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    WebMatrix @ The Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit…



    The Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit 2010 is in Vancouver BC this coming weekend on the 2nd and 3rd of October. I hope you are already Registered for this event as it is now Sold Out!

    I will be at this event along with a few other colleagues from Vancouver, BC and Redmond. We will primarily be talking about WebMatrix

    Here’s the session abstract:

    Developing and maintaining Drupal sites on Windows has never been easy. From confounding permissions issues with IIS when you first set up Drupal to deployment on a shared or hosted environment. It's always been challenging.

    Microsoft has been working hard to make Drupal easier and better on Windows. Both to develop Drupal sites on as well as simplifying the deployment of your Drupal sites on Windows in a hosted environment. In this session we won't tell you what the WebMatrix is, we'll show you. You will see how fast you can download and launch a new Drupal site using the Acquia distribution from the Windows Web Application Gallery. But you can use any Drupal distro so we'll show you how easy to do that too. We'll show you the database manager in WebMatrix for your MySQL data and we'll wrap up showing you how easy it is to deploy your Drupal site to hosted Windows.

    If there is time left we'll show you the other things Microsoft has available for the Drupal Community at www.microsoft.com/web/drupal. Hope to see you there.

    This session will be delivered by Mark Brown (Sr. Product Manager)

    If you have questions about WebMatrix or running Drupal on Windows, come join us and we’ll be happy to speak to you about it! This session is on Sunday, October 3rd 2010.

    Learn more about WebMatrix Here:


    See you at the event! (My twitter handle: @mithund)


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Windows Phone 7 Unleashed Events - Portland, Bellevue, Seattle, Boise | Register NOW!



    If you are a .NET Developer and would like to make some moolah and have some fun building apps for the Windows Phone 7 platform, read on!

    Microsoft is partnering with some of the key Influencers from the community to bring to you the Windows Phone 7 Unleashed events. These events are designed to help you get started on the development for the Windows Phone 7 platform.

    So if you have had these ideas for a great Windows Phone 7 application but didn't know where to go to get some help to get started, this is your chance.

    These events unlike our other events are designed to help you write applications for the Phone. We have two broad formats within these events.
    First part of this event is a Lecture – Show and tell. Similar to our other MSDN Events, we will have rock star speakers deliver the technology via slides, samples and lots of information. In the second part of this event, we're going to help you put the stuff you learnt into use – Practical, Hands on Experience. We have designed Hands on Labs for these events and we'll help you go through them. We have some super solid instructors and proctors to help you write your WP7 applications.

    As a bonus, we will also spend some time to help you author some applications and bring your ideas to life. You can form a group with other folks at this event and start building your application.
    At the end of the day, we will have judges who will judge this application with others. The first prize is $500 USD and the second and third prizes are $200 and $100 respectively. But the main goal is to help you form a team, get you started on your application and get it into the market place so you can rake in some moolah :)

    To attend these events you need to first Register:


    Date (8:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

    Registration Link


    Portland, OR

    Sep 30th/Thursday http://wp7-portland.eventbrite.com/  Due to high demand, this event is already sold out!

    Bellevue, WA

    October 7th/Thursday


    Seattle, WA

    October 14th/Thursday http://wp7-seattle.eventbrite.com/ Limited seating, please register ASAP.

    Boise, ID

    October 25th/Monday http://wp7-boise.eventbrite.com/  

    NOTE: Each attendee is required to bring his/her own laptop with the free software required for the labs. System requirements and installation instructions can be found here:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff402530(v=VS.92).aspx

    The tools required for you to participate in the labs can be downloaded at: http://developer.windowsphone.com

    Session 1 – Introduction to Windows Phone 7 Programing.

    In this session, we start with a discussion of windows phone, the architecture changes made from 6.5 to 7.0, the hardware specifications and then move into the beginnings of building a WP7 application including :

    1)      Sensor overview

    2)      Application life cycle

    3)      Splash screen and the importance of 1 second / 19 second loading

    4)      Files associated with project template

    5)      Application Bar

    6)      Live Tile

    7)      Application Icon

    The session will end with a brief discussion of the Windows phone 7 Marketplace before the entering into the HOL.

    HOL – The screens that will be built during this session are:

    ·         Project Set-up

    ·         Live Tile

    ·         Splashscreen

    ·         Home Screen with Application Bar
    Session 2 – Connecting to Services

    In this session, we will discuss how Cloud Services help to bring power to the phone.  We will be binding to a rest based services and show how to search and display the information received.  In this session we will also talk about Navigation, passing information between screens, simple page animations while working with List and detail information.

