Volume 1 Issue 7
| Tena Koutou Katoa, |
I learned something else new things this week. How to embed an image into an email:
| PDC - Developers Developers Developers! |
Editorial: Nigel Parker
Dear MSDN Flash readers,
As you may very well be aware the PDC (Professional Developers Conference) ran last week in LA. I have been waking up early to watch the keynotes live each day. For experiencing the event virtually I have come to the conclusion that the PDC this year is full of surprises, inspiration and opportunity.
There is a flood of exciting announcements to absorb so I'm only going to focus on two key ones in this editorial.
Windows Azure featured heavily on day one of the conference. I particularly liked the introduction of SQL Azure Data Sync to connect on-premises data to SQL Azure and Windows Azure storage. If you want to see more detail please check my blog.
The Windows Azure platform is set to start commercial operation in New Zealand on the 1st Feb so now is the time to start looking closely at this technology. Beginning Jan 2010, new customers will be able to sign up to access services on the Windows Azure platform. If you want access to the platform before Jan I recommend that you come along to the Azure UNPLUGGED event in December where Mike & Ryan will be distributing CTP tokens to developers looking for early access.
On day two the big announcement was the release of the Beta of Silverlight 4. Silverlight 4 introduces a bunch of new enhancements that you have all been asking for including mic/ webcam support, printing and shared assemblies without separate compile step between SL4 and .NET 4! Again please check my blog for more details of this release.
Talking Silverlight I thought I'd take the time to talk about an exciting new exhibition that Te Papa museum is running that leverages Silverlight 3. Kura Pounamu consists of an interactive touch kiosk within the museum and an online version showcasing a collection of New Zealand stone carvings.
Of course there were many more topics covered at the PDC and all 150+ sessions from the event are available to download free of charge right now!
My boss Scott Wylie was lucky enough to be up in LA at the event and he has also shared a great summary of his experiences.
Thanks for reading!
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The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees was absent but had not phoned in sick one day. Needing to have an urgent problem with one of the main computers resolved, he dialled the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whisper.
"Is your daddy home?" he asked.
"Yes," whispered the small voice.
"May I talk with him?"
The child whispered, "No."
Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, "Is your Mummy there?" "Yes"
"May I talk with her?" Again the small voice whispered, "No"
Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, "Is anybody else there?"
"Yes," whispered the child, "a policeman."
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked, "May I speak with the policeman?"
"No, he's busy," whispered the child.
"Busy doing what?"
"Talking to Daddy and Mummy and the Fireman," came the whispered answer.
Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, "What is that noise?"
"A helicopter" answered the whispering voice.
"What is going on there?" demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive. Again, whispering, the child answered,
"The search team just landed a helicopter"
Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, "What are they searching for?"
Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle.
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Welcome to my technical blog.
Here, I attempt to distill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer knowledge I have accumulated since first qualifying MCP in 1996. This blog started on 13 September 2007 as an off-shoot from my mixed up personal blog. But it took a shot in the arm from Scott Hanselman's talk at TechEd New Zealand 08 "32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less".