Southern Fried Roadshow Coming Soon!

In about two weeks, we’ll be kicking off our next MSDN Southern Friend Roadshow – this time, hitting Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. 

Here’s the session lineup:

· Highlights of MIX 2009
There were many exciting announcements at MIX 2009 around Silverlight. This whirlwind session will introduce the new capabilities coming in Silverlight 3, including behaviors, new controls, and support for running Silverlight apps outside of the browser. We’ll also take groundbreaking improvements to the developer/designer workflow provided by the new features of Expression Blend 3, especially SketchFlow. Finally, we’ll explore how .NET RIA (Rich Internet Application) Services will change the way you write Silverlight applications that communicate with a server, eliminating disconnect between server and client libraries and streamlining development.

· Developing on and for Windows 7
Creating applications that are easy to use, visually appealing, and offer high performance is a challenge that developers face every day. In addition, developers crave a productive, responsive environment in which to work. This session highlights two key aspects of the forthcoming Windows 7 for developers. First, we’ll show you how key features of Windows 7 such as the new shortcut keys, multi monitor support and more will make Windows 7 a compelling choice for  your development machine OS, regardless of whether you’re building web apps or desktop apps. Then, we’ll explore how to build applications that take advantage of the new capabilities of Windows 7, without sacrificing support for earlier OS versions, enabling you to create engaging, user-friendly applications that take advantage of the latest PC capabilities.  We’ll look at the new Taskbar and Jump Lists, the Scenic Ribbon, file management with Libraries, and Windows Web Services among many other enhancements to the new operating system.

· Internet Explorer 8 for developers
In this session, we’ll take a look at IE8 from a developer’s perspective.  We’ll  talk about IE8’s standards-based rendering, and cover the steps you need to take to make sure your sites are compatible.   We’ll discuss building and using Accelerators and Web Slices, and dive into the developer tools available out of the box that aid in debugging and troubleshooting.  We’ll also cover some of the end-user features like in-private browsing.

· Effectively Leveraging Windows Azure to Solve Real World Business Problems
Explore ways to leverage Windows Azure and the Windows Azure Services Platform for building applications that work for your business.   Cloud Computing offers an enticing economic advantage over traditional Data Centers or Hosting environments, but traditional solutions architectures do not always work in this environment.  Learn how to federate with Active Directory and Live Identity Services, traverse network topologies to connect services, and leverage the massively scalable cloud storage services to bring your data closer to your processing. Note: To get the most out of this session, attendees should have a basic familiarity with Windows Azure. A good resource for learning the basics is this video from MIX:

Register here:

Atlanta, June 1

Charlotte, June 2

Raleigh, June 3

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