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Michael Crump Microsoft MVP, INETA Community Champion and XAML Advocate.

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I was lucky enough to attend Visual Studio Live! in Orlando on November 14th-17th. There were so many great speakers and the networking was great. I met a lot of really cool people and  we talked about everything .NET (from WP7, Silverlight, C#, ASP.NET WebForms, AJAX, MVC 3.. and so forth). I took a lot of notes during all the sessions and wanted to provide it to those that could not come out. If you follow me on Twitter then you have seen most of these. Most of the authors put slides/source code for their presentation on the web. So if you want to learn more you should be able to find the info by googling the author’s name. I met a lot of people at Visual Studio Live and had great conversations with many speakers like (Tim Huckaby, Billy Hollis, Wallace McClure, David Platt, Walt Ritscher).

Below are the sessions that I selected and the Key Points that I took away from the session.

Sunday Nov 13th.

Making Effective Use of Silverlight and WPF (Billy Hollis, DotNetMasters, Rockford Lhotka, Principal Technology Evangelist, Magenic)

Key Points:

Monday Nov 14th

Keynote Visual Studio 2010 The Best Path from Ideas to Solutions (Dave Mendlen, Senior Director, Developer Platform and Tools, Microsoft Corporation)

Key Points:

  • Lightswitch – Still in Beta. Easy for non-developers to create applications. (Developers have mixed feelings about this – actually they hate this.)
  • Lightswitch uses Silverlight and you can create simple database tables without knowing what Data Types are. (example: Phone number)
  • Here is the Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 announced at #vslive yesterday morning http://bit.ly/9DXMJL

What's new in ASP.NET 4 WebForms (Wallace McClure, Partner, Scalable Development, Inc)

Key Points:

ASP.NET MVC Quick Primer (Gus Emery, Principal, Tech-Pro)

Key Points:

  • I would highly recommend watching @SteveAndrews talk on MVC to supplement what you learned today http://mcrump.me/cxSuG3
  • Now included with .NET 4.0. No separate d/l needed.
  • VS2010 MVC template automatically ask if you want to create a unit test project #MVC #vslive
  • Controller – Intercepts all User Interactions.
  • Default Route is Home
  • This is not a brand new pattern created by Microsoft. It’s been around for a while.

WPF & Silverlight: Data Visualization, NUI, and Next Generation of User Experience (Tim Huckaby, CEO/Founder, InterKnowlogy)

Key Points:

  • Tim is using an old Acer Aspire Laptop to do 3D in WPF. This shows you just how hardware is becoming cheap.
  • Touch Capable computing devices are not new.
  • Tim says that we not that far away from “surface – touch apps” everywhere.
  • Showed a demo of surface app that reaches into a human heart.
  • Another demo of a doctor swiping his badge using Surface.
  • I just met Tim Huckaby @timhuckaby at #vslive. He's about to do a presentation on Data Visualization #silverlight #wpf

Tips & Tricks: Visual Studio 2010 IDE & Extensions (Chris Granger, Microsoft)

Key Points:

  • You can pin recent items inside of VS2010.
  • You can get new Project Templates online.
  • Extension Manager has lots of goodies like – Productivity Power Tools
  • VS2010 Supports multiple monitors (finally).
  • IntelliTrace debugging only works with VS2010 Ultimate.
  • Demoed finding a bug without setting breakpoints.

Tuesday Nov 15th

AJAX with the UpdatePanel, WebForms, and the AJAX Control Toolkit (Wallace McClure, Partner, Scalable Development, Inc)

Key Points:

Silverlight, WCF RIA Services, and Your Business Objects (Deborah Kurata, President, InStep Technologies, Inc.)

Key Points:

JQuery for ASP.NET Developers - Part 1 (Jeffrey McManus, CEO, Platform Associates)

Key Points:

 

Building RESTful Applications with the Open Data Protocol (Todd Anglin, Chief Evangelist, Telerik)

Key Points:

Can you use MEF too much? Hint - NO! (Jon Flanders, Senior Consultant, MCW Technologies)

Key Points:

  • MEF is a framework for creating loosely-coupled, extensible applications.
  • Most of VS uses it already.
  • Silverlight MEF - Extensible Applications http://mcrump.me/axqZrD
  • Export it, Import it, Compose it - MEF #vslive

 

Wednesday Nov 16th

Why Software Sucks (David S. Platt)

Key Points:

Design, Don't Decorate (Billy Hollis, DotNetMasters)

Key Points: 

  • Billy @billyhollis recommends developing several prototypes in parallel. #vslive
  • Billy @billyhollis says that he does not use SketchFlow for prototyping. #vslive
  • Process/Team Structure - Process must be design-centric rather than code-centric. #vslive
  • Billy @billyhollis says that you will have failed experiments! I say AMEN! #vslive
  • Billy @billyhollis says don't reuse prototypes hacks for your production version. #vslive

Using Microsoft Prism Loose - Coupling for Application Development (David S. Platt)

Key Points:

Multi-touch Madness! (Brian Peek, Senior Consultant, ASPSOFT, Inc.)

Key Points: 

Using WPF for Good and Not Evil (David S. Platt)

Key Points: 

  • Making your customers sick is not a recipe for success. Jeffrey Katzenberg #vslive
  • Users do not want to think about your software, they want to think about their tasks. #vslive
  • Motion Grab's a User's Eye - its hard for the user to look away from it. #vslive scrolling text...

Thanks to all for putting up with my Tweets during the past few days. I’ve added a lot of people to Twitter and hope that we continue having great conversations. See you next year (hopefully).

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Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 3:18 PM Events , General Software | Back to top

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