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  • Blog Post: Student Game Camps in Rochester and NYC

    Microsoft’s two-day Game Camps, coming to Rochester, NY and NYC, offer students a chance to learn while designing and developing games for the Imagine Cup competition ’s game design category . While this weekend’s event in NYC (2/4-2/6) is full/waitlisted, the Rochester event still has room.  If...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Silverlight Firestarter Series – Rochester, Waltham, and Beyond

    Light Up Your Silverlight Apps for Windows 7 Firestarter A new MSDN Events series, focusing on Silverlight and Windows 7, is visiting cities in the east including Waltham, MA and Rochester, NY : Windows 7 and Silverlight make for a fantastic platform to build and deploy applications.  Together,...
  • Blog Post: Online Firestarters – Silverlight, ASP.NET, and Windows Azure

    MSDN Firestarter events are great (and free) ways to get up to speed with specific developer topics.  For those who can’t attend in person, several of these live events will also feature an online streaming option, so tune in for some excellent Silverlight, ASP.NET, and Windows Azure content! Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the New England Silverlight Guild

    In October, a new group will be joining the New England developer and designer community!  The New England Silverlight Guild will hold meetings in Cambridge, MA and Farmington, CT on the 3rd Monday of each month.  The group’s goal is to “promote and encourage designers, developers, and innovators...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Development: A Quick Introduction

    This post is to help you get up to speed quickly with the Windows Phone 7 Series development announcements made today at MIX10 . The great news is that applications can be written for Windows Phone 7 Series devices using regular Silverlight ( Silverlight 4 RC is now available) and XNA. No alternate...
  • Blog Post: Resources and Screencasts from the Northeast MSDN Roadshow “Don’t Fear the Coder” Tour

    As we gear up for the next Northeast Roadshow series (in March) , Jim and I have put the wraps on the previous tour by posting the content and recording screencasts based on each session. The “Don’t Fear the Coder” tour was a blast, and Jim and I visited a whopping seven cities across the northeast in...
  • Blog Post: Special geekSpeak on Developing Silverlight Games on May 27th

    The Northeast’s very own Andy Beaulieu (Silverlight guru, MVP, CNY .NET UG Lead , etc.) is connecting with Jim O’Neil and Glen Gordon to share details about developing games with Silverlight! This episode in the MSDN geekSpeak series is May, 27th ( tomorrow ) from 3:00-4:00 PM EST, and features an...
  • Blog Post: XAMLFest Boston 5/27 – 5/28… and Online

    XAMLFest events are a great (and free) way to learn about Silverlight and WPF through a combination of presentations and instructor-led hands-on lab work.  XAMLFest Boston is coming to the NERD facility (One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA) on May 27th & 28th , and will be the last XAMLFest in...
  • Blog Post: DeepZoomPix Technology Demo

    Released today, DeepZoomPix is an application that showcases a number of different technologies, including Windows Azure , Silverlight , Deep Zoom , and Expression . It demonstrates using Deep Zoom to process images, Windows Azure to store and distribute the images via cloud services, and Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: XamlFests Return in February

    In December, I blogged about XamlFest , a free event in Waltham, MA that gave attendees a chance to learn WPF and Silverlight via instructor led hands-on labs.  That quickly filled up, and so have others, so the ISV Developer team is offering additional XamlFests across the country , with three...
  • Blog Post: XamlFest Boston: Come As You Are, Leave Xamlized

    Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve?  Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started?  Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression Blend help designers and developers work together to deliver great user experiences...
  • Blog Post: John Papa Speaking with Tech Valley and New Hampshire User Groups This Week

    John Papa (MSDN columnist, MVP, and INETA speaker) will be visiting the Northeast area and speaking on Silverlight with the Tech Valley .NET and New Hampshire .NET user groups: Tech Valley NY .NET July 22nd, 6:30 - 9:00 PM Albany, NY New Hampshire .NET July 24th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM Nashua, NH Session Description...
  • Blog Post: Make Silverlight Games with Popfly Game Creator

