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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author Silverlight There are 31 entries for the tag Silverlight
Florida Technical Communities (October 2010 Update)
It has been over a year since the last time I updated my list of Florida technical communities and a lot has changed since then. Joe Healy, our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelist, maintains a list for each of the main areas in Florida, but this only covers the .NET-focused groups. Taking what he has started, I have put together a similar list (based on the information Joe maintains) that covers the other technical communities that I know of. If you are part of a technical user group community ......

Posted On Saturday, October 9, 2010 11:21 AM

Florida Technical Communities (April 2009 Update)
Florida has a very active developer community. The biggest problem we seem to have is that all of these different groups usually don't know about each and there hasn't been a "centralized clearinghouse" listing all of the technical communities. Joe Healy, one of our Florida Microsoft Developer Evangelists, maintains a list and one-page flyers for each of the main areas in Florida. I think the eventual plan is that Joe will be updating his site to take advantage of the newer version of Live Maps and ......

Posted On Saturday, April 4, 2009 11:51 AM

MVP Summit 2009 Twitters
If you’re at MVP Summit 2009 (or not at Summit) and trying to find people to follow I’ve started putting together a list of MVPs and Microsoft employees that I know who are here. Everyone should be using the #mvp09 hashtag for their tweets, so you can follow the conversations using #hashtags, Twitter Search, Twopular, TweetScan, or any other twitter search sites. If you want to be included in this list (or have updates to your information), leave a comment or message me on Twitter. Microsoft MVPs ......

Posted On Sunday, March 1, 2009 5:45 PM

.NET Lambda Expressions – Resources
I present at a lot of the local Florida code camps (and some out of state ones as well) and have a presentation that focuses on understanding Lambda expressions in .NET. This is not an exhaustive list, but it is a subset of the books, articles, blogs, and presentations that I used to form the content of my presentation. Books Essential C# 3.0: For .NET Framework 3.5 (2nd Edition) (Microsoft .Net Development Series) (Paperback) (Mark Michaelis) The C# Programming Language (3rd Edition) (Microsoft ......

Posted On Friday, November 28, 2008 11:58 AM

Silverlight 3
Silverlight 2 was just released a few short months ago, but ScottGu is already providing hints at what we will see in Silverlight 3 which is supposed to be out sometime next year and will be a major update. Some of the major enhancements and improvements are: media enhancements (including H.264 video support) graphics improvements (including 3D support and GPU hardware acceleration) application development improvements (including richer data-binding support and additional controls) To go along with ......

Posted On Sunday, November 23, 2008 12:51 PM

Test Driven Development Firestarter
Event Date: Saturday, January 19, 2009 Event Time: 08:30 (registration), 09:00 – 17:00 Event Location: Microsoft Tampa Office If you want to learn what TDD is all about, this is the event to attend. It’s a day-long event where you will go from start to finish with a sample domain problem and learn how to write tests to drive functionality of the system. This promises to be an excellent event and will be good for both beginners and those experienced with TDD. There will be two tracks running simultaneously, ......

Posted On Sunday, November 23, 2008 11:39 AM

Anders Hejlsberg on C# 4.0
If you attended PDC hopefully you had a chance to hear Anders’ talk on C# 4.0; if not you can watch it on Channel 9. During that talk, one of the primary new features he focused on was the new dynamic keyword and all of the new features that come along with it. Building on that talk, Anders and C# Community PM Charlie Calvert talk about questions that have come up in the community about what the new dynamic features mean. Technorati Tags: C# 4.0, dynamic ......

Posted On Sunday, November 23, 2008 10:45 AM

New .NET Logos
Just in time for PDC, Microsoft has unveiled new logos for the .NET Framework. According to Chris Keonig’s blog post about the new logos, the change was made because We [Microsoft] needed a logo that was in sync with the key values that we want .NET to stand for: consistency, robustness and great user experiences. We also wanted a logo that conformed to the design principles that are driving Microsoft’s brand identity evolution and is reflected in newer brands such as Silverlight, Surface and more. ......

Posted On Friday, October 24, 2008 11:06 PM

When Should You Use WPF?
It’s pretty clear that Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is here to stay. In fact, use of WPF is becoming more popular and frequent, particularly now that Silverlight 2.0 is on the horizon. The problem is that there has been very little guidance available to help you decide when to use the various UI technologies available. There is however, some unofficial help in the form of this blog post and this white paper. Here is the comparison matrix from Michael’s blog post: WPF WPF XBAP Silverlight ......

Posted On Sunday, July 20, 2008 1:52 PM

Microsoft Community Summit 2008 ]inbetween[
If you're going to Tech·Ed Developer or IT Pro this year, be sure to come out to the Microsoft Community Summit 2008 (also known as ]inbetween[ or the Tech·Ed Tweener Weekend, since it's in between the two events). This is a 2-day free event hosted by the Florida user group communities for everyone who is attending one (or both) of the Tech·Ed events or anyone who wanted to go but wasn't able to. It's hosted at the Orlando Convention Center on June 7-8. Since it's a free event, lunch will not be ......