    HOL – The screens that will be built during this session are:

    ·         Search Screen

    ·         Display Screen

    ·         Detail Screen

    ·         Additional Application Bars
    Session 3 – Recording Data

    In this session we will be working with the Camera to capture and crop photos, record audio files, take notes, saving location, sharing (sending emails and SMS messages – and if time permits sending to twitter or FB) and saving everything using isolated storage.  We will discuss tombstoning and how it effects your application process, including the when, where and whys of saving state).


    HOL – The screens that will be built during this session are:

    ·         Add New Wine

    ·         Record Audio

    ·         Picture Capture and Crop

    ·         My Wines

    As always, if you have questions or concerns – tweet me (@mithund) or email me (mithund at microsoft .com)

    Come join us and have some fun building really, really cool Windows Phone 7 apps.

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Improved User Interface and Branding in SharePoint 2010


    SharePoint 2010 coupled with Office 2010 is the ultimate collaboration platform. In SharePoint 2010 there is native support for developers to skin and theme websites. SharePoint Server 2010 allows customers to create customized, branding sites that fit their business needs. From ribbons to theme files to Silverlight 4 dynamic theming engine to master pages, Paul explains what they are and how these new capabilities can be applied to create high-quality SharePoint 2010 based branding sites.

    Get Microsoft Silverlight

    Watch this video and head over to the SharePoint 2010 Developer training site to get started on honing your SharePoint development skills: http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/SharePoint2010Developer/

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Future Idaho Tech 2010–Keynote presentation on Cloud & Collaboration Computing!


    If you are in and around Boise, ID I strongly recommend you to register for the Future Idaho Tech 2010 Conference. I am the keynote speaker for this event. I’ll be speaking about the new paradigm in the computing world, covering information about Cloud Computing. I’ll also touch base on Collaboration and how the software industry is going through a huge change in the way we perceive and use Services.

    You can read more about the event here: Future Idaho Tech 2010

    More information about the event:

    Boise State University

    Oct 19th & 20th 2010

    8:00am to 5:00pm
    Student Union Building – Jordan Hall

    1910 University Dr, Boise, Idaho 83725


    Register Now!

    Looking forward to seeing you at this event!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Windows Phone 7–Developers Rejoice! Developer Tools RTM!



    Since the announcement of Windows Phone 7 at MIX this year, the interest in the developer community has been nothing short of AMAZING! The main reason for this is the beauty of the tools available for .NET Developers. This development support for the Windows Phone 7 ecosystem is unparalleled. The power of .NET tools and platform allow developers to really have their applications shine with very little sweat.

    We are very happy to announce that the Developer Tools for Windows Phone RTM’d today! Here’s some download links and information you should know about…

    Windows Phone Developer Blog (official announcement)

    Windows Phone Developer Tools RTM Download (direct)

    Release Notes (Always good to read! Smile)

    And of course, if you are a new developer who wants to learn about Windows Phone 7, we are putting together a bunch of trainings and free events for you to get ramped up…

    Register for an event close to you…

    Or get started here:

    Windows Phone 7 Advanced Topics – Part 1 (online training)

    Windows Phone 7 Advanced Topics – Part 2 (online training)

    And here’s the golden nugget from the WP7 blog, ‘For developers to put their apps into the marketplace, opening in early October, you will need to download this version of the tools. Any application built with a previous version of the tools will fail application certification in the Marketplace. When you do submit your application, you can expect it to take about five days to pass or fail certification, though you can check the status of your app submission at any time at the developer portal. For more information on passing certification, please see the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace policies.’

    So if you are thinking about submitting those apps, make sure they are built with the latest release of the tools.

    Happy coding!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Parallelism Techdays–Free Parallelism and Threading training for Developers! Seattle/Bellevue–Sep 29th–Register NOW!


    Intel and Microsoft has partnered to present you Parallelism TechDays. Come learn about Parallelism and Threading in this FREE 1 day training course…

    Details below…


    Intel® and Microsoft Present Parallelism Techdays

    Free 1-Day Course on Parallelism and Threading

    Learn directly from Intel and Microsoft when you attend this free one-day course on parallelism and threading. This is a great opportunity to learn about threading your applications for multi-core platforms. This course is targeted for Windows C++ developers using Microsoft Visual Studio. Familiarity with threads is helpful, but not required (target is beginning- to intermediate-experience with threads, experts would not benefit as much from this course).


