Locations and Dates
Jacksonville Community College
Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
11901 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246
June 2, 2009, 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Event ID: 1032415088
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Microsoft Tampa Office
5426 Bay center Dr., Suite 700
Tampa, FL 33609
June 9, 2009, 1:00–5:00 PM
Event ID: 1032415091
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Microsoft Corporation
6750 N Andrews Ave
Suite 400
June 15, 2009, 1:00–5:00 PM
Event ID: 1032415092
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Via phone call 877.673.8368 with the event ID
If you have questions, please contact Joe Healy at jhealy@microsoft.com

Session 1 – Developing on Windows 7
Building applications that are easy to use, visually appealing, and offer high performance is a challenge that developers face every day. Innovative applications can greatly improve the user experience, empowering companies to differentiate their services and solutions. However, developers are increasingly asked to do more in less time, while also optimizing the power and performance requirements of their applications.
The Windows 7 platform makes it easy for developers to create engaging, user-friendly applications by providing familiar tools and rich development features that allow them to take advantage of the latest PC capabilities. In this session we will explore the new Taskbar and Jump Lists, the Scenic Ribbon, file management with Libraries, and Windows Web Services among many other enhancements to the new operating system.
Session 2 – What's New in Internet Explorer 8 for Developers - With any new browser release, there are two questions of interest to most web developers –
1. Will this release break my site, and if so, how do I fix it?
2. What shiny new features does it offer to add value for my visitors?
In this session, we’ll address both of these questions, first showing how developers and users both benefit from improved standards-based rendering in Internet Explorer 8, and how developers can ensure that their sites will render properly for users using IE8. Additionally, we’ll take a look at some of the new features of Internet Explorer 8 that open up new possibilities for web developers, including Accelerators, Web Slices, and Search Providers, as well as AJAX and DOM improvements. Accelerators are helpers added to the browser that allow users to access your web-based services from anywhere, via a simple right-click on any page. Web Slices allow you to designate parts of your application for the user to consume and keep up-to-date in the browser without having to visit the full site. You can leverage these features to add value to your site and make it easier than ever for users to take advantage of the services and content you have to offer.
We'll also look at the new Internet Explorer 8 Developer Tools, which provides you with killer tools for examining and debugging your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, all without ever leaving the page, plus profiling for finding and fixing the performance bottlenecks in your client-side code. The IE 8 Developer Tools also aid in compatibility testing, by allowing you to change the layout and compatibility modes on the fly. Lastly we’ll look at some best practices.
Speaker’s Bios:
Joe Healy ( http://www.devfish.net ) is the Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Gulf States Accounts, based out of Tampa Florida. Joe’s geographical responsibility is to provide ‘developer care’ for the state of Florida. Joe serves a multitude of clients, from corporate accounts to broad reach events and User Groups. He lectures on various development and architectural topics focused around the .Net Frameworks, Visual Studio.NET, and associated servers. Joe has also served time with eAngler.com, Arthur Andersen, Cap Gemini, EDS, and IBM in various capacities.
Jeff Barnes (Architecture: The Harmony of Mathematical Precision; http://blogs.msdn.com/jbarnes ) is the Microsoft Architect Evangelist for the Gulf States District where he engages with the local Architect community to help solve tough business problems with leading-edge technology. Jeff has been with Microsoft for over 10 years and has spent over 7 of those years as an architect in the Microsoft Consulting Services organization working with large enterprise customers throughout North America. He especially enjoys the freedom and flexibility that .NET brings to the table in order solve the next generation of tough technical challenges.