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Some people have had trouble with the link in the e-mail I sent out for the PDC Underground Party at the Conga Room at LA Live.  If you had trouble, please go to the main website at: http://www.undergroundatpdc.com and click on the big registration at the bottom of the page.  The direct link in the email does not seem to work correctly.
Don't miss The Underground @ PDC 2009! Sponsored by Microsoft, INETA, and local partners and community, The Underground is your chance to hear from Microsoft and tech community leaders announcing Microsoft's Technology roadmap and newly released developer strategies. At The Underground, network with hundreds of other developers, architects and designers. Add savory cuisine, hosted Mojito bar, hand rolled cigars & more, at the world famous Conga Room in downtown L.A., and you have an experience ...
Now that .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 2 is out let’s look again what is available for building multi-touch application in WPF. In Beta 1 we got only a preview of manipulation and inertia components. With Beta 2 we finally get access to whole touch input system, and it looks very close to what was shown on PDC last year. Here is an overview from MSDN: Elements in WPF now accept touch input. The UIElement, and UIElement3D, and ContentElement classes expose events that occur when a user touches an element ...
As the public launch of Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is probably old news in the BlogSphere by now, I thought I’d try and get an early webcast out. I spent about an hour playing with the new Workflow Foundation (WF) designer, and have to say it’s looking pretty good. I didn’t think that much of it in the PDC bits or Beta 1, but both the Sequential and Flowchart workflow designers are now very nice to develop with. I’ve not has the chance to look at any complex problems or do any heavy lifting with them, ...
Tiberiu “Tibi” Covaci, the CloudCasts international correspondent was in Bulgaria last week for the DevReach 2009 conference. During a hectic few days he managed to pin down some of the main presenters and technology influencers for his “Five Minutes With…” interview series. The interviews with Chris Sells, Richard Campbell, Christian Weyer and Carl Franklin have been published with four more to be released later this week. Tibi will also be at TechEd Berlin, OreDev in Malmoe and PDC in Los Angeles, ...
So I’ve had a few Windows 7 VMs I’ve been playing with, but I wanted to put the new OS on some real hardware and experiment with the install process, so this weekend I had some time and gave it a whirl. I did two installs, one an upgrade process, the other a clean install: The upgrade was a upgrading a Vista Home Premium system to Windows 7 Ultimate. Besides testing the install process, the goal here was stability. The Vista system was problematic, gave me BSOD almost daily (Nvidia driver issues, ...
I've been renewed again this year as a member of this elite cabal of crazies that call themselves Team System MVP!! I feel really happy today, this is always good to know our commitment to the product we love is recognize by our peers, community leaders and Microsoft. This program has really been a blessing for me in the last 5 years I've met incredibly bright, funny, cranky (at times) and very passionate people that I always look forward to seeing and talking too. My professional career has really ...
Just wanted to drop a quick post with an update on some upcoming developer events in the St. Louis area. First, as mentioned in previous posts, the first annual Coders-4-Charities event will be held on October 16th-18th. More information can be found on our site at http://www.c4c-stl.org. Please consider volunteering your time and sharing information about this event with your friends/peers. If you have any questions drop me an email at kvgros@architectnow.net. Second, on October 22nd and 23rd at ...
I’ll be very busy over the coming weeks wrapping up a big project for a client so I won’t have much time to write. Here is a brief update on happenings. This week I was able to purchase my PDC 2009 ticket. I am very much looking forward to this event as there are a LOT of exciting topics with the upcoming releases, Office 2010, VSTS 2010, and .NET 4.0. I’ll be pretty busy after this event doing presentations at work, for clients, and a few user groups in the area after learning more at the PDC. Next ...
