Posts Tagged ‘Silverlight’

Due to some last-minute luck and when I least expected it, I got a free pass to BUILD. I have to emphasize the luck factor, as the conference tickets had sold out rather quickly, in spite of  the lack of public session and speaker lists as well as keynote topics.

I have to send a big THANK YOU to StartupWeekend  and Microsoft BizSpark, who teamed up with the Windows team to offer a limited number of free passes to BUILD. I had been following the BizSpark newsletter for some time and I was also checking out StartupWeekend news, as both provide news sources for and about aspiring entrepreneurs. I especially want to thank Maris McEdward, Community Manager at StartupWeekend, and James Senior, Senior Technical Product Manager in the Windows 8 team, who both have been very helpful with the registration process.

The following 140 character short yet very poetic (!) reasoning about my enthusiasm to attend BUILD made me a ticket winner: This geekgirl can’t wait to discover Windows8 + deep dive into HTML5. If you don’t want my dreams to be killed, let me win a ticket to BUILD. Well, for those, who thought poetry doesn’t get you anywhere, I may have thrown an unhandled exception just this very moment.

In the past weeks, I tried to steer away from any heated discussions and conspiracy theories. I am certainly curious to find out about the latest announcements and I may have a few predictions. As expected, the announcements will please a certain crowd, while starting off upset discussions among others.  As for me; I am ready to embrace mind-blowing news, ground-breaking  changes and the modern Web. The term “modern” is mentioned multiple times in a latest feature story about BUILD on the Microsoft News Center site and when there is such an emphasis on modern, who wants to stay outdated, right? Fun aside, in my opinion, two of the key details in the article: “the modern Web – a place of rich, immersive, and engaging user experiences that consumers interact with across a wide spectrum of devices” and “Web projects becoming more application-like”… I guess, we need to read between the lines.

With less than 12 hours to the first keynote, the BUILD countdown has officially begun. Numerous predictions already popped up in Twitter (#bldwin) and the blogosphere today, however the non-stop stream of news, tweets etc. will take place tomorrow. If you want to catch up with the latest BUILD updates, MicrosoftFeed has compiled a thorough list of links on how to follow BUILD Windows related news. You may also browse to the BUILD virtual pressroom tomorrow morning for the live streaming/video link of the keynote.

Until Microsoft unveils all the mysteries surrounding BUILD in a few hours, there is not much to do than “Abwarten und Tee trinken“.

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The Los Angeles Silverlight Usergroup has begun its journey to become the biggest and best Silverlight User Group on the Planet. Last month the group had three sponsors and gave away roughly $2,500 in prizes not including Swag and Food. This month, and every month hereafter the UG plans to give away over $12,000 in prizes because of existing sponsors such as ApressDevExpress, United Future/WongDoody and new sponsors like Telerik, Infragistics, ComponentOne, Red Gate, SilverlightShowVIBlend, the Jeff Levy Show (the Digital Doctor), Safari Books Online, Syncfusion, Nowcom, The Windows Phone Dev Podcast, and more coming soon!

At the next meeting, Wednesday May 25th (7pm PST), that is tomorrow, they will be broadcasting the Meeting/Show LIVE online for the very first time! But they are not just pointing a camera and turning it on; they went out and purchased thousands of dollars in equipment and software and even brought a Director/Producer on board, Peter Genovese, to coordinate the whole thing. There will be multiple camera angles, special effects, cut away sponsor spots, live chat and the audience is encouraged to participate in chat, questions and are eligible to win their share of the $12k in PRIZES! This special online Meeting/Show is brought to the users in part by Infragistics and Red Gate software. If you don’t want to miss out on the fun tomorrow, go here, sign up for free. You may also watch the meeting online here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/la-slug

If you are going to be viewing online only and attempting to win prizes you must do two things:

  • Live outside of a 100 mile radius of Los Angeles.
  • Email LASLUGTicket@gmail.com to get a raffle ticket number (they are free)

International viewers may participate too. The only catch: If the prize is a physical one like a book, you will need to handle the shipping cost.

I will have cool SilverlightShow T-Shirts to raffle off; see you all tomorrow!

