January, 2008

  • DaveDev

    Funny Video of Bill Gates' last day at Microsoft



    If you have ever been to PDC or TechED you probably have seen some of the funny videos Bill puts on.  I saw this last night while watching the Live CES feed, absolutely hilarious.  Brian Williams, Steve Ballmer, Matthew McConaughey and many others all make appearances....

    Check out the video here!

    Watch the entire keynote at the Microsoft CES Site here

    The full keynote is worth checking out.  Really good Surface demo by Bill and some awesome stuff in there from Robbie Bach on Zune Social, Xbox and Sync.

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  • 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! 

  • 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

    Ruby in Steel - Ruby Development using VS2008 Shell



    Ruby on Steel Text Edition allows Ruby developers to code using all the power of the VS IDE.

    - The All In One Solution
    Includes a free copy of Visual Studio 2008 (Ruby language only), and a simple setup program to install Ruby, Rails, Visual Studio, MySQL and Ruby In Steel.

    - Optimized for Coding
    Ruby and Rails color coding, code folding, auto-expanding snippets, bracket and keyword matching, integrated debugger, smart code indenting, code formatting and integrated Ruby and IRB consoles.

    - Highly Customizable
    Change the colors or load a ready-to-run color scheme, create your own snippets with our Ruby snippet editor, toggle to full-screen editing, add new features using the integrated macro IDE.

    - The Power of Visual Studio
    Split screen editing, docked or tabbed windows, multi-level undo/redo, bookmarks, auto-indent, HTML editor and designer, CSS and JavaScript coloring, JavaScript IntelliSense and much more...

    Check out the site with more screenshots here.

    Infoworld is running an article about it here.

    This is another great example of the power you can get by leveraging the VS2008 Shell in your applications.  Even World of Warcraft is getting into it.

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