Yes, I know I'm late. Please forgive me . In any case, the .NET 4.0 and C# 4.0 sessions materials are now available. You can download them from here and here, respectively. In hindsight, the .NET 4.0 presentation should've been called: What's new in .NET 4.0; and even then given the vastness of the material available, it should've been split into 2 sessions: What's new in Visual Studio 2010 and What's new in .NET 4.0 Framework. Given the 75 minutes available for the presentation, I decided to focus ...
This month FredNUG is shaking things up a bit! Instead of meeting on our traditional 4th Wednesday of the month, we’re moving the meeting to Tuesday, September 22. Also, instead of having an intro talk, we’re doing pizza from 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, INETA Speaker Claudio Lassala will present on Refactoring, Patterns, new language features, code quality, and more! This sounds like a topic that all .NET developers can benefit. The scheduled agenda is: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Pizza/Social ...
For years, one of the popular parts of TechEd has been the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions hosted by INETA. A BOF session is a conversation among a community of peers around a topic about which the participants are passionate. There may be some participants who are more knowledgeable than others, or have more experience; some who have less. Some folks will be well known, some will not. Some folks may want to just listen. The point of a BOF session is to bring together people who share an interest ...
Before we had Azure and the various bits and pieces that became Azure at PDC 2008 Microsoft had a number of disparate groups working on various ‘cloudy’ projects. these included BizTalk Services, Red dog, Mesh and the Live framework to name a few. Then at PDC 2008 with the wave of a marketing teams wand they all be became Azure or Azure Services or Azure platform or …well anyway the over-arching message was that they were all part of Azure!! Furthermore we were presented with the vision below… Now ...
Doug Purdy at Microsoft blogged this latest info on Oslo today…. I haven’t posted anything about “Oslo” since ~May. Before I mention what we have been up to, I want to give a little recap. Back in September of 2008 (previous to PDC 2008), I wrote a post titled, What is Oslo?. Beyond my typical hyperbole, this post remains a fairly accurate description of what “Oslo” is and how we describe it. That said, this description does not outline how the project developed prior or after PDC 2008. Back in September ...
Ask any .NET developer and I bet the vast majority will tell you that PDC is the MUST attend conference of the year. At INETA, we realize that times are tough and thought now would be a good time to give away two trips to PDC. Each trip includes air, hotel and conference pass. All we ask is you take some time to build an application using some third party components. This could be something new or even something that you have been working on for a while. It could even be something you are doing at ...
Registration for PDC 2009 is now open. If you register by September 15th you can save a hundred bucks. Or you could get there my way: win a contest (hey, I’m a poor developer). As I mentioned in a previous article, INETA has a component contest that prizes a trip to PDC. But, it’s not the only one: Microsoft has announced the Code7 Contest - Code the Power of 7. It pays out great prizes, but you have to take advantage of the technologies built into Windows 7 like Libraries, Touch, Shell Integration, ...
Last year I developed a demo CRM sales application in Silverlight with Ward Bell - VP Product Management at IdeaBlade - so that we could show it off by the time of PDC 2008. We wanted to show the capability of Silverlight (being developed on 2.0 beta - converted to 2.0 RTM by the start of PDC) to build advanced context sensitive business apps in Silverlight, given that most Silverlight demos being touted around were purely rich media or graphics related. We were successful in developing the prototype ...
