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

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  • Blog Post: MIX11: MED02–Introduction to Microsoft Media Platform (MMP)

      Recording , April 12, 2011, 3:30PM PST, Session: MED02, Speakers: Alex Zambelli What Changed? Players, bandwidth, standards, more demand, etc. Second Generation of Microsoft Media “Microsoft responded to changing streaming media landscape with Silverlight, IIS Media Services, PlayReady, Expression...
  • Blog Post: New buzzword: IT-as-a-Service

    In any major industry, like IT, life is constantly evolving, and new buzzwords come and go. Some make it. Some don’t. Some die. Some become part of that industry’s life.  Take “cloud computing”. Anyone in IT knows this term, and the cloud computing definitely appears to stay. Everyone needs it ...
  • Blog Post: Memphis PASS Chapter next meeting

    Chapter site : http://Mem-PASS.org Registration : to join our group, please register by visiting the UGSS website .   Use the "Access Code": MEM-PASS-Member .  If not joining, email  Dan.Evans@mem-pass.org or Alvin.Ramard@mem-pass.org to make sure there’s enough food. I’d recommend...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Summer News Items

    High school football practice has started, the wife is buying school supplies, Microsoft employees are on vacation all over - which means, summer is almost gone. However, just because we're in the summer doldrums, Microsoft is not slowing down. In this post, I want to point out a few things that have...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Bargainland builds Bidtopia.Com

    Last year, John and I ran across a new company that had moved to town (thanks Diana for the intro). Several things caught my attention about them. First, they were hard at work with .NET 3.5 and VS 2008 Beta, and second, their business model of "reverse logistics". This has turned out to be...
  • Blog Post: Which version of SQLCE is on that platform?

      There are some questions that I get occasionally and I have to go look them up. In an effort to cut down this look up time, I wanted to record this link . What kinds of questions am I talking about? What version of VS targeted which platform? (tough to answer with new features in VS2008, but there...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Announcements and Sessions hitting the Internet

    Tech Ed 2008 site Tech·Ed NA Developers Keynote delivered by Bill Gates Also, check out Denny Boynton and other DPE folks doing Tech Interviews . There's quite a who's-who list of folks, interviewers and interviewees. Microsoft PressPass TechEd Virtual Pressroom - with videos and written transcripts...
  • Blog Post: My Next Few Weeks

    They are going to be some busy ones - but I'm looking forward to them. Metro Mobility Hands-On Lab in Memphis - May 13-15. A 3 day event where we cover the fundamentals of building applications on Windows Mobile. We have a couple of seats left. Contact me directly if you're interested, and please have...
  • Blog Post: Why Develop for Windows Vista

    Just ran across this page after the latest MSDN Flash featuring Jennifer's return (welcome back, Mrs. Marsman!).   Titled "Why Develop for Windows Vista" , it's a nice summary of why developing applications for Windows Vista is a smart thing. I think this is a new page - or it's new to...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 scheduling clarification

    Here's some information that should make for some noise around the Internet: "Microsoft is excited to deliver a feature complete CTP during the Heroes Happen Here launch wave and a release candidate (RC) in Q2 calendar year 2008, with final Release to manufacturing (RTM) of SQL Server 2008 expected...
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