October, 2008

  • DaveDev

    Silverlight 2 released – get all the info!


    Silverlight 2 has gone RTM!  Read the full press release here.




    Grab the Visual Studio Tools, Expression Blend Service Pack and updated Deep Zoom Composer here.

    If you already have a Beta version of Silverlight 2 installed you will be prompted to upgrade to the release version the first time you hit an updated site.  All Windows and Mac machines with updates enabled will automatically have their plug-in updated on Monday, October 20th.

    Developers can grab the Silverlight Tools Installer that includes everything you need (plug-in, sdk, Visual Studio Tools and Blend templates).  That’s right no more confusing Blend 2.5 – you can now edit Silverlight 2 projects using Blend 2 with SP1.



    Some interesting announcements with this release as well.  Microsoft is serious about interoperability and listening to our customers.  You wanted a Silverlight development experience on Linux and Mac outside of Notepad.  Announcing the Silveright plug-in for Eclipse


    Now you also have that choice on Windows – Visual Studio, Eclipse and Blend.  Whichever tool you are comfortable in you can now have the full Silverlight development experience.  Although I still think Blend is the best thing to happen for developers since Intellisense.

    At my recent VSLive! talk in NYC I showed off some of the power of the Visual State Manager (VSM) and how easy it was to create skins for controls, share/modify them, and inherit them throughout your project.  I also hinted a little about Microsoft would be supporting the VSM in all future releases of the controls.  I am proud to announce the introduction of the Silverlight Control Pack (SCP).  The SCP is very similar to the open source community driven ASP.NET Control Toolkit. Going forward you would be able to take any Silverlight control from this kit and skin it how you wanted.  No more black box!  Look for a new project to appear on Codeplex post-PDC.


    Check out Tim Heuer’s blog for more in depth details on the official Silverlight 2 release.


    Happy coding!


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  • DaveDev

    PDC2008 is in 3 weeks. A Boy Band, a WomenBuild Event and Windows 7!


    Time for a little morning fun.  Check out the PDC boy band.  I have made some happy geek songs in my life (I've definitely been doing the Warhammer dance of joy this past week) but these guys have outdone themselves!



    "PDC Two Thousand N Eight - Windows Seven is coming and I can't wait!"

    "Going to meet with my developer guys and get Windows content on a hundred sixty harddrive."

    "Leave the coffee Brian"


    And let's not forget the ladies....



    The WomenBuild program will launch in October and the events will be free for those registered for the Professional Developers Conference. The program is open to all registrants who have a passion for software development, especially women. The program consists of pre-conference workshop on October 26th during the afternoon, as well as a Women in Technology cocktail reception on Wednesday evening, October 29th.  Space is limited, so register now – you will see it as an option when you register for PDC or contact us.

    The WomenBuild program incorporates a hands-on process that draws on the power of creative thinking to shift group conversation from talking heads to focused minds. Each team will be run as a facilitated conversation with physical Lego brick constructions that will powerfully shift a group to more productive outcomes by accomplishing a deeper mining of the diverse wisdom within the group and a clearer shared conclusion on inspirational career paths for women in the technical field.  Through this workshop, attendees will share real life experiences, discuss challenges, network & build on-going relationships with other women who are attending the PDC conference. Ultimately, attendees of this workshop will find ways to unleash their creative thinking and transform ideas into concrete concepts.  

    As a bonus, you will have the opportunity to meet senior executives within varying fields in Microsoft who will share their thoughts the power of software to empower women– from career choices to education to your daily routine and lifestyle, software can make a huge & positive difference in all walks of life.  Be sure to join the Facebook WomenBuild group to be part of the WomenBuild community and be looped into future WomenBuild events as we spread the program across the nation!

    I am one of the facilitators of the WomenBuild program and will be at the event.  If you are out there early for any of the pre-conferences be sure to stop by and say hello!




    "Wrap your Windows around me!"


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