I was asked to present at the BizTalk Users Group in Sweden on June 4th. I presented on the new enhancements to the Windows Application Server role known as Dublin. The two sessions are now online on Channel 9. The first session is a walk-through of the value proposition of Dublin and Workflow Services. The second session is a little deeper dive into tracking and monitoring. Details on each session are below. Session 1: Inside the Windows Application Server Enhancements known as Dublin (1/2) Abstract: ...
Microsoft yesterday released a new ‘May 2009’ CTP for their 'Oslo' toolset. This can be downloaded from Microsoft's web site at http://www.microsoft.com/do... The release is notable for a couple of reasons. First, it provides insight into the move away from the 'three-in-one’ language approach (MGraph, MSchema and MGrammar) towards a single unified, 'M' language. Second, it contains an early version of 'Quadrant' which, ...
I’ve just published the second in a series of WCF/WF 4.0 webcasts on BloggersGuides.net. The second webcasts looks at the Flowchart workflow designer, and how it can be used to implement a simple electronic flight check in scenario. I found the Flowchart workflow designer very easy and intuitive to work with, the flight check in workflow was the first flowchart workflow I have built, and it only took about 15 minutes to get it running. The flowchart designer has improved considerably since the PDC ...
To Microsoft’s credit their Architecture resources are much improving. The excellent free Architecture Journal and the MSDN Architecture Centre have been going for sometime but I noticed recently that there is a new UK centric Architecture Portal written by the UK DPE Architect Team with the new free monthly Arc Magazine. The first editions of the Arc Magazine tackle the highly logical new buzz ‘Software + Services’ with links to the Microsoft Strategy Software + Services Home Page. I will talk about ...
Yesterday, Windows 7 RC (release candidate) was published on MSDN, so the subscribers are currently downloading it. I have been using Windows 7 since October 2008, when it was pre-released during the PDC conference. Then I moved to the beta when it was released, and have been using it as my main system since then. I almost never had to go back to Vista (which I kept installed on another partition of my main laptop, just in case). Read the rest of this entry » ...
For years there has been debate between applications deployed to the desktop and applications accessed via the web browser. Like political opponents the debate has been fierce and each side evolving over the years. Deployment complexity and richness of the user interface have always been two of the central battles fought. Each technology has made dramatic improvement including things like Click Once to ease deployment of Smart Client's to AJAX to make web applications more responsive and user friendly. ...
When I was over at PDC the guys from GWB convinced me to move my blog to them (well, it didn’t take much convincing…), so I have, but I kept cross-posting on my old blog as well until I make up my mind. Took me way too long, but I have now decided to stick with my old place. Cross posting is naturally not a good idea, and I shouldn’t have done that for that long – apart from me having to post twice each time, other people comments are not visible for all which is the worst aspect of it, and also ...
Ever since I started this blog it hasn't really had a title (or at least a subtitle) other than “blog”. Thanks to Stan Schultes, I now have a new subtitle. This was born out of watching the CLR 4 Futures talk with Joshua Goodman at MVP Summit 2009 (the majority of which is also available from the PDC 2008 site on Channel 9). Since I present a lot on .NET memory management, including a deep dive on how the GC works and how to properly implement IDisposable and the dispose pattern, he suggested the ...
Since PDC I’ve been working on and off on an “Oslo” based solution for deploying a BizTalk application; unfortunately I couldn’t get a good chunk of time to play with this, so it’s been dragging a bit, but I’m getting close, so here are some details - I’m a big advocate of automated builds; it’s a topic that probably deserves a post of its own, so I won’t get started on this here, but the idea is that one must have a way to be confident that, when its time to [re-]deploy the app, it will get deployed ...

