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    ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta: Download, Resources, Single Page Applications

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    During TechDays Belgium 2012 two weeks ago, Scott Guthrie announced the Beta release of ASP.NE MVC 4 slated for that same week. Since February 16th you can now download ASP.NET MVC4 Beta.
    Interesting to note is the availability of a Go-Live license with this release. In other words, if you feel like using these bits on production you now can!

    A few important updates and features are part of the Beta:

    • Bundling and Minification, brought to ASP.NET 4.5 and now also integrated into ASP.NET MVC 4. This allows you to build faster applications by minimizing the number of requests to the server (bundling requests).
    • Web API integration into ASP.NET: new support for creating HTTP REST services, has built-in support for content negotiation with support for JSON, XML and Form URL-encoded formats
    • ASP.NET Mobile support through custom view engines for mobile sit.es and jQuery Mobile integration.
    • Async and WebSockets: when using ASP.NET MVC 4 with .NET 4.5 and VS 11 you’ll also be able to take advantage of the new async and WebSocket support built-into .NET 4.5.
    • Single Page Applications: new in the beta is support for building better end-to-end experience for building applications with client-side interactions using JavaScript (Upshot, History.js) and the MVVM pattern (knockout.js). On the server side the ASP.NET NET Web API is used, mainly an abstract class DataController. Note this is a new project template type in experimental phase.
      For more information on creating Single Page Applications with ASP.NET MVC 4 I recommend you watch the fantastic session Steve Sanderson did during TechDays: Building rich Single Page Applications (SPAs) for desktop, mobile, and tablet with ASP.NET MVC 4. Worth watching until the end where Steve even shows an offline capable implementation using HTML5 application cache and offline storage. These latter ones however are not yet part of the beta.

    Resources

     

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    Visual Studio 11 and .NET 4.5 Sneak Peek and beta date announced

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    Today, S. Somasegar and Jason Zander gave a sneak preview of Visual Studio 11 and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta, officially announcing Beta availability for February 29th 2012.

    More details on the announcement, TFS Express and the new UI.Four examples of a common visual language across multiple products 

    Looking for content?
    There were several sessions covering Visual Studio 11 (Developer Preview) features at TechDays Belgium 2012. All sessions are posted live on Channel9 and soon at www.techdays.be.

     

     

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    Quick tip: Windows Phone 7 Guidance - patterns & practices release

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    The patterns&practices team at Microsoft has just released an update to last year’s Windows Phone Developer Guide. With release of Windows Phone 7.5, and the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, the team has updated the guide to “A Case Study for Building Advanced Windows Phone Applications: Connecting with Cloud Services".

    This guidance is built for developers looking to developer high-quality software. It might be overkill if you are looking to develop a really simple Windows Phone application.

    In addition to the “Case Study for Building Advanced Windows Phone Applications: Connecting with Cloud Services”, the team has also spent time on guidance around “Building Testable Windows Phone Applications” as well as a piece of guidance on the MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel): “Developing a Windows Phone Application using the MVVM Pattern”. There is full detailed  documentation as well as sample code and libraries.

    Resources

    >> Go to Patterns & Practices: Windows Phone Guidance Home on MSDN
    >> On Codeplex: http://wp7guide.codeplex.com

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    Join the Belgian Experts and Microsoft Corp Product team for 12 hours of SQL Server 2012

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    12hofsqlJoin us for the 12 hours of SQL Server 2012, the next release of the Microsoft Cloud-Ready Information Platform that is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2012. During the 12 hours of SQL Server 2012 we'll offer you 12 webcasts over 12 hours starting 12:12 CET on February 24th (too bad February 12th is a Sunday).

    Together with our 12 speakers, both local and international, we'll walk you through the all new innovations we're bringing to the platform, or as we call them "The Fantastic 12 of SQL Server 2012". Our speakers will dive into all the new things around Business Intelligence, Tier-1 Performance & Reliability, the Manageability enhancements and of course the Cloud readiness and integration of SQL Server 2012 and SQL Azure.

    Make sure to Register Today and explore the next release of SQL Server 2012 together with us.