Posted On Monday, May 26, 2008 12:04 PM

Silverlight 2 Beta 1
More announcements from Mix came from Scott Guthrie, who announced the release of Silverlight 2 Beta 1. (In case you don't know, Silverlight 2 was previously called Silverlight 1.1) This release provides a lot of new features and controls, including layout containers such as a Grid and StackPanel, control skinning and templating. There are improvements in both networking and general performance as well. Better integration with Visual Studio 2008 is also provided as well as a new release of Expression ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 8:42 PM

Framework Engineering: Architecting, Designing, and Developing Reusable Libraries
At TechEd 2007, Krzysztof talked about building reusable libraries. The session abstract is below. You can download the presentation as an XPS file. The presentation was also recorded, and the WMV file can be downloaded from here. This session covers the main aspects of reusable library design: API design, architecture, and general framework engineering processes. Well-designed APIs are critical to the success of reusable libraries, but there are other aspects of framework development that are equally ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 8:27 PM

Framework Engineering: Architecting, Designing, and Developing Reusable Libraries
At TechEd Developers Europe, Krzysztof Cwalina presented a talk called "Framework Engineering: Architecting, Designing, and Developing Reusable Libraries". If you weren't able to make the conference or missed his talk, you can download the video recording (in WMV format) or just the slides (in XPS format). The abstract for the session reads: This session covers the main aspects of reusable library design: API design, architecture, and general framework engineering processes. Well-designed APIs are ......

Posted On Saturday, January 12, 2008 8:31 AM

Visual Studio 2008 Rhythm Training Kit
If you are doing any work with any of the following technologies: LINQ, .NET 3.5 (C# 3.0, VB 9) WCF WPF WF CardSpace Silverlight ASP.NET Ajax .NET Compact Framework 3.5 VSTO 3.5 Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server You should download the free Visual Studio 2008 Rhythm Training Kit (125MB). The training kit contains 5-days of technical content including 20 hands-on labs, 28 presentations, and 20 scripted demos ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 19, 2007 9:20 PM

ASP.NET Extensions - MVC Framework
The much-talked about MVC Framework that Microsoft is working on was released last week as part of the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions. It also has some other pretty cool stuff, including Dynamic Data controls, Ajax history support, ADO.NET Data Services, updated support for Silverlight and the ADO.NET Entity Framework. Once you download it, here are some great resources to check out: Scott Guthrie's 4 part tutorial on building an MVC based application Phil Haack (the PM for the MVC Framework) Rob Conery ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 19, 2007 8:05 PM

Silverlight 2.0
What used to be called Silverlight 1.1 has been rebranded as Silverlight 2.0 and will include a cross-platform, cross-browser version of the .NET Framework and will enable a rich .NET development platform in the browser. Scott Guthrie has a post that details what will be part of the 2.0 release, but it includes: WPF UI Framework: The current Silverlight Alpha release only includes basic controls support and a managed API for UI drawing. The next public Silverlight preview will add support for the ......

Posted On Friday, November 30, 2007 1:05 PM

ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Release
Now that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 have officially shipped, it's time to start looking at the additional products and tools that build on top of that foundation. Scott Guthrie has an excellent post that details the roadmap for the Web related products. The biggest announcement is that the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions will have it's first public preview available sometime next week. If you don't know what the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions are, here is the list (taken from Scott's post): ASP.NET MVC: This ......

Posted On Friday, November 30, 2007 10:24 AM

Microsoft Download Center Silverlight Beta
It looks like Microsoft is fully embracing the rich interactive features that Silverlight offers and have a new beta version of the Download Center that is Silverlight enabled. The beta gives a preview of some of the new designs Microsoft will be rolling out for the Download Center home page and category pages to make it easier to discover and download software. The beta is currently for the entry pages only. If you decide to download any items you see, you will be alerted that doing so will exit ......

Posted On Friday, November 30, 2007 10:17 AM

MIX08: The Next Web Now
March 5 - 7, 2008The VenetianResort Hotel CasinoLas Vegas, Nevada Now in its third year, MIX is an intimate opportunity for cutting-edge technical, creative and business strategists to engage Microsoft in a conversation about the future of the web. Come explore the latest wave of opportunities and help redefine the boundaries between: content and commerce, PC and TV, Windows and the Web. The conference focuses mostly on Web technologies, such as Silverlight, but will also cover some of the desktop ......

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2007 8:44 PM

WPF Virtual Bootcamp
I just came across a post by Tim Sneath announcing the WPF Virtual Bootcamp. This is a three-day virtual training course that covers all aspects of WPF as part of MIX University. The best part about this bootcamp is that it's completely free. This was originally delivered on the Redmond campus earlier this year to a small invited audience and features: A keynote from Ian Ellison-Taylor, the general manager responsible for WPF, Silverlight and client platform tools. Introductory sessions on core WPF ......

