Steve Lange @ Work

Steve Lange's thoughts on application lifecycle management, Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server

October, 2008

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    Upcoming MSDN Event in Denver (11/18)


    MSDN Event - Silverlight 2.0, SQL Server 2008 and VSTO

    Tuesday, November 18, 2008 1:00 PM - Tuesday, November 18, 2008 5:00 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada)
    Welcome Time: 12:30 PM

    Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown

    1750 Welton Street
    Denver Colorado 80202
    United States

    Join us for a 4 hour MSDN Event where we will cover 3 seperate sessions focusing on Silverlight 2.0, VSTO and SQL Server 2008.

    Session #1: What’s New in SQL Server 2008 for Developers

    SQL Server 2008 adds numerous new capabilities for developers – from support for Spatial Data types to a storage mechanism for SQL BLOB data using the NTFS file system, and much more. The new release also delivers several improvements to development-related areas, from T-SQL to SQLCLR to XML. This session will provide a technical dive into the latest and greatest features you’ll find in SQL Server 2008, while offering insight into how to effectively apply them to your upcoming development projects.

    Session #2: Power up your Office applications with VSTO

    In this session, we’ll focus on the power and productivity of Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (VSTO) – a .NET Smart Client technology. We’ll give you tips and tricks for designing and building smart client applications with VSTO, which allows you to create managed code applications with .NET languages including Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Visual C#. VSTO also makes it simple to manifest the functionality of those applications in the rich user interfaces of Microsoft Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Outlook and others from the Office stack. VSTO addresses some of the biggest challenges that Office solution developers are facing today, including separation of data and view elements, server-side and offline scenarios, seamless integration with the Visual Studio tools, deployment and updating. Join us for this eye-opening session and learn just how easy it is to build and deploy powerful applications with VSTO.

    Session #3: Build next generation applications with Silverlight 2.0

    Silverlight provides a powerful platform for building the next generation of rich interactive applications on the Internet. In this session, we’ll take a look at the programming model and tools that developers and designers can leverage to build these true next generation experiences for consumers and business, and demonstrate how to build a rich interactive application (RIA) using Silverlight and Microsoft .NET. We’ll explore how to use Microsoft Visual Studio to create applications, and how to create UI using XAML markup and code, controls, and File I/O. We’ll also discuss networking, how to retrieve data from a Web service, and various other aspects of building Silverlight applications.

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    Get your VSTS 2010 CTP, New .NET logo included



    As of the start of PDC today, you can now download a fresh CTP of Team System 2010 and .NET 4.0 HERE

    If you have any issues with activation messages, see Brian Keller's post:

    And in case you hadn't noticed, the .NET Framework has a new logo.. see above.

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    Develop from Home? Try the Teamprise's Remote Accelerator with TFS


    If you have developers that work from home or work as individuals in an office, you may want to check out Teamprise's latest tool, the Remote Accelerator.

    The proxy service that pairs with Team Foundation Server is designed for remote development teams, working reactively to cache version-controlled files.  The Remote Accelerator is designed for the remote individual, proactively downloading and caching files for that developer.

    It was just announced at PDC 2008, and you can read the announcement here.

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    "How "Synthy is Your House?


    I've started playing around with PhotoSynth, and today I created my first synth.  I'm not sure if I did it correctly or not, but I think it's cools to see how well it turned out my first time around:

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    Insight into VSTS 2010 Architecture Edition on ARCast.TV


    Check out this interview with Peter Provost, provided by Joe Shirey:

    He talks about some cool new diagrams coming down the pipe, including UML support.

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    Additional MSDN "Unleashed" Event in Salt Lake City (10/23)!


    We've been able to add another stop for this event series in Salt Lake City!  On October 23rd, Rob Bagby will be covering ADO.NET Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, Dynamic Data, WCF, and WPF & Silverlight.


    This event has also been added to my consolidated events calendar!

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