    Sept. 20, 2010
    Sept. 22, 2010
    Sept. 28, 2010
    Sept. 29, 2010

    San Francisco
    Seattle / Bellevue

    Course Agenda

    Session 1: Thinking in Parallel

    · Why go parallel

    · Types of parallelism

    · Task-based parallelism (vs. traditional methods)

    Session 2: Getting Started with Parallelism

    · Approaches to conversion of serial code to parallel

    · Approaches to creating parallel code from scratch

    · Intel® Parallel Advisor demo with test application

    Session 3: Implementing Parallelism

    · Choosing a parallelism environment

    · Reasons we will focus on Intel® TBB/Microsoft PPL in this class

    · Overview of TBB/PPL

    Session 4: Debugging & Correctness (Introduction)

    · Overview of special bugs of parallel programs (deadlocks, data races)

    · Debugging a parallel program (demos of Microsoft® Visual Studio 2010)

    · Correction of data races (demo of Intel® Parallel Inspector)

    · General guidelines for parallel programming

    Session 5: Tuning

    · Understanding parallel performance

    · Performance tuning process

    · Demos: Intel® Parallel Amplifier, Microsoft® Visual Studio 2010

    · General strategies for solving parallel performance issues


    The course starts at 9:00am and concludes at 4:00pm. 6 hours of instructional time, plus breaks and lunch. Training on parallelism plus instructor-led demos of Intel and Microsoft products for parallel programming:



    Come Join us!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    MSDN Radio: Windows Phone 7 UX with David Kelley….now available for download!


    This past Monday, I interviewed David Kelley on the weekly www.msdnradio.com show and we spoke primarily about the User Experience on the Phone…download and listen at leisure.

    Don’t forget to tune in to the next MSDN Radio show. Details at, www.msdnradio.com


    -Mithun Dhar

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    The New Kindle Ad…


    I love the new Kindle Ad. It’s an ad well done!

    Key points to take away for marketer's – Keep it short, simple and to the point! Entire ad is grounded in key points of differentiation, the cornerstone of a good value prop; screen readability and price.

    It’s a game changing device and more goodness is to follow. Hint! (With the largest online Marketplace in the world, Developers just have a ton to GAIN!)

    -Mithun Dhar

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    MSDN Radio–9/13–UX for Windows Phone 7 Development with David Kelley



    So you are writing a lot of Windows Phone apps and you are often confused about what the user experience should be? I get a lot of questions about the new ‘Metro’ UI that we have for Windows Phone and I thought it’d be great to do a MSDN Radio show to cover the same.

    David Kelley is a Silverlight MVP and works at Wirestone as a Principal UX Architect. I’ve known David for a while now and he’s probably the best person to talk about UX. Wirestone has built wall sized (touch enabled) demo systems to phone applications so they have a very good idea about what it takes to make the application a immersive experience for the user to use it and love it!

    Come join us this coming Monday morning as we have a fun show and talk about User Experience. Oh yeah, come armed with questions Smile

    Be sure to register:

    9/13/10, 9:00 AM Pacific

    MSDN Radio: Windows Phone 7 UX with David Kelley


    Event overview:

    Join us as we talk with David Kelley about building emotional connections with users, user experience (UX) workflow, and the UX on Windows Phone 7. We'll discuss the UX on large screens such as the Nike touch wall at the World Basketball Festival and work our way down to small screens on Windows Phone 7. We'll cover the differences and similarities, how you can build a better user interface (UI), and how to leverage XAML and Microsoft Silverlight to deliver the same skill set to just about any screen.
    MSDN Radio is a weekly Developer talk-show that helps answer your questions about the latest Microsoft news, solutions, and technologies. We dive into the challenges of deciphering today’s technology stack. Register today at www.MSDNRadio.com and have a chance to call-in and talk with the experts on the air, or just tune in to the show.
    Caller space is limited. Dial-in information will be given out during the show.

    Talk to you soon!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Seattle Univ–Introduction to Cloud Computing/Windows Azure…(One Month FREE Windows Azure Pass)


    It was great speaking to MBA Students in Seattle University. As a follow up, I am posting some content and other documents that might be of interest to you…

    Also, here is a Windows Azure Security Overview whitepaper that I have attached…

    Pricing: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/pricing/

    Case Studies: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/evidence/



    And, if you’d like to try out Windows Azure – Here’s a no strings attached Windows Azure Pass for 30 days (No Credit card information required) - http://azurepassusa.cloudapp.net

    As always if you have any questions. Feel free to tweet me at @mithund or email me at mithund at microsoft dot com.

    I look forward to speaking at Seattle-U again!

    -Mithun Dhar

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