November, 2007

  • DaveDev

    User Experience in the Enterprise - Video Series Part 3



    The final episode of my User Experience talk is now available.  Check it out here.  

    You can also grab the latest Powerpoint slides from here.


  • DaveDev

    Visual Studio meets World of Warcraft


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    Scott Guthrie showcased the extensibility of Visual Studio 2008 last week at the DevConnections conference in Las Vegas. 

    For those not in the know, World of Warcraft is the number one Massive Multiplayer Online Game right now for the PC with over 9 million monthly subscribers worldwide (myself being one of them).  WoW uses an xml based scripting language called (LUA) that allows users to create in game "Add-Ons" enabling rich features not originally built into the game.  There is entire community built around creating these modules with sites such as Curse Gaming, WowUI, and Wow Interface.  These modules are their introduction to the world of programming for hundreds of thousands of people each day. 

    Allowing them to use Visual Studio 2008 Express (free download) removes many roadblocks for creating them and brings the power of the VS debugger/ide into their fingertips.  This is an excellent case of the extensibility being built into both Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 (which itself has new Add-In Namespaces that are used throughout, including inside WPF - think pluggable UIs.  Microsoft is also allow developers to use the Visual Studio IDE shell itself to act as building blocks within their own applications.

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  • DaveDev

    Silverlight 1.1 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 RTM Available!


    Go grab them here.

    Via Scott Guthrie...

    " The tools alpha refresh released today has the same feature-set as the Silverlight Tools Alpha add-on which was previously available for Visual Studio 2008 Beta2 (it has simply been updated to work with the final VS 2008 release).  This feature-set includes basic Silverlight 1.1 project system support, XAML markup editing and intellisense support, debugging support, Expression Blend project compatibility, and VB and C# code-behind intellisense.  You can find quickstart tutorials that detail how to use these features here.

    The next public preview of Silverlight will include a ton of new runtime features, as well as a significantly enhanced VS 2008 tooling support.  I'll be blogging more details about this shortly. "

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