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: VS 2010 Adds Support for HTML5 and CSS3

      Check out the Visual Studio Web Standards Update which brings a ton of HTML5 & CSS3 support to Visual Studio 2010 SP1 .   VS Web Standards Update is a free extension available for anyone who is using Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and it provides HTML5 & CSS3 support based on current...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners

    Clint Rutkas is one cool dude, and he proves it again right here. He and some friends have created a great video series so that almost anyone can get into the WP7 programming development game.
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch, a new product for non-programmers

    Announced today at VS Live. From the LightSwitch site : Want to create custom business applications—without breaking a sweat? Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch is your answer. Get to know the newest member of the Visual Studio family… The targeted architectures are: Desktop Client, 2-tier deployment...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight for Symbian Devices

    You might think that this is a type-o, but it is not.  Microsoft has released a beta version of Silverlight, available for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices such as Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 Mini. Be sure to check out the Silverlight for Symbian Beta page for more details.
  • 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: Silverlight 4 Hits the Web Today

    Been a busy week of announcements and releases at Microsoft this week – like Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Released . Here’s another biggie: Silverlight 4 offers powerful, innovative media and business application capabilities that enable developers to deliver compelling application experiences to many...
  • 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: Free Training: Next Generation Testing with Visual Studio 2010

    Join us for a sneak peek at some of the new capabilities in Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 , a landmark release of the premier development and testing toolset for Windows ® , Web and Cloud development.  Microsoft has made significant investments to improve the Testing/QA tools in Visual Studio 2010...
  • 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: PDC Event in Nashville featuring Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft

    Mr. Ballmer is a big deal in my world, since he is THE boss. He’s coming to Nashville on January 20th and you can catch him in a couple of places. The Nashville Technology Council is having breakfast with him. And then he’s over to Vanderbilt to kick off a special event that our extended DPE team is...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Offer

        Here’s the deal The Visual Studio product line-up is evolving in 2010. During this transition time, you have an opportunity to activate a MSDN Premium subscription, which will convert to a more advanced edition of Visual Studio 2010 with MSDN. In other words, b uy Visual Studio 2008 Team...
  • Blog Post: Sweeping Changes in Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN?

    Sweeping Changes in Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN? 60 Minute Webcast Series Visual Studio 2010 and MSDN are BIG – and they are getting bigger! In this session, we’ll explore all the changes to the Visual Studio family of products, including Team Foundation Server as well as recent upgrades and changes...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Jon Box Talks Mobility on "Thirsty Developer" Show, plus a little about Chicago

    Two weeks ago, I was in Chicago with the rest of the Central Region DPE team. It's always great to catch up with folks that you work with virtually and rarely see. We have a little fun but we work too. During the day, we're taking care of business - reviewing team plans (audience, customer, partner,...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Is Edit-And-Continue a VB thing?

    I've always thought that Edit-And-Continue was a nice feature, but not a must-have as some other feel. When I meet people who claim that this feature can't be lived without, I listen but I don't understand. And usually a C-minded person will jump in and make fun of the conversation. One thing that I...
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