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

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    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

    https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032461501&Culture=en-US

    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)

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    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/

    Customers:

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    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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    MSDN Radio Show– Visual Studio LightSwitch, is now available for download.

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    On August 30th, Monday morning I spoke with John Stello and Jay Scmelzer from the Visual Studio LightSwitch team on the MSDN Radio. It was a fantastic show with lots of great questions from the users. Download the show onto your favorite music player and enjoy it on your drive, or at the gym and be in the ‘Know how’

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    The show is now posted on Channel9.

    Also, we are taking suggestions for other technologies you might be interested in. Let us know and we’ll source the best talent available at Microsoft and bring them on to the show. If you have any suggestions, tweet me at @mithund.

    -Mithun Dhar

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    User Experience–The most important aspect of any application!

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    In a conversation recently, I discovered this site http://graphic.ly upon spending 10 minutes here – it’s now bookmarked and one of my favorite sites to spread the word about. I am a huge comic junkie and this site gives me the kicks! The touch interface makes a world of difference…

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    Install this application on either your PC/Mac or your mobile devices including your WinMo phone, iPad or even an android device…when you have a spare minute, check this out!

    Prepared to be WOW’d!

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    Here are some of the featured comics…

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    Let me know what you think…

    -Mithun Dhar

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    MSDN & Technet Events coming to a city near you….

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    So you know the drill! We are coming to town this quarter and speaking about a lot of good stuff for developers and IT Pro’s. But first you need to register. Here’s more information:

    And if you are else where in the country, head over to www.msdnevents.com and put in your zip code to find an event close to you…

    If you are a developer and wondering why we don’t have any events in Bellevue, just know that good things come to those who wait Winking smile We are planning a ton of awesome events in the greater Seattle area and they’ll be published as soon as things firm up. Most of these events will be centered around Windows Phone 7

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    TECHNET EVENTS PRESENTS:
    Deploying Windows 7

    Get the inside track on new tips, tools and technologies for IT pros. Join your TechNet Events team for a little of their own “myth busting” around moving from XP to Windows 7 and how to automate Windows 7 deployment.

    TOPICS INCLUDE:

    • Can we bust this myth? “It’s impossible to upgrade a Windows XP computer to Windows 7”
    • Automating Your Windows 7 Deployment with MDT 2010

    September 14, 2010 | Denver, CO REGISTER

    September 15, 2010 | Phoenix, AZ REGISTER

    September 20, 2010 | Irvine, CA REGISTER

    September 21, 2010 | Los Angeles, CA REGISTER

    September 22, 2010 | San Francisco, CA REGISTER

    September 29, 2010 | Portland, OR REGISTER

    September 30, 2010 | Bellevue, WA REGISTER

    -Mithun Dhar

     

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    MSDN EVENTS PRESENTS:
    Entity Framework 4

    Don’t miss this half day for Developers with guest presenter Rob Bagby, direct from London! Rob, famous for his demo-driven sessions, will illustrate how to take advantage of the Entity Framework 4 in your applications. Register today for these free, live sessions in your local area.

    TOPICS INCLUDE:

    • Modeling, Mapping & Relationships
    • Querying the Model
    • Updating the Model

    September 14, 2010 | Denver, CO REGISTER

    September 15, 2010 | Phoenix, AZ REGISTER

    September 20, 2010 | Irvine, CA REGISTER

    September 21, 2010 | Los Angeles, CA REGISTER

    September 22, 2010 | San Francisco, CA REGISTER

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    Did you know, You are in a Microsoft Ad…

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    This is one of the most creative ad’s I’ve seen in a long time!

    It’s a cool, highly-personalized experience that integrates your Facebook information into a narrative that explores the evolution of Microsoft Office.

