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  • Blog Post: UX@Vitra November edition – Slides and links from “Experience Continuum” talk

    On November 25th we organized another User Experience at Vitra event. ( See all the pictures - by Pieter Baert) This time there were two different events: afternoon sessions of 45 minutes around Silverlight 4, SketchFlow, SharePoint and Experience Continuum; in the evening the more typical Vitra showroom...
  • Blog Post: Tooling and integration with Visual Studio to kickstart WPF development (by a Belgian firm) – an interview

    Last week I invited David Sleeckx , the technical architect behind Vidyano, to give us a demonstration on what he has been working on. Vidyano is a tool that is tightly integrated with Visual Studio 2008 to help with the (rapid) development and architecturing of windows applications using Windows Presentation...
  • Blog Post: New MSDN online sessions scheduled (ASP.NET MVC, ALM, Azure and more)

    New MSDN sessions have been planned for the coming months. Not like the MSDN Evening events where you need to go to a location, this time in the form of live sessions can all be followed online from your office or home. We have planned sessions in Dutch, French and English, depending on the topic...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Sessions, my favorite picks

    MIX09 is just a few weeks from now, good time to get a good look at the sessions and choose a few I’ll be watching. I’m guessing most sessions will be online less than 24 hours after the event. I should be blocking some days in my agenda to catch up, since I’m not going this year. The keynote, of course...
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight, v2

    The patterns & practices team at Microsoft has released version 2 of the Composite Application Guidance (previously called Prism), now with support for WPF and Silverlight. If you are looking for guidance in building modular WPF and Silverlight line-of-business applications, this should be your first...
  • Blog Post: .NET Developer technologies: what’s here to stay, what can you focus on? (trends)

    With the beta release of Windows 7, the announcements done at PDC in October 2008 around the Azure Services Platform, Oslo and others; Visual Studio 10 at TechEd EMEA and more in between you might start wondering what your focus should be. Chances are you currently work on a project that does not yet...
  • Blog Post: XAML Guidelines Document for WPF (and Silverlight)

    If you are looking for best practices for running XAML WPF projects, this is a must read. Jaime Rodriguez , a technical evangelist focusing on WPF has written “ XAML Guidelines ” (draft mode at this time). The document can be downloaded in different formats including .docx and .pdf. The document is currently...
  • Blog Post: Guidance on which presentation technology to use for RIAs, client and web apps

    My colleague Philippe’s blog brought this to my attention: a knowledge base on Application Architecture with literally tons of documents. patterns & practices Application Architecture KB Including: Application Types (Archetypes) , Architecture and Design , Cheat Sheets , 4 pocket guides and much...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Day 2 Keynote – Windows 7, Live Framework, VS2010, Office 14 and more!

    While in the keynote of day 1 we saw the light of Windows Azure Platform, the Microsoft Software + Services platform, on day 2 we actually had two keynotes: a lot of stuff! Keynote 1: Ray Ozzie, Steve Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie, David Treadwell – on Windows 7, WPF, .NET 4.0, VS2010, Live Framework, Mesh...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Road Show: Rich Client Experiences with Silverlight 2 and WPF coming to a city near you

    Are you looking for more technical information on creating RIAs (Rich Internet Applications) and RDAs (Rich Desktop Applications)? MSDN BeLux is organizing a road show around these technologies. This is your chance to learn about Silverlight, new ASP.NET Ajax features and learn about the .NET Client...
  • Blog Post: We’re coming to Luxembourg: TechDays08 registration is open

    I’m really glad with this announcement, the TechDays'08 event will take place the 30th of September 2008, in Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg. It’s a free event by the MS Belux team so be quick to register as places are limited. Note: the event is in French only. What will you get during the day: we...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend 2: tips & tricks using the interface

    Being a developer using Expression Blend 2 (or 2.5 Preview) for implementing basic design of Silverlight or WPF applications, I’ve collected a list of my favorite shortcuts and tips to using the interface. At first it’s a whole new interface you need to get used. These are my personal most used shortcuts...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 SP1 released today

    As has just been announced on several MSDN and product teams blogs , Service Pack 1 for .NET Framework 3.5 and for Visual Studio 2008 have been released. SP1 is available for Visual Studio 2008, this download includes the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 as well. Here are the downloads: .NET Framework 3.5 SP1...
  • Blog Post: Composite Application Guidance for WPF (previously PRISM)

    The Patterns & Practices team at Microsoft released the Composite Application Guidance for WPF earlier this month. As I blogged about earlier , composite WPF which was code named “Prism” previously, provides guidance in building composite WPF applications. When you download the package you get a...
  • Blog Post: Prism: codename for the new guidance for Composite Application development for WPF

    Prism is the codename for the new guidance for Composite Application development for WPF . This is not an update to CAB (Composite UI Application Block), it delivers a new set of assets and guidance for developing new Composite WPF applications. As it is not based on previous smart client offerings it...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta and Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta are out

    Today we released the Beta versions of the Service Packs that will be shipping for .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008. Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack (SP) 1 Beta Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack (SP) 1 Beta Please note that the betas are intended as a mechanism to allow early testing...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 video: Scott Guthrie: What's Coming for Mix, Part 2: Windows, Web, and RIA, Silverlight 2.0

    Check out the second and last part of the interview with Scott Guthrie over on Channel9. After talking about II7 in part 1 , the second part is a much longer interview (46 minutes!) with lots of new info on ASP.NET Extensions but also on Silverlight 2.0. Scott does give some very nice hints at what...
  • Blog Post: New WPF Starter Kit and SDK released: Syndicated Client Experiences Start Kit & Reader SDK

    Ever wanted to build a rich client application with syndicated multimedia content? The SCE Starter Kit has just been announced over at the WindowsClient.NET site and Tim Sneath’s blog . This starter kit gives you a jump start to integrating a rich content experience on the desktop with branding, skinning...
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