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    Are you ready for Microsoft PDC 2010!




    With less than 12 weeks away…this year’s Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference is right around the corner.

    First things first: If you haven’t already registered – do it right now! As you already know, this PDC will be a lot smaller and more intimate than the other ones. Microsoft for the first time will be having the Professional Developer Conference in the Seattle area. In fact, it will be on the Microsoft Campus. This will be your opportunity to come be a part of our uber nice campus, enjoy the geekdom and get a chance to network with the people behind the products and technologies that you love so much! Because we’re on campus this year, attendees will enjoy unprecedented access to campus facilities, Microsoft developers and product teams. 

    Registration: https://www.ustechsregister.com/PDC10/RegistrationSelect.aspx 

    Please note that there are limited hotels in and around Redmond, WA. Here are my top 3 suggestions for where to stay:

    Marriott Redmond Town Center

    The Heathman Hotel

    Courtyard by Marriott

    I know the Heathman and the Courtyard both have courtesy shuttles to Campus. As I said earlier, hotels are extremely limited in the area so make sure to book them asap.

    Keynote: I have said this before, and I’ll say it again – If you haven’t watched SteveB talk in person – then you really haven’t see passion! Steve Ballmer is one of the most entertaining and passionate people to watch on stage. This PDC will have him keynote along with Bob Muglia. These people will help set the strategy for the company for the coming year. Rest assured, you will not won’t to miss this!

    The high-level agenda is now live on the website. Basically, we’ll focus on three tracks - client/devices, Cloud Services and developer tools & technologies


    Watch the Countdown to PDC10 show on Channel 9

    Event owner (Jennifer Ritzinger) and keynote owner (Mike Swanson) host a 10-minute, behind-the-scenes preview of content and event activities. Get the inside scoop on why this is going to be an exciting PDC and the type of content that attendees and viewers can expect.


    As always, Get the latest PDC news on Twitter via @PDCEvent #PDC10 and follow the blog at: PDC10 Blog

    And in case you can’t attend in person, fret not! We got you covered all the sessions and keynotes will be streamed online and guaranteed this will be the best experience you’ve seen!

    If you have any questions about Microsoft PDC 2010 – feel free to tweet me about it! @mithund


    Awesomeness comes to those who wait!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Smart Highways–Coming soon in Seattle!


    So if you are travelling on I-5 or I-90 or the 520, you must be wondering what these digital screens are and more importantly why they are blank. Well, if you are as curious as me, then you’d know that our Freeways are getting a facelift. In fact, it’s more than a facelift – they are becoming smarter! Starting in a couple of weeks these freeways will become Variable speed, dynamic lanes and make our commute more smarter.

    Here are some of the signs that you should know about:

    Smarter Highways with symbols

    Smarter Highways symbol - red x Lane closed
    Smarter Highways symbol - green arrow Lane open
    Smarter Highways symbol - speed limit Current speed limit

    Smarter Highways symbol - merge left Merge left
    Smarter Highways symbol - merge right Merge right
    Smarter Highways symbol - merge left or right Merge left or right

    Seems pretty obvious to me! Anyway, if you need more information: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/ActiveTrafficManagement/

    • Video: video simulation of how smarter highways work
    • Photos: smarter highways electronic signs
    • Blog: discuss about smarter highways

    Hope this helps! Now, if only we had smart drivers…*wishful thinking*


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Visual Studio LightSwitch…


    Non Programmers of the world unite!

    The greatest IDE just became a whole lot appealing to Non-Programmers. Visual Studio LightSwitch, which is a RAD tool is a stand alone product in the Visual Studio family was announced yesterday in the VS Live event that’s happening on campus. This tool has been in the works for quite some time now and most of you might know this by the code name Kittyhawk. The broad public beta will be available on August 23rd. You can learn more about LightSwitch here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/lightswitch 

    It’s a really simple tool that allows you to build those internal LOB applications.These can be local or browser based and it uses Silverlight. Another cool thing is these apps can run on premise or in the cloud. There’s a lot of talk about how similar this tool is to Microsoft Access. There is some truth to this and just like in access you can build a simple tool within minutes/hours and make it look really polished. One area where this is different though is, right from the get-go this application will be scalable and architected to take it easily to the cloud. So when you need to do ‘more’ than what the app is doing and want to extend it, you can start using Visual Studio/Expression suite of products and easily reuse the code. This approach makes this tool ideal for those initial starter projects.