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MIX11 is just 10 days away and you may already be all jazzed up about the conference sessions and networking opportunities.  Just the weekend before MIX11, the Rockstars in Orange County Kickstart (ROCK!) event will take place here in sunny Southern California at the Microsoft Retail Store in Mission Viejo, CA. The event is organized by Microsoft Retail, in Coordination with the SoCal Dev Event Team. If you are in the area, you should definitely attend ROCK!



The Rock! event presentation topics include UX, Natural User Interfaces, Silverlight, IIS Smooth Streaming, Sketchflow, Windows Phone 7, WCF RIA Services, PRISM, XNA, Kinect and so much more. What’s even better; you get a chance to meet excellent speakers, among them Microsoft MVP’s, Regional Directors and  senior program managers and managing directors from Microsoft. Just to name a few: Tim HuckabyJesse Liberty, , Dave DrachDave Campbell, Emil StoychevJeff Paries, Ryan PlemonsOmar Del RioGerardo Gonzales UscangaAndras VelvartZoltan ArvaiDavid SilverlightColin Blair etc.


You can find detailed information about the speakers, presentations and location on the accompanying http://stateoftheartwebdev.com site.


You need to RSVP to the ROCK! sessions; just visit the following links  for registration:

April 9th, Saturday morning session

April 9th, Saturday evening session

April 10th, Sunday morning session


But wait; that’s not all! If you can’t make it to MIX11, you may attend the ROCK!ON evening events taking place in the same week with the conference. Reza Madani, OC .NET User Group Lead, will lead the events. MIX11 highlights and videos of the day will be shared. In addition, Microsoft speakers will present on topics like Silverlight, HTML5, .NET Coding Standards, MVC3 and Entity Framework. The current speaker list includes: Craig Shoemaker, David McCarter, Paul Sheriff and Michael T. Roth.


You can RSVP to the Rock!On events following these links:

April 11th, Monday evening session

April 12th, Tuesday evening session

April 13th, Wednesday evening session

April 14th, Thursday evening session


If you can’t make it to MIX11, the Rock!On events are definitely the place to be not to miss out on all the latest and greatest news during the conference. If you are buried in work and can’t make it to any of the events; Rock! and Rock!On presentation links will be published on the website after the events.


MIX11 around the corner + all these refreshing tech events; without exception – April will be an exciting month for all geeks!


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Today I managed to travel to Seattle in the last minute to attend the MVP Summit 2011 for the first time! I am pretty excited to be among thousands of MVPs from around the world and meet my fellow Silverlight MVPs throughout this week.




Besides us MVPs networking, we will get a chance to visit the Microsoft campus and come together with product groups. This also enables us to provide feedback on products and technologies. Due to the nature of the event, information shared with MVPs is under NDA. But if you have any feedback on Silverlight and/or Windows Phone 7 technologies, please do not hesitate to share your comments here or on Twitter with me, so that I can pass it along.


You can catch up with non-NDA news and happenings around the MVP Summit 2011 on Twitter checking out #mvp11.

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Last February, I was the uber-happy community winner of the SilverlightShow Eco Contest. I got a chance to learn about Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 first hand at MIX10, attend cool activities and parties, build new geeky connections and even become a SilverlightShow representative to support them promote everything Silverlight! A few weeks ago, SilverlightShow announced the Eco Contest for 2011. United Nations has declared 2011 as the “International Year of Forests” to raise awareness and strengthen sustainable forest management. To join the worldwide efforts for a greener future on our planet, SilverlightShow chose “forests” as the contest theme.


The Eco Contest ends on March 6th, 2011 – 11:59PM PST. So there are 18 days left for participation. To speed up your action plan, here is a a quick collection of links:

  • Navigate to the contest page
  • Get excited about the prizes: MIX11 pass, accomodation in Mandalay Bay/Las Vegas, Telerik RAD Controls
  • Check out the official rules : contest objective, categories, participation dates, prizes, judges, winner selection criteria
  • Take a look at current contest entries: why is your app still not among them?!?
  • If you have any questions, drop SilverlightShow a line
  • Don’t wait any longer; join!

As a sidenote: I designed this year’s contest site and I will also be one of the judges.


