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On November 28th, 2011 I had the opportunity to give a presentation at the St. Louis .NET User Group on my experiences developing software for the Windows Azure and SQL Azure platform. Having been at PDC in 2009 for the announcement of Azure and been able to work on a number of Azure projects since that time I frequently see many Azure talks that are either: A) too high level and marketing oriented as they never tell you anything important or B) too low level and focused on a specific feature that ...
Programming for Metro Metro is the future http://zd.net/rnT9VZ .NET is for old apps. WinRT replaces WPF & WCF. XAML is big. There were no Silverlight sessions. HTML 5 and Javascript ( Blend for HTML) are back in fashion – I wont dwell on this because web apps are (inconsistently) simplistic in concept and over-complex in development. Yes, all those XAML skills are portable, Silverlight (RIP) apps can run as Metro apps with a bit of fidgeting with namespaces – you just need to know what controls ...
//BUILD - 2 Well... here I am in Anaheim, on 9/11, a day early for the Billy Hollis PreCon tomorrow. Sitting here wondering what this week is going to bring. I believe there are a few people I count as friends that know the information already, but I'm not one, and there are darned few. The people with Blue Badges have kept their word and kept very quiet. About the only thing I can say for sure is that most of the main players changed their signature blocks about the time that the whole "wait until ...
Well, quite a lot actually. The fact that the official agenda is completely empty (they're not even telling us who is doing the keynote ontheir website) leaves us with wondering what will happen. Of course, this means that people are getting more and more anxious to see what is going on and the blogosphere is filled with rumors. Which ones will be true is something we'll learn next week. I expect we'll get a lot of information about Jupiter. The new development platform is something that interests ...
Occasionally I write a rant or two and this one has been boiling for ages. First off you need to read Mike Watson’s Blog Post on Silverlight Ambiguity in Office 365: http://jmikewatson.wordpres... So now let’s get started. First off this post has been boiling since I have heard the question in one of my sessions last year “What do you think will happen to Silverlight now that HTML 5 exists?”. I brushed it aside. I ignored it when ...
Last week I was at the Microsoft WPC conference in Los Angeles. I’ve been to other Microsoft developer conferences like Tech Ed and PDC before, but this was my first WPC and it was a great experience. For one thing, the target audience is blatantly business, sales, and marketing. It was a weird feeling attending a Microsoft conference and not knowing *anybody* (although some familiar faces were found). I have links below to notes I made for the individual days of the conference, but I wanted to point ...
I'm down in Los Angeles this week for my first ever Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference! This is the biggest industry conference I've ever attended, with more than 15000 people from around the world! It's also a bit different too because I don't know *anybody* here. WPC is more of a business/sales/marketing type of conference, not so much technical. As a result, its an entirely different crowd than the usual suspects at TechEd, PDC, etc. That's not a bad thing though! I'm meeting some great people ...
Preamble Microsoft’s first introduction of upcoming Windows 8 spurred lots of discussions among developers. The most noticeable part of the demonstrations at D9 conference and Computex show, as well as on YouTube, is, of course, the new touch-centric UI. So why is it controversial among developers? Let’s take a look at Microsoft’s press release: Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities ...
Next years TechEd will be in Orlando, with registration starting around 24th. Planning on going, but do wonder how it will go. This year have not gone to as many 400 level events, nor has there been as many 'famous' speakers. Perhaps they are holding off till PDC - got to make this years one, missed last year due to being too busy. The content has been good, with some talk of VS vNext - which I want now. One of the main focuses seems to be on simplifying the developer experience. They will have a ...
Now that Mix11 is over, Microsoft’s next big conference is Tech-Ed 2011, which happens May 16th through May 19th in Atlanta, GA. Each of Microsoft’s conferences have a theme; Mix is about the Web, PDC is about new and upcoming technologies, and there are many more. The focus of Tech-Ed is on current Microsoft technologies. In other words, you would go there to learn about the software that you can use today to get your work done. If you haven’t been there yet, Atlanta is a nice city and the surrounding ...
This short list is what I consider to be the “cream-of-the-crop” in developer conferences. This is also a list of the conferences that I plan on attending in 2011. If you feel your conference is just as good, then shoot me an email at [michael[at]michaelcrump[do... and if possible I will check it out. In-Person Event Las Vegas on April 18th-22nd, 2011 Redmond on October 17th-21st, 2011 Orlando on December 5th-9th, 2011 Visual Studio Live – I attended this event in November of last year and blogged ...
