Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: Free Developer Bootcamp coming to Nashville and Region

      MSDN Events Presents: For the Win: Windows 7 Development Boot Camp Web and cloud may be all the rage, but many developers are still doing hardcore client development. If you are among them, this Boot Camp is for you! In this full-day event, we will explore how to maximize your impact on the Windows...
  • Blog Post: VS Team Executive Speaking in Memphis, Register Now

    Cameron Skinner and Visual Studio 2010 ( Friday , April 30, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM) Event Details Have you ever had to work with a legacy codebase? Designing new functionality on existing applications can be daunting. There are always differences between the original design and the current implementation...
  • Blog Post: Announcements: VS 2010 and .NET 4 Availability Today, and Silverlight 4 Later This Week

    REDMOND, Wash. — April 11, 2010 — Kicking off a global launch consisting of more than 150 developer-focused events, Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. The company also announced that Silverlight 4 will release to Web (RTW) later in the week...
  • Blog Post: Developer Position in Memphis

    Here’s a job opportunity with a customer in Memphis. Send resumes to: Dennis Creel, dcreel@psgi.net Sr. Developer - Summary Perform application development duties for software systems.  Lead key projects and oversee development activities of other developers on specific project assignments. ...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio RC

    Microsoft is highly committed to delivering a quality product in time for the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 launch. We received a lot of positive customer feedback on the new capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. At the same time, we also received feedback around performance...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming TechNet and MSDN Events

    TECHNET EVENTS | REGISTER NOW >> Windows Azure, Hyper-V and Windows 7 Deployment Get the inside track on new tips, tools and technologies for IT pros. Join your TechNet Events team for a look at Windows Azure™ and learn the basics of this new online service computing platform. Next, we’ll explore...
  • Blog Post: Using WPF in a Truck

    U.S. Xpress is a Tennessee-based truckload carrier with a reputation for delivering excellent customer service and using innovative technology to do so. In the mid-2000s, the company deployed an in-cab solution that automates engine diagnostics and provides communication, navigation, and training-video...
  • Blog Post: What a week!

    Lots of stuff happening this week… Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 was announced. There are multiple announcements inside this effort: New lineup of SKU’s Go Live license New logo / new look Beta 2 of .NET 4 Windows 7 Windows 7 launches this week. PowerPivot for Excel 2010 (formerly known as "Gemini"...
  • Blog Post: Interknowlogy’s Multi-Touch Remote Object Manipulation

    Tim (IK’s CEO) shows a .NET 4 WPF app running on Windows 7 and Microsoft Surface, and shows a Healthcare / Life Sciences Version. The machines are using WCF for intercommunication.  
  • Blog Post: Know someone wanting to learn web development?

    Or someone wanting to see if they’d like Visual Studio or even ASP.NET? Here’s an easy way, and you can’t beat the price! Check out Visual Web Developer Express , a free Visual Studio Web development environment for building and testing next generation standards-based Web applications and services. Visual...
  • Blog Post: Ramp Up: Program of Free Classes

    Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based learning program, with a number of different tracks that will help you build your portfolio of professional development skills. Ramp Up has a solid foundation of premium technical content from subject-matter gurus, and provides easy-to-access content in a variety...
  • Blog Post: MIX09: Inside Microsoft Silverlight

    This is a look at the CoreCLR, which is what Silverlight runs on. Session abstract: See how the CLR team slimmed down the size of the runtime into a small, zippy download, the Core CLR, yet kept the experience .NET developers have come to love. Presenter: Brandon Bray, Senior Program Manager Lead...
  • Blog Post: What are the Microsoft codenames “Oslo” and “Dublin”?

    What is "Oslo"? (from the “Oslo” developer site ,) "Oslo" is the code name for our platform for model-driven applications. The goal of "Oslo" is to provide a 10x productivity gain by making model-driven applications mainstream. At the core of this platform are domain-specific...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Case Study of LAMP Application moved to VS and .NET

    Ran across a case study with some very interesting quotes. This case study is from Earth Class Mail. Check out some of the comments: Benefits Saved U.S.$750,000 and six months on development Scales to support business growth Enables mobile solution with managed code Fastest Time To Market “Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Anyone in Louisville looking for a Tools Roadmap Presentation?

    You are invited to a dinner presentation of the Microsoft Developer Tools and Platform Roadmap hosted by Microsoft and Cardinal Solutions and a chance to win an XBOX 360. Topics for this presentation include: · What is coming in Visual Studio Team System 2010 · .NET 4.0 and C# futures · Azure and Software...
  • Blog Post: Check out the 10-4 Video Podcast

    10-4 is a weekly video podcast (from Channel 9 ) which gives you a look at what's coming in Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0.  The sixth episode ( Parallel Extensions ) was just posted.
  • Blog Post: The Interoperability Principles

    Working in a competitive environment for a successful company, one often hears perceptions of different leaders. Some are intelligent issues, and some are of a different category – myths, lies, FUD, etc. Since I heard one today that was incomprehensible to me and my personal integrity, I had to look...
  • Blog Post: The PDC Coming To You

    We’re bringing the PDC to you! For just $99 you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7 . Other sessions include the latest developments in .NET, Silverlight, Surface, Parallel Programming, Live Mesh,...
  • Blog Post: Missed the PDC? See MSDN Developer Conference.

    There are a variety of cities holding these, like Detroit in January . Go see my DPE teammates in action.
  • Blog Post: Watch the PDC Keynotes, LIVE

    Yes, even though I can not be there in person (and receive all the goodies, food, fun, direct conversation with product teams, etc.), the next best thing is a live viewing from my PC. I’ve already blocked off time on my calendar for MON and TUE (10:30 Central – 12:30 Central). Just go to www.microsoftpdc...
  • Blog Post: .NET 1.1 Support coming to an end

    Oh, those glorious days of the beginning of .NET. But, that’s all in the rear view mirror. And now, the end comes for real. On OCT 14, mainstream support for .NET 1.1 ended. Now the 5 year clock for extended support starts to count down…
  • Blog Post: Easier and Robust in .NET?

    I thought this was interesting:   From VSLive! Keynote: NYC Sees More .NET and Open Source Development, Moving Toward SOA : ...Paul Cosgrave, commissioner of New York's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), talked up his agency's efforts to deliver both a centralized...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Unleashed, in a city near you

    Session 1 : Demystifying WPF Today’s applications need to do more than simply work. They need to draw in the user, and provide a differentiated experience. This means moving beyond battleship gray forms, boxy UIs, and providing a positive user experience. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) provides...
  • Blog Post: What is Your Top Feature in .NET 3.5 SP1?

    I was just reading an article in Application Development Trends, titled Microsoft Ships Visual Studio 2008 and .NET SP1 . It has a nice walk-through of some of the new capabilities in .NET 3.5 SP1, and they are grouped into logical categories. They start out with WCF, and mention that that " SP1...
  • Blog Post: How do you get ready for .NET 3.5 SP1?

    Yesterday, Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1 released. And as I've been saying, there is a lot in there. ASP.NET Dynamic Data, AJAX enhancements, URL routing (used by ASP.NET MVC in a later release), Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, WCF enhancements including REST additions, WPF Enhancements...
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