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  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Developer APIs – TechEd Africa 2010

    Here’s my deck on programming for Windows 7 applications. Windows 7 Developer APIs View more presentations from Lynn Langit .
  • Blog Post: MSDN Visual Studio 2010 Launch – Windows 7 Developer Topics

    Here’s the recording from my launch presentation last month in Seattle.  Topics are Windows 7 multi touch APIs and the new improvements in .NET 4.0 and VS2010 to writing parallel code. Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 – Window 7 Developer Topics

    Here’s my deck from the May 2010 MSDN Visual Studio 2010 launch events.  I am presenting on Windows 7 / .NET Framework 4.0 / VS2010 tooling improvements.  There are a bunch of notes in these slides as well.   Enjoy! Windows 7 Visual Studio 2010 for Developers View more presentations...
  • Blog Post: Educators - Join me at the FREE Virtual Summit 2010

    Great news for Microsoft Certified Trainers and Academic Educators: You are invited to the MCT & Educator Virtual Summit 2010 . Register now for this event which will be free of charge and exclusive to MCTs and Educators. Join this  educator readiness marathon conference on April 7th – 9th,...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal answers your Windows 7 Developer Questions

    Wow what a launch today in Orange, CA!  Thanks to the standing-room only audience this morning.  Because of the crowd size, you were so kind as to send your questions via text messages.  I didn’t have time to answer all of your many questions all at the event, so here are the rest of the...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal shares Windows 7 Launch LIVE

    Well, it’s not me presenting, but it is the same content.  If you couldn’t make it to the Windows 7 launch event next Monday, October 26th starting at 9am, you can watch the live stream of the presentation of my developer evangelist colleague Daniel Egan and more presenting on Monday. Here’s the...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal recommends the new Windows 7 Online Training

      Wow – this is GREAT! MSDN Channel 9 has a new online training center for you (developers) to learn the Windows 7 APIs.  The topics included are multi touch, taskbar, sensor / location, ribbon, shell libraries, background services, instrumentation & performance, installer detection, data...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal presents Windows 7 Developer APIs

    Next week Monday and Wednesday, I’ll be presenting at the MSDN launch events for developers for Windows 7.  Both events are registered full already – however, I am posting my decks here for you.  Also we may be recording one set of launch sessions, if we do so, I’ll post the link to the recording...
  • Blog Post: Where is SoCalDevGal? – SoCal Developer Events for Oct 2009

    By popular demand I am attempting to aggregate SoCal Developer events on a monthly basis.  For October 2009 as follows below. I’ll be happy to add any developer events I may have missed, just send me mail via my blog. Week 1 (Sept 27 – Oct 3) Mon, Sept 28 – GirlsInTech / Santa Monica / 7pm - ‘How...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal looks at BitLocker for USB drives in Windows 7

    I’ve wanted to play around with this feature (also called ‘BitLocker-To-Go’ ), but hadn’t had time until today.  I’ll recap what I’ve found.  First, and probably most important, is that BitLocker is only available as part of Windows 7 Ultimate (or Enterprise) editions.  That is, the ability...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal pushes her little NetBook – what can it do for developers?

    Regular readers will note that I recently purchased an inexpensive NetBook and upgraded the OS from XP to Windows 7 Home (blog detail here ). First I tested my NetBook out for plain old web browsing.  It worked just fine with one exception – some websites aren’t designed for the small screen size...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal works with virtualization in Windows 7

    I am working on setting up my first VPC in Windows 7 and I found a couple of things had changed from Vista and wanted to share here.  I realize that for application virtualization, ITPros would most often be using Windows 2008 Server, however, developers would more commonly use Windows 7. ...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal works with a NetBook – moving from XP to Windows 7 via a USB key

    Today I picked up a HP Mini 110 – 1025Dx which had XP installed on it.  I was looking for a cheap, light laptop.  I got it for $ 329 at BestBuy. I wanted to go through the process of moving from XP to Windows 7 via a USB boot and to document it here as a service to those of you will be doing...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal shares her Windows 7 for Developers Presentations

