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    Web Camp Belgium on 24 January with Scott Hanselman and James Senior: attend or watch online

    Microsoft Web Camps are free events that allow you to learn and build on the Microsoft Web Platform. Good news: Web Camps are coming to Belgium! The Belgian Web Camp event on 24th of January 2011 is a full-day event where will hear from Microsoft experts on the latest components of the platform, including ASP.NET MVC 3 , jQuery, HTML5 , OData and WebMatrix . Scott Hanselman is doing a two-hour keynote together with James Senior , which is then followed by three sessions delivered by Gill Cleeren...
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    New Windows Azure Platform Features Available Today

    Building out an infrastructure that supports your web service or application can be expensive, complicated and time consuming. Whether you need to forecast the highest possible demand, build out the network to support your peak times, getting the right servers in place at the right time or managing and maintaining the systems, these actions require time and money to do. The Windows Azure platform is a flexible cloud computing platform that lets you focus on solving business problems and addressing...
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    Quick tip [link]: Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide now available

    Last week the Patterns & Practices team announced the availability of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide. The guide describes a scenario around a fictitious company named Tailspin that has decided to include Windows Phone 7 as a client device for their existing cloud-based application. The book consists of seven chapters: Introducing Windows Phone 7 Designing Windows Phone 7 Applications The Tailspin Scenario Building the Mobile Client Using Services on the Phone Connecting with Services Interacting...
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    Do you have IT in your DNA?

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    Try and win a Windows Phone 7 or one of the many other IT prizes! Are you an IT Professional, a Developer, an Architect or a Designer? Whatever your preferred computer language, show us that you have IT in your DNA! You will maybe win a Microsoft Windows...
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    Quick tip [link]: Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Beta has been announced

    Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta has been announced by Jason Zander and S. Somasegar . SP1 becomes available to the public in two phases: MSDN Subscribers can get the download as of now General public will be able to download the Service Pack as of December 9th 2010 Improvements include IntelliTrace support for 64bit and SharePoint, Performance Wizard for Silverlight, Unit Testing on .NET 3.5 and more. Link for download and more information : Jason Zander’s blog post “ Announcing Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta ”. Note: If you have ASP.NET MVC3 RC installed, Razor syntax intellisense will break. Please read Jason Zander’s note about current compatibility and wait for an update to the RC.   ‘ Quick tip ’ posts are short, useful posts pointing to content and tricks that might otherwise go lost in a typical 140 chars tweet on Twitterverse.
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    Silverlight 5 features, firestarter keynote and sessions resources

