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I had an opportunity to talk with Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell (the .NET Rocks guys) on their new show called The Tablet Show. It’s always fun talking with them since there’s never a boring moment or lull in the conversation. In this episode we talk about the new WinRT framework used to build Metro apps in Windows 8, the future of Silverlight, the drama some developers seem to love, and a bunch of other topics related to development including why Microsoft is moving toward the Start Screen that you see in Windows 8. Give the show a listen by clicking the image below.
Microsoft’s putting on a free WPF training event in the Phoenix, AZ area that I thought I’d announce. For those that haven’t already seen it or registered you can get more details here.
Microsoft just released the SP1 beta for Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 and it includes a huge number of new features and enhancements. Check out Scott Guthrie's blog for details but here's a quick list of what's included:
Thanks to everyone that attended the Visual Studio 2008 course yesterday. It was a lot of fun talking about all of the new stuff available in VS 2008 and .NET 3.5 and hearing the different projects people are working on. As promised, here's the lab code from the course:
Microsoft's .NET & Connected Systems Evangelism team recently released all of the source code for their DinnerNow.net application. If you're interested in learning .NET 3.0 technologies as well as the new 3.5 stuff coming out, this is a great application to run and explore. James Conrad's team put together a great set of sample code that shows how "you can develop a connected application using several new Microsoft technologies, including: IIS7, ASP.NET Ajax Extensions, Linq, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Powershell, and the .NET Compact Framework".
There's no better way to learn how these technologies can be used together than by walking through a real application and picking it apart. In addition to the DinnerNow.net application, they've also released several labs that target VS.NET Orcas Beta 1 covering the following topics.
- JSON with ASP.NET AJAX and WCF
- Developing Dynamic Data-Driven Websites
- Using DLinq (Linq to SQL) with the .Net 3.5
- Syndication using WCF
- Workflow Services using WCF
They'll also be releasing videos about the application. I'll more than likely make some videos of my own that walk through the application as well in the near future.
I'm really digging WPF these days. While there are a lot of cool technologies out there, WPF seems to offer a lot of promise for desktop apps or even apps running within Internet Explorer when .NET 3.0 is installed on the client.
Simon Allardice (one of the cool/smart people I work with at Interface Technical Training) showed me a great WPF application today from the British Library that allows people to inspect some really old books and documents. I've always enjoyed Mozart's compositions (I enjoy writing music on an amateur scale) and have been checking out some of his manuscripts.