    Also, LightSwitch can easily consume external data in SharePoint or SQL (including SQL Azure in the cloud) or using RIA Services– it provides a data oriented application design paradigm right out of the box thus ensuring good coding practices for your app. If you’re building a standalone application, you can design your tables from scratch as well.


    a. Here’s a quick video that encapsulates what/why/how of LightSwitch: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Dan/Jay-Schmelzer-Introducing-Visual-Studio-LightSwitch/

    b. Here’s a Jason Zander showing you step by step of how to build your first LightSwitch Application: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/archive/2010/08/03/introducing-microsoft-visual-studio-lightswitch.aspx

    c. VS Live Keynote and Intro to LightSwitch Video: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/lightswitch 


    Hope this helps!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Windows Phone 7 Design Resources – UI Guide and Design Templates


    With the Windows Phone Developer Tools in beta and Windows Phone 7 in technical preview, now is the time to build Windows Phone 7 apps in earnest, and we have refreshed our Design Resources for developers and designers to help you build beautiful apps.

    The UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 v2.0 has been updated for beta. With additional information and a new layout we hope you will find more readable, this guide provides detailed information about UI elements and controls, UI system behaviors, and the interaction model for the touch interface based on the design system codenamed “Metro”. Designers and developers should read this guide to learn about the dos and don’ts of UI implementations for their Windows Phone applications.

    The Design Templates for Windows Phone 7 are a collection of 28 layered Photoshop template files and system fonts that can be used to create pixel-perfect application layouts, to help guide UI development, or to pitch an idea. These design templates showcase many controls that are a part of the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta. They also include examples of controls that are a part of Windows Phone, but are not available as a part of the Windows Phone Developer Tools.

    Let us know what you think. If you have suggestions or feedback about these design resources, please email us at wp7des@microsoft.com.

    -Mithun Dhar

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    XNA Game Development Webcast…


    Join us and discover a developer overview of how to build games for Windows Phone 7 with Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4. Learn about the developer tools, the XNA Framework, and the resources available to build interactive, compelling, games with Windows Phone 7. In this webcast you will learn how to create games for Windows Phone 7 using XNA Game Studio 4. This session will cover the programming model, how to work with content, game input, and available resources. This event is sponsored by the AT&T Developer Program.

    Presenter: Rob Cameron, Industry Architect Evangelist
    Rob Cameron is an Industry Architect with the Communications Sector in Microsoft focused on Windows Phone 7, Silverlight, XNA, embedded and Mediaroom. Rob has worked with the product team since October to help customer and partner early adopters get ready for Windows Phone 7.

    Register to get all the details - http://bit.ly/cCAIL8

    Thursday, July 15, 10-11 AM Pacific Time

    All actual attendees can enter to win an AT&T Smartphone. Winner will be notified via email after the Webcast.

    Please spread the word!



    -Mithun Dhar

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    Two upcoming GeekSpeak Sessions that you don’t want to miss…


    As you all know, geekSpeak is our awesome Technology Talk Show. It’s this uber geekdom conversations that we love having with our community rockstars! Here are two upcoming Talk Shows that are my favorite for July!

    7/14/2010 12:00 PM

    MSDN Webcast: geekSpeak: Local Messaging and Silverlight with Brian Lagunas



    7/28/2010 12:00 PM

    MSDN Webcast: geekSpeak: Business Intelligence for the .NET Framework Developer with Andrew Brust



    Register to get more information! We look forward to geekSpeaking with you…


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Seattle Silverlight User Group–Summer Series on Windows Phone 7


    This is really exciting! The Seattle Silverlight User Group which meets once every month is organizing a Summer Series on Windows Phone 7 development. I just received an email from David Kelley who’s part of the Interact Designers User Group and the Seattle Silverlight User Group. Here’s an excerpt,



    With Jaime and all the Silverlight MVP’s present this will be a great meeting to attend! Come join us...

