Monday, May 3, 2010

DotNetRocks Roadtrip

Last Thursday (4/29/2010), Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell rolled into town for one of several stops across the country to talk .NET.  They were highlighting new features in Visual Studio 2010.  Richard talked load-testing.  I'm sure I should probably be doing more organized testing than "well, it hasn't broke after 48 hours in production" methods, but I was still intrigued.  Maybe one day I'll find time to incorporate REAL testing into the development schedule.

Carl discussed Silverlight.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, I liken it to Adobe's Flash.  I'm sure both Adobe and Microsoft are now penning cease-and-desist orders for making that comparison for differing reasons, but tough.  That's how I see it.  They both require a client download and they both are used to make things "prettier."  That being said, I've had an interest in Silverlight because it uses .NET for its code as opposed to ActionScript (like I have any time to learn a new language).  Apparently, version 4 is making things insanely easy to do cool things.  Adding a timer on a video is a matter of a single tag.  That was awesome because adding status bars or something similar seemed to take several lines of code to make it work before.

They also did a live episode of DotNetRocks with Kate Gregory.  If you haven't figured it out yet, DotNetRocks is a podcast about Microsoft technology development which is based on the .NET framework.  Kate discussed Windows programming and while C++ is a language I always thought I'd pay to forget, I might be having a change of heart.  The ability to customize the Windows 7 jump lists is worth investigating.

Overall, the show was awesome.  I didn't win any of the free stuff, but that's no big deal.  I would love to see someone do a similar event with SharePoint (HINT, HINT Andrew Connell, John Holliday, etc.)

Admittedly, I'm not an avid listener of DotNetRocks, but I'm going to start queuing up some episodes.  I knew of Carl and Richard from their other podcast, Mondays.  A show that used to be weekly but is now about twice a year, unfortunately.

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