Save the date: Microsoft TechDays Canada will have its second edition in 2009 and is coming back to Montreal on December 2, 3.
For others cities/dates go to: www.techdays.ca
The Silverlight Tour is coming to Vancouver, Canada in July and has been updated with Silverlight 3 content!! When: July 20-22 Where: Vancouver, Canada Registration: http://www.runatserver.com/SilverlightTraining.aspx
If you are looking for 3 days of intensive Silverlight training in Vancouver area this is your chance to learn it from soup to nuts!
For other cities/dates in Canada please consult:
I had the chance to try Bing already, and I must say I am very surprised!!
Bing is the rebranding of Live Search, but it is far from just a facelift. It is a whole new concept. Microsoft introduce Bing not as another search engine (Bing Is Not Google, BING!) but as a decision engine, and it is exactly that!
If you think about it, when you do a search on Google, it does a very powerful search on its index to gives you… links, and anything but links sorted by a robot, nothing contextual or organized, no more help, just raw links.
Is it helpful? Yes in many case. Google has realized an awesome job to index the whole Internet in a single textbox. This is the most incredible job that has ever been done on the Internet!! But at the end of the day all you get is… a list of links, with multipage, but nobody crawl more than the first page so what you get is… 10 links, no grouping, no organization, links.
The first time I used Bing, it took me 1 min to be convinced that this IS what I needed. This is my way to search and find information on the web. Bing shows links and related information. When you search “zune” you get results categorized by “Buying Guide”, “Reviews”, “Accessories”, “Shopping”. Typically I do my search on Google, then open results in reference website like TripAdvisor, Wikipedia, Farecast, Live Maps, ... Now I get all this in Bing. I think Microsoft just get it right! This was the thing to do, and to me Bing seems much more efficient than Google.
Sample searches: “Montreal Canadiens”
First link with latest games!
Sub-queries on the left bar. Note these categories are contextual, sometimes you get “Downloads”, “Reviews”, “Maps”, “Shopping”, etc..
Mouse hover the thumbnails, videos plays inside the thumbnail!
Great news Live Farecast is now part of Bing!! (name: Bing Travel)
Bing Travel uses a predictive algorithm to recommend when you should purchase your airline ticket.
Also integrated in Bing: Live Maps and Live Shopping, with the latter you get products detailed reports (so much more than just links), with images, pricing information and user reviews from various Web sites.
As Google, Bing has these kind of quick answers (use it all the time) :
Yesterday I gave 2 Silverlight presentations at the Montreal Code Camp 2009.
1. Business application with Silverlight 3 and .NET RIA Services
In this session I showed how Silverlight 3 new features and controls helps you build real business oriented app, and how you can take advantage of .NET RIA Services to simplifies 3-tier application pattern by bringing together the ASP.NET and Silverlight platforms. The RIA Services provides a pattern to write application logic that runs on the mid-tier and controls access to data for queries, changes and custom operations. It also provides end-to-end support for common tasks such as data validation, authentication and roles by integrating with Silverlight components on the client and ASP.NET on the mid-tier.
Download my slides (french):
My demos were taken from 2 sessions I saw at TechEd 2009: WUX303 and WUX308 by Scott Morrison, so you can find the files on his blog:
2. Silverlight and SEO
After briefly explained the problem with RIA and SEO, I did 3 demos in Visual Studio 2008 to show different way to make your Silverlight app SEO friendly. The last demo was the Silverlight Store, a very efficient and easy way to do SEO-enable your Silverlight site using Silverlight 3, ASP.NET 3.5 and .NET RIA Services (More details by the author itself).
Download my slides (french) and demos: