Register for PDD before 27 February to receive the discount rate of £219 + VAT. The Professional Developers’ Day (PDD) is a Microsoft exclusive, single-day event designed to give you an early preview of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework v4.0 as unveiled at the 2008 Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles. We guarantee there will be no slides and no marketing fluff. Instead we’ll be delivering lots of code and lots of demos using the very latest technologies from Microsoft, including samples and more for you to take away. With so much new technology to choose from we have split the day into 10 self-contained sessions, each digging surprisingly deeply into what we believe are the most relevant and impactful changes in the .NET Framework and Visual Studio. Our goal is to ensure you finish the day able to identify which technologies will help you deliver better solutions in the future and hence focus your own research time in the right areas. And to add to the fun, we’ll be showcasing a range of ‘after hours’ technologies in the Expo area, including XNA, robotics, and Photosynth.
MSDN: Catch Up with Microsoft Rich Client Technologies for 2008
In this half-day session we’ll do a refresh of the technologies that we can use to build rich, interactive clients with .NET in 2008. We’ll take a look at how we can be cross-platform, cross-browser with Silverlight 2 and yet get the full development experience of a .NET application and then we’ll explore how we can take that further with the Windows Presentation Foundation V3.5 Service Pack 1 which allows for the richest, most-productive development model for Windows applications. There’ll be lots of demos and code as we bring you bang-up-to-date with what’s happening in the world of Microsoft clients.
Silverlight 2: From Scratch
Haven’t seen or experimented with Silverlight 2? This session is for you. We’ll explain the platform’s capabilities for rich, internet applications and we’ll look at how you go about building applications using a combination of the XAML language and the .NET Framework. Along the way, we’ll look at the major stepping stones like how we can make use of the network, how we can make use of the filesystem, how we can re-use and make use of existing controls and we’ll look at the controls that come “in the box” along with the ones in the Silverlight Toolkit on CodePlex. We’ll also look at the tooling involved in building a Silverlight 2 application with Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and Expression Blend 2 Service Pack 1.
Windows Presentation Foundation: From Scratch
New to WPF? Coming back to the world of “rich client” after building web applications? In this session we’ll do a refresh of what Windows Presentation Foundation is, what its core capabilities are and how we build applications using a combination of the XAML language and the .NET Framework. We’ll bring this bang up-to-date by having a look at what’s new for WPF since its original release in 2006 and we’ll look at some of the newer developments such as the WPF Toolkit with its DataGrid and Ribbon controls on CodePlex.