Are you excited about the Eco Contest, just need a kick-start to form an original idea or come up with a mind-blowing concept for your app? If that is the case, you should definitely check out the resources page shared on the contest site. You can also get inspired by the contest entries from last year.

While doing my design research for the contest website as well as my project research last year, I have collected a few resource links too. Not all information is directly related to forests; some provide ideas about green living, calculating our eco footprint, eco-statistics for countries, nature conservation etc. Yet, I hope that there are some useful pointers, that fuel your imagination plus act as a guide in the vast sea of resources that is out there.

Gapminder Worldhttp://www.gapminder.org/

Gapminder provides statistical tools with up-to-date  content on global trends. The data is presented as time series and is freely available in Gapminder World and Gapminder Countries. For example, in the data tab, you can check out forest coverage changes in countries over time.

Footprint Networkhttp://www.footprintnetwork.org

The Footprint Network’s goal can be simply stated as measuring human impact on the Earth so we can make more informed choices. This site provides the Ecological Footoprint tool – a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. The interactive features of the “Footprint Calculator” are pretty interesting.

Carbon Neutralhttp://www.carbonneutral.com.au/

Carbon Neutral provides many services aiming to reduce and offset greenhouse emissions, provide environmental awareness and support revegetation. You can read about biodiversity, climate change, but much better check out their carbon calculator tool, which enables you to do carbon emission calculations based on energy, food, waste, air travel etc.

Conservation International: http://www.conservation.org

Conservation International aims to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, global biodiversity and for the well-being of humanity.  You will find details about climate change, safeguarding water, food security, protecting our oceans and much more. Especially the information on “Saving Forests” may be of most interest to you.

Mother Nature Network: http://www.mnn.com

MNN is an environmental news site with broad coverage on up-to-date news on the environment and our social responsibility.  You can read about eco-terms, learn more about environmental issues and check out the idea lab, which is basically a stream of ec0-resolutions. You can also find the latest news about “forests“.


Stop procrastinating! This is an excellent chance to share your Silverlight development/design work with the world, support a noble cause and eventually end up among the #MIX11 crowd! Three brilliant motivational factors at once; what else could you ask for?


Good luck to all #EcoContest participants!

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The Silverlight Firestarter is less than 24 hours away. If you are curious on what is coming next for Silverlight, you do not want to miss this event! If you are in the Redmond area, you can still do a last minute registration to attend in person. You can also watch the event online; that is what I will be doing. Register here to watch the event online. There will be surely lots of Twitter action too; look out for the #slfs tag.

The event will start off with a 90 min. keynote by Scott Guthrie. Here is also a copy of the live agenda; including sessions by Jesse Liberty, John Papa and Tim Heuer and many more. You can find out more about the event on the official event site on Silverlight.net.

On the firestarter page, you will also find information about new training content and walk-through videos, which will be build on the live session content of tomorrow’s Silverlight Firestarter event. Join the Silverlight team tomorrow to catch the “Future of Silverlight” now!

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You would wish the summer to be always sunny and bright, yet some summer days this year were rather dominated by overcast weather luckwise…

Yet a single moment, erased all the stormy clouds and left me speechless with surprise. I would like to share my joy, even if time has passed since the announcement, with everyone, who made it possible for me to thrive professionally and be recognized as a Silverlight MVP.

I received a stunningly beautiful reward, but what matters most is, that I get the chance to be a part of an outstanding community and discover/share new wonders of Silverlight technologies every day; the latest being Windows Phone 7 Development.

There is a long road ahead of me to outshine what I have done so far and I think I will have lots of fun + fabulous experiences along the way!

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I could say, that June is my favorite month as it is the invitation for summer. Yet this year, June seems to have past in a second. I have been to Istanbul, attended the Yazgelistir Summit, got caught in some crazy rainy weather, which was then followed by “get fried in the city” temperatures; met with family+friends over nice tea and Turkish coffee, got one year older, travelled back with 3+12 hour flights, attended right away SoCal CodeCamp in San Diego and *blink* – it is already July. I actually had an unbelievable, happy and exciting start to July, but more about that in my upcoming posts!

