So, are you interested in becoming a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft? Or do you have a friend or associate who might? If so, I currently have two open positions, and I’m looking for great candidates. Both positions focus on our next version of Visual Studio, code name “Orcas.” One provides broad tools and scenario coverage, and the other relates to our upcoming AJAX technology, code name “Atlas.”
Although I’ve been working on an article that explains what a Technical Evangelist actually does at Microsoft, I don’t want to delay posting about these positions any longer, so the article will have to wait. In the meantime, here are some of the bullet-point attributes that make for a strong candidate:
Does this sound like you? If you’re not sure, have a close friend, relative, or associate read this post and see what they think. Or, if you think I just described someone else you know, please direct them to this post.
But, most important of all, send me an e-mail, and convince me why you’d make the best Technical Evangelist we’ve ever seen.
If you're a developer, power-user, or someone who wants to experiment with early software, you can now download the IE7 Beta 2 Preview for Windows XP. You can also take a quick tour of the new features. Here are some of the improvements and additions you'll find:
If you have questions or problems to report, you can use the microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general newsgroup, or send e-mail to IETell@microsoft.com. If you send e-mail, please include a detailed description of the problem and the steps to reproduce it.
Last, be sure to visit the IEBlog for updates from the IE team.
As WPF application development continues to pick up steam, it's becoming more and more important to consider which file formats make the most sense for conversion to XAML. Just based on discussions I've had with many of you regarding my Illustrator export plug-in, I know that there are other formats out there that—due to lack of tool support—are very difficult or next-to-impossible to convert to XAML.
So, I'd like to identify a list of "top x" file formats that would help ease the pain for both WPF designers and developers. What tool does your company use to create 2D or 3D content? What file format(s) does it make the most sense to convert? If you don't have an opinion (possibly because you don't work with those tools), please forward this to your design staff. I'm very interested in feedback.
Phil Wright of Component Factory shares his insights about WPF and components in the article, The WPF Tidal Wave. Coincidentally, three of the component vendors he mentions are featured on our Third Party Controls for the Windows Presentation Foundation page on MSDN. Although this page was last refreshed for our September 2005 PDC, it does provide an early glimpse at some of the controls you can expect to see.
Also, the Windows Presentation Foundation site on the Windows Vista Developer Center has just published updated hands-on lab content based on the recently-released WinFX January 2006 CTP. From the description, excercises are provided on topics including: "2D and 3D graphics, data binding, templating and styling, interop, imaging, XPS documents, custom controls, performance and XAML Browser Applications." The lab content is available in both Visual Basic .NET and C# and is a great way to get up-to-speed on WPF development.
Okay. This is a big one. This morning, we released the Expression Interactive Designer January 2006 CTP (formerly known as "Sparkle"). This build runs on both the December 2005 and January 2006 CTPs of WinFX, and as a point of interest, the tool itself is written in managed code and uses WPF for its user interface (check out John Gossman's PDC talk for technical details on how Expression Interactive Designer was built). Unlike "Cider," whose primary audience is a developer working inside of Visual Studio, this is a standalone tool that is targeted primarily at designers. Of course—this being the real world—we realize that the skill set between developers and designers is a continuum, so I expect that Expression Interactive Designer will be interesting and useful to almost anyone involved in the development of WPF applications (this means you).
Here's a list of resources that should be useful as you investigate this new release:
I'd also like to point out a brand new version of Electric Rain's excellent ZAM 3D tool that works with Expression Interactive Designer. You can find it featured on our Partner Tools page.