DEVELOPING THE FUTURE

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    Ooooh looky, XNA on CNN.

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    We all have our start-up routines, the boot order we go through as we sit down at our computer in the morning. Mine includes reading CNN.com. Today, one of the headlines in the Tech section caught my eye, "Indie video game designers break through". I...
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    "Look What You Can Do with Silveright 2" Part 3: Introducing Deep Zoom

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    Today we covered Deep Zoom, based on Seadragon technology, which allows the users of our Silverlight application to navigate large amounts of visual information (images) regardless of the size of data and bandwidth available for downloading it. A really...
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    "Look What You Can Do with Silveright 2" Part 2: WPF UI Framework Continued

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    Today we continued our discussion on why I love Silverlight 2 by examining Layout Managment using Grid, StackPanel and Canvas. We also took a look at binding controls to data ( see Jesse Libery's video ) and styling/skinning controls. Attached is the...
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    "Look What You Can Do with Silveright 2" Part 1: Overview of Silverlight 2 and WPF UI Framework

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    Today we went over the architecture of Silverlight, the new features in Silverlight 2 and started our discussion in the WPF UI Framework. We took a look at creating a Silverlight app in Expression Blend and VS2008. Attached to this post is the code.
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    Upcoming Silverlight 2 Webcast Series

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    In June I'll be doing a very condensed 6-part webcast series entitled: Look What You Can Do with Silverlight 2. I wanted to call the series "Top Reasons I think Silverlight 2 is COOL," but that didn't fly. Click on the Webcast titles to register. Hope...
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    A Weekend of Firsts (or Ode to Live Search)

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    I've lived near Philadelphia for just over 2 years now, and until last weekend had never been "down the shore." For those of you not familiar with this magical land of goodness, "the shore" is how New Jersians and Eastern Pennsylvanians refer to the beaches...
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    XNA Game Studio 3.0 CTP Released!

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    Yesterday, I had the distinct pleasure of announcing the CTP of XNA Game Studio 3.0 LIVE. I was speaking on XNA at Laguardia Community College's 3rd Annual New Media Day , my first session went from 10:15 - 11:15...and since I couldn't announce the CTP...
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    Visual Studio 2008 Podcasts

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    Last month, Sam Gazitt and I did a series of short podcasts waxing poetic on Visual Studio 2008. Basically it's just Sam and I blabbing, but I had a fun time recording them, and I think they do a good job of highlighting the awesomeness of Visual Studio...
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    Microsoft Sync Framework Webcast Follow-up

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    I hope you enjoyed my overview of the Microsoft Sync Framework! Here are the informational links, if you didn't get a chance to copy them: Microsoft Sync Framework: http://msdn.microsoft.com/sync Microsoft Sync Framework Forum: http://forums.microsoft...
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    Use Microsoft Surface to buy a phone...

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    This coming Thursday, AT&T will unveil Microsoft Surface devices in some of their major stores, including in New York City. If you happen to be in the metro area, stop by the AT&T store on Madison Avenue or Park Avenue. Here's how you can expect...
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    Heroes Happen Here Demos and Decks

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    If you've attended one of the launch events or didn't get a chance to attend, no worries! You can rewatch the session by going to http://www.microsoft.com/virtualevents and also download the slides. If you want to get your fingers busy coding up some...
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    Webcast on Microsoft Sync Framework

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    Next Friday at 1pm EST, I'll be presenting a webcast overviewing the Microsoft Sync Framework. You can register here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032374510&Culture=en-US . Here's the webcast abstract: ...
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    My Un-American Misconceptions...

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    One fantastic benefits of my job is that I get to travel all over this great country. Unfortunately, I don't always take advantage of that fact. Most times I only see my hotel and the venue where I'm presenting. I don't take the opportunity to actually...
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    How to receive proper notification about events...

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    As an MSDN Events veteran (hey, 2 years makes me a veteran, so there), I've noticed that there is one question that comes up time and time again: Why didn't I know about this event? It's usually followed with clarifying statements such as: ...
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    Silverlight + Ice Cube = Awesomeness

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    If you've never heard of South by Southwest it is a huge and awesome music, film and arts festival held in Austin every year. In the past couple of years it had also turned a little bit techy. This year is no exception: Microsoft has partnered with UVNTV...
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    I've been Twitter-fied.

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    I've joined the ranks of nerds everywhere and succumbed to the pressure (especially from Glen Gordon ) to join Twitter. I don't really *get* it yet, how is it more than a tool to stalk other and allow yourself to be stalked? So.... stalk away: http...
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    Who came up with calling it XNA, anyway?

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    Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to speak at Stevens Institute of Technology about XNA, what it is and how it makes game programming fun and easy. I just talked through the framework and went through the steps of building up a simple pong game,...
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    The Code Trip

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    My fellow DEs on the West Coast have launched The Code Trip - http://www.thecodetrip.com . Fresh and energized from Mix '08 , they directly hopped on a decked out bus and are touring the west region. Visit their site to see where they are headed, read...
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    Mix '08 Videos Online

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    Go to www.visitmix.com to view some videos and keynotes from Mix '08 which took place in Las Vegas last week. I wasn't able to attend, due to the aforementioned launch events, but I heard it was a blast. There was a lot of exciting announcements made...
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    Launch Event #2 down, 9 to go...

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    It was quite a memorable experience today in Harrisburg. Due to an email typo, we had people show up for the event at 7am...they were 6 hours early! That just means they got to sit in on the other tracks, so hopefully they got MORE information than what...
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    New blog forthcoming...

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    My New Year's resolution for 2008 was to actually start blogging consistently. I was planning to launch my new blog today - coinciding with the first Visual Studio 2008 launch event . However, when I was trying to port over the new skin and content, I...
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    HEROES happen {here}

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    The launch of Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 is here! At these events you will learn more about these exciting technologies via live presentations, Hands-On-Labs, Q&A sessions with experts and development team members...
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    ADO.NET Step by Step Webcast Series

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    Here are the links to the webcast series Glen Gordon and I did where went throug the chapters of Rebecca Riordan's book: Microsoft ADO.NET 2.0 Step By Step . Chapter 1 - Getting Started Chapter 2 - Creating Connections Chapter 3 - Data Commands...
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    Silverlight Resources

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    Asli Bilgin, a Developer Evangelist for Financial Services here in the East Region, put together this list of Silverlight Resources that I thought I'd share... bits & bytes · Get silverlight · Telerik RadControls – 3d virtual rooms using control based...
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    Microsoft ADO.NET 2.0 Step By Step Webcast Series

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    Susan Wisowaty ( here's her blog ) and I are co-presenting a series based on the book Microsoft ADO.NET 2.0 Step by Step by Rebecca M. Riordan . This will be a 16-part series, covering about a chapter a week. Each week we'll walk through the concepts...
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