New Zealand… Why You Want One!

I spent almost $1,000 NZD (after tax and import duty) ordering a Nokia Lumia 800 pre-Christmas from...

Author: nparker Date: 02/07/2012

Windows 8 - make awesome apps

Steve Ballmer announced at CES 2012 that there are 500 million users of Windows 7 and that we're...

Author: nparker Date: 01/26/2012

Webstock 2012 Less Than A Month Away

It has been almost 6 years since the first Webstock in Wellington, and I still remember fondly the...

Author: nparker Date: 01/16/2012

The LazywormApps team down in Christchurch are a Microsoft BizSpark Start-Up and are one of the most...

Author: nparker Date: 12/11/2011

WebMatrix Start Building Better Websites

Since the launch of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer there have been almost 2 million downloads...

Author: nparker Date: 11/24/2011

ASP.NET vNext

Previously Mike wrote a great editorial about all things //BUILD I'd like to re-iterate that...

Author: nparker Date: 10/20/2011

RWC 2011 By The Numbers

I was ten years old when my dad took me to watch the final of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in...

Author: nparker Date: 10/03/2011

How to Navigate the HTML5 Video Maze

I am constantly being asked by web developers how they can get started with HTML5 Video. My first...

Author: nparker Date: 09/01/2011

WDCNZ–HTML Media: Where We Are & Where We Need To Go

Last week I presented at WDCNZ in Wellington with Chris Double (Auckland based Mozilla Developer who...

Author: nparker Date: 07/17/2011

Adobe Issues Flash Player Fix for IE9 Users Experiencing Issues

Last week Adobe broke the Internet. What they did was push an upgrade to their Flash plugin to...

Author: nparker Date: 05/29/2011

Light Up Your Website with Windows 7 and IE9

Whether you buy into the numbers or not it is promising to see that StatCounter is now reporting...

Author: nparker Date: 05/29/2011

Release an App for Windows Phone 7 in 7 Days for a Chance to Win a New HTC 7 Trophy Phone

UPDATE: Congratulations to Arraybracket Limited – Fill ‘Er Up for winning the random...

Author: nparker Date: 05/15/2011

The Great Kiwi Windows Azure Competition

The Problem: Lots of kiwi developers are signing up to try Windows Azure but are not actually...

Author: nparker Date: 05/01/2011

5 Things You Need to Know to Start Using Video and Audio Today

I have just finished giving my presentation at MIX11 on HTML5 Video and Audio. I enjoyed the session...

Author: nparker Date: 04/14/2011

Awesome-sauce MIX 11 Day Two

Author: nparker Date: 04/14/2011

2011 MICROSOFT IMAGINE CUP FESTIVAL, AUCKLAND, 12th APRIL (Next Tuesday)

2011 MICROSOFT IMAGINE CUP FESTIVAL AUCKLAND, 12th APRIL Join us at the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup...

Author: nparker Date: 04/04/2011

Auckland Startup Weekend #AKLSW April 1-3

I want to call out what an awesome job Mike did with NZ’s first Startup Weekend #AKLSW. He was...

Author: nparker Date: 04/03/2011

MSDN Unplugged Web Session Full Length Video

Author: nparker Date: 03/23/2011

MSDN Unplugged - The Unnamed Package of Web Love

I previously posted the links to all the demos that I gave during my unplugged talk around New...

Author: nparker Date: 03/21/2011

Resources for NZ WP7 Developers

I must admit there are some very nice apps starting to turn up in marketplace built by NZ devs. Some...

Author: nparker Date: 03/20/2011

Unplugged Web Session

UPDATE: I have posted the slide deck and session videos to...

Author: nparker Date: 03/13/2011

MSDN Unplugged Developer Events Around New Zealand Next Week

I am hitting the road next week with Mike to present two developer sessions around the country. As I...

Author: nparker Date: 03/08/2011

The Mixing Room–Te Papa

Last week when I was down in Wellington for the ONYAs (Congratulations Keith!) I visited Te Papa to...

Author: nparker Date: 02/27/2011

NZ MSDN Flash: The Unnamed Package of Web Love

I have written the first MSDN Flash editorial of the year. Subscribe to the newsletter if you...

Author: nparker Date: 01/23/2011

Using Windows Azure with Windows Phone 7, HTML5 and iPhone

Since the launch of Windows Phone 7 and while I was down at the iDev conference in Christchurch I am...

Author: nparker Date: 01/18/2011

Looking Back Over the Last 100+ Days

Today is my last day acting in the team lead role and I want to share some of the insights and...

Author: nparker Date: 12/23/2010

The Technology Behind Cricket an NV Interactive Story

It is well known that I love my cricket and over the last few years I’ve been able to combine my...

Author: nparker Date: 12/22/2010

Merry Christmas

Ben Gracewood's Year of Love post kicked me into action to post my own Christmas message. Ben wrote:...

Author: nparker Date: 12/21/2010

Road to 100 Windows Phone 7 Applications Built by New Zealand Developers

As we wrap up the year I’m happy at how NZ developers have taken to the new Windows Phone 7...

Author: nparker Date: 12/21/2010

IE9 Platform Preview 7 Available for Developers Today

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been tuning the JavaScript engine for more of the patterns we’ve...

Author: nparker Date: 11/17/2010

SilverStripe first open source web app to become Microsoft Certified

In July 2008 I spent a day at the Open Source Lab at Microsoft in the USA. This got me thinking of...

Author: nparker Date: 11/16/2010

PDC 2010 Live from the Microsoft Redmond Campus Tomorrow 5am!

The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) kicks off tomorrow morning and we would like...

Author: nparker Date: 10/27/2010

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