Yesterday at the .NET user group meeting in Kampala Uganda I gave a talk on cloud computing with Windows Azure (details will be in my next blog post). The guys were excited. Without owning they own inftrastucture and at low cost they can build scalable , highly available applications. Not quite. Azure accounts are only available to people in particular countries - none from Africa. I attended PDC in 2008 when Microsoft unleashed Windows Azure. One of the case studies to show the benefits ofr cloud ...
It’s been quiet around here. And the reason for that is that it’s been quiet around Surface for a while. Now, a lot of people assume that when a product team isn’t making too much noise that must mean they stopped working on their product. Remember the PDC keynote in 2010? Just because they didn’t mention WPF there a lot of people had the idea that WPF was dead and abandoned for Silverlight. Of course, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. The same applies to Surface. While we didn’t hear much ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Pete Brown, Robby Ingebretsen, Bill Reiss, Jordan Knight, Mike Taulty, Justin Angel, Jeff Blankenburg. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating the Silverlight View Model (MVVM) Control: Calendar Icon" Michael Washington WP7: "United Nations News for Windows Phone 7" Justin Angel Silverlight, WP7/WPF: "CameraPanel: A Parallax Panel for Silverlight, WP7 or WPF" Robby Ingebretsen Shoutouts: Michael Scherotter produced a Silverlight Webcam photo app that he's providing ...
In this Issue: Rénald Nollet, Benjamin Gavin, Dennis Doomen, Tim Greenfield, Mike Taulty, Jeff Blankenburg, Michael Crump, Laurent Duveau, Dragos Manolescu, KeyboardP, Yochay Kiriaty. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight RIA Services and Basic, Anonymous Authentication" Benjamin Gavin WP7: "lving Circular Navigation in Windows Phone Silverlight Applications" Yochay Kiriaty SQL Azure: "SQL Azure Database Manager – Part 1 : How to connect to your SQL Azure DB" Rénald Nollet Shoutouts: Yochay Kiriaty ...
In this Issue: Peter Kuhn, David Anson, Jesse Liberty, Mike Taulty(-2-, -3-), Kunal Chowdhury, Jeremy Likness, Martin Krüger, Beth Massi(-2-, -3-)/ Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Rebuilding the PDC 2010 Silverlight Application (Part 1)" Mike Taulty WP7: "WP7: Glossy text block custom control" Martin Krüger Lightswitch: "How to Create a Screen with Multiple Search Parameters in LightSwitch" Beth Massi From SilverlightCream.com: Requirements of and pitfalls in Windows Phone 7 serialization Peter Kuhn ...
At PDC 2010 in October Microsoft announced a number of new enhancements/features for Windows Azure. In case you missed it, these new enhancements/features have been released in the new Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio November release (v1.3). The Windows Azure team blog is an excellent resource for information about the new release. Along with the new release the Azure team has also updated the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit. What is the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit you ask? It is ...
Silverlight 5 is coming next year (2011) and this blog post will tell you what you need to know before the beta ships. First, let me address people saying that it is dead after PDC 2010. I believe that it’s best to see what the market is doing, not the vendor. Below is a list of companies that are developing Silverlight 4 applications shown during the Silverlight Firestarter. Some of the companies have shipped and some haven’t. It’s just great to see the actual company names that are working on Silverlight ...
Today, at the Silverlight Firestarter event on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Scott Guthrie (Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform) announced Silverlight 5 and introduced us to its features. Among them: 1080p video, GPU-acceleration, "trickplay" (variable speed playback with pitch correction) WS-Trust support, low-latency networking for real time apps Ability to set breakpoints on data binding expressions and debug them Merging into Silverlight of WPF data binding features ...
On December 2nd, Microsoft is having an exciting event in Redmond: The Silverlight Firestarter. This is a whole day dedicated to this amazing technology, something like an extension of PDC if you like. The program is an exciting overview covering most of the aspects of Silverlight application development, by some of the best experts in the field. Read the rest of this entry » ...
With all the noise (not to mention the funk) around HTML 5 and Silverlight at PDC 2010, we could be forgiven for missing the numerous keynote announcements about Windows Azure and SQL Azure. And with all those announcements, we could be forgiven for missing the ostensibly more arcane stuff in the breakout sessions. But one of those sessions covered material that was very important. That session was Lev Novik’s “Building Scale-out Database Applications with SQL Azure,” and given the generic title, ...
