MSDN Freedom Roadshow Logo Microsoft continues to champion developer freedom this first quarter of 2009 with more and better live events!  We have 2 types of events: The MSDN Freedom Roadshows will run on weekdays from 1 pm to about 8 pm. We are changing the time so that you will not have to take the entire day off from work to participate in the goodness. Our Firestarter events will be held on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm and will dive deep into Silverlight.

Register now as seats are filling up quickly!

The theme for this quarter’s MSDN Freedom Roadshows is Software + Services. Here is the agenda:

Event Overview

The future is a combination of local software and Internet services interacting with one another. Software makes services better and services make software better. And by bringing together the best of both worlds, we maximize choice, flexibility and capabilities for our customers. We describe this evolutionary path in our industry as Software + Services. In this event, you will learn about the tools and technology Microsoft provides to enable organization to take full advantage of this new industry trend.

1:30 – 2:00    Registration and Welcome
2:00—3:00     Architectural Overview of S+S      
3:00 – 4:00    Building S+S Application with ADO.Net Data Services     
4:00 – 4:15    Break
4:15 – 5:15    Building your S+S Application with Windows Workflow Foundation
5:15-6:15       Windows Azure: Architecting & Managing Cloud Services
6:15 – 6:45    The Developer Power Dinner (Pizza and Soda)
6:45 – 7:45    .NET Services: Orchestrating Services and Business Processes Using Cloud-                      Based Workflow
7:45 – 8:00    Wrap-Up and Raffle

For Firestarters we focus on one technology. For this quarter out Firestarters will be on Silverlight. Here are the topics we will cover:




Session 1 Keynote Intro and overview of the Silverlight 2 platform.
Session 2 XAML Basics What is this funny mark-up language?
Session 3 The Tools Get the skinny on what you need to start your work.  A look at designer & developer tools that work together.  Coverage of Expression Blend 2.5 & Silverlight 2 Tools for Visual Studio 2008
Session 4 Controls, Data Binding Silverlight 1 was just a tease. Now see what you can do with real controls, styles, and rich data binding.
Session 5 Server Communication Silverlight 2 is a rich Internet application platform. So how do you talk back to the cloud?  Coverage of all the communication options.  WCF/Astoria/REST/POX/AJAX/etc.
Session 6 Silverlight and SharePoint Learn how to integrate Silverlight and SharePoint