MSDN Event in Iselin, NJ Tomorrow: Tuesday, December 4th

Just a reminder, if folks weren't aware already, there is an MSDN Event coming to the Microsoft office in Iselin, NJ tomorrow afternoon.  This is part of the series of developer events going on across the country hosted by Microsoft Across America. 

Here are the details:

Microsoft Office - Iselin, NJ


Microsoft Corporation

194 Wood Avenue South (Prudential Building)
6th Floor
Iselin, New Jersey 08830

Directions: Click here!


Tuesday, December 04, 2007 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Welcome Time: 12:30 PM



Event Overview

Microsoft Across AmericaEnjoy an all-access tour through some of today’s hottest technologies with MSDN Events. Glimpse the future of Web development with a tour of the hot new features in Visual Studio 2008. See how to power up your Silverlight solutions using AJAX and wrap it all up in easy to work with ASP.NET server controls. Plus get a sneak peek at Microsoft code-name “Astoria” which enables you to easily create and consume Data Services for the Web. Mark your calendar now for these live, free sessions in your local area. Register today.

Session 1: What’s New for Web Development in Visual Studio 2008

The next version of Visual Studio, Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008, will provide an industry-leading developer experience for Windows Vista and the Web, while continuing the Microsoft tradition of development language innovations. In this session, you’ll get a VIP tour through the tools and features for Web development in Visual Studio 2008. You’ll discover how the all-new Web designer easily manages CSS and experience the powerful IntelliSense for JavaScript – including type inference and support for external libraries. Next up, we’ll put the JavaScript debugger through its paces and cover several effective new server controls, plus the basics of LINQ in Web applications, creating and consuming WCF services, and much more. Finally, we’ll touch on several simple but powerful benefits, such as targeting multiple versions of the .NET Framework and support for nested master pages. Witness the future of Web development with Visual Studio 2008.

We’ll cover:

  • The new tools, features and innovations in Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Enhancements including the new Web designer and IntelliSense for JavaScript
  • Powerful benefits of ASP.NET 3.5 and its support for AJAX and nested master pages

Session 2: A New Paradigm for Data Development with Web Based Data Services

Building the next generation of Web applications requires a next generation way of accessing data. Join us and learn about the latest data access technologies that will change how you architect Web applications. In this session, we’ll explore the ADO.NET Entity Framework and Microsoft codename "Astoria." We’ll see how the Entity Framework raises the level of abstraction when programming data-aware applications, and how Astoria enables developers to create and consume Data Services for the Web, exposing them over a simple HTTP interface that can be consumed by various Web applications. You’ll also learn to develop AJAX-based Web sites and Rich Interactive Applications using the Astoria client libraries.

We'll cover:

  • The basics of the ADO.NET Entity Framework
  • How to create flexible mapping from databases to objects
  • Exposing your data as RESTful data services
  • Easily retrieving and updating data over HTTP
  • Using Astoria in AJAX-based and Rich Interactive Applications

Session 3: Building Rich, Dynamic Web Experiences with Microsoft Silverlight, ASP.NET and ASP.NET AJAX

Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight’s architecture enables you to take advantage of the latest web development techniques, because the rendered objects are full-fledged members of the HTML document in the browser. This session will highlight how you can enhance Silverlight applications by applying these techniques. We’ll explore how to use ASP.NET AJAX to provide dynamic updating and asynchronous server communications for a Silverlight object in a web page. We'll show you how to build ASP.NET AJAX controls (server and client-side components) to encapsulate the XAML, Javascript, ASP.NET code and managed code that comprise the Silverlight object, allowing you to incrementally enrich your ASP.NET applications while preserving a familiar control-based programming model. You’ll also get a sneak peek at some Silverlight server controls that are part of the ASP.NET Futures project.

This session will cover:

  • Using ASP.NET AJAX to obtain data and update a Silverlight asset
  • Building an ASP.NET control to deliver Silverlight assets to a Web browser
  • Communicating with managed code within a Silverlight asset from Javascript in the browser
  • Using the Silverlight controls in the ASP.NET Futures release

Make a full day of it! Register for the TechNet session in the morning for great information for IT professionals.

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