Scott Guthrie in Belgium – event write up and links

Last Friday December 4th we had the pleasure to have Scott Guthrie visit Belgium after a few other European countries. For this visit we setup a full afternoon event together with the Visual Studio User Group (VISUG) at a Brussels movie theater. In this post I’m giving you an overview of the events and some resources that might be helpful if you want to go further. The sessions were not recorded.

Setting up an event registration just a few weeks beforehand is not always feasible, however in the case of the session with Scott Guthrie we were fully booked even a week before the event date! Hopefully not too many people got left behind.

The red polo shirts

We need to say something about the red polo shirts. For the occasion we had foreseen red polo's for all attendees as a gig since Scott is quite known for wearing a red polo shirt when presenting. I think this was well received by the audience, we could see smiles all over :-)

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Luc Van de Velde kicked off the sessions and showed the video made for MIX09 which also is all about the red polo. Check out the video for yourself: Channel9, how Scott Guthrie prepares for MIX09 keynote.
I think Scott Guthrie was pretty surprised to see a full red room but nicely surprised we hope!

Check out all the pictures of the event on the Live Gallery - Scott Guthrie in Belgium - 4 December 2009.
The VISUG guys also recorded some interviews with attendees so keep an eye on their site.

Session 1: Visual Studio 2010 and ASP.NET 4.0 Web Development

In this session Scott did an overview of the newest features in the Visual Studio 2010 Beta IDE, web development settings and overview of ASP.NET 4. This includes improvements in ViewState, CSS rendering, URL Rewriting for WebForms and more. You can download the PowerPoint presentation as well as the demos from Scott Guthries blog.

What next?

To get started with Visual Studio 2010 yourself there’s quite some material online.

  1. Start by installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. There is a full version as well as an Express edition.
  2. Follow the hands-on labs and video tutorials on Channel9’s ASP.NET 4 Training Course.
  3. Check out the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 Walkthroughs on MSDN.
  4. Read Scott’s blog post series on VS 2010 and .NET 4.

Session 2: Silverlight 4

Silverlight 4 Beta was announced during PDC keynote last November. Scott talked us through the major improvements in Silverlight 4 and showed us some very cool demos including the webcam with effects and a Facebook client in Silverlight Out-of-Browser mode. Download the PowerPoint presentation from Scott Guthries blog.
Webcam demo 
You can have a look at most of the demos by watching the PDC Day 2 Keynote online – check as from 0:53 for Scott’s part.

What next?

  1. Download and install Silverlight 4 developer runtime and Tools for Visual Studio, as well as Expression Blend 4 Preview. You can find all the links here.
  2. Read Tim Heuer’s overview post on Silverlight 4
  3. Watch up to 18 videos on the different Silverlight 4 functionalities
  4. Read Gill Cleeren’s Silverlight 4 Advent calendar – a post a day!

Session 3: ASP.NET MVC

In this session Scott started to introduce ASP.NET MVC by going through the process of creating a new ASP.NET MVC application and then moving on to what is new in ASP.NET MVC 2.
ASP.NET MCV lets you develop without using WebForms but still leaning on the capabilities of ASP.NET Core framework (for example Membership & authentication). It’s a different approach following the Model View Controller pattern in which you have higher testability, a clearer separation of concerns and basically much more direct access to the HTML. WebForms sometimes abstracts part of that.
Download the PowerPoint presentation and a walkthrough from Scott Guthries blog.

What next?

  1. Download ASP.NET MVC directly. It is also part of the Visual Studio 2010 Beta install.
  2. Start with learning how to use ASP.NET MVC by reading the tutorials or watching videos on ASP.NET MVC Learning center
  3. A good read are the posts by Belgian MVP Maarten Balliauw who also wrote a book on the subject.
  4. Phil Haack’s blog is also a great resource to check out.

To conclude, I really had a great time following Scott’s sessions and I’m pretty positive everyone present at the event did the same. Now let’s all dive into it!

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