SDP December 2011: Introducing Windows 8 Keynote

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The SDP started with my 40-minute keynote, Introducing Windows 8. I was working on it for more than 3 weeks, and wasn’t completely sure what I wanted in it until only a few days before the conference. That was also when I decided to ditch the slides and go for a fresh idea: a Metro-style Windows 8 application that contains both the slides and interactive code demos for the session. (The application’s tile and title page.) My personal view of Windows 8, after letting the news sink and playing with the system for a couple...
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Metro .NET Framework Profile (“Windows Tailored”)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The amount of confusion generated by the first two keynotes at BUILD was immense. The blogosphere and Twitter were brimming with bold rumors of the “.NET is dead” kin. I even heard someone discuss seriously the possibility that C# Metro apps will be compiled directly to native WinRT bindings, bypassing IL and JIT altogether, so that clr.dll won’t even be loaded. Even though I disproved these rumors two days ago, it was still great to hear Krzysztof Cwalina explain in detail how .NET remains a fully-featured framework for developing Metro applications in C# and VB.NET. As you may...

WinRT and .NET in Windows 8

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Web today is full of rumors about the demise of Silverlight, .NET, Win32, and nearly anything else that doesn’t align immediately with Metro-style apps. Indeed, it seems sometimes that we are so eager to focus on “what’s dead” that we forget to look at the new announcements and try to figure out “what’s alive”. From a brief analysis of the Windows 8 Developer Preview, Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview, and whatever bits of information delivered at the conference sessions, I think I have a pretty decent mental picture of what’s going on. First of all, a...

Sessions at BUILD Day 2 and Windows 8

The second day of the BUILD conference was dedicated mostly to breakout-style sessions on the various topics covered only in brief during the keynotes. Some of the new stuff I’ve seen today in pseudo-random order: Visual Studio 11 Productivity Power Tools (with over a million downloads)! are going to be built-in in Visual Studio 11. You can right-click a piece of code in Visual Studio and select “Find Matching Clones” for a similarity analyzer that detects copy-paste across the board. Visual Studio will feature...
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