PDC 2010: Taking Advantage of Pinned Sites with Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7

October 31, 2010

Following is a summary of the session “Taking Advantage of Pinned Sites with Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7” presented by Israel Hilerio, Program Manager in Internet Explorer Team at Microsoft, in PDC 2010. This talk shows how you can add integration of your site into the Windows 7 taskbar. Pinned Sites Goals for having pinned sites in Internet Explorer 9: Closer relationship between users and their favorite sites Allow web sites to promote their brand outside of the browser Seamless integration...

PDC 2010: 3-Screen Coding: Sharing code between Windows Phone, Silverlight, and .NET

Following is a summary of the session “3-Screen Coding: Sharing code between Windows Phone, Silverlight, and .NET” presented by Shawn Burke, Architect on the Silverlight team, in PDC 2010. Portability Story Lessons learned Sharing code is hard Sharing UI is harder Writing portable code has a rocky past.. The whole “Write-Once-Run-Everywhere” theme didn’t work so much. Just consider writing code for the web with javascript where a lot of times you find yourself checking all different browser....

PDC 2010: Optimizing Performance for Silverlight Windows Phone 7 Applications

Following is a summary of the session “Optimizing Performance for Silverlight Windows Phone 7 Applications” presented by Oren Nachman, Software Developer at Microsoft, in PDC 2010. This session takes what we have learned in the previous session about Windows Phone 7 to the next level. Oren shows code snippets that actually make a difference and demonstrates very nicely how you can analyze your app to fins performance pitfalls. Performance Silverlight Threading on the Phone Silverlight for phone has a thread named “compositor thread” that removes responsibility off the UI thread, mainly to...

PDC 2010: Things I Wish I Knew Three Months Ago about Building Windows Phone 7 Applications

October 30, 2010

Following is a summary of the session “Things I Wish I Knew Three Months Ago about Building Windows Phone 7 Applications” presented by Jaime Rodriguez, Microsoft evangelist, in PDC 2010. The talk is about common windows phone 7 applications and lessons learned from building them. First Jaime presented Vikas Gupta, mobile engineer of Facebook, that showed the panorama-based Facebook for Windows Phone 7. Then Jaime presented Leland Rechis, program manager for twitter mobile, that showed the pivot-based Twitter for Windows Phone 7. Architecture There is nothing special in a Windows Phone 7...
no comments

PDC 2010: The Future of C# and Visual Basic

Following is a summary of the session “The Future of C# and Visual Basic” presented by Anders Hejlsberg, lead architect of the C# programming language, in PDC 2010. History Before talking about the future, Anders starts with a review of C# and VB.NET history. Anders identifies three major trends over the passing decade: Declarative – concentrates on “What do you want do?” instead of “How you want to do it?” Dynamic – allowing more fluent style of programming using dynamic languages like IronPyton. ...
one comment

PDC 2010: My Schedule For Day 2

October 29, 2010

Following is my schedule for day 2 of PDC 2010: Day 2, 09:00-10:00 Session: Building High Performance HTML 5 Sites with IE 9 by Jason Weber Description: Learn about what actually drives performance across the web and how you can make your sites faster. See how Internet Explorer has been redesigned from the ground up to take advantage of modern PC hardware, and how GPU powered graphics, compiled JavaScript, and HTML5 are revolutionizing how developers think about the web. Day 2, 10:15-11:15 Session:...
no comments

PDC 2010: Free Phone for PDC Participants

October 28, 2010

Following are some images and details on the free Windows Phone 7 that all PDC participants got. Some of the LG-E900 specifications: 3.8” WVGA Display 5 Megapixel camera with flash 16GB storage Touch screen Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and A-GPS Windows Phone 7 OS screen size: 480x800 That’s it for now, Arik Poznanski.
no comments

PDC 2010, Day 1: Keynotes: Windows Azure

Windows Azure and PaaS President of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, Bob Muglia, comes to the stage. He starts by reviewing the different types of cloud computing: Software as a Service (SaaS) Platform as a Service (PaaS) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Then he dives in to the the advantages of PaaS vs. todays platforms: In today’s platform you must deal with server, VM, network, storage and your application. Whereas in PaaS you only think of the application (no infrastructure). In today’s platform you must take care of your servers, apply patches, service releases, new upgrades and their possible consequence on your application. Whereas in PaaS...
no comments

PDC 2010, Day 1: Keynotes: Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 Make sure you check the Windows Phone 7 Ad which is soon to be available in he US. At this moment Steve announced that all PDC 2010 participants will receive their own personal Windows Phone 7! Today. Now Scott Guthrie comes to talk about Windows Phone 7. Next, Brandon Watson presents us a demo of several Windows Phone 7 applications, including: Bejeweled, Facebook and Amazon Kindle for Windows Phone 7. After the demo, Scott shows how to quickly develop applications for the Windows Phone 7. This can be done entirely free using: Visual Studio 2010 Express and Windows Phone 7...
2 comments

PDC 2010, Day 1: Keynotes: IE9 + HTML5

Here is a summary of the major issues presented by the CEO of MSFT, Steve Ballmer, and Bob Muglia in PDC 2010 keynotes. You can find the most impressive ones under www.microsoft.com/news In the image, waiting for the keynotes to start. First, some PDC statistics, according to Steve, there is approximately 30,000 live viewers of the PDC keynotes, including the local sites around the world. Around 1,000 are in Redmond. I’m one of them . Internet Explorer 9 and HTML 5 Steve talked about the move to smarter devices (PC, Phone, Xbox) and the evolution of cloud applications and services, and the fact that...