Sunday, December 5, 2010

MS Tech ED 2010 Day 1, Tuesday November 9, 2010

Getting your Return on Investment with Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0

Speaker: Drew Robbins
Timeslot: 09:00-10:00


  • It’s possible to run .NET 4.0 side-by-side with older .NET frameworks. It’s also possible to install VS 2010 side-by-side with older Visual Studio versions.
  • With an application manifest file it’s possible to force existing .NET applications to use the new .NET Framework 4.0
  • Starting with the .NET Framework version 4, you can use in-process side-by-side hosting to run multiple versions of the common language runtime (CLR) in a single process. By default, managed COM components run with the .NET Framework version they were built with, regardless of the .NET Framework version that is loaded for the process.
  • Install Visual Studio 2010 trough the new Web Platform Installer: 
  • The .NET 4.0 Client profile has been reduced in download size:
    • 28 MB for x86 platform only
    • 41 MB for x86+X64 platforms
  • A new Enterprise Framework (version 4.0):
  • Introduction of Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF)

Building Data Visualization Applications with WPF & Silverlight

Speaker: Tim Huckaby
Timeslot: 10:30-11:30


Seen a few interesting demos showing the power of WPF/SilverLight and the Microsoft Surface device:

Windows Azure Boot Camp, Part 1

Speaker: Brian Prince
Link: n.a.
Timeslot: 12:00-13:00


  • If anyone wants to give a Windows Azure Boot Camp within his/her own company, take a look at: The Windows Azure Boot Camp team is helpful in supplying training material and free hours on “the cloud” for training purposes.
  • The GreyBox application is designed to alert a user if their Windows Azure compute services are currently running, or are even simply deployed. Great for Azure speakers and POCs you don't want left running:

The Total Noob’s Guide Windows Workflow Foundation 4

Speaker: Max Knorr (
Timeslot: 14:30-15:30


  • WF basically is a visual programming language.
  • Activity can be seen as a control
  • Activity consists of “work to be done” and data.
  • Learned something new along this demonstration about code-snippets with CTRL K,X in Visual Studio:
  • Different kind of activities
    • CodeActivity
    • AsyncCodeActivity
    • NativeActivity
    • DynamicActivity
    • CodeActivity<TResult>
    • AsyncCodeActivity<TResult>
    • NativeActivity<TResult>
    • DynamicActivity<TResult>
  • Windows Workflow foundation can be hosted in AppFabric (which in turn is build on IIS 7).

Tips & Tricks: Visual Studio 2010 IDE & Extensions

Speaker: Chris Dias
Timeslot: 16:30-17:30


10 Things Every New Silverlight and WPF Developer Must Know

Speaker: Pete Brown
Timeslot: 18:00-19:00


  • Very little new stuff for me as a experienced WPF developer.

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