Community Nights at VS Live – Tonight, 9/8 & Tomorrow, 9/9

VSLive VSLive! is going on right now this week in Brooklyn, NY.  VSLive! is a technology conference dedicated to the entire Microsoft stack. This year they're covering many of the very recent technologies and "Cloud" computing offerings, including Silverlight 2.0, SQL Server Data Services, SQL Server 2008, the Entity Framework, LINQ, ASP.NET Data Services, ASP.NET Dynamic Data and ASP.NET MVC, IIS7 and IE 8.  The VSLive! folks are also covering longer-standing technology including core ASP.NET development, Team System and Team Foundation Server.

The show is September 7th-10th at the Brooklyn Marriott.  You can see the conference’s web site at:

While VSLive! does have a registration fee, they are hosting two FREE evenings of bonus content. Come on over to the Brooklyn Marriott tonight and tomorrow night for VSLive Community Nights.  Both evenings are open and free of charge to the local developer community. There will be presentations on F#, WPF, ASP.NET MVC, BizTalk and more.  The speakers include members of Microsoft’s team (from Redmond, the local Developer Platform Evangelism group and Microsoft Consulting Services) as well as two of our local user group members.

Check out the line-up below:

Community Night #1: Monday, September 8th

Introduction to F#

Luke Hoban, Program Manager, F#

Monday, September 8 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

F# is a new programming language for the .NET platform, which has recently moved from incubation in Microsoft Research to productization by Microsoft Developer Division.  It targets the needs of the scientific, technical and financial computing space, as well as the needs of concurrent application developers and others interested in functional programming for .NET.  It combines the succinctness, expressivity, and compositionality of typed functional programming with the runtime support, libraries, interoperability, tools, and object model of .NET.  This brownbag will introduce the F# language, library and tools and show some examples of domains in which F# is being used successfully today.

Community Night #2: Monday, September 8th

Advanced Topic of BizTalk Mapping

Alex Star

Tuesday, September 9 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

BizTalk - related demo: "Advanced topic of BizTalk mapping" where I could show how to use build- in VisualStudio 2005/2008 XSLT debugger as an alternative to BizTalk map editor in the case of the really complex map scenario. I am thinking about 30 - 40 min presentation. Of course, I should start with a short introduction to BizTalk and probably, BizTalk for financial industry where mapping functionality is probably, the most useful.

Moving from WPF to Winforms

Ravindra Okade

Tuesday, September 9 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Why move to WPF ?
  • Do we have a (good) WPF Designer ?
  • What built-in controls are available in WPF ?
  • Can I extend existing controls ?
  • Can I write user controls and custom controls in WPF ?
  • About WPF Resources
  • About WPF Styles and Templates
  • What third party controls are available in WPF ?
  • If time permits: Writing your own WPF list control
  • If time permits: Quick intro to animation in WPF
  • WPF resources

Developer Tools: Visual Studio and Beyond

Dmitry Lyalin

Tuesday, September 9 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Every profession from doctors to carpenters has a “toolkit”. These tools tend to be essential, well known and even a part of the standard training process. In the .NET arena numerous tools exist but are often overlooked by Developers. This presentation hopes to change people views on tools by reviewing those available as part of Visual Studio 2008 and beyond such as Fiddler2, IE Developer Toolbar, IE8 Developers Tools and more. If you’re not a big tool user than this high-level presentation is for you.


Peter Laudati

Tuesday, September 9 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

When it comes to design patterns, the MVC is the granddaddy of them all. First described in the late 70s, the MVC pattern remains very popular in the world of web applications today. In October 2007, Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie announced a new Model View Controller (MVC) Framework for ASP.NET. Ever since then, posts about it have spread about it like wildfire through the .NET blogosphere. There's usually at least 2-3 MVC stories a day that show up on DotNetKicks. At several tech conferences and community events around the country, MVC sessions have been standing room only. Just what is the MVC Framework, and why are developers so excited about it?

Join us as Peter Laudati, Developer Evangelist from Microsoft, breaks the MVC framework down for you. Peter will give us a quick tour of the framework, then peel back the layers and dive deeper into how it works. As part of that, he’ll spend time discussing the design and development practices that lead to the creation of the MVC framework. ASP.NET MVC provides a framework that enables you to easily implement the model-view-controller (MVC) pattern for Web applications. This pattern lets you separate applications into loosely coupled, pluggable components for application design.

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