Join Us for The Winter Northeast MSDN Roadshow!


Somewhere in Scenic Vermont

[UPDATE 11/19 - We've added New Hampshire to our tour for December 18th!]

We just couldn't take not being out on the road, talking about tech, so we're heading back out again in December for the Winter Northeast Roadshow! 

This, our seventh Roadshow, will feature a ton of great stuff like jQuery and ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX, WPF, WF, Silverlight and WCF/REST, and even some interesting things from Microsoft Research!

Join my fellow road and code warrior, Jim O'Neil and me for a relaxed day of deep content for developers and architects.  Oh, and it's free.

We're heading to six cities in December:

Most of our stops for the Fall Northeast Roadshow filled up, so if you're interested, register early.


[Times are for all events except Rochester, NY, which starts 30 minutes earlier.]

Roadshow at RIT 8:30 – Register, Grab Some Coffee, and Pull Up A Chair

9:00 - Morning TechUpdate

Before we dive into the sessions, we’ll take some time to update you on the latest news, tools and technology from the developer world.

9:15 - Turbo Boosting for Web Developers: Using jQuery and ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX

Like things that help you go faster? Of course! That’s why we’re focusing this session on the powerful set of features that jQuery and ASP.NET 3.5 offer web developers. We’ll get up to speed with jQuery, a popular open source JavaScript library with powerful features, a concise syntax with chained commands, but at the same time is fully extensible via a plugin-based architecture. Microsoft will be distributing jQuery (as-is) with Visual Studio going forward, and offers IntelliSense support for jQuery as well. We’ll complement that with a look at the latest in ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX with Visual Studio 2008 to provide extra code-writing acceleration along the way. Like hitting “Boost” in your favorite racing game, jQuery and ASP.NET 3.5 AJAX will have you speeding toward great rich internet applications in no time!

10:45 - Workflow Foundation (WF) Steals the Show

As Shakespeare put it, “All the world’s a stage”, and WPF and WCF love to bask in the limelight, but now it’s time for their cousin, Windows Workflow Foundation, to assume the leading role.  We’ll go beyond the usual introductory demos to show that, despite lacking a third letter in its acronym, WF is a very powerful environment for building robust and scalable applications that capture complex and real-world business processes.  From dashing good looks (a visual designer which you can even host in your own applications) to dazzling abilities such as new options for integration with WCF (both as a service provider and consumer), resumable programmable activities as building blocks, and built-in services for persistence, transactions, scheduling and tracking, WF is a standout performer for any application.  We’ll have Hamlet saying, “The Workflow’s the thing!”

In the Car on Lake Champlain 12:00 - Lunch in the Lab: A Look at Tools & Tech from Microsoft Research

Grab some lunch, get out your Bunsen burners and microscopes, and join us as we don lab coats and take a tour of the latest and greatest tools and technology from Microsoft Research. From developer tools that you can use today like CHESS and Pex, future tech like DryadLINQ, to the just plain cool of AutoCollage, Boku, and SecondLight, there’s a lot for us to experiment on. We promise not to set anything on fire in this lab, well, unless you ask nicely…

1:00 - Deeper into Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) has a rich set of features to create visually appealing, high-performance applications on the .NET Framework with declarative markup. And perhaps you’ve seen the “hello world” demos and get the general idea. But you say “Great! What else can I do with it?” Funny you should ask, because that’s exactly what this session is about. After a brief introduction to WPF, we’ll dive into the host of new features that .NET 3.5 Service Pack 1 has brought – enhanced 3D capabilities, Visual Studio designer improvements, and more. We’ll cover important WPF topics such as interoperability with WinForms and achieving reuse via resources, templates, and user controls. Finally, we’ll round out the talk by showing the new WPF Toolkit, including new WPF controls like Calendar, DatePicker, and DataGrid. Now, aren’t you glad you asked?

2:30 - Adventures in Data with Silverlight, WCF REST, and ADO.NET Data Services

You’ve heard that REST is the talk of the town (well, the really geeky part of town) these days, but what does it mean to you, someone who needs to get work DONE? Get ready to improve your Silverlight skills, because this session features a practical, code-based focus on the use of the new WCF REST Starter Kit, ADO.NET Data Services (formerly Astoria), and databinding techniques to tap the power of RESTful services.  A from-scratch implementation will be created, using Silverlight to build a data-centric application covering concepts such as the WebClient and HTTPWebRequest objects, syndication formats, cross domain policy, and data binding in XAML. 

3:50 – Wrapup, Evals, and Giveaways

Geek Gatherings

Albany Pump Station

It's always nice to unwind after a Roadshow, and we'd love to chat with other developers in the community, we're looking at our options for informal gatherings at local brewpubs and the like after each event (except Rochester, which will need to be the night before on 12/1).

Let us know if you have the "perfect place" to be social (and my personal preference, has good beer) in your city and we'll help get the word out! 


A huge thanks goes to the companies and organizations who volunteer their space for the Roadshow visits!

This time, we return to two venues that have been great hosts for previous Roadshows.  In Rochester, NY, we again descend upon Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Auditorium.  In Burlington, VT (well, Williston, actually), we return to Vermont Technical College.

In the Albany, NY area, Autotask has graciously offered their meeting facilities for the event. 

Last, but by no means least, thanks to great support by the developer community in Maine (and a 100% packed room last time!), we're running the Roadshow in the much larger Florian Auditorium at the Central Maine Commerce Center.

Every Roadshow we do quite honestly is a blast for us (well, once we're ready and out on the road,) and we hope you'll enjoy it too. 

We’ll see you soon!


Comments (14)
  1. Events says:

    From Chris Bowen's blog: "We just couldn't take not being out on the road, talking about

  2. Shawn Brandt says:

    Hey Chris.

    Love the roadshow, but how about a visit to Providence? Come on down!

  3. Chris Bowen says:


    We’re definitely looking into a RI visit!  Nothing firm at the moment, but it’s something we’d enjoy doing!



  4. Breaking news!  We’ve been able to arrange a visit to New Hampshire for the Winter Northeast Roadshow

  5. The Northeast Roadshow is comin’ back ‘round for the “winter” sessions.  (They obviously use a different

  6. Pruthvish says:

    Hey Chris, Is Maine one of the destinations for Winter Notheast RoadShow?

  7. Don says:

    Great job in Rochester yesterday.  Always great stuff from you guys!!!  Thanks.

  8. Chris Bowen says:


    Yep, we’re coming back to Maine.  We’ll be in Augusta on December 16th.  Hope to see you there!


  9. Dave Burke says:

    Northeast 2008-09 Winter MSDN Roadshow in Vermont!

  10. We’ll be descending upon Watch City Brewing in Waltham, MA on Monday (after spending the day running

  11. Jim and I are on the home stretch for the 2008 Winter Northeast Roadshow !  After four stops over

  12. The Winter Northeast Roadshow series has run its course!  Jim and I traveled about 2,000 miles to

  13. Jim , Bob and I are very excited to announce that we have a brand new home for northeastern US developers

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