Longhorn Server cooking on gas


Over the last few months the team has been working hard on the development of a cool new demo which brings together a lot of the capabilities available in Windows Server codename “Longhorn”. The demo, videos, documentation and source code can be found at http://www.dinnernow.net . We launched this last week, and amazingly we have had over 2,500 downloads in the first week. At 30MB a download, this is a lot of bandwidth.

This new demo called DinnerNow is a factious online marketplace where consumers can order food from a variety of restaurants. We built a number of labs to show people how they can achieve this with their applications, that we would love to get feedback on.  This demo has recently been demonstrated at several events including Vista & Office Launch events in the U.S. and many other events around the world with great feedback. Check out what we are doing…

What are the ingredients of the application (or rather what are we not using )?

Specifically, the DinnerNow sample application features:

  • .NET Framework 3.0 technologies – WF, WCF, WPF, and Windows CardSpace
  • Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn” technologies such as Windows Sidebar, Windows Eventing 6, and the Transactional File System.
  • Web technologies such as ASP.Net Ajax, IIS7, and Virtual Earth
  • Management technologies including Windows PowerShell, MMC, and PowerGadgets
  • Linq, .NET Compact Framework, and PowerGadgets

Download DinnerNow!

We released all of the source code, documentation, and scripts for the DinnerNow.net sample application to the community on CodePlex and we plan to keep this up to date each week as we and or fix some of the capabilities. All of the source code has been packaged up as a “ready-to-run” MSI with PowerShell scripts for building and configuring the various components of the application.  The MSI also includes a custom dependency checker developed by David Aiken from the team.   The dependency checker will help ensure that developers have the correct components (.NET Framework 3.0, Linq, etc.) installed on their machine.      

You can download the DinnerNow MSI from CodePlex at http://www.codeplex.com/dinnernow.   You can also find links to other DinnerNow resources, including the first DinnerNow screencast at http://www.dinnernow.net.

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