Raleigh OData Workshop with Chris Woodruff on June 2, 2010

Save the date! Please plan to join us on Wednesday, June 2, at 8:30
AM at the Jane S. McKimmon Conference & Training Center for an OData workshop.

Free registration: http://odataworkshop.eventbrite.com/

Recommended Audiences: Solution Architects, Software Developers,
Developers, Architects


The Open Data Protocol (OData) is an open protocol for sharing data. It provides a
way to break down data silos and increase the shared value of data by creating an
ecosystem in which data consumers can interoperate with data producers in a way that
is far more powerful than currently possible, enabling more applications to make sense
of a broader set of data. Every producer and consumer of data that participates in
this ecosystem increases its overall value.

OData is consistent with the way the Web works – it makes a deep commitment to URIs
for resource identification and commits to an HTTP-based, uniform interface for interacting
with those resources (just like the Web).   This commitment to core Web
principles allows OData to enable a new level of data integration and interoperability
across a broad range of clients, servers, services, and tools.

OData is released under the Open
Specification Promise
to allow anyone to freely interoperate with OData implementations.

In this talk Chris will provide an in depth knowledge to this protocol, how to consume
a OData service and finally how to implement an OData service on Windows using the
WCF Data Services product.


· Introductions (5 minutes)
· Overview of OData (10 minutes)
· The OData Protocol (1 hour)
· 15 minute break
· Producing OData Feeds (1 hour)
· Consuming OData Feeds (1 hour)


Chris Woodruff (or Woody as he is commonly known as) has a degree in Computer Science
from Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. Woody has been developing
and architecting software solutions for almost 15 years and has worked in many different
platforms and tools. He is a community leader, helping such events as Day of .NET
Ann Arbor, West Michigan Day of .NET and CodeMash. He was also instrumental in bringing
the popular Give Camp event to Western Michigan where technology professionals lend
their time and development expertise to assist local non-profits. As a speaker and
podcaster, Woody has spoken and discussed a variety of topics, including database
design and open source. He is a Microsoft MVP in Data Platform Development. Woody
works at RCM Technologies in Grand Rapids, MI as a Principal Consultant.

Woody is the co-host of the popular podcast “Deep Fried Bytes” and blogs at www.chriswoodruff.com.
He is the President of the West Michigan .NET User Group and also is a co-founder
of the software architecture online portal nPlus1.org.

Woody has worked in many arenas throughout the years, including healthcare, manufacturing,
publishing, promotion execution and the automotive industry. He has experience with
starting and running new ventures, including past work with technology startups. Woody
continues to develop his expertise by learning & developing new technologies to
better meet the needs of his clients, while devoting his free time to improving the
development community at large, and giving back to the community in which he lives.

Silverlight 4 Training

On the heels of the release of Silverlight 4, Adam Kinney and John Papa have put together
an online Silverlight
4 training course over on Channel 9
. Units in the course cover the new features
in SL4 as well focusing in on how many of the new features enable Silvelright base
line of business (LOB) applications. They dive into WCF Ria Services, User Registration
and Authentication, Drop Target, Webcam, Clipboard, Printing, and even MEF. Download
the Silverlight 4 Training
kit FOR FFREE and get up to speed quickly and all the
new goodness.


DotNetRocks is coming to town May 6th

Now better watch out,
you better code right.
You better test first
and refactor that right!
Carl and Richard are coming to town!

The .NET Rocks! Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip RTP

The .NET Rocks! Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip is headed back to RTP for a special LIVE
event Thursday May6th and will be joined by a special surprise guest. If you’re still
kicking yourself for missing them last time, sign up before it’s too late to see them
again this time!

Where are they now?


What’s this all about? (Their text)

Carl and Richard are loading up the DotNetMobile (a
30 foot RV) and driving to your town again to show off the latest and greatest in
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0!

And to make the night even more fun, we’re going to bring a mystery rock star from
the Visual Studio world to the event and interview them for a special .NET Rocks Road
Trip show series.

Along the way we’ll be giving away some great prizes, showing off some awesome technology
and having a ton of laughs.

So come out to the most fun you can have in a geeky evening – and find out what’s
new and cool in Visual Studio 2010!

Register to attend! (The event
is FREE, but you must register to attend!)


Silverlight 4 Arrives Today! Go, download, create, enjoy!

Today on the Official Microsoft Silverlight site http://www.silverlight.net is
the announcement we have all been waiting for:


It’s been just three short years since the first release of Silverlight, and truly
amazing to see where things are at. I’ve been extremely privileged to have had opportunities
to work with the product team along the way through a number of releases now, and
it’s been a remarkable experience. The teams involved represent an amazing group of
talented individuals  with an unbelievable passion for their work, and it shows.
My hat goes off to each an every one of them for being a part of reaching such a major
milestone in a very short period of time. Well done my friends, well done!

Silverlight 4 is a major release with many new features including:

Local Fonts, Printing, Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF), Webcam and Microphone
support, Audio/Video Output protection, Multitask Networking, Offline DRM, Trusted
Applications, IDistpatch COM interop, Group policy object support, Full keyboard in
out-of-browser for trusted applications, Cross-domain network access for trusted applications,
Custom window Chrome, Out of browser window settings (Position, size, etc), Web Browser
Control and Web Browser Brush, Notification Toast, and Right-to-Left / BiDi text.

In addition, Silverlight’s support for major browsers included Firefox, Safari, IE
has been increased to include Google Chrome on both the Mac and Windows.

As you download the RTW (Release To Web) of the client, you may notice that some of
the tools downloads are still RC. Fear not, the runtime is the finished SL4, but because
the tools needed the runtime to complete before the could do a final wrap there’s
a slight lag. Rather than wait to release everything, these pretty darn close to final
tools (My words, not theirs) have been made available at the same time as the completed
runtime so we can all get our SL 4 apps built for RTW and out on the web, with the
final versions  of the tools expected in the near future as a “minor update”.
(Tim Heuer has more details in the this post Silverlight
4 released. Availability of tools announcement

The Silverlight Toolkit has also been updated with an April 2010 release which has
a number of enhancements including new Charting Controls, a new Context Menu control,
new Themes, a new PanelDragDropTarget, as well as other improvements. For more information
check out the Silverlight
Toolkit April 2010 changes

Now go my friends and code!


Get On The Bus!



The Windows 7 / Office 2010 Bus Tour is going to be making it’s way through North
Carolina in June (Raleigh June 2, Charlotte June 3) and is a great opportunity to
learn more about both products from some great speakers, including Mr. TalkingAboutWindows himself
Stephen Rose.


See you on the bus!


Get your Bus Tour updates first! Follow us on Twitter @thebustour

What’s new in Silverlight 4?

With the release of Silverlight 4 quickly approaching, there is more excitement than
every around developing with Silverlight. While there’s a wealth of information all
over the place on new features and how to do things, I strongly encourage anybody
looking for Silverlight 4 information to start here:

What’s New in Silverlight 4?


Want to know the feature-by-feature ‘what’s new’ information? Read the What’s
new in Silverlight 4 whitepaper
for more detailed technical information.

Silverlight 4 delivers a full suite of powerful capabilities to business application
developers, bringing the best-of-breed .NET platform to browser-based experiences.
Silverlight provides an ideal platform for developing and deploying modern business
applications for both customer facing and staff-facing applications.