Dave is a Principal Technical Evangelist for Microsoft focused on Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure and the Web. Based out of the Greater Philadelphia Area.
Just a reminder that the 6th Annual Financial Developers Conference in NYC starts on Wednesday.
I will be one of the presenters on the first day. My session will focus on how developers today have a slew of new tools and technologies to help aid them in the constant demand for better user experiences. But which one should I use? SharePoint, AJAX, Webforms, Winforms, OBA, WPF, Silverlight? Do the buzzwords not end? This session will set out to give you a better idea of which tool fits the job as well some hands on coding and demos. Should be a lot of fun!
With close to a 1,000 attendees, numerous partners, a live DotNetRocks podcast and a brand new 2009 Lincoln MKS showcasing Sync technology there is something for everyone. Registration is free but space is limited. If you are in the area please do stop by for a chat.
First, you just have to check this out. Seadragon technology comes to Silverlight in the form of Deep Zoom on Hardrock's memorabilia site. In the keynote they were able to zoom down to the scratch marks on the guitar.
Then watch the keynote here. I will let the video stream speak for itself. Some really amazing technology and customer stories.
Things that caught my eye....
Tim Sneath is running an excellent live blog of the keynote here as well.
This one is all about Silverlight, one of my favorite topics. =) I'll cover why I think it is so important, where the platform is headed and why you should be checking it out if you haven't already. If there is one thing I see time and time again in talking with people it is the confusion out there around why we created Silverlight. I hear things like.. "To compete with Flash".. "To take over the web with windows!".. or "You mean another web technology, but I just learned AJAX!"
My hope is that after watching this video you will have a clear understanding of where the Microsoft Platform is heading when it comes to NextWeb and presentation technologies as well as how we got there. There has been a lot of great new technology and tools that have just come out in the past few months. Stuff that will really change the way you think and work with user experiences and I try to touch on that. At the end, you should also feel comfortable creating Silverlight content in both VS2008 and Blend and how you can use it in your projects today. I know I definitely had a blast coding with it. =)
Some of the topics covered:
Check them out on Channel9 here:
Don't forget to stop by the Devs4Devs group on Facebook. With a couple hundred members now it is a great way to meet developers from all over the world including your local Microsoft folks!