Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow - Back for More!

We're back in the saddle again, gearing up for another five-city tour to bring deep technical content to a projection screen near you!

Dates, locations, and registration links are at the bottom of this post.

Note that we've changed venues from Farmington to Hartford, CT and Manchester to Nashua, NH.

See you on the road!



Bob Familiar and Chris Bowen are two guys who love to write code and can’t stop talking about it. And now they’ve decided to take their long winded rants and questionable demos to a city near you. And if you were at our last event, you know the line about questionable demos is no joke!

AGENDA: AJAX, Extensible Scrubbing Bubbles and that Cross Browser Cleansing Motion
8:30am Arrive, check in, grab a nosh and a seat
9:00 – 10:15 XML and the Database
SQL Server 2005 offers architects and developers a slew of great features for creating data driven solutions. For this session we will focus on the XML features including XML Indexes, XQuery, the XML Datatype, the FOR XML clause and validating XML within the database using XSD. The use cases for these XML capabilities will also be discussed.
10:15 – 10:30 <Break />
10:30 – 12:00 What’s New From The Patterns & Practices Group?
Like doing things the hard way? Well, unfortunately for you this session is all about making your life as a developer or architect easier. The Patterns & Practices group keeps churning out great tools, reference code, and guidance to show you Microsoft's recommendations for designing, developing and deploying great applications. We'll cover Enterprise Library 3.0, various Software Factories, the Guidance Automation Toolkit and more, explaining how they could fit in with your development efforts. If you suddenly find the hard way less thrilling, don't say we didn't warn you!
12:00-1:00 Grab a lunch and search for patterns in the carpet
1:00 – 2:15 Microsoft Silverlight (aka Windows Presentation Foundation / Everywhere)
At our last meeting, we dug into the Windows Presentation Foundation, a .Net Framework development library that sits overtop of DirectX allowing one to create the next generation of Windows user interfaces using advanced graphics, animation, rich documents and multimedia along with traditional UI controls. Windows Silverlight is a subset of the capabilities of WPF that can be used within browser based applications on the PC and the Mac. This session will discuss the architecture of Microsoft Silverlight and demonstrate how integrate XAML into your browser-based applications.
2:15-2:30 Take a break and animate
2:30 – 3:45 ASP.NET AJAX – Going Deeper
If you're developing applications for the web, you've likely heard about AJAX and how it can improve the usability and functionality of your site. In this session, we'll quickly introduce the main concepts of ASP.NET AJAX and then we'll roll up our sleeves for other details that will help you when you're in the trenches with AJAX. We'll talk about the client side library, Silverlight (formerly codenamed WPF/E) integration, enabling and invoking server methods and web services, debugging, best practices and more.
3:45 – 4:00 Zune Giveaway


Location Date Time Registration
Sheraton Burlington Hotel May 8th, 2007 8:30am-4:00pm Register!
870 Williston Road  
Burlington Vermont Event ID:
RIT INN & Conference Center May 10th, 2007 8:30am-4:00pm Register!
5257 Henrietta Road  
W. Henrietta New York Event ID:
Sheraton Hartford Hotel May 14th, 2007 8:30am-4:00pm Register!
100 East River Drive  
Hartford Connecticut Event ID:
MESDA May 15th, 2007 8:30am-4:00pm Register!
 506 Main Street  
Westbrook, ME 04092 Event ID:
Sheraton Nashua Hotel May 17th, 2007 8:30am-4:00pm Register!
11 Tara Boulevard  
Nashua New Hampshire Event ID: