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  • Ciao Switzerland, Bonjour France

    It’s time to say Ciao (goodbye) to Zurich and the excellent group of developer attendees we met there. To sum up the 3 days we spent here: It was incredible!

    I’m On A Mountain!

    Let’s start with the location: the Hotel Kulm in Zurich is where the 2 day training was held. This hotel sits at the top of Uteilberg, has fantastic views and at this time of the year, there is snow everywhere:

    View From Hotel Kulm Tower  Oliver Checking In

    The location put everyone in a good mood. Sort of. A snow storm followed us to Zurich, just the same as Day 1 in Frankfurt. While a couple of attendees were delayed, everyone made it to the class and enjoyed the course.

    Fantastic Attendees!

    The group of attendees here were a sharp bunch of developers. A few of them were also owners and founders of their own successful software companies. Check out the some of the pics from the class:

    Oliver And His Instant Gratification CodeRush Plugin Attendees Tackle The Labs

    Break