PDC stands for Professional Developers Conference, an event regularly hosted by Microsoft, often at Seattle. It is a great opportunity for developers who work with Microsoft products to come together under one roof, get to know about new forthcoming products, be briefed about key technologies ruling the market and finally, mingle with one another. At least that was how it used to be all these years. So what was different this year? This year, when PDC 2010 was being held in the last week of October, ...
There is a bunch of cool stuff coming out of Microsoft right now. As I’ve previously blogged, WCF Web APIs is one of them. One of the cool things that was shown by Glenn Block at PDC a couple of weeks ago was Media Type Processors. Media Type Processors provide a way to allow the consumer of your service to be able to specify the format they want on their response simply by setting the Accept header on the request (and thereby allowing your service to conform to HTTP standards). Out of the box, WCF ...
Interested in learning Windows Server AppFabric? I hope so. It will be the backbone of the on-premise version of BizTalk in the coming years and based on news out of the PDC it looks like it will be moving to Azure (in some form) as well. There are many resources out there for learning Windows Server AppFabric. However, not all of them are equal and you can spend a lot of time meandering through material without making a lot of progress. Below is my suggested path for coming up to speed on it with ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Fons Sonnemans, Jeff Wilcox, Alfred Astort, Den Delimarsky(-2-), Peter Bromberg, Sigurd Snørteland, and Xpert360(-2-, -3-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight Super Tabs Interface (using View Model / MVVM)" Michael Washington WP7: "WP7 Panorama: Smoothly fading the background (and enabling fading when changing, too)" Jeff Wilcox Shoutouts: With all the phones out there right now, how about a review of one from a WP7 author: Review of my Windows Phone 7 (HTC ...
In this Issue: Ryan Alford(-2-), Joe McBride, Rob Tiffany, Pete Brown, Charles Petzold(-2-), Alfred Astort, Mark Hopkins, Nokola, Chris Klug, Gergely Orosz, and Adam Barney. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Creating a Metro UI Style Control" Joe McBride WP7: "Ready for take-off? Top 10 things to check when you think you are done with your application" Alfred Astort Shoutouts: Adam Barney posted his "Introduction to the MVVM UI Pattern": Slides and Demo from Iowa Code Camp Damon Payne gave a WP7 presentation ...
The past month or so has been quite busy. Herve and I finshed the SQL Azure book, then spent a couple of weeks preparing for a 3 day deep-dive Azure training class in Dusseldorf, Germany. I must say, the hotel and conference rooms were SWEET! The training went well (not as many attendees as we would have liked, but it was fun nonetheless). We spent 4 days there then bolted to Paris, France for two days to see some of Herve's friends and do some site seeing. We returned home a week ago. However, no ...
Latest announcements by Microsoft executives leave no doubt. Microsoft is shifting its support to HTML 5 and by doing so gives up on its RIA platform Silverlight which it repurposes for mobile. Adobe releases a Beta of a new HTML5 supporting tool kit, and by doing so also embraces the HTML5 option. It does look as if both give in to the market preferences for standard, no-plug-in and non-propriety option of HTML5 (see "Microsoft favoring HTML5 over Silverlight: reports" ). If we follow Microsoft's ...
In this Issue: Mark Monster, Paul Sheriff, Andrew Tokeley, Sharker Khaleed Mahmud, Joe McBride, Jesse Liberty(-2-), Jeff Blankenburg, Kirupa Chinnathambi, Richard Waddell(-2-), and Manuel Felício(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Silverlight 4 Borderless Windows" Andrew Tokeley WP7: "Windows Phone List Box with Images" Paul Sheriff Special Mention for all the effort for the community of WP7 devs: "31 Days of Windows Phone | Day #31: Charting Data" - and the entire series Jeff Blankenburg From SilverlightCream.com: ...
Latest update (and hopefully last update): Microsoft has published a few posts to clarify the debate. Please consider the following: PDC and Silverlight by Bob Muglia PDC Thoughts by Steve Ballmer *NEW* Silverlight Questions by Scott Guthrie Silverlight is dead. Long live Silverlight! by Tim Heuer Committed to Silverlight by John Papa ---------------------------... Read the rest of this entry » ...
