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While at DevReach, Carl and Richard convened another panel to discuss data access, Silverlight v. JQuery and other topics. Christian Weyer and Hadi Hariri join the fun. If you're as in love with the sound of my voice as I am, this is a must listen to ;)
One week into my European Conference tour and I thought it was time to send you lot a update. My first stop was Sofia, Bulgaria to join the great folks at DevReach. I got in a couple of days early so I could relax and get my time change down.
The first day I arrived I did the worst thing you can do when you are going to be away for five weeks: I broke my laptop screen. Yeah, I know. Here's a pic of it (click for bigger version):
I am excited to be asked to speak in Berlin this November at TechEd Europe 2009. This event is happening November 9-13th in Berlin, Germany. If you have a chance, it'll be a great time to see and be seen. There are a lot of great speakers that are all a must-see (humbling a bit).
For my loyal readers of this blog, you've probably noticed the blog has had a lot of announcements lately and not a lot of content. That's on purpose. With the release of Silverlight 3 being scheduled for this Friday, I've been holding back on my Silverlight content until that happens. So check back this weekend for some, hopefully, interesting discussions!
Also, as the fall slowly approaches I am getting my conference schedule ready and its busy, busy, busy. Here are my upcoming conference appearances:
Last night I attended and spoke to the GGMUG (Gwinett Georgia Microsoft User Group) meeting to talk about everything new Silverlight 3. It was a good event and the people were great. There were good questions and the facility is great. If you attended the event, thanks for coming! You had some great questions.
In early June, I'll be making my first trip to Vancouver Canada. This trip will be so I can speak at DevTeach this year. DevTeach is a 3-day conference with an impressive lineup of speakers including Ted Neward, Julie Lerman, David Larribee, Tim Huckaby, Miguel Castro, Kathleen Dollard, Oren Eini and Richard Campbell!
I will be talking about SharePoint and Silverlight Integration at Atlanta's upcoming SharePoint Saturday. If you are in Atlanta and want to hear about some of the ways you can use Silverlight in your SharePoint sites, drop by for a listen!
As usual I have a full schedule of appearances coming up. After my long trip to the west coast, most of my appearances coming up are more on the right-coast. If you're in any of these cities, come by and hear me discuss your favorite topics:
I will be in Nashville, TN in August 13 - 15, 2009 to speak at the DevLink conference. DevLink is a great deal at $75 for three days of technical content. I will be doing sessions on:
I originally had cancelled my talks at the Atlanta Code Camp because I was going to be in San Francisco and didn't think I could fly in the same day and give my talks. At the last minute I asked the code camp guys if they had room for an ad-hoc session and they had a cancellation so it worked out.
I just got the word that I am speaking at DevTeach in Vancouver, BC this June. Its a great conference with lots of your favorite speakers including Tim Huckabee, Ted Neward, Julie Lerman, Miguel Castro, Rod Paddock, Kathleen Dollard, Orin Eini and Beth Massi.
I will be in Minneapolis' Twin Cities Developers Guild tomorrow night to give my "Introducing Silverlight". If you're in town and just want to heckle or get started with Silverlight, drop by!
I will be coming to the Twin Cities Developers Guild to talk about everything Silverlight on February 10th, 2009. If you're in town and come by and watch me build a Silverlight application from scratch in 75 minutes. I will be showing off Blend and Visual Studio's mad XAML skills as well as how to retrieve data from the server. Its a fun talk!
The DevReach videos are sneaking out one at a time. DevReach is a conference held in Bulgaria every year and this last October I had the opportunity to be at this great event. This new video shows me talking about the breadth of Control Customization. The description of the talk from the DevReach conference site:
Silverlight 2 provides a rich set of options for customizing your controls. Unlike other technologies, creating user and custom controls is not necessary to get the customized control you want. In this talk I will cover Compositing, Styling, Templating and Custom Controls to help attendees understand when and how to customize their controls.
Coming December 16, 2008, i'll be at the Atlanta stop of the MSDN Developer Conference to see the PDC content. These events will give you an opportunity to see the Azure platform, Windows 7, Silverlight, F# and even Oslo.
I will be presenting the "Lap Around Oslo" with David Struggs. If you want to learn about the newest stuff coming out of Redmond or just want to show up and argue with me about Domain Specific Languages, show up at the event.
If you are in Florida this week and want to get a peek at Silverlight 2, don't forget to join me at the Florida.NET's West Palm Beach meeting. The User Group is going to be held on November 25, 2008 at 6:30pm:
314 Clematis Street, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
I am finally on my way home from Europe and had a great time speaking at both SDC and DevReach. The people in Bulgaria really treated me well. If you were at any of my talks, please see the following code downloads for the demo code:
I hope to see everyone in Sofia again next year!
I just finished up with my four talks at the SDN Conference outside of Amsterdam and I had a great time. For anyone who missed it, you missed a great time.
I had four sessions ranging from cloud computing to Silverlight 2. For the attendees I wanted to give you a chance to download the demo source code I wrote for the sessions. You can find it here:
If you have any questions, drop me a line.
I just got back from the Silverlight 2 Firestarter in New York City. I had a great time. We have a good turn-out and great discussions about the technology. The Microsoft guys that set this up were just great, especially Peter Laudati who organized the whole thing and made my short trip up there really simple and fun.
For the attendees of the talks, here's a link to the example project I built for you:
Next Monday night (July 28th, 2008), i'll be giving the short Q&A session at the Atlanta .NET Users Group. The topic? NHibernate's LINQ and ADO.NET Data Services support. If you're interested in using NHibernate but don't want to give up your LINQ skills, stop by for a listen!
In case you didn't catch it, I participated in a webcast called geekSpeak. This webcast was hosted by Glen Gordon and Chad Brooks. The topic today was "Silverlight and Line of Business Applications". While geekSpeak's usually focus on hands-on examples of creating code, we took a different tact today and discussed the larger topic of where Silverlight fits in the development ecosystem (at least Microsoft's ecosystem).
For my money, the real benefit in Silverlight is for applications that cross the firewall. This means Line of Business applicaitons are really for B2B and B2C solutions. Unfortunately, what I hear from the community is that people see Silverlight as a solution for porting their desktop and traditional 3-tier applications to the web. Is this a good idea? I don't think so. The problem is that desktop development usually involves business objects that tend to have a direct connection to the database. Moving these sorts of applicaitons to the web means that you need to create an extra layer of communications and serialization. There is a cost both in development and performance for these extra layers.
This week, I will be joining Glen Gordon and Chad Brooks for a GeekSpeak webcast. The Webcast starts at 3pm EST (or noon PST) on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008. We will be discussing Silverlight 2 and its use in so called "Line of Business" applications. Please join us and bring your questions.
If you don't know what a GeekSpeak event is, here is a description straight from Microsoft's website: