Out Of The Box

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

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    HTML5 and 3rd Grade Math

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    I have a 3rd grader at home, and he’s learning multiplication. Struggling with memorizing these currently unimportant numbers (in his mind), we’re doing some extra things at home. As an example, I’ve been making him write out an old fashioned multiplication...
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    Free Developer Bootcamp coming to Nashville and Region

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      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...
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    Ballmer Keynote at CES

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    CES Keynote Video (58 minutes) and Keynote Transcript Interesting things from my view: Kinect sold 8M Kinects… integration with Zune, Hulu, Netflix ESPN Avatar Kinect WP7 9 phones across 60 mobile operators in 30 countries 100 new applications every 24...
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    Family Photo TV Commercial

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    I’m sitting here watching the Rams and Seahawks play for their life on NBC Sunday Night Football, and we’ve seen this commercial a couple of times. I wanted to point it out as I’m not sure that the commercial communicates enough details about this feature...
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    IE9 and HTML5 shine with Pirates Love Daisies

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      Grant Skinner just announced a web-based, tower defense style game he built entirely in HTML5, titled ‘Pirates Love Daisies’ . It was a project that he did for the IE team. Davy Jones is sending his scurvy minions to steal your most valuable possessions...
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    P&P publishes WP7 Developers Guide

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      Windows® Phone 7 provides an exciting new opportunity for companies and developers to build applications that travel with users, are interactive and attractive, and are available whenever and wherever users want to work with them. By combining...
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    Microsoft TENN is Hiring

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      The Heartland District has an immediate opening for an Optimized Desktop Technology Solutions Professional covering enterprise accounts in Tennessee. As an Optimized Desktop Specialist, your role is to drive the technical sales process for Microsoft...
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    Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners

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    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.
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    WP7 Marketplace Anti-Piracy Guidance

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      The mobility team has delivered a whitepaper on securing your application. The outline looks like: Application Lifecycle in Windows Phone Marketplace Leak Prevention Leak Containment Future Anti-Piracy Enhancements
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    Silverlight Firestarter–DEC 2nd, RSVP, FREE

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    You’re invited to a very special event on December 2 nd , 2010 Learn about the future of Silverlight from Corporate Vice President, Scott Guthrie and other experts, direct from Microsoft’s HQ. Hear about our plans for the next version of Silverlight,...
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    PDC10: Introducing HTML5 Vector Graphics

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    Presenter: Patrick Dengler, Senior Program Manager, IE team Presentation   Agenda intro to Vector Graphics Differences in 2 vector graphics models (Immediate vs. Retained) overview of <canvas> intro to SVG Direction on when to use each What...
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    PDC10: Best Practices for Building Cross-Browser Web Applications

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      Presenter: Tony Ross, Program Manager Presentation Note: the session PPT has good notes on each slide. Goal: empower you to build robust sites capable of surviving on the constantly-changing web platform Topics Same Markup Browser Detection Feature...
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    PDC10: Taking Advantage of Pinned Sites with IE9 and Windows 7

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    Presenter: Israel Hilerio, Ph.D., Principal Program Manager Video Win7 Taskbar Overview taskbar button overlay icons jump list, static and dynamic thumbnail taskbar Pinned Sites (16:15) Goals closer relationship between users and their favorites sites...
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    PDC10: Unlocking the JavaScript Opportunity with IE9

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    Presenter: Gaurav Seth, Senior Program Manager, JavaScript runtime team video In This Session Evolution of Chakra (IE JavaScript Engine) New functionality for Developers JavaScript Evolotion Apps now use 1000’s of lines of JavaScript Functionalaity and...
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    Notes from PDC10: Inside IE9 Performance

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      Presenter: Jason Weber Video Lots of research, boiled down to 3 themes from developers Interoperable HTML5 (same markup) Performance, Performance, Performance Websites more like native applications Browser CPU Usage Loading ESPN Time to Glass Elapsed...
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    Browsing the List of WP7 Applications

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    I’ve seen several MS folks pointing out this capability, so I just had to share this tidbit. To my knowledge, the only way to see WP7 applications in our WP7 Marketplace was either on the phone or via the Zune software on your PC. Now, Bing Visual Search...
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    PowerPoint 2010 and Broadcast

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    My manager just mentioned this feature of PowerPoint 2010, and it seems cool enough to share / remember. So, check out this blog post from the PowerPoint Team Blog, titled Introducing Broadcast Slide Show . There’s a video to show this nice little feature...
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    Looking for a way to convert Adobe Illustrator assets to HTML5 Canvas ready markup?

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      I’m not sure how well this works, but the idea certainly has lots of potential. As we’re all waiting for the HTML5 tools to mature (and some to come to market), I saw that the MIX Online team has come up with a doozy. Looking at a blog post from...
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    Displaying a Date in HTML without a NET

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      For years now, I’ve worked in ASP.NET, which provides a lot of assistance – thus it’s reason to exist. Sometimes, unknowingly to me, I lose site of what all .NET is doing for me. Take for example, displaying a date. For the ASP.NET guy, one would...
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    October 11th WP7 Press Conference with ATT

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      On October 11th, Microsoft announced more about Windows Phone 7. Leveraging Steve Ballmer and Joe Belfiore (the phone mastermind leader), the phone was shown with some of it’s big capabilities, carrier partners, app partners, and OEM partners....
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    New buzzword: IT-as-a-Service

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    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...
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    Jeff Blankenburg’s series: 31 Days of Windows Phone 7

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    Fellow evangelist and Silverlight extraordinaire, Jeff Blankenburg starts his new WP7 series on October 1st. Each day, Jeff will cover a programming principle of WP7, so that you can make the best phone application. Can’t wait for the first article. The...
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    IE9 Beta Launch And Pinned Sites

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    Yesterday was another milestone for the IE team. The Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Beta launch has received some very nice coverage , and the presentation was well done. The launch partners’ work looks great – this can be seen at the Beauty Of...
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    The Latest WP7 Learning Resources

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    Windows Phone 7 Jumpstart Series: · Blog Reference: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2010/08/17/windows-phone-7-jump-start-training.aspx · Supporting Course Materials: http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/wp7/m/classresources/default...
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    Announcing IE9 Beta Launch, coming SEPT 2010

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    I was at an internal training session a couple of weeks back. And I saw lots of cool WP7 demo’s. But, I also witnessed some cool  IE9 features. Those guys had been holding back on us. Yes, performance is looking great – but they’ve got more up their...
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