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: 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: Connected Show – Episode #21, Domino’s Pizza runs Java in Windows Azure

    Hear our friend Tim Wise from Domino’s in action! Makes me want some Memphis BBQ Chicken Pizza while I’m listening. In this episode guests Sumit Chawla & Tim Wise of Domino’s Pizza join Peter Laudati to discuss offloading a Java server infrastructure to Windows Azure to save money (Starts at 40:31...
  • Blog Post: Just in time for Thanksgiving, Betty Crocker creates the Kitchen Assistant

    It’s Like a Cookbook, Only Better The Betty Crocker® Kitchen Assistant application has everything you need to make cooking and baking a breeze, and it’s all in one place – your computer. From your desktop access thousands of kitchen-tested recipes, discover expert tips, plus add notes and sort recipes...
  • Blog Post: Missed the PDC event. Want to see the sessions?

    Yes, there is a way to see all of the content, and that’s by visiting http://microsoftpdc.com/Videos . This page has instructions on how to download all of the videos, so that you can watch them whenever/wherever/offline or not. You can always watch them via Silverlight while online, but a traveler can...
  • 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: FIRESTARTER – on-demand and live events

    Free events to ignite your skills Heat up your skills with the all-new Firestarter event series. Each day tackles a single Microsoft technology, including free sessions presented live by Microsoft developer and IT pro evangelists and technology specialists - with special appearances from community luminaries...
  • Blog Post: Live Virtual Presentation: Real World Azure

    MSDN Events Present:  Real World Azure Come spend an afternoon with us on September 29th to explore Windows Azure™ – Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications – from a real world point of view!  During this event, we’ll review critical lessons Microsoft IT has...
  • Blog Post: Work for a small web firm?

    WebsiteSpark is a new global program, designed by Microsoft to help small professional Web development and design service companies succeed, by providing new business opportunities through connections with global partners and customers, support and training, and software tools – at no upfront cost. WebsiteSpark...
  • 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: Bing your App! (even with Ruby)

    Ran across an interesting article today. Titled LearnHub: Powered by Rails, Searches with Bing , this is about a Canadian social learning network site for preparing students for standardized testing (called LearnHub ). It talks about their struggles with Google’s search API, and how they took their Ruby...
  • Blog Post: MIX09: Sharing Skills and Code with Silverlight & WPF

    Session: Recording , Code: T87F, 59 minutes Jeff Wilcox , Software Development Engineer, Silverlight Toolkit team, Microsoft Agenda Client platform vision What’s shared between Silverlight and WPF? Today’s Controls and Features Building controls for Silverlight and WPF Bringing...
  • 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: My Visit to MIX

    I’ll break this down in more detail at a later time. You can see some keynote details at my Twitter page . Day 1 Keynote: Bill Buxton, Scott Guthrie ( video ) Windows Mobile 6.5 Overview : Loke Uei Tan ( video ) Building Amazing Business Centric Applications With Silverlight 3 : Brad Abrams ( video ...
  • Blog Post: Probably no more important MIX than this year’s

    Well, it’s that time again. MIX is an important event where we show our thinking and direction for the web. Again targeted at designers and web developers, this event continues to bring in voices from the online companies – like frog design, Yahoo!, MySpace, Baidu, ESPN.com, Adobe, Digg, Facebook, schematic...
  • 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: A Simple Explanation of Software-plus-Services

    Christoph pointed out a video that explains our S+S story in a simple and informative way. It’s here on YouTube, and also here on Soapbox.   Software-plus-Services is the next logical step in the evolution of computing. It represents an industry shift that is neither exclusively software-centric...
  • Blog Post: LAMP, WAMP, and WIMP

    I have had several of my Linux friends lately come to me about their unhappiness with their world, and if they could move their apps to Windows. I keep telling folks that this is possible, but I haven’t tried it myself. But now, here’s a resource. Keith Combs posts Running LAMP on Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Data Center Team Discloses Gen4 Vision

    Unless you have worked around datacenter operations, you may not fully appreciate this post. At any rate, you should take a look at a post from Mike Manos on Our Vision for Generation 4 Modular Data Centers - One way of Getting it just right . Talking about full disclosure, Mike and team go into a lengthy...
  • Blog Post: Where’s the nearest MDC?

    For the Heartland district (the Microsoft territory that I’m assigned to), we’re promoting Detroit (JAN 22). However, that might not make sense for my friends in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. So, be aware that there are quality speakers in Atlanta (DEC 16) and Dallas (JAN 26...
  • Blog Post: Colin Neller In Dell and SQL Server 2008 Video

    Colin Neller is the leader of the Memphis .NET User Group . During the day, he’s a Sr. Software Engineer at ServiceU , a provider of online event management software designed for organizations such as churches, nonprofits, schools, universities, festivals and theaters. This video is interesting due to...
  • 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: Search Engine Optimization for Silverlight

    My teammate, Hanu Kommalapati , pointed out this new whitepaper from the Silverlight team. RIA developers are looking for ways to address Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and now there’s a whitepaper, Search Engine Optimization for Silverlight Applications , that provides search engine background and...
  • Blog Post: Architecture Guidance for Mobile Applications

    I recently ran across a Patterns & Practices effort from J.D. Meier’s blog , where he was promoting an effort that has produced application architecture guidelines, specifically called the App Arch Guide and posted on CodePlex. The information is distributed over a set of pages, and is organized...
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