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  • 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: 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: 2008 Winter Northeast Roadshow - Resources and Summary

    The Winter Northeast Roadshow series has run its course!  Jim and I traveled about 2,000 miles to deliver seven events for nearly 600 people across the Northeast, and had a great time bringing developer technology and practices to you. The Goods As promised, we're posting the content and resources...
  • 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: MSDN/Architecture Journal Readers and the Reader SDK

    Some very cool news if you're a fan of the WPF-based New York Times reader or Seattle P-I reader . We've just released the Reader SDK which you can use to quickly create similar rich applications for your own purposes. In addition, the MSDN Magazine Reader sample application (featuring full source code...
  • Blog Post: WPF-Based Yahoo Messenger for Vista Available

    As a pretty cool example of the effects that are possible with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Yahoo has just announced the availability of the preview release of Yahoo Messenger for Vista. Download it from: http://messenger.yahoo.com/windowsvista.php As of today, they've announced support for...
  • Blog Post: New Deitel Resource Centers: ASP.NET 3.5, LINQ, Popfly, WPF, and SharePoint

    Deitel recently released more topics of interest to .NET developers in their excellent Resource Center series . Created to help you find articles, tutorials, blogs, downloads, FAQs, and more, here are the new centers: ASP.NET 3.5 LINQ Popfly WPF SharePoint I find these valuable since they're not simply...
  • Blog Post: MIX University Expands with a Free WPF Bootcamp Course

    Tim Sneath posted about a great new addition to the already strong lineup of training available at MIX University . Now you can access a full three-day WPF training course (over 20 hours) for the low cost of free. From Tim : "You'll hear a keynote from Ian Ellison-Taylor , the general manager responsible...
  • Blog Post: Big Changes for the Acropolis Project

    If you're been looking into the Acropolis project for building composite applications, take a look at this post by the Acropolis team. The short of it is that the project in its current form (as CTP's) will no longer be versioned (but will remain available.) However, the goals, concepts, and lessons...
  • Blog Post: New CTPs of .NET Framework 3.5, Acropolis, and ADO.NET Entity Framework

    This week brought a host of new CTPs (Community Technology Previews) to the MSDN Download Center: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 June 2007 CTP download .NET Framework 3.5 builds incrementally on the new features added in .NET Framework 3.0, for example, Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Communication...
  • Blog Post: Embedding Active XAML in PowerPoint

    [File under "Cool Presenter Tricks"] Simon Guest posted about a nice little trick for embedding XAML in a PowerPoint slide. What makes it all happen is finding an add-in for PowerPoint to display web pages from a slide. Simon points us to Shyam Pillai's "LiveWeb" add-in . Run the setup there and PowerPoint...
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