DEVELOPING THE FUTURE

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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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    To My Washington, D.C. Attendees...

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    If you attended my event in Washington, D.C. on May 11th, you deserve an apology. And here it is: I am truly, truly sorry for bailing on you like that. I was completely fine until I started the second session, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks....
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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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    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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    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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    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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    "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 5: Testing Framework

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    In the fifth part of our series, we examined Unit Testing in Silverlight 2. Not only did we release the source code to many Silverlight 2 controls, we shipped over 1500 unit tests that target them. We also shipped a very robust Silverlight Testing Framework...
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    MSDN Event Resources

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    I had a great time kicking things off in NYC for this quarter of MSDN Events ! In case you missed something, or wanted to investigate further, check out the links below. I've also attached the slides for this quarter. Mike Benkovich , a fellow DE,...
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    MSDN Webcast: Overview of ASP.NET MVC

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    For anybody that missed the webcast today on ASP.NET MVC, you can view the On Demand recording here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032400599&EventCategory=5 I've uploaded the slides and demos to skydrive: http...
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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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    MSDN Webcast: Silverlight Controls Framework

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    Thank you for joining my session today! Here are some links to get you started. To watch the webcast: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032416159&Culture=en-US Webcast slides and code: http://cid-28c55ac7b8de9c47.skydrive...
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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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    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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    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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    Upcoming November Developer Events

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    November 4th – MSDN Freedom Roadshow, Newark, DE – CANCELLED November 8 th – BarCamp Philly Register at: http://www.barcampphilly.org/ BarCamp is defined by Wikipedia as follows: “…an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory...
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    MSDN Webcast: Composite Application Guidance (PRISM) for WPF and Silverlight

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    Thanks for joining me today, even though I went a little over time! Resources: Watch the webcast here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032416172 Download the slides: http://cid-28c55ac7b8de9c47.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx...
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    MSDN Webcast: Enterprise Library 4.1

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    Thanks for joining today's webcast on the Enterprise Library! An hour is a short time to get through all that goodness, but since I didn't get to cover 5 of the 8 application blocks in depth, you can download demos and the slides below. Enterprise...
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    MSDN Webcast: ASP.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 3.5 Overview

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    Here is the link to the slides and completed demos from todays webcast: http://cid-28c55ac7b8de9c47.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Webcast%20Resources/ASP.NET%20Overview If you missed it and want to watch it On Demand, go here: http://msevents.microsoft...
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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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    Influence our products, chat with Microsoft Experts!

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    A great way to gain insight into a technology and to give direct feedback to the product team developing the technology is via MSDN Online Chats ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/chats/default.aspx ). They post new chat topics every week, so check back...
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    Philly XAML Meeting – Windows Phone 7

    Thanks to all who came out to last night’s Philly XAML meeting!  Though Dave couldn’t make, I hope I did the topic some justice.   If you want to learn more, come out to our Windows Phone 7 Firestarter on September 22nd at UPenn . Follow...
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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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    In Jersey? MSDN Suburban Roadshow is tomorrow 2/12!

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    For you all New Jersey-ans, Peter Laudati ( http://www.peterlaudati.com ) and Bill Zack are kicking off their roadshow series tomorrow in East Windsor. In Peter's own words: This Thursday is the kick off of the Winter 2009 series of the MSDN “Suburban...
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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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