Beantown .NET Northeast MSDN Roadshow

image The Beantown.NET User Group and the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (aka NERD) are teaming up to bring you a special community edition of the Northeast Roadshow featuring your favorite Developer Evangelists, Chris Bowen and myself.

Here’s the details:

When: Monday, Sept. 28th
1 – 6 p.m.
Where: Microsoft NERD (Horace Mann Room)
1 Memorial Drive
Cambridge MA
How: Register here!


It’s the same great content, as you can see below, just a different host and registration process.

12:30 - Doors open for registration 

1:00 - Essential Patterns, Practically Served

Design patterns, they’re important but often presented with unappetizing formality, like getting only the oat bits from a box of marshmallow cereal.  We’ll sample a small set of key patterns, but also show you how free frameworks and tools (such as Enterprise Library, Prism, Unity, Velocity, and others) put each of those patterns directly into practice – so you can too.  You’ll leave with a mind full of practical technology and a healthy understanding of how to turn underlying patterns into recipes for success.

2:15 - 7-Up(grade) Your Applications

Refresh your existing applications by pouring in some the new features of Windows 7 via the managed-code Windows API Code Pack.  We’ll quench your thirst for how to incorporate the Taskbar, jumplists, and Libraries by taking the cap off an existing Windows Forms application and adding new capabilities, all the while retaining compatibility for your XP and Vista users.  We’ll have you bubbling with excitement, able to give your applications that extra pop.

3:30 - Silverlight Snacks that Satisfy

There’s a generous amount of delicious ingredients in Silverlight 3 and we’re going to focus deeply on some of the most enriching.  We’re going beyond the standard fare in this code-heavy session to create an application that leverages the new out-of-browser and offline execution features, local and remote connections, local data storage, and more.  You’ll see that Silverlight 3 applications can be fortified with features so they can go well beyond being eye candy.

4:45 - Chips off the .NET Block

As seasoned developers, we know there’s a mix of options on the trail to implementing requirements.  From staples like value types vs. reference types, interfaces vs. classes, Strings vs. StringBuilder, to other more exotic ingredients you may have yet tried, this session will dip into ways to leverage .NET, offering a taste of the impact they have on code execution, performance, and extensibility.

5:50 – “Check Please!”

We’ll box any leftovers, collect your comment cards, and distribute an array of giveaways.

6:00 –  Impromptu Geek Gathering at nearby watering hole

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