Exploring the NextWeb

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On June 10th, Microsoft will be hosting a FREE seminar, presented by our friends at Pluralsight, on our NextWeb technologies – specifically ASP.NET, Silverlight and WPF.  Points of interest will include:

Here’s the text from the original invite that does a much better job than I could of explaining the event:

Join Microsoft and Pluralsight in a timely discussion on Next Web

In this seminar, you will take part in a technical exploration of the latest technologies Microsoft has to offer, and how you can take advantage of those technologies to provide a truly next-generation user experience in you Windows and web client applications. During the seminar, the instructor will guide you on a technical walkthrough of each technology, demonstrate the technologies' capabilities, and show the tools and techniques used to provide those capabilities.

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) -- WPF is Microsoft's next-generation presentation platform. WPF is built into Windows Vista and also runs on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. WPF allows rich client applications to take full advantage of the graphical capabilities of a modern PC. Its powerful and flexible programming model integrates support for flexible layout, high-quality text, resolution-independent graphics, animation, video and 3D. While it is designed to exploit the full capabilities of today's high-performance graphics cards, it offers high-level abstractions that offer great power to the developer for less development effort than ever before. Topics will include:

  • Framework Architecture and XAML
  • Controls and Layout
  • Data Binding
  • Styling and Templates
  • 2D and 3D Graphics
  • Animation
  • Building Custom Controls
  • Text, Typography, and Documents
  • Building Connected WPF Applications
  • Interoperability between WPF and Windows Forms

Microsoft Silverlight -- Silverlight is the Microsoft's latest technology for delivering rich, cross-platform, interactive experiences including video, audio, animation, and graphics for the Web and beyond. Utilizing a subset of XAML (eXtensible Application Markup Language)-based Windows Presentation Foundation technology, Silverlight enables the creation of content and applications that run within multiple browsers and across multiple operating systems (Windows and Macintosh) with a standard programming model. Consistent with Web architecture, the XAML markup is programmable using JavaScript (in version 1.0), or any .NET language (in version 2), and is able to work in tandem with ASP.NET Ajax. Topics will include:

  • Silverlight XAML
  • Input handling, scripting events
  • Graphics – shapes, text, images
  • Layout and Controls
  • Video and audio
  • Trigger-based Animation
  • Server communication – client-side HTTP networking, Web service calls
  • Data – caching data in the client
  • Browser integration
  • ASP.NET integration
  • Using Ajax and Silverlight together
  • Application deployment

ASP.NET -- ASP.NET has established itself as one of the most productive environments for building web applications and more developers are switching over every day. The 2.0 and 3.5 releases of ASP.NET builds on the same componentry of 1.1, improving productivity of developers even further by providing standard implementations of common Web application features like membership, persistent user profile, and Web parts, among others. With more than 50 new server-side controls and many new pieces of web infrastructure, ASP.NET brings more new features than any web development technology in recent memory. Topics will include:

  • Partial class code-behind model
  • Declarative data sources and the new data binding model
  • Security controls and the membership provider
  • Master pages and site templating
  • Themes and skins
  • Cross-page posting, caching, and form validation
  • Client-side scripting
  • Navigation controls and data sources
  • The new WebControls
  • New features of ASP.NET 3.5
  • Asynchronous pages and ASP.NET Ajax

If you are planning to be in or around the Dallas area on June 10th, please stop by our offices at

Microsoft (Las Colinas) Office
7000 SR-161 (George Bush Turnpike)
Building LC-1
Irving, TX 75039

You should also Register online if you’re planning to attend to make sure they reserve a seat for you.

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