    Last week folks from all around the world attended the online or in-person keynote during the Silverlight Firestarter event in Redmond. Scott Guthrie did the opening keynote in which Silverlight 5 was shown to the public for the first time. The rest of the Firestarter event were in-depth sessions about the current version of Silverlight. > You can read the overview of announced Silverlight 5 features in Scott Guthrie’s blog post: Announcing Silverlight 5 In this post we’ll go through the main topics of the keynote and sessions, and highlight some of the shared information with resources that you can use today. Silverlight 5 Beta has been announced for H1 2011. As mentioned by Scott, there were more than 20.000 votes up on Silverlight feature request site ( Uservoice ). About 70% of those votes are addressed in the new features in Silverlight 5 beta. The keynote and Silverlight 5 highlights > Watch the full keynote on demand: Silverlight Firestarter Keynote with Scott Guthrie Media Something that is probably not shown enough is the support by IIS Media Services 4.0 released in November, to deliver high quality video to a series of clients and devices. During the keynote, Chris Knowlton showed how to use Microsoft Expression Encoder Pro and IIS Media Services to setup a live HD Smooth Streaming site serving up on Silverlight desktop, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone/iPad. Please note this is not Silverlight running on iOS but rather automated transmuxing of the video on the IIS server to be compatible with iOS. Chris Knowlton’s demo is fully on today’s technology of Silverlight 4, IIS Media Services and Microsoft Expression Encoder Pro. Chris showed only one unreleased version which is Expression Encoder Pro SP1 . Scott Guthrie mentioned IIS Smooth Streaming capabilities are coming to Windows Azure in the future as well. Note: Scott Hanselman has a great post up on his blog that runs through all the steps: Streaming Live or On-Demand Video from IIS7 to iOS Devices (iPhone/iPad) and Silverlight Start using today : IIS Media Services 4.0 and Microsoft Expression Encoder Pro . > Download IIS Media Services 4.0 Announced Silverlight 5 media features include: TrickPlay support with audio pitch correction Hardware decode Remote control support Business applications John Papa showed a few of his top features for Silverlight 5 business applications and also how to use coded UI testing, now available with Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 (available for Ultimate and Premium editions of Visual Studio). Tim Heuer has a video up on his blog on how to use the Test Manager and coded UI tests. > Download Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 > Download WCF RIA Services Toolkit December 2010 (by the way, did you know the new Windows Azure Management Portal is built using Silverlight and WCF RIA Services?) Announced Silverlight 5 business app features include: Model View ViewModel (MVVM) and Databinding enhancements like binding in style setters, ancestor RelativeSource, debugging support in XAML (yes!!), markup extensions, much more… PostScript vector printing WS-Trust support Out of browser: child windows within app, P/Invoke (on Windows) Enhanced in-browser trusted app: with group policy allow access to My Documents, COM and more Microsoft Visual Studio profiling 3D and Graphics To present some of the new low level 3D features announced for Silverlight 5, Luigi Rosso, Chief Technical Officer and and Guido Rosso, Chief Creative Officer from Archetype were invited on stage. You’ll have to watch the video to watch Scott Guthrie in 3D. The red polo shirt plays a role, not saying more than that… Announced Silverlight 5 graphics features include: GPU accelerated 3D API Hardware acceleration with Internet Explorer 9 The keynote was closed by a very interesting demo of how the SQL Server team is building new products on top of Silverlight. In-depth sessions In-depth sessions are about what you can use today (Silverlight 4), although some of the speakers throw in a few notes when something new in the future will easy a certain task. All sessions are available on Channel9 for on-demand viewing or download in different formats including MP3. Data Binding Strategies with Silverlight and WP7 by Jesse Liberty Did not yet have the chance to watch this session but according to Twitterserve it was pretty good to say the least. Building Compelling Apps with WCF using REST and LINQ by Yavor Georgiev Building Feature Rich Business Apps Today with RIA Services by Dan Wahlin Download the announced update: WCF RIA Services Toolkit December 2010 MVVM: Why and How? Tips and Patterns using MVVM and Service Patterns with Silverlight and WP7 by John Papa John uses the Book Club example to go through the session material. He explain the most important aspects of implementing MVVM pattern and how to integrate with WCF RIA Services and others. Shout outs to some of the open source MVVM libraries available out there: MVVM Light Toolkit by Laurent Bugnion Caliburn and Caliburn Micro by Rob Eisenberg Tips and Tricks for a Great Installation Experience by Tim Heuer Tim Heuer has written about the Silverlight installation subject earlier on his blog.  Tune Your Application: Profiling and Performance Tips by Mike Cook & Jossef Goldberg Performance Tips for Silverlight Phone 7 by Jaime Rodriguez You can find Jaime’s source code, presentation and a performance cheat-sheet (very useful!) in his blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jaimer/archive/2010/12/02/windows-phone-application-performance-at-silverlight-firestarter.aspx New Silverlight Labs A new set of labs was also released during the event. You can follow online or download the content for viewing offline. These labs are focused on Silverlight Line of Business (LOB) applications with practical, real-world samples. View Firestarter labs
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    Windows Azure SDK 1.3 and the new Windows Azure Management Portal Now Available

    At PDC10 last month, we announced a host of enhancements for Windows Azure designed to make it easier for customers to run existing Windows applications on Windows Azure, enable more affordable platform access and improve the Windows Azure developer and...
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