    Tomorrow I start the journey over to Africa, TechEd Africa in Durban, South Africa on August 2-5, to be exact.  While there, in addition to other presentations, I am scheduled to make three presentations about Windows 7 for Developers.  In the spirit of sharing, I will post my session abstracts...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal is studying and recommends the Windows 7 Developer Training Kit

    As I am putting the final preparations on my 3 Windows 7 Developer sessions for Tech Ed Africa, I’ve been looking at all possible resources.  One that that I particularly like (and recommend) is the Windows 7 RC Developer Training Kit .  It’s a free download, well-organized and quite useful...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal answers ‘What’s on your Windows 7 Demo Machine?

    Many of you have asked me what applications and tools I have installed on my primary Windows 7 demo machine.  I’ll remind you that I am using a HP TouchSmart tx2 (dual AMD 42) w/4 GB RAM.  I’ve installed Windows 7 RC 64-bit. I thought the easiest way to show you is via screenshots.  I...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal is checking out the new FrontRunner site (support for ISVs developing for Windows 7)

    Our newly launched FrontRunner site for ISVs nicely pulls together many of the resources I’ve been using to learn how to write applications for Windows 7.  I decided to try it out.  Sign up is simple, just use a Windows Live ID and fill in one page about your application.  Then you’ll...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal wants to utilize Windows 7 UX features

    As I continue my work on learning / using Windows 7 as a platform for application development, I’ve (finally!) gone beyond the multi touch features that I’ve written about to date.  I’ve done this for two reasons: 1) Writing a Windows 7 applications that ONLY features multi touch would be overlooking...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal demos Windows 7 multi touch (and WoodyP shows off MS Surface)

    Enjoy this short video shot by one of the attendees of the recent demofest at MS Irvine, CA.  Woody Pewitt is demoing the MS Surface here.  Thanks to Philippe Lewicki for the video.
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal will be speaking on Windows 7 multi touch app dev in at San Diego Code Camp tomorrow

    My session is at SoCalCodeCamp at UCSD room 105 at 2:00 pm – I am looking forward to showing and telling a good number of my developer friends about the joy of multi touch application development in Windows 7 as I know it so far.  I’ll post the deck in advance, as I normally do, so you can ask all...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal wishes to decide - .NET 3.5 or .NET 4.0 for Windows 7 multi touch application development

    Ah but this isn’t a simple consideration.  As I’ve been digging in, getting ready to build my first Windows 7 multi touch application, I’ve found out just how much I have to learn!  For starters I am by no means an expert in WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) development.  This is,...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal wants you to be an expert in Windows 7 Touch and Multi Touch capabilities

    My curiosity often takes me down new pathways.  Just like a typical dev, after stating the business case, writing out the problem, writing the key use cases and ‘hiring’ a designer, I am ready to open up Visual Studio and start coding my first multi touch Windows 7 application, right?  Nope...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal wonders who will really design your Windows 7 UI?

    Now that I’ve written a rough application spec, (see previous blog post), am I finally really to start coding?  Nope, not yet.  I want to mockup my UI and also to build my database.  For the former task, I’ve decided to enlist an experienced designer.  I am doing this for a couple...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal warns don't skip the SDL when creating your first Windows 7 application

    If you have been following this series then you are probably raring to open VS and get coding.  I mean, c’mon, we are developers here and that’s what we do, right?  Well, yes – eventually.  But one last thing before we start that.  We need to take a more comprehensive look at new...
  • Blog Post: SoCalDevGal will get you working with Windows 7 application development - grab some software and get going

    Starting to develop for a new platform means some software setup, I’ll detail what I am using, list possible variants on my configuration and include links to everything so that you can get set up quickly and easily as well. Software needed falls into three main categories – the platform (OS) itself...
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