Posted On Friday, October 26, 2007 10:01 PM

Club Internet: le duel

Reading Joe Healy's blog, I came across a post about a really impressive bit of advertising done by MSN France. It's in French and is a Flash app (not Silverlight, which is disappointing), but it is still very impressive.

Posted On Saturday, July 28, 2007 10:02 AM

ASP.NET Futures and Silverlight
To go along with the release of Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft has also released the Release Candidate (RC) 1 of Silverlight 1.0 and a refresh for Silverlight 1.1. You can get more information about the releases on Tim Sneath's blog. If you install both Silverlight 1.1 and Visual Studio 2008, be sure to check out the Microsoft Silverlight Alpha Tools for Visual Studio 2008 Beta, which is an add-on for Visual Studio to provide a Silverlight project system for developing Silverlight applications in ......

Posted On Saturday, July 28, 2007 9:37 AM

Back from Tech·Ed 2007
Going from one extreme to another can be just a bit disconcerting. After spending a week in Alaska where I was almost completely disconnected from the world, I went straight into Tech·Ed 2007. If you weren't able to attend, make sure to check out Virtual Tech·Ed. You will find the keynote and some podcasts relating to some of the sessions. Things are about a week behind and there are a lot of podcasts queued up to be made available on the site, so keep checking back. I can't say that there was a ......

Posted On Sunday, June 10, 2007 9:48 AM

Tampa Code Camp 2007
Tampa Code Camp for 2007 has just been announced. Registration just opened on June 4, 2007 so there is still plenty of room, but there is a maximum attendance of 400 people so space will fill up quickly. This year, the event has moved to the St. Petersburg College (ICOT Center) in Largo, Florida and will be held on July 14, 2007. The new location promises larger rooms and state of the art AV equipment. If you have never attended Code Camp or don't know what it is, Code Camp is a free one day event ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 12:18 AM

Search Driven Development
A few months ago, Phil Haack wrote about a phenomena being referred to as Search Driven Development (SDD). If you don't know what Search Driven Development is, there is a great article on LinuxWorld by Ken Krugler and John D. Mitchell. According to them article About 25% of a developer's time is spend [sic] searching for information. It's well spent, though -- finding reusable code can get a project done on time and with high quality results. I don't know about you, but (like Phil) I find that Google ......

Posted On Sunday, May 20, 2007 3:05 PM

IronPython Running on Mono
When Microsoft announced the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) at MIX07, it was an interesting concept. Now, thanks to some very hard work by some of the talented people on the Mono project, it only took 16 days to get Microsoft’s IronPython running with DLR on Mono. This means that IronPython can now run: In the Silverlight browser plugin Natively on Windows Vista On Windows XP with WinFx On Linux, BSD, and OSX with Mono It also means that the other dynamic languages (IronRuby, VBx, Smalltalk/DLR, ......

Posted On Saturday, May 19, 2007 10:50 AM

Tech·Ed 2007 Session Calendars
[edit: 16 May 2007] The calendars have been updated and a few new ones added. Check this post for more details. [/edit] Even though the Tech·Ed 2007 Schedule Builder is live, it is just as cumbersome (in my opinion) to use as ever. I had hoped that with the advent of AJAX, Silverlight, and the other interactive web technologies the schedule builder would have been more...interactive. The idea of having to pick a time period from a drop down list that contains more than 20 items and constantly having ......

Posted On Thursday, May 10, 2007 5:11 PM

Silverlight going open source, sort of...
Last month, I blogged about Adobe Flex going open source. It seems Microsoft has taken notice, and is making some of Silverlight available as open source. Microsoft is also releasing the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) and IronPython on CodePlex under the Microsoft Permissive License. This allows developers and users to view, modify and redistribute source code for either commercial or non-commercial purposes, and also to charge a license fee for any code they've added to the software. A DLR based ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 2, 2007 11:32 PM

Adobe Flex going open source
According to eWeek, Adobe Systems has announced that the Flex Web framework is being released to the open source community. Flex is a framework for building cross-platform rich internet applications for the web and also enables the new Adobe Apollo applications for the desktop. The next release of Flex, code-named "Moxie", will be released sometime in the second half of 2007 under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). However, in June the first public pre-release version will be released and Adobe will ......

Posted On Friday, April 27, 2007 12:25 PM

Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft officially announced Microsoft Silverlight, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media rich experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. In other words, Silverlight is the official release name for WPF/E. For those of you who are wondering where Microsoft came up with the name Silverlight, it is named after David Silverlight. David is the creator of XML Pitstop and Community Credit. He is also a central figure in and ......

Posted On Monday, April 16, 2007 10:43 PM

Real Technology Heroes
In an excellent tribute to the Budweiser "Real Men of Genius" commercials comes Real Technology Heroes. Just like the original Bud commercials, this site salutes those geeks that don't get recognized...but should. That's right, we salute you, Mr. "select * from table examples" guy and you Mr. "I can write my own version of .NET faster than Microsoft" guy, and all of the others that deserve recognition. Stand up and be recognized! Submit your own Real Technology Hero and be eligible for the monthly ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 10:30 PM

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