January, 2008

  • DaveDev

    Announcing the 2008 Financial Services Developer Conference








    March 12-13, 2008

    Marriott Marquis Hotel

    New York, NY

    Event 03





    As always, conference attendance is FREE. Breakfast and lunch for both days is provided as well as a welcome reception on the first night of the event. You are responsible for all other travel and hotel expenses.








    6th Annual Microsoft Financial Services Developer Conference

    Please join us as we celebrate the sixth year of the Financial Services Developer Conference! This year promises to be one you will not want to miss!! Come listen to presenters across a wide spectrum of organizations – including Microsoft Product Managers, key partners and your industry peers. In addition, we will be hosting the 2nd Annual Windows in Financial Services Developer Innovator Awards as we recognize industry leading solutions leveraging the Microsoft development platform. In honor of National Women’s History Month in March, we will be celebrating the accomplishments of female leaders and pioneers in Financial Services and Technology via a live panel with our 2008 Women Leaders of Wall Street (“Willows”). 

    The 2008 Microsoft Financial Services Developer Conference will focus on providing developers and architects in Financial Services a clear roadmap of the Microsoft development platform with a focus on High Performance Computing (HPC).

    In celebration of the conference’s 6th year, we are building on the momentum of years past. We will be highlighting trends and best practices in the HPC space, including:

    ·         A strong roadmap that will empower customers and partners to leverage Microsoft’s current and next wave of technologies to ensure that they are operating with optimal efficiency and performance.

    Other key topic areas include:

    1.     The Software + Services space (S+S)

    2.     Technologies such as Office Business Applications (OBA), Excel Services

    3.     Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server (MOSS)

    These are just some of the technologies that will be covered at this two-day event - register now as space is limited! As a reminder, the event is free and includes a welcome reception at the Marriott Marquis on the first night sponsored by our Platinum and Gold partners!

    Register today by clicking here.


    For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Marquis at a rate of $329. You are responsible for your own reservations which can be made by calling (212) 398-1900 or 1-800-843-4898 by Tuesday, February 12, 2008 to receive the discounted rate. Be sure to reference the Microsoft Financial Services Developer Conference. After this date rooms will be available at the going rate.



    Register Today






    Are you a WPF guru?  Got some background in Financial Services? Would you like to get exposure in front of the entire devcon audience? How about being published in the Financial Services Magazine, free hotel stay in nyc for the devcon, a zune and an xbox elite+games??

    Be sure you hop on over to the Lab 49 contest site today and check it out!



  • DaveDev

    Become a Silverlight guru in one day with the Silverlight Fire Starter Kit!



    There is a new training series from MIX University out around Silverlight.  The entire application is written in Silverlight itself and really well done.  You even get access to the source code if you want to see how they did it!

    There are a lot of training videos out there on the web for Silverlight but what I like about the Fire Starter Kit is that it gives a holistic approach that builds upon a conceptual foundation first. 

    " Want to learn more about Microsoft's newest technology powering several popular rich media web sites?  We just published the Silverlight 1.0 Fire Starter, an excellent introduction to Silverlight 1.0 development.  Unlike many of the available tutorials which jump right into code and implementation, this series of 8 lessons takes time to cover the introductory conceptual level before stepping into code. This is a great starting place for someone to learn what Silverlight is, why it's important, and how to get started building sites.  And when you're finished watching the lessons, you can try tweaking the source code for the site! "

    Check it out today!

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  • DaveDev

    Announcing the 2nd Annual Microsoft Health & Life Sciences Developers and Solutions Conference - April 22nd-24th in Atlantic City, NJ



    This event will offer developers, architects, technical and business decision makers in the healthcare industry a chance to learn how Microsoft is making a big bet in the enablement and delivery of Software + Services in Health & Life Sciences.   The Health & Life Sciences Developer & Solutions Conference will include a mix of keynotes, panel discussions, industry theme/technology discussions, and interactive breakouts sessions.  Our overall objective is to offer a forum that will serve as a culminating exposure to Microsoft platform and technology innovations from a Health & Life Sciences Industry Solutions perspective. Come see how Industry themes & solutions align to technology themes & trends.

