# Thursday, 15 April 2010

Codeplex is a great resource to find all kinds of things developer related. One of the things I found recently were a bunch of snippets for jQuery to make life easier for developers using Visual Studio 2010. You can download them here.

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 15 April 2010 19:51:13 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 13 April 2010

I just found out about this free eBook which can be found for download here.

The book is not a language primer, a language reference, or a single technology book. It's a book that will help professional developers move from previous versions of Visual Studio (starting with 2003 and on up). It will cover the features of Visual Studio 2010 through an application. It will go through a lot of the exciting new language features and new versions of the most popular technologies without putting the emphasis on the technologies themselves. It will instead put the emphasis on how you would get to those new tools and features from Visual Studio 2010.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010 09:52:12 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 12 April 2010

A long awaited arrival of Visual Studio 2010 came true today as Microsoft shipped the product. This is one version that I installed also during the alpha and beta periods to test out and provide feedback towards Microsoft about things that could be made better or bugs. I’m looking forward into using it as soon as possible at work as well.

You can read more about the announcement here: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/04/12/visual-studio-2010-and-net-4-released.aspx.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 12 April 2010 23:44:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 08 April 2010

Yesterday I had the pleasure to deliver my first international presentation in Lebanon. The talk was about ASP.NET MVC 2 which got recently released topped with some jQuery. Since I knew that most people didn’t have hands on experience with MVC I made a more entry level presentation, explaining why it was introduced by Microsoft and what it was. Then I used several demos especially crafted to demonstrate some of the handy and powerful additions like data annotations and the interaction with jQuery validation, templated helpers, partial views, using a JsonResult together with jQuery to fill up html elements dynamically, …

For me it was a great experience and I got several felicitations from the spectators. I myself would like to thank Bilal Haidar for getting me into contact with the Lebdev user group and Samer Chidiac from Microsoft Lebanon for organizing this event at Berytech.

The slidedeck that I used can already be found on slideshare:

Grz, Kris.

Thursday, 08 April 2010 13:26:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [3]  | 
# Thursday, 01 April 2010

Today I got the message that my MVP got extended for another year. That’s great news and I’ll make sure to keep up the things that are community related during the coming year. A good example of this is that next week during my vacation to Lebanon I’ll be giving a presentation about MVC 2 for Lebdev, a local user group. It’ll be my first foreign talk so I’m looking towards to it with a lot of excitement.

Grz, Kris.

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Thursday, 01 April 2010 22:13:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Wednesday, 17 March 2010

The Silverlight 4 Training Course includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 RC features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and a 8 unit course for building business applications with Silverlight 4. The business applications course includes 8 modules with extensive hands on labs as well as 25 accompanying videos that walk you through key aspects of building a business application with Silverlight. Key aspects in this course are working with numerous sandboxed and elevated out of browser features, the new RichTextBox control, implicit styling, webcam, drag and drop, multi touch, validation, authentication, MEF, WCF RIA Services, right mouse click, and much more!

You can find the material here: http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/Silverlight4/.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 09:06:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Only yesterday I was viewing the MIX10 keynote at Microsoft Brussels via live stream and today I noticed on twitter that Charles Petzold has already put a preview content online of his upcoming book about the topic. Take a look here for a pdf or xps excerpt.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 14:01:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Microsoft launched .toolbox, a new site dedicated on learning Silverlight and Expression.

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.toolbox features two core learning paths: Design Scenarios and Design Principles. Both begin with teaching basic techniques and build skills and knowledge incrementally. In Design Scenarios, designers and developers learn to create dynamically-rich Silverlight applications using Expression Studio. You will learn to add code-free functionality to designs by following step-by-step tutorials that illustrate how to create interactive user experiences. In Design Principles, you will learn fundamental design concepts (e.g., choosing the right colors and the right fonts) along with tips and techniques in how to apply them to your creations.

One can go for either track and earn leves with that. Each track can be done one by one following a stack or go through the matrix:

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Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 13:23:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 14 February 2010

The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including:

  • C# 4.0
  • Visual Basic 10
  • F#
  • Parallel Extensions
  • Windows Communication Foundation
  • Windows Workflow
  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • ASP.NET 4
  • Windows 7
  • Entity Framework
  • ADO.NET Data Services
  • Managed Extensibility Framework
  • Visual Studio Team System
This version of the Training Kit works with Visual Studio 2010 RC and .NET Framework 4 RC.

Grab it here.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 14 February 2010 12:45:39 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 27 January 2010

From the Swiss MSDN blog:

In this 108 page hands-on lab you will learn how to use Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2010 and Beta 1 of Microsoft Silverlight 4 to create a data driven line of business style rich internet application that implements many of the new features that Silverlight 4 introduces. We will base our solution on the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) RIA Services.

The solution will be an order-management system that shows a list of orders in a data grid and details of a selected order in a details pane. The system will validate user entries and have the capabilities of printing order reports and exporting order lists to Microsoft Excel.

Download the hands-on lab manual in PDF and Word format, the database and the final sample solution.

These features are implemented in the lab:

  • True multi-tier architecture.
  • Entity framework and service layer definition.
  • Data filtering, paging, sorting and grouping.
  • Data modification and validation.
  • Foreign key management.
  • Projections.
  • Programmatic printing from a Silverlight application.
  • COM interop with Microsoft Excel and running full-trust out-of-browser.

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Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010 07:33:33 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  |