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March, 2009

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    Icons for your applications


    I was researching a question from ISV an about reusing the Icons Microsoft uses in Windows/Office. Here are some relevant links…


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    Multi Touch in Windows 7


    Are you intrigued by multi touch? The Windows Engineering team just posted a great article on how Touch was implemented in Windows 7 and on how software developers can tap into this: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/03/25/touching-windows-7.aspx#comments

    The developer from a Windows team point of view use the WIN32 API. Of course most of you use .NET. There are also a bunch of resource available for you already.

    Check out these labs to find out how you can use Windows 7 touch with WPF 3.5 SP1: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/WindowsTouch

    This WPF 4.0 session from PDC shows you what you can expect next: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/PC03/

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    The Javascript Trap…Haha!


    By Richard Stallman: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/javascript-trap.html

    If you can’t find the time to read this little piece of Kafka-like literature, I left out some words and reduced it to its essence.

    free software is free, cute but Silverlight, worse, since Microsoft is bad. Only free programs become ethical . we need to change to support freedom to tell the user about nontrivial non-free to specify the free. Our campaign for free can begin.

    This is all my personal opinion and doesn’t in anyway represent my employer but when I read stuff like that, I can’t help but thinking of Batman Begins and the League of Shadows that wants to destroy Gotham City because they think it’s the only way to serve justice.

    That was fun :-)

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    CloudCamp Antwerp


    On the 9th of April I will be at CloudCamp Antwerp.


    The idea is still relatively fresh and it is going to be interesting to see how the different actors in the industry will ‘embrace’ the idea.

    I hope to see quite a few Microsoft partners there too!

    CloudCamp Antwerp in April 9th, 2009

    About CloudCamp:

    CloudCamp is an unconference where attendees can exchange ideas, knowledge and information in a creative and supporting environment, advancing the current state of cloud computing and related technologies. As an informal, member-supported gathering, we rely entirely on volunteers to help with meeting content, speakers, meeting locations, equipment and membership recruitment. We also have corporate sponsors that provide financial assistance with venues, food, drink, software, services and other valuable donations

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    25th of March: Innovation/Discovery Days for Belgian ISV’s


    You can go here to register. We have got a very nice agenda!



    Innovation day
    09.30 –10.00:
    Welcome and coffee
    10.00 –10.15:
    10.15 –11.00:
    Microsoft Innovation Center
    On March 4th, the Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) will be officially opened in Mons. This initiative, managed by both Microsoft as the Walloon Region, will be part of an extensive network of Innovation centers that aim at developing and stimulating the local IT economy and employment, and impact relationship with local governments, SMBs and start-ups. In this session you will get an overview what this specifically means for ISV’s.
    11.00 –11.45:
    ISV Incubation Center
    “Software + services” becomes more and more concrete. After having discussed the Azure Platform at our last Innovation Days, we are happy to announce the launch of a Belgian ISV Incubation Center at this edition. In the session we will explain how a specialised local hosting partner is ready to support and guide ISVs that adopt the Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery model.
    11.45 –12.00:
    12.00 –13.00:
    Lunch and Surface demo
    Discovery day
    12.00 –13.00:
    Lunch and Surface demo
    13.00 –13.20:
    Introduction client continuum
    Which client technology do you choose for which type of solution? Not such an easy question to answer it seems. Especially with so many technologies to choose from: Windows Forms, ASP.NET/Ajax, WPF, Silverlight. Nevertheless we will try to make it easy for you to make this choice.
    13.20 –14.35:
    Rich or Richer: Create stunning experiences with Silverlight or WPF
    Do you develop for the desktop or for the web? With Silverlight and WPF you can more easily do both. Learn how you can build line of business applications with these technologies and how the Composite Application Guidance provides you with a framework that allows you to share code between these two client types.
    14.35 –15.00:
    15.00 –16.00:
    Extending your reach even further
    WPF and Silverlight are the technologies that Microsoft invests in most and that will provide you with the largest possible reach. In this session we will show how WPF will allow you to leverage the multi-touch capabilities of Windows 7 and the Microsoft Surface Device as well as share some insight into what’s next for these technologies.
    16.00 –:
    Closing & drink
    Microsoft Belux Corporate Village Da Vincilaan 3 1935 Zaventem
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    More namedropping on Azure


    I haven’t verified the information but these would certainly be interesting cases.


    What really got me going, though, is that Microsoft is actively cultivating .Net partners to take up residence on Azure. Epicor, an ERP software provider, is creating a software-as-a-service .Net version for Azure. MicroFocus, which specializes in tools to migrate Cobol apps off mainframes, will soon let you deploy on Azure. OpenText, a content management company, is also taking the Azure route. The list goes on. Plus, along with .Net Services, why not throw in the entire stack of Microsoft servers? Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and Dynamics CRM are there now (although not necessarily ready for prime time). Already, says Martin, an "industry leader in oil and gas" is using BizTalk and Windows Workflow hosted on Azure for process integration.

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    Update on the new VS2010 Editor



    Some interesting improvements blogged by Tony Goodhew.

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    Office 14: first information coming out


    Not a lot of information on Office 14 has been disclosed. Here’s an interview with Chris Capposela that reveals some more.


    Interesting bit also about Office 14 using Azure. Just in case you thought Azure wasn’t real:-)

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    WPF Application: ClickOnce deployed, hosted on Azure


    Here’s a great WPF application built on Wikipedia. The application is deployed through ClickOnce. The bits that are deployed through ClickOnce are stored on Windows Azure as blobs.

    Cool, no?

    (link at the bottom)http://www.dotnetsolutions.ltd.uk/evidence/wikiexplorer

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