    Some say Healthcare is in the midst of a rebirth/renaissance…others suggest it is headed for a train wreck.  Regardless of your position, one thing is for certain: the cost and quality of Healthcare is a global concern, society will demand change, and technology innovation is essential to its realization.

    Industry Themes & Solutions

    • Health 2.0 – Health & Life Sciences version of web 2.0
    • Connected Industry Framework (CIF) – “SOA enablement for Health & Life Sciences”
    • Scientist Workbench Framework (SWB) – “Framework for building products and solutions in Life Sciences - helping scientists find the needle in the haystack”
    • Consumer Enablement Reference Architecture (CERA) – “empowering consumers in the new Healthcare age”
    • Patient Safety Screening Tool (PSST) – “saving patient lives through proactive measures”
    • Health Solutions Group -  Product Innovations with Azyxxi, HealthVault, and more

    Technology Themes & Trends

    • Software + Services – “It’s what Microsoft is betting its future on…”
    • Office Business Applications (OBA) – “A new breed of applications”
    • Rich Internet Applications (RIA) – “to the browser and beyond”
    • User Experience (UX)– and SilverLight 2.0 for Rich Internet Applications(RIA)
    • Social Web – “Evolution from teen phenomenon to essential business asset”
    • Compliance – Maintaining regulatory compliant in a changing world

    Who Should Attend?

    • Executive Technology/Business Liaisons
    • Development Leaders
    • Architecture Leaders
    • Technology Decision Makers

    Detailed discussion topics, speakers, and agenda will follow shortly. Attendees have the chance to win a valuable and great prizes!


    Register today as space is limited!

    The conference is FREE. Some meals are provided. You are responsible for all other travel and hotel expenses.


    For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Hotel at a rate of $129.00 through March 31, 2008. You are responsible for your own reservations which can be made by calling 1-888-627-7212 (ask for  Sheraton AC Hotel) or visiting http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/microsoft08 by the above date to receive the discounted rate.  Be sure to reference the Microsoft Health & Life Sciences Developer and Solutions Conference. After March 31, rooms will be available at the going rate.

    Visit http://www.HLSDevCon.com for the latest conference information.

  • DaveDev

    Over 20+ hours of free WPF training videos!


    With all of the Silverlight Training resources I posted recently it is now time for some WPF love.  =)


    Be sure to check out the WPF Bootcamp at Mix University

    With over 20 hours of hands on labs, customer examples, and a plethora of topics it will take you through WPF inside and out from start to finish.  Here is just a sample:

    Keynote: Windows Presentation Foundation
    Ian Ellison-Taylor

    A Lap Around Windows Presentation Foundation
    Rob Relyea

    A Lap Around Microsoft Expression Blend
    Pete Faraday

    Building WPF Applications Part I
    Ian Griffiths

    Building WPF Applications Part II
    Ian Griffiths

    LAB: Building WPF Applications

    LAB: Building WPF XAML Browser Applications

    LAB: Interactive Fabrikam Catalog in Blend

    Controls, Styles and Templates
    Kevin Moore

    LAB: Creating a Button with Expression Blend and Design

    LAB: Creating a Glass Button in Blend

    Data Binding with WPF
    Beatriz de Oliveira Costa

    WPF Partner Showcase
    Tim Sneath

    Documents, Text and the Reading Experience
    Kevin Gjerstad

    LAB: Using Data Binding in WPF

    LAB: Reading Experience

    Windows Forms Interoperability
    Scott Morrison

    Visual Studio Orcas Enhancements for WPF
    Mark Wilson-Thomas, Mark Boulter

    Grab all the content here today!


    Also don't forgot about WindowsClient.NET.  There is entire learning section around WPF filled with short 15-20 minute digestible videos around various WPF topics.

    Check it out here! 

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