Visual Studio Live! – Redmond

Posted May 27, 2014 9:03 PM Categories: Events | VSLive Redmond | Async | Visual Studio

I will be presenting 2 sessions at Visual Studio Live! in Redmond this August 18-22.  The conference is a full 4 day event and there’s still time to register and save $500 if you register before 6/11/14!  For this event, I’ll be presenting:

TH15 Performance and Diagnostics Hub in Visual Studio 2013
Date:
Thursday, August 22, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm
Level: Intermediate

Visual Studio 2013 has introduced a new Performance and Diagnostics hub which encompasses a variety of new and old tools to profile your Windows Store applications. In this session, we will take a detailed look at all of the tools that the Performance and Diagnostics Hub has to offer with both XAML and HTML/JavaScript Windows Store apps.

TH25 Writing Asynchronous Code Using .NET 4.5 and C# 5.0
Date:
Thursday, August 22, 2014
Time: 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Level: Introductory

A variety of new features were added to the .NET 4.5 Framework, including support for easily writing asynchronous code. This session will introduce the concepts of asynchronous programming, .NET Tasks, how to ensure your UI remains responsive, and how to do all of this properly in your own applications using the new "async" and "await" keywords. If you're looking for ways to provide a better, smoother experience for your users, don't miss this session!

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Visual Studio Live! - Redmond

Posted June 17, 2013 2:21 PM Categories: C# | Events | VSLive Redmond | Windows 8 | Windows Phone

Update: Slides and code are now available over on the Events page!

imageI will be presenting 2 sessions at Visual Studio Live! in Redmond on the Microsoft campus this August 19 – 23.  The conference is a full 5 day event and there’s still time to register and save some cash!  For this event, I’ll be presenting:

T20 Windows Store Application Contracts and Extensibility
Date:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Time: 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Level: Introductory

In this session, we will explore these contracts and how they can be used in any Windows Store application to provide a seamless, integrated experience for users.  Contracts are a new feature of Windows 8 Store applications that allow interaction with the operating system and other Store applications in a standard way. With contracts, applications can implement interfaces to allow searching, sharing, settings, app-to-app file picking, and more.

TH03 Building Your First Windows Phone 8 Application
Date:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Time: 8:00 am – 9:15 am
Level: Introductory

Expand your mobile horizons with Windows Phone 8!  Developing applications for the phone is extremely similar to building a XAML application for the desktop.  In this session, I will demonstrate the fundamentals of Windows Phone development while building a very simple application which covers all of the important points of the new platforms architecture, including the developer tools and device emulator and touch input.

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Visual Studio Live! - Redmond

Posted July 11, 2012 9:50 AM Categories: Async | C# | VSLive Redmond | Events

imageI will be presenting a session at Visual Studio Live! in New York this August 6-10 hosted on the Microsoft Campus.  The conference is a full 5 day event and there’s still time to register!

T13 - Writing Asynchronous Code Using .NET 4.5 and C# 5.0
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM 
Level: Introductory

A variety of new features were added to the .NET 4.5 Framework, including support for easily writing asynchronous code. This session will introduce the concepts of asynchronous programming, .NET Tasks, how to ensure your UI remains responsive, and how to do all of this properly in your own applications using the new async and await keywords. If you’re looking for ways to provide a better, smoother experience for your users, don’t miss this session!

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Hope to see you all there!

VSLive Devapalooza and Jeopardy on Coding4Fun

Posted August 4, 2010 10:39 PM Categories: Coding4Fun | WPF | VSLive Redmond | Events | Hardware | VSLive Orlando

imageTonight I hosted the Devapalooza event for Visual Studio Live in Redmond.  For the event, we played a Jeopardy-like game using software and hardware I created.  You can find an article on how the software was created, how to build the hardware, and full source/binary downloads over at Coding4Fun and CodePlex  This can be a fun way to host training at your office, or a way to liven up a user group.

A huge thanks to Dan Waters and Clemens Vasters from Microsoft, VSLive speakers Rocky Lhotka, Deborah Kurata, and David Platt, and our three attendees who played the game.  I think it was a great time.  Hopefully you did too if you were in attendance.

After playing the game tonight for real, I have a few ways to fix up the software and make it a bit easier to use, especially on the scoring side.  Also note that the code isn’t the best example of great coding.  With this being a side project and the deadline looming, I took a few dirty shortcuts.  But, it got the job done.  It looks like we might be playing this again at Visual Studio Live Orlando in November, so I should have those changes posted to Coding4Fun/CodePlex before then.

We had a few arguments over questions and answers tonight with the ultimate argument taking place during Final Jeopardy.  The category was “.NET History” with the following clue:  Prior to being known as the Common Language Runtime, the CLR was known by this “flashy” moniker.  The two answers that were given that caused a stir were  “Universal Runtime (URT)” and “COM+”.  The official answer I wrote was “Project Lightning”.  Carl Franklin of .NET Rocks fame did an interview with Jay Roxe back in 2005 in which he explained a bit of history of .NET.  Jay, a member of the early team, says this in the interview: “I joined what is now the .NET Framework team, or the Common Language Runtime team, back in November of 1997. [This was] back when it was called Project Lightning, then it became COM+, then it became Project 42….”  Wikipedia lists all of these names, along with Common Object Runtime (COR) and Universal Runtime (URT).

So…do I have any insiders reading the blog that were part of the original team have a timeline on the naming of the CLR?  Only Project Lightning fits the clue of “flashy” moniker, and the interview does indeed claim COM+ was a later name, but an official timeline of names would be interesting to know, especially if URT preceded Lightning.

Tomorrow I’ll be presenting my Multi-touch Madness session and I will post slides and code by Friday.

Update: Here’s a video of the Final Jeopardy argument, thanks to John von Rosen.

VSLive Gameshow Final Question

Visual Studio Live! 2010 Redmond – Slides + Source

Posted August 3, 2010 9:22 PM Categories: C# | Events | Multitouch | Visual Studio | VSLive Redmond

Thanks to all who attended my first session today, and a thank you in advance to those attending Thursday’s session on multi-touch.  I’m going to post my slide deck for the What’s New in VS2010 Debugging session now and I will update this post on Thursday/Friday with the source and slides for the multi-touch session.  Feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions, good or bad.

Enjoy!

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