    Agenda:

    Timing Title
    12:12-13:12 Partially Contained Databases
    13:12-14:12 An introduction to Data Quality Services (DQS)
    14:12-15:12 Power View from the Data Visualisation Perspective
    15:12-16:12 Building your first Analysis Services Tabular BI Semantic model with SQL Server 2012
    16:12-17:12 What's new in Integration Services 2012?
    17:12-18:12 Manageability Enhancements of SQL Server 2012
    18:12-19:12 Building the Perfect BI Semantic Tabular models for Power View
    19:12-20:12 SQL Server 2012 and Big Data
    20:12-21:12 Extending your data to the cloud
    21:12-22:12 Database Schema Management & Deployment using SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
    22:12-23:12 Inside SQL Azure: Self Governing, Self-Healing, Massively Scalable Database Service in the Cloud
    23:12-00:12 Performance and High-Availability at Scale with SQL Server 2012
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    Bring your idea to life- turn it into an app (Windows Phone development)

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    Need some extra developer content on Windows Phone 7? My colleague David Hernie has setup a set of training sessions from deep dives to Blend training to take your skills to the next level.

    Leveraging David’s post below:

    Windows Phone 7.5 brings dozens of new platform features to Windows Phone. When you have previously built an application for Windows Phone, you might ask yourself, "How do I take advantage of all these cool new features in my existing Windows Phone application?" Well, there are 2 ways to get your question answered:clip_image002

     

    • You prefer to have a real discussion with an expert and follow an intensive training ? Then this blog post is for you.
    • No, you don’t have the opportunity to release a couple of days or you want to do it at your space then I propose an online training.

    19- 20 March– Windows Phone 7.5 Deep Dive in the Platform –English – 2 days

     

    You are an experienced developer in Windows Phone or Silverlight. You want to go deeper and develop complex applications. This is the right place for you. No introduction, we suppose you are comfortable with the tools and technology. That means, no “Hello World”. That means no XAML introduction. But instead, we’ll dive in the features offered by the Windows Phone 7.5 platform. You’ll get your hands dirty while doing some hands-on labs, where you get the chance to apply your newly gathered knowledge.

    Speaker : Gill Cleeren http://www.snowball.be/

    Registration : http://micbru.fikket.com/event/windows-phone-75-deep-dive-in-the-plateform

    Place : MIC Brussels http://www.mic-brussels.com

    3- 4 April – Windows Phone 7.5 – Design – All about Microsoft Blend – English – 2 days

     

    This training of 2 days will focus only on Blend Design almost not on writing C#

    With Expression Blend for Windows Phone, it has never been easier to create the user interface of your application; simply drag UI elements to the design surface where they can be quickly customized and styled, import assets from tools such as Adobe Photoshop and turn them into data driven UI elements before finalizing your UI with transitions and animation that bring your application to life users navigate from screen to screen.

    Speaker : Fons Sonnemans from Reflexion IT

    Topics detail : http://micbru.fikket.com/event/windows-phone-75-microsoft-expression-blend-training

    Place : MIC Brussels http://www.mic-brussels.com

    16-17 April – Windows Phone 7.5 Project call - Français -2 Days

     

    You are an individual, student or a company, your goal is to acquire a new competence This is for you - No marketing blabla - 2 days to learn how to develop, publish and market your Windows Phone 7 Apps. One day to go deeper in Windows Phone features like Second tiles or notification. You will receive a token, coaching, even a phone if you publish some applications

    Speaker Christophe Peerens http://www.neomytic.be

    registration : http://events.mic-belgique.be/event/appel-a-projets-windows-phone-75

    Place : MIC Mons http://www.mic-belgique.be

    4-5 June – Windows Phone 7.5 Project call - Francais -2 Days

     

    You are a student individual or a company, your goal is to acquire new competencies This is for you - No marketing blala - 2 days to learn how to develop, publish and market your Windows Phone 7 Apps. One day to go deeper in Windows Phone features like Second tiles or notification. You will receive atoken & coaching

    Speaker Christophe Peerens http://www.neomytic.be

    registration : http://events.mic-belgique.be/event/appel-a-projets-windows-phone-75--2

    Place : MIC Mons http://www.mic-belgique.be

    You need more …. like Dev tokens, phone to develop & test, advise, visibility .. Just ask me dhernie@microsoft.com or just be curious – Follow David on twitter

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