http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/TL57/

REALLY enjoyable PDC session on the future of programming languages. Some great questions come up:

- Does the language matter now w/ IDEs being so powerful (my answer: YES!!)
- Are programming languages like fashion?
- How to bridge static vs dynamic typing in complex environments
- and much more. worth a listen, for sure.


Microsoft’s next release of Windows 7 will be the release candidate and not beta 2.

Read more at Windows Engineering Blog.

So best forecast for the release: I still think Q3 or early Q4 this year – remember there will be a PDC this fall as well…

Last couple of months I’ve been working on very cool project that utilizes new multi-touch features in Windows 7. Although I can’t talk yet about our product, I thought it would be good to start sharing my experience with multi-touch programming. I’ll begin with some general resources to get you started. Prerequisites Of course first thing you need is a multi-touch capable hardware. As far as I know currently there are only three devices available on the market. Those lucky to be at PDC could see ...
Read or watch ============ Read “What is Azure” web site http://www.microsoft.com/az... Read the white paper by David Chappell http://download.microsoft.c... Watch the PDC 2008 session “A Lap Around Windows Azure” by Manuvir Das http://channel9.msdn.com/pd... He has an alternative presentation (40 minutes) here http://channel9.msdn.com/po... Install ...
At PDC this year, Microsoft announced a major release of the Windows Workflow Foundations (WF); WF4.0 WF4.0 promises better performance, scalability, control, visibility, and usability than its predecessor. Gone are code-asides and the dreaded code activities, replaced with 100% XAML markup and custom activities. MFST has seriously stepped up its tooling to make custom activities easier (including defining a custom WF syntax which gets “compiled” to XAML), an improved designer and debugging support. ...
I have just had a 2 hour battle with Live Mesh which has reminded me just how much I have come to rely on Live Mesh in my day to day life and how well it normally works (It gets the “It just works” tick) I am currently regularly using: A Vista machine with VS2008 SP1 – when I need stability and to just get things done. A Vista machine with a daily build of VS2010 – for some .NET 4.0 stuff I am doing such as parallel A Vista VPC running the CTP of VS2010 from the PDC – when I need a more stable (but ...
This post is part of a series called Ignite Your Life. For background info on the series, please refer to previous posts on introducing the series and The 5 R's (where you can find links to the other posts in this series). In the last two Relationship segments, we discussed how we need people and relationships as well as the importance of finding our tribe. In the final segment before we move on, I want to turn the tables a bit. We talked previously about the reasons why we can be apprehensive or ...
I changed the "welcome message" on my website www.galasoft.ch and thought I would also publish it here :) ---- Update: In addition to the talks listed below, I will also talk in TechDays Geneva. More details here. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I'm not normally overly excited about the large Microsoft events, however, I'm really looking forward to the MDC Detroit next week. The idea behind the show is that it's taking the most critical sessions from PDC and repackaging them in a one day format. I've had a chance to go through a lot of the content and see what all is going to be show. The cool part about it is that the vast majority of the talks are doing a demo. This is a big departure from a lot of the multi-city roadshows that Microsoft ...
I was impressed with my first taste of ADFS on my last project. Specifically solving for Web SSO. Geneva, (aka Zermatt) is now the single federated identity platform. And it sits in the Cloud. At the PDC 1 Day (MSDN Dev Con) the presentation on Azure noted this. This is wonderful. It may be new to us at this point, but it will be the same framework in the enterprise as in the cloud. A Security Token Service (STS) will exist in the cloud, a portal to manage the access control rules will exist in the ...
Join us next Wednesday evening, January 21 @ 18:00, for a presentation by Chris Tullier. Chris will be going over the new features coming in VSTS 2010 with an emphasis on the architecture, developer, and reporting capabilities. If you weren't able to make it to PDC this year and you have yet to check out the presentation videos on Channel 9 you will want to be at this meeting! Dallas VSTS Users Group. RSVP for the meeting here ...
This is just super lazy blog post for those that don't follow me, I know...I'm a bad blogger :) Been really busy at work finding a place to live. Before you click away without reading any of it, check out these links: - MSDN Newsletter Preview for 2009 Jan 05 -collection of all upcoming developer related events in FL - Some really cool blog posts recently by my good friend BrandonKelly.com - Jan 14th is http://www.tampaux.org/meet... A must see event! Now on to the tweeets: Wordle.net can make ...
I wrote this post while in-flight, en route to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. I had never been to CES before and I’ve wanted to go since I was a teenager. Truly. So I was excited, but my enthusiasm was somewhat subdued. Why? Because 2009 is shaping up to be The Year the Trade Show Died. Such sentiment, in the mainstream press and elsewhere, has been brought on by the recession (and the travel and spending cuts it has engendered) and also by Apple Inc’s announcement that this would ...
This week in the Twin Cities we have Jason Olson (Microsoft), coming all the way from Redmond, WA to talk to three of our local User Groups. If you get the chance, come check them out. TONIGHT: 1/12/09 6:00PM @ New Horizons Twin Cities Developers Guild (http://www.twincitiesdevel... for directions to New Horizons) Topic: .NET Framework 4.0 Overview With every successful release of the .NET Framework, more features and changes are introduced into our development lives. But what is being ...

