Internet via Acer Aspire 1420p 3G

Sunday, November 22, 2009

To all the lucky guys (like me :-) attended to the Microsoft PDC 09 conference last week, and won an acer touch tablet PC, here is how you can use the built-in 3G modem (yes it has such) to connect the Internet using your local cellular vendor. First, make sure that you have a data package. Now do as follows: Turn off your machine, and remove the battery Insert your USIM+ card to the sim slot (you may hear the click sound while pushing) Connect the battery and turn on your machine While logged in to Windows 7 turn on the 3G modem...

Session – Building Extensible Rich Internet Applications with the Managed Extensibility Framework

Thursday, November 19, 2009

In this great session, Glenn Block and my collegue Ariel Ben Horesh have talked about Managed Extensibility Framework for Silverlight 4 for building customizable applications that can easily be extended by third parties. Whether you are building an extensible data grid, a custom rules engine, a pluggable editor, or a composite application such as a pluggable CRM system, you want to learn about MEF. They explained how to use MEF to decouple applications into more maintainable the application into dynamically deployable chunks that download on-demand. The managed extensibility framework (MEF) is a new library in .NET 4.0 and...

Windows Presentation Foundation 4 Plumbing and Internals

In this session we saw the inside scoop on how Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) powers all its rich services – like layout, databinding, and animation. There is a lot of heavy lifting done for you under the hood; in this session, we crack open these system components, including the trees (visual, logical, and inheritance), the property system and its change notification, and a few of the routing systems that all messages go through. Bring your hard-hat for this one! WPF Involves lots of interacting concepts Layout, Animation, Styles, Templates,...
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Session – Advanced Topics for Building Large-Scale Applications with Microsoft Silverlight

In this session, John Papa talked about Silverlight application development patterns such as composite applications with Prism, developing using the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern, and methods of implementing large, modular, multi-page applications within your team. Also he talked about frameworks created to help assist in rapid development using these patterns without sacrificing good application development patterns. MVVM is a pattern, there is no specific way to do it right. Also with Silverlight. MVVM, MVC, MVP and MV??? are all commonly accepted patterns for maintainable, scalable and testable applications. People look for patterns to describe common way for programming...

Session – Building Line of Business Applications With Silverlight 4

In this nice session David Poll has talked about enhancements to data binding and data validation as well as new support for rich text & printing in the platform that allow you to build compelling LOB user experiences. Everyday we work with data so we usually deal with Interactivity, Entry and Presentation In this talk he explained about features added to SL 4 SL4 in Visual Studio 2010 Data Binding enhancements ...
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Session – Media Foundation: Supporting Hardware Codecs and Cameras

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In this very intersting session, Stan Pennington talked about how Windows 7 adds support in native code for accelerating media transcoding and specific playback experiences through the new asynchronous Media Foundation transform (MFT) model. How to write and use accelerated MFTs, and how to license for preference in Windows Media Player and portable device operations with Windows Shell. He showed a managed sample using the transcoding API, and showed how the new Device Proxy simplifies AVStream driver based video capture in Media Foundation. Talked about in-box support for high-definition UVC webcams and the new extensibility model, along with how...
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Session – Advanced WPF Application Performance Tuning and Analysis

In this great WPF performance session, Bart De Smet and Eric Harding have talked about WPF performance and demonstrates some of the performance tools the WPF team uses. One of the important things to do regards performance is to start measure early. Perceived performance, make it feel fast, turn it to an art and not a science. There would be trade offs – CPU versus memory, etc. Memory New WPF application called FishBowl has been announced. It’s a small application dealing with facebook as a case study. To profile memory do: ...
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Session – How Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Was Built with WPF 4

Paul Harrington talked about the new WPF UI of Visual Studio 2010, the start page and many other designers, displaying the Visual Studio 2010 WPF visual tree using Snoop. Architectural reason is one of the reasons Visual Studio 2010 has been reprogrammed to use WPF 4.0. Separated presentation and support for long range road map. He also explained that VS 2010 features really need it: Editors, Architect designer editor, Parallel tools, Workflow designer and more Another reason is to make it easy to develop new features in VS 2010. Here are several...
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Live from PDC 09 Keynote – Product Maturity

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The cloud computing, Windows Azure, System Center and server tools for Windows and more platforms Azure tools for Java and Eclipse are the main topics that Ray Ozzie has mentioned. You can get more details from Noam’s and Alex's blog, he is a great writer :-) Ray also announced Dallas CTP for discovery, exploring and using data in a new way. In the bottom line azure is much more mature than the last year, and there are many new tools for hosting applications in the cloud. Waiting for more information about Windows Phone and Silverlight next.
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Live from PDC 09 Keynote

We are here, 20 people from Sela Group, wearing blue, waiting for the PDC 09 keynote to begin. The hall is full of people, and there are many other entering, seeking a seat. Comparing to PDC 08, there are less people, and its of course due to the economic situation, but the decoration here in the hall is awesome, and we’ve already got 3D glasses… I’m too curious to know why. Ozzie is here… please excuse me, I’ve got something to do here… :-)
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