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I have very excited to be going to AjaxWorld in San Jose, CA next week.  I love getting a chance to get out of Redmond and talk to real-life developers and an industry wide event such as AjaxWorld gives me such a great opportunity to see what is going on in and outside of the Microsoft space. 

Scott Guthrie will be giving the keynote on bright and early Monday morning.  If you have never had a chance to see Scott speak, you have to wake up early to catch this!   Scott is a master of the demo and I know he has some great ones in cooking up for this already.

I am very lucky to be following Scott with a couple of breakout sessions... I would love for these to be very interactive, some come, bring your questions and comments!

If you are going please come and catch me at the conference and chat... I'd love to hear you thoughts and feedback!

 

Building Great AJAX Applications from Scratch Using ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008

Monday, 5:20-6:05p
Come see a no-slides, code-only presentation that starts with a blank directory and builds a data-driven, AJAX enabled, ASP.NET web application from scratch that implements common AJAX patterns with the rich set of AJAX Control Toolkit, accesses data with LINQ, and implements standards-based styling and layout using CSS and clean HTML. Learn the new features of ASP.NET 3.5 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and how they integrate together to provide the world's most productive web development experience. This session uses the 100% free .NET Framework and Visual Studio tools, and the resulting application will work with all browsers, Safari, Firefox and, of course, IE.

 

Building Rich Internet Applications Using Microsoft Silverlight 2

Tuesday, 4:30-5:15p
Many of today's (and tomorrow’s) development projects lend themselves nicely to RIA application patterns. Silverlight offers a compelling RIA development experience that works on Linux, the Mac and windows as well as all major browsers. With HD video, vector based graphics and a rich set of controls including DataGrid, Silverlight offers a compelling development experience in nearly any programming language you’d like from C# and VB, to JavaScript and Python. Learn how to use Visual Studio to create applications, how to create UI using XAML markup and code, how to retrieve data from the web, and how to manipulate data with XML and LINQ. This talk uses the 100% free Silverlight runtime and Visual Studio tools

 

Also, notice that Sue Googe is doing a presentation on Silverlight as well:

Spice Up User Experience with Silverlight

Monday 11-11:45a

Microsoft introduced Silverlight as cross-platform, cross-browser, next generation RIA solution. This session will use real world implementations to show you how to build a Silverlight application from start to finish, as well overall strategy why we should or shouldn't use Silverlight. No matter whether you have LAMP, ASP.NET or Java web application, you can take advantage of Silverlight to impress your user with the "Wow" effects

 

Michael Scherotter from Microsoft will be joining this panel... 

Power Panel: The Future of Rich Media and Content Across All Four Screens

Monday 7:15-8:00p

The "Silver Screen," television, PC and now mobile handsets - media convergence is increasingly about converging these four and optimizing their mix. How does the Web, specifically the Rich Web, play into this process and what are the business implications? If the Fourth Screen is mobile, what are the usability, security, and bandwidth issues that developers and business alike need to be aware of? What role will advertising play in speeding up (or slowing down) adoption?