I had no chance to be at the PDC or Tech-Ed this year, so when I heard that MSDN Dev Con is putting on a road show, I jumped on it.  Especially at the $99 price.  The info page is here and sessions are still being held in Washington, NY, Boston, Detroit, Dallas, and San Fran.  Windows 7 beta DVD for all attendees.

I've been an avid user of Windows 7 pre beta ever since we got a build at the PDC conference in Los Angeles in October 2008. I installed it in dual boot on my work laptop, as explained here. There were a few minor kinks that forced me to keep Vista on this machine. The most annoying was that it was impossible to debug Silverlight on that build. Well, happy to report that this annoying bug is gone now, and I can develop and debug Silverlight on Windows 7 now. Let's see other problems and what happened ...
As soon as I got my mitts on the M3 build of Windows7 at the PDC last year, the first thing I tried was to run it in Fusion on my 15 inch MacBook Pro. It ran just fine sans one little thing – I could never get it to recognize the Marvell Ethernet adapter. Wireless worked fine, but for what I do at work wireless means a constant VPN connection and that was a pain. I did some searching, found one person that had it working on an older MacBook with a different Ethernet chipset. Once the new beta 1 build ...
Well, according to Neowin.net, Windows 7 Beta 1 will be released on January 7th, 2009. I think the "7" for the date might be there for a reason! :) Microsoft released an Alpha version of Windows 7 to the attendees of PDC this year, but it was missing the new skin that we will see in Windows 7. I have been rather down on Vista (as many others were) as I could only use it for my book writing, but was unable to effectively use Vista for my normal work at Thomson Reuters for many reasons not worth going ...
Before I move on to other topics...I wanted to do one last post on STLDODN 2008. Now for some random event thoughts: The event was held this last weekend and it was one of the longest weekends of my year. As an organizer I spent last week stressing over many of the final details and anxiously awaiting final shipments of swag. I also spent a significant amount of time with my assistant* packing take-home bags. At one point I even paid each of my three girls $10/apiece to help stuff pens into bags ...
In this issue: Kevin Dockx, Mike Ormond, Nigel Sampson, Terence Tsang, and Chris Hay. Shoutout: Koen Zwikstra at First Floor Software is striking out on his own: So, what's all the fuzz about? .. and best of luck, Koen! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight: Easily Reading Application Settings from Configuration File (web.config) Kevin Dockx came up with a clever way of being able to store SL-related info in the web.config file and reading it with a web service. Along the way he also makes use of ...
Though some of you that were on the fence or have not year head about the MSDN Dev Con, are now more interested in coming out. It’s a tiny price compared to PDC and is coming to a city near you! A good group of local celebrities will be presenting along side proven Microsoft experts at the Orlando event. I will be in the attendance and around any community areas. And any social after event :) Bayer White (Jacksonville), Joe Homnick (Boca Raton), Christopher Bennage (Tallahassee), Rob Eisenberg (Tallahassee) ...
Thank you all for attending my “Applying Domain Driven Design on Asp.net MVC” session. It’s interesting how things went that we got a bit deep into the ASP.NET MVC framework and have achieved the geeky talk goal via covering the other aspects of ASP.NET. Even that this took the entire session, it is nice that it could benefit the attendance. I am not sure whether we can arrange another session for Domain Driven Design fundamentals and combining that in the same project while using the MVC pattern ...
Came across this video via some blogs…very kewl timelapse showing exactly what goes on to setup for keynote speeches at Microsoft conferences (this one from the recent PDC). Video: PDC 2008 Timelapse ...
So anyway, I figured that with the stories getting around regarding the recent PDC that there would be Virtual Machines of Windows 7 being handed out on the portable Hard drives that it wouldn't take long for them to appear on Torrent sites etc... And so it would appear ;-) Download 64-bit Windows 7 6801 Pre-Beta ISO (Microsoft.Windows.7.64Bit.... Torrent) So I started looking around to see how easy this might be to crank up under the old trusty VMware Workstation 6 (I really have ...