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VSLive 2007

I am talking directly from VSLive 2007, the major Microsoft independent conference for developers, in your 4º version this year, in Austin ,Texas - US. The conference happens from november 12 to 15 and meet developers from worldwide.

VSLive 2007

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Updated:  November, 12, 2007, 7 pm, local time

 

Dear Mr.Bool friends                

 

I am talking directly from VSLive 2007, the major Microsoft independent conference for developers, in your 4º version this year, in Austin ,Texas - US. The conference happens from november 12 to 15 and meet developers from worldwide.

     

After a long trip, we are ready to cover the conference and bring in first-hand the latest news on Microsoft technologies, mainly .net. The official Web Site can be found at http://www.ftponline.com/conferences/vslive/2007/austin/

     

The conference happens in 4 days where many sessions cover the mainly and emerging technologies at moment: ASP.NET, Silverlight, C# 3.0, VB 9.0, WCF, WPF, Best Patterns & Practices, LINQ, .NET 3.0. My main interests are ASP.NET, LINQ e .NET 3.0. The conference is divided in four sub-areas: ASP.NET Live, Best Pratices Live, LINQ Live e .NET 3.0 Live.

 

In the first day of  conference, we had a pre-conference, with a workshop during the entire day. Between two options of workshop, my choice was “Maximizing WPF: Silverlight”, by Billy Hollis. He starts showing all the WPF(Windows Presentation Foundation) concepts, this technology that is a revolution and change radically the way how applications are developed and used today. WPF applications are more interactive, with  a high look and fell. Billy shows many examples of applications using the technology.

 

We can use WPF in three ways:  Local, browser and Silverlight, each onde with its advantages and limitations. The speaker told about XAML, the base language to WPF and Silverlight development.

We can develop in XAML using Visual Studio (due the “cider” plug-in) or using Microsoft Blend.

 

Billy demonstrates a deep know-how on all WPF areas: base classes (Windows, Page, Control), Panels, text-oriented controls, ItemControls, StackPanel, GridPanel, Canvas, Data Binding (a great feature that works like ASP.NET Data Binding), Data Context (like ASP.NET DataSources), XAML Browser Applications (“XBAP”), non-installed applications that run in a browser, Resources, Gradients, Templates, Animation (a key-aspect that turn WPF Applications better than WinForms and promote a fearless visual), Media, Styles (that works as ASP.NET Themes and Skins or CSS classes) etc.

 

I enjoy the Billy session. At the end, he told an important thing: Silverlight represents a revolution, that will permit that applications are used as a service (“software as a service”), without installation. The Silverlight 1.1 (beta) will bring an embedded mini CLR, while Silverlight 1.0 are based on JavaScript. If  you like to know more about WPF, the speaker suggests a good book: “WPF Unleashed – Adam Nathan”.

 

That’s it for today, don’t lose more reports in the next days! Below some picture from the conference.

 

Sheraton Austin Hotel

 

Main entry and registration

 

Conference’s Banner

 

Billy’s Session

 

Example of a WPF application: a book paging simulation with animation

 

Developing XAML and WPF in Visual Studio 2008

 

Microsoft Blend in action

 

Me and Billy



Guinther Pauli is author of 100 articles more than published and the book ''''Delphi - Programming for Bank of Dados and Web''''. He is Bachelor in Systems of Information for the University Center Franciscano (Unifra, Saint Maria ...

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