Recently I have published a series of mini-reports about the Yazgelistir Summit on SilverlightShow. During the event, I also got the chance to interview Daron Yondem, who is a Microsoft Regional Director for MEA, currently a Silverlight MVP and also the lead for INETA Turkey. If you haven’t already discovered the report series; why don’t you check them out?

Yazgelistir Summit Report Series: Keynote

Yazgelistir Summit Report Series: Presentations

Yazgelistir Summit Report Series: Daron Yondem Interview

Part1: Daron on Silverlight activities in MEA, Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 Series

Part2: Daron Yondem on upcoming Silverlight releases, the Silverlight community in Turkey and SilverlightShow

It was great to have a chance to come together with the Microsoft developer community in Istanbul and get a glimpse of their networking activities and project plans. Today we may just keep track of each other’s work and activities overseas, tomorrow we may be designing and building software together. The world is truly getting smaller.

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If you are new to Silverlight, you will soon discover, that there is a sea of information out there, which may seem overwhelming at first. I have put together an updated “Get Started with Silverlight” section on SilverlightShow, which aims to be a guide for your learning and resource discovery process, so that you don’t get lost on your path to Silverlight. The information is mainly focused on Silverlight 4, yet you will find resources and links, which will help you while working with any version of Silverlight.

The article is build on the following main sections, which you may also check out separately for a quick hint or pointer:

What is Silverlight in brief?

Developer/Designer Tools

Silverlight Tools available on Codeplex

Additional Silverlight Developer Tools

Frequent stops for any Silverlight Developer/Designer

Silverlight’ers Blogs

More SilverlightShow Article Series

Why don’t you check out the updated “Get Started” section and let us know, what you think about your new guide?

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The last stop of  .NET Rocks! Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip was in Atlanta on May 7th – and now the roadtrip is officially over. The roadtrip took Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell, from DotNetRocks, all over the place; from Mountain View (CA) to Atlanta (GA). I got a chance to attend the Redlands event on April 22th, but did not have time to share a blog post until today.

The Redlands event took place at Esri with many attendees ranging from the Inland Empire and LA area, despite the unusual rainy SoCal weather! During the event Richard Campbell demoed interesting Web load testing capabilities of Visual Studio and Carl Franklin talked about Silverlight 4’s new features  and multimedia. They also demonstrated the BING Silverlight 4 application, put together by the Microsoft Bing team, which tracked the DotNetMobile throughout the roadtrip in real-time.  You should definitely check out the app features, which include Twitter and Flickr integration and lots more.

Their rockstar guest was Scott Stanfield, the founder and CEO of Vertigo Software, Inc., an award-winning design and development firm that uses the latest Microsoft technologies to redefine the user experience for the Web, mobile and multi-touch environments. Vertigo’s most recent projects include the Silverlight HD video player for NBC Sport’s Sunday Night Football Extra, Silverlight HD video player for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, HD Silverlight live streaming player for the Presidential Inaguration of Barack Obama in 2009 and the Hard Rock Memorobilia Silverlight Deep Zoom application. Scott Stanfield shared the story of how he started out his career, his company Vertigo and also his historical perspective around Visual Studio .NET. You can listen to the .NetRocks show #546 here.

You can check out the rest of my photos from the event on flickr.

A few personal notes on “Tech Celebrities”

When a friend asked us about the event and the event hosts, we tried to outline the .NetRocks podcast as a weekly talk show about Microsoft .NET technologies and Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell as some kind of “tech celebrities”. Our friend seemed pretty surprised… Actually, a while ago, I would have probably have had the same reaction. I would have stated in astonishment – “Celebrity geek? Wait a minute  – there must be a mistake”. Well; I am happy that I had to change my mind after regularly attending tech events and user groups here in SoCal as well as MIX09 and MIX10!

On the same day of the Redlands event, Vertigo announced that their work on Sunday Night Football Extra for NBC Sports has been nominated for an Emmy.

So, now we are not just limited to the possibility of becoming tech celebrities in the tech world, we might even get official recognition from the Art scene and dream of giving the first “geek” Oscar acceptance speech?! Well, there is still lots of time until the 2011 Oscars; Hollywood here we come!

This all just sounds too dreamy; but isn’t imagination the first sparkle for any success? Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. (Henry David Thoreau).

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