In this Issue: Joe McBride, Ben Gracewood, Michael S. Scherotter, Adam Kinney, Todd Brix, Nokola, Avi Pilosof, WCF Data Services Team Blog, Brad Tutterow, and Matthias Shapiro. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Filtering Data using CollectionViewSource" Joe McBride WP7: "Adding Windows Phone Capability Detection to your Build Process" Michael S. Scherotter Shoutouts: Einar Ingebrigtsen has a post up about his decisions on Balder - licensing From SilverlightCream.com: Filtering Data using CollectionViewSource ...
In this Issue: Jesse Liberty, Senthil Kumar, Jason, John Papa, Jeff Blankenburg(-2-, -3-), Jeremy Likness, Richard Waddell(-2-), Karsten Januszewski, Brad Tutterow(-2-). Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Isolating the C# Code in Silverlight Class Library Projects" Richard Waddell WP7: "31 Days of Windows Phone | Day #29: Animations" Jeff Blankenburg Training: "More training videos of Windows Phone 7 for Developers" Senthil Kumar "Windows Phone 7 How-To Index" Karsten Januszewski Shoutouts: Lots of Silverlight ...
I didn’t go to the Microsoft’s PDC Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC) this year because it was, as far as I could tell, a made-for-streaming video event. As such, I watched the keynote about 24 hours after it took place and used my Media Center PC to watch it on my plasma television. And I have to say, the keynote was worthy of the medium. Not only did the Silverlight Smooth Streaming technology deliver a fine HD image, but the content of the keynote itself, merited a big screen, and necessitated ...
On November 12, PDC is coming to Reston as part of the Local PDC Events. My company is sponsoring the event which will be hosted at the Microsoft Technology Center is Reston, VA. Details of the 1-day event can be seen here. The direct link register for this PDC event is here. I will be presenting the talk on the updates for Visual Studio 2010. Vishwas Lele will be presenting the highlights from the PDC keynote. Hope to see you there ...
For those of you in the audience for my presentation and PDC2010 in south Florida, here are the slides as promised. http://ssccinc.com/HTML5%20... Also as mentioned for limited time you can download “Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold for FREE. here is the link http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mic... Finally here is the link to watch PDC sessions. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mic... ...
I spent a few hours today and hacked, and I do mean hacked, together a quick iPhone App to consume the OData feed for PDC 2010. Since the turnaround is way to quick to push something like this through the app store, I've pushed to code up to github for anyone to download and play with. You can access it at: http://github.com/oofgeek/P... I will in no way claim that this code is good, that it manages memory well or does anything other than "work". But if you're heading to PDC10, and ...
Sam Abraham (Me) will be speaking at the SoFla PDC 2010 hosted by the Gold Coast and Miami .Net User Groups in Boca Raton, Florida on October 28th, 2010. The local PDC event will run in parallel to and will embrace some of the content covered and unveiled at the main PDC 2010 hosted in Redmond. This would be my third speaking event in a quiet busy October 2010 and my second visit as speaker to the Gold Coast .Net User’s Group for the month of October. I will be covering WebMatrix, Razor Syntax, ASP.Net ...
I had the pleasure of speaking with Joe Homnick today about the Open Data Protocol. I presented an example on consuming OData in an MVC solution using jQuery. Joe presented on consuming OData feeds in SharePoint 2010/Silverlight 4.0 as well as a nice sample on setting up an OData service interface. I appreciate the opportunity to speak at a user group known for consistently bringing in only the very best speakers and content. At the end of the talk, I was presented with a certificate of appreciation ...
Scott Guthrie’s team just unveiled a beta release of several projects. In the next few days, I will be exploring each of them, but given that I am preparing for my October 28, 2010 SoFla PDC 2010 talk on MVC, I will probably experiment with the latest ASP.Net MVC 3 Beta first as it will be my main focus at the local PDC event. To get to enjoy the latest and greatest ASP.Net MVC 3, we first would need to uninstall the MVC 3 Preview if we had that already installed. This can be simply done by going ...
When I did the Prairie Developer Conference it was with the idea that you don’t need to have a large-scale event to have a quality event. Other conferences like DevLink, CodeStock, and HDC are smaller scale yet all very successful, and it was their model that I tried to emulate. Contrast that with Tech Ed and PDC events from the last few years. Large cities (New Orleans, Orlando, Los Angeles), large venues, large staff requirements, and large…well, pretty much everything. The feedback I’ve heard ...
