PDC 2010 is over for almost a week now, so I’ve decided it’s a good time to summarize the experience.
Only a thousand of us, developers, gathered in the rather small chamber to hear Steve Ballmer and Bob Muglia keynotes.
So what have we heard?
We heard about the latest version of Microsoft browser, Internet Explorer 9, which will offer great support for HTML 5 and an improved user experience for sites running on windows (see IE9 pinned sites on Windows 7 taskbar for more details).
We heard about the new mobile operating system Windows Phone 7, which is scheduled to be...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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
Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and A-GPS
Windows Phone 7 OS
screen size: 480x800
That’s it for now, Arik Poznanski.
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...
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...