    Check it out at leisure: Office 2010 video demo using Facebook Connect

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    Don’t forget to tweet and spread the word! Smile

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Begin Developing Games for Windows Phone 7…

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    The biggest differentiating point between Windows Phone 7 and other Mobile platforms is the ability to have a multi-screen approach for your app! Your app/game can co-exist on the phone, on the xbox (game) or the PC or even to your Zune HD. This ‘Write Once’ deploy everywhere is very unique to Windows Phone 7 platform and that’s where the power of the platform comes into picture. Of course, there are a few changes you have to accommodate in your code to make this happen but still this is the most effective platform to have the 4 screen story…

    As you all know, games are one of the most popular segments that people buy and download on the Phone platforms. And, if you are a .NET developer – you are in luck! You already are a game developer but you still need a few basics. That’s why we put together a list for you to get started on writing your first game for the Windows Phone 7 platform. This JumpStart pack (first of the series) from the Creator’s club (XNA Studio) includes:

    • 2D Touch Game Lab (Catapult Wars)
    • 2D Graphics Sample
    • 2D Particles Sample
    • Sound + Music Sample
    • Landscape/Portrait Orientation Sample
    • 2D Asset Types Article
    • Gestures Article
    • Intro to C# from Objective-C and Java Article

    Please note that all samples are playable on the Windows Phone 7 Emulator included in the XNA Game Studio 4.0 Beta!

    And, all this goodness doesn’t end here. We will keep the goodness rolling the next few months to get more details check out our Education Roadmap

    Please note that you will also need other Windows Phone Developer tools. This you can get from http://developer.windowsphone.com

    So without further adieu, Start Developing your First Windows Phone App

    Play on!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    East Side Networking Event–Thursday, August 19th!

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    If you haven’t bought tickets yet, go soon before the event gets sold out! www.eastsidenetworkingevent.com

    Microsoft GM’s for Windows Phone and Windows Azure will be there. Oh, if you want to get hired – talk to our HR folks/Recruiters who will also be at the event.

      

     

    Say hello if you see me!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Windows Phone 7–Developers, Developers, Developers!

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    As you all know there’s a App Gold Rush happening right about now! The best place for you to get started is: http://developer.windowsphone.com and of course, http://www.reddit.com/r/wp7dev/

    That said, we are planning on having a few WP7 events in the near short term. So keep an eye open on my blog and we’ll be sure to get that information posted ASAP.

    And, make sure to read this article as well – To understand how critical Developers are to Microsoft’s Windows Phone’s success!

    Before I sign off, here’s some eye-candy for you!

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    And this is not too far fetched at all, http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/05/samsungs-transparent-oled-laptop-could-hit-retail-icetouch-pmp/

    Want one? Smile

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0!!

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    This past week Inter-Op at Microsoft hit a new milestone by announcing the Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server 2.0. The major highlight of this release is the addition of the PDO_SQLSRV driver, which adds support for PHP Data Objects (PDO) and simplifies multiple database support for PHP developers. Source code published on Codeplex under the Apache 2.0 license. Another big feature in addition to accessing SQL Server, both drivers (SQLSRV and PDO_SQLSRV) also enable PHP developers to easily connect to and use Microsoft's cloud database offering, SQL Azure, and enjoy the benefits of a reliable and scalable relational database in the cloud.

    Our engagement with the PHP community has been among our best. Thanks to the feedback from our partners and PHP developers, we are very excited to achieve this high level of interoperability with Microsoft’s SQL Server.

    Also a new tidbit is the way we architected this release to make sure PHP developers are free to select the driver of their choice, using SQLSRV API (SQLSRV driver) or the new PDO API (PDO_SQLSRV driver) for accessing SQL Server or SQL Azure.

    New architecture

    While the major focus of this release was the PDO_SQLSRV driver, we took this opportunity to re-architect our code create a core functional layer so that we can offer the same functionality and consistency in both drivers (SQLSRV and PDO_SQLSRV). This new architecture enables us to add new features easily to both drivers.

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    You can read more about this and get code snippets from the SQL PHP blog…

    Inter-op is great!

    -Mithun Dhar

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