RDU .NET User Experience Group

Just a [late] reminder the the RDU .NET User Experience group will be meeting at 6:00
pm next on Tuesday May 27, 2008 at 1143 Executive Circle, Suite H, Cary, 27511.

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Local Microsoft Regional Director Jim Duffy will be presenting highlights of from
a recent day long Silverlight 2 training presentation on Building Line of Business
(LOB) Applications with Silverlight 2.

If you’re interested in WPF, Silverlight, and issues surrounding Rich Interactive
Applications you’ll want to check it out.

If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP by sending me a note or leaving a comment.

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Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 Beta

Today ScottGu announced
on his blog
the release of a public beta of the upcoming .NET 3.5 SP1 and VS 2008
SP1 releases planned for “this summer as free updates”

There are a few important installation notes, and a reminder that this is a beta,
but there are also a bunch of very cool improvements. Scott’s
blog post
goes into many of the details for web developers and VS2008 in general
and Tim
has a post
going into specifics relating to WPF.

Download links of goodness:

Karl on Metadata

In a recent blog
, Karl takes us on a journey to Metadata Island. (From the pictures,
it looks like a place I would like to visit frequently!). Though his post and accompanying
Silverlight videos he brings up a number of very valid points regarding the use of
existing metadata to make development faster.

A big pain point in development is duplication of efforts, and even in simple cases
it can eat up a lot of time very quickly. Consider creating a simple database entry
form. We’re first creating a database table with field names, we then construct a
data layer of some sort to read and write to those field names, we then add textbox
(or other) controls to a form facilitate the data entry/edits, and then usually create
labels (again using the field names), tools tips are added, data validation. To Karl’s
point, all of this information lived in the database already, or possibly even in
a specification document prior to the database being created.

More tooling support would be great. Or at least some consistent tooling, as I know
we’ve all written code to do a variety of these tasks in the past, but never really
in coordination with VS.

[Karl's form generator]

[Karl’s form generator]

As we go forward, I hope that we see a lot of innovation in this space. I think there
are a lot of opportunities as WPF and Silverlight push into line of business applications.


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Charlotte Enterprise Developers Guild: Spring Code Camp 2008

Bill and the gang down in Charlotte have opened up registration for their spring Code
Camp on Sat May 17th. A number of people from the Raleigh area are thinking of carpooling
down, and a number of us are speaking at the event. I will be presenting a session
on Silverlight 2 control customization.

Code Camps are a great way to get training on a variety of topics, as well as to meet
peers in the community and benefit from the energy and excitement that goes hand in
hand with these events.

To attend this event you must pre-register: http://www.developersguild.org/Default.aspx?tabid=240