    -Mithun Dhar

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    We are our Choices…


    One of the best commencement speeches I’ve seen or heard. This is right on top with Steve Job’s commencement speech at Stanford for the class of 2005. Hat’s off to Mr. Jeff Bezos on such a wonderful speech. Really thought provoking. Especially the last few introspective questions,

    Tomorrow, in a very real sense, your life -- the life you author from scratch on your own -- begins.

    How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?

    Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?

    Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?

    Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?

    Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?

    Will you bluff it out when you're wrong, or will you apologize?

    Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?

    Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling?

    When it's tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?

    Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?

    Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?

    Read the full transcript at: http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S27/52/51O99/index.xml


    Jeff Bezos Commencement Speech at Princeton

    Love what you do, do what you love!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    More SharePoint 2010 Development resources…


    I’ve spent a good chunk of this weekend playing with SharePoint. While playing with SharePoint I also stumbled on App Comat stuff, which was really useful for my application.

    Here’s my two favorite items to get you started with…

    Application Compatibility for Office 2010

    Analyze your environment for installed add-ins and identify potential migration issues as you migrate earlier versions of Office to Office 2010. Learn how the Compatibility Inspector tools can perform an analysis of the code and suggest potential issues with this video on Channel 9. Additional videos and a lab are also available.

    Learn SharePoint 2010 Best Practices Explore design considerations you should have as you start creating SharePoint solutions targeting SharePoint 2010. Additional videos, labs and code available on testing, deployment and security in this new training course on Channel 9.


    Go out and have fun with one of the best products that is out there from Microsoft.

    -Mithun Dhar

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    NETDA User Group Meeting/VS2010 & Office 2010 Community Launch Event tonight…


    Come join us for a fun filled evening…

    NETDA meeting 05-10-10: Visual Studio 2010 and Office 2010 Launch Event

    06:30pm – Doors open
    06:45pm – Free pizza
    06:55pm – News and announcements
    07:00pm – Building Business Productivity Applications with VS 2010 – Beth Massi
    08:10pm – Improving Developer-Tester Collaboration with VS 2010 – Doug Seven
    08:55pm – Giveaways, raffles, and socializing 

    Note: Attendees must be an active NETDA member to receive free giveaways and to be eligible for the many valuable raffle prizes. Membership information, activation, and renewals on our Membership page ($20/year via PayPal, or credit card through PayPal).

    Building Business Productivity Applications with Visual Studio 2010 – Beth Massi
    The Visual Studio and Office teams have made significant investments in improving the developer experience for building and deploying Office and SharePoint applications. In this demo-heavy session, we will walk through a ton of demos and new tools that show you how to build business applications built on Office and SharePoint as well as how to integrate your line-of-business data via OData services. You’ll also see how to consume these services to create powerful BI data analysis in Excel 2010 and how you can extend Office client and server applications.
    Beth Massi is a Senior Program Manager on the Visual Studio team at Microsoft and a community champion for business applications and Visual Basic developers. She has over 15 years of industry experience building business applications and is a frequent speaker at various software development events. You can fi nd her on a variety of developer sites including MSDN Developer Centers, Channel 9, her blog at www.BethMassi.com, and on twitter @BethMassi.

    Improving Developer-Tester Collaboration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 – Doug Seven
    Effective collaboration between developers and testers is paramount and can make the difference between shipping quality applications on time, or slipping because bugs are found late. In this session you will learn how Visual Studio 2010 can help you improve the collaboration of development and test activities in your team, regardless of who does them. You will learn how Microsoft Test Manager 2010 helps you execute tests and enables you to file rich, actionable bugs so whomever they get assigned to can easily understand the issue and begin to fix it. You will see how IntelliTrace helps you discover the root cause of a defect quickly, and finally how to automate your functional testing with Coded UI Tests.
    Doug Seven is a senior product manager for Visual Studio Team System. Doug’s blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/dseven.

    Upcoming NETDA Events:

    05-24-10: The New ASP.NET AJAX Library with Stephen Walther

    06-14-10: Report Builder 2.0 with William Vaughn


    .NET Developers Association: http://dotnetda.orgRSS
    Twitter: @NETDA

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