    Many people have been using Silverlight to create games for the web, but until now, you've had to be a programmer to do it. Just released on the Popfly site is alpha of the new Popfly Game Creator feature, which provides a great way to create and share some interesting games without having to deal with...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2.0 and RIA Development Article Series

    Our very own Bob Familiar has been cruising the seas of Silverlight and has recently posted a very nice four-article series on using Silverlight 2.0 to develop RIAs (Rich Internet Applications): This series of articles takes a look at the current state of RIA development leveraging Silverlight 2.0. The...
  • Blog Post: Summary of MIX '08 Highlights

    It's been a busy week (getting ready for the 2008 Launch event in Boston next week), but I have a moment to share details from my trip to MIX '08 last week. It was my first MIX, and incredibly, my first visit to Las Vegas! Not a lot of free time to absorb the city, but it was great. Didn't get to go...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 1.0 Fire Starter Now Online

    Silverlight Fire Starter was a one-day event held in Redmond late last year to cover a wide range of Silverlight topics. Now you can access the same content for the hard-to-argue-with price of free: www.visitmix.com/University/silverlight/firestarter/ There are eight sessions available: An Introduction...
  • Blog Post: Got Tech Posters?

    Have a blank wall (and access to your company's color printer)? There are plenty of technology posters and charts for developers available on MSDN. I didn't realize just how many until I searched for "poster" on MSDN downloads . Here's a list of the more recent ones: .NET 3.5 Namespaces Poster The .NET...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Announcements - 1.0 Live, Linux support

    Some fantastic news out this week. Silverlight 1.0 is now live! If that weren't enough, we've announced a formal partnership with Novell to bring Silverlight to Linux distributions via the project known as Moonlight . There's no point in adding more detail here, just don't miss reading these two posts...
  • Blog Post: IronPython and Silverlight Resources

    This is a long-overdue follow-up to my visit with the Cambridge Python Meetup Group . I had a great time speaking with the group about Silverlight, IronPython and dynamic languages. Here are the resources I showed or that we discussed during the session: Silverlight Home - http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow - September Edition!

    We're at it again! My colleague Bob and I are heading out for round three of our Roadshow. It (and we) will run from September 10th through the 20th, sweeping through the following cities, leaving a wake of toppled water glasses and technical enlightenment in its path: Burlington, VT Rochester...
  • Blog Post: Controls and Control Libraries for Silverlight

    Though the jury is still out on what controls we'll see in or alongside Silverlight 1.1 when it's released, there are a number of reusable controls and libraries emerging to help make development more efficient and familiar to developers used to WinForms and WebForms style programming. The Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: A Guide to the Newly-Released Developer Updates

    Though I managed to sneak away for some vacation time this week, it's clearly been a busy time for the product teams. Here's a summary of the recently-released betas and updates with links for more information: Silverlight Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate ( windows | mac ) Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Jesse Liberty

    Not sure how I missed this news until now, but Joe Stagner mentions that Jesse Liberty , noted author, speaker, and technologist, has joined Microsoft! Jesse is now a Senior Program Manager on the Silverlight development team. It turns out Jesse announced this a few weeks ago on his blog : "As part of...
  • Blog Post: Cambridge Python Meetup - Silverlight, Python, and the DLR

    I'll be speaking with the Cambridge Python Meetup Group this Wednesday (July 18th) evening. Join us in Cambridge for discussion and demonstrations of Silverlight, the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) and, of course, how Python ties into this brave new world. For details on the event, head over to the event...
  • Blog Post: Index of Silverlight Games (Most with Source)

    In my experience, many corporate developers by day are actually gamers by night (after putting the kids in bed, of course.) So when an interesting technology like Silverlight comes along, a good way to learn what it can do is to see gaming concepts applied, then pull things apart to see how they were...
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