Exciting news. There will be a “mini” PDC this year – which reflects (IMHO) that the pace of technology coming out of the good ship Microsoft just keeps increasing. Even better than that, this year’s event will include live streaming of the keynotes, as well as concurrent live streaming of sessions. Awesome! I am blocking out both evenings right now (I’m UK based). Even better than that, if you can attend in person you will actually be at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. We’re opening the doors to ...
This year, for the first time, St. Louis Day of .NET is excited to have a major keynote address delivered to the conference. We are pleased to welcome Brian Goldfarb, Microsoft Director of Product Management for Developer Platforms to the stage on Friday, August 20, 2010. Most recently, Brian has been seen on stage at PDC 2009 with Scott Guthrie, demonstrating the Microsoft Silverlight 4 client for Facebook. He was heavily involved in MIX10 in Las Vegas, and spoke at the Open Source Business Conference ...

I finished implementing version 0.1/beta1 of a multitouch behavior for Windows Phone 7 and need beta testers.

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Another event advert alert :-) But this one comes with a cautious warning. I spoke at TechEd Europe last year. I found TechEd to be a huge, extremely well run conference filled with great speakers and passionate attendees in a top notch venue and fascinating city. As an “IT Pro” I think it is the premiere conference for Microsoft technologies in Europe. However, IMHO and those of others I trust, I didn’t think it hit the mark for developers in 2009. There was a fairly obvious reason – the PDC was ...
Sometimes an application needs to have every last drop of performance it can get, others not so much. We’re in the process of converting some legacy Visual FoxPro data into SQL Server 2008 for an application and ran into a situation that required some performance tweaking. I figured the Making Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Fly session that Yavor Angelov (SQL Server Program Manager – Query Processing) presented at PDC 2009 last November would be a good place to start. I was right. One tip among the list ...
If you are into Windows Azure then it would be rather demeaning to ask if you are aware of Windows Azure App Fabric. Just in case you are not - Windows Azure App Fabric provides a secure connectivity service by means of which developers can build distributed applications as well as services that work across network and organizational boundaries in the cloud. But some of you may have heard of another similar term floating around forums and blog posts - Windows Server App Fabric. The momentary déjà ...
In this Issue: MSDN, Bill Reiss, Charlie Kindel(-2-), SilverLaw, Scott Marlowe, Kenny Young, Andrea Boschin, Mike Taulty, Damon Payne, and Jeff Handley(-2-). Shoutouts: Scott Morrison has his material up for his talk at MIX 10: Silverlight 4 Business Applications Matthias Shapiro posted his MIX10 “Information Visualization in Silverlight” Slides and Code for MIX10 Information Visualization Talk Demos Dan Wahlin has his MIX10 material all posted as well: Syncing Audio, Video and Animations in Silverlight ...
The catch? Attend the Ozarks .Net User Group meeting on April 1st. Here’s a list of the other prizes for the event GRAND PRIZE 1 - iPad (Wi-Fi 16GB) THIRD PARTY COMPONENTS 6 - Telerik Premium Collection 5 - Infragistics NetAdvantage for .NET 1 - Nevron Chart for .NET Lite DevExpress Xceed PRODUCTIVITY 2 - CodeRush with Refactor! Pro 2 - ReSharper CodeSmith GAMES 3 - Halo3 ODST (XBox 360) 3 - Forza Motorsport (Xbox 360) OTHER SOFTWARE 3 - Windows 7 Ultimate 2 - Microsoft Office Standard 2007 HARDWARE ...
Microsoft’s launched Generation 4 Modular Data Center design at the PDC 09 - The 20-foot container built on container-based model. Microsoft says the use of server-packed containers – known as Pre-Assembled Components (PACs) – will allow it to slash the cost of building its new data centers. Completely optimized for outdoor use, with a design that relies upon fresh air (”free cooling”) rather than air conditioning. Its exterior is designed to draw fresh air into the cold aisle and expel hot air from ...
How Windows Azure Platform is an open cloud platform. What makes it interoperable? The Windows Azure platform supports popular standards and protocols including SOAP, REST, and XML. Developers can use their preferred programming frameworks including .NET, and PHP, now. Tools such as Eclipse have been created for PHP developers for building Windows Azure applications. Now external endpoints (inbound traffic) have been enabled to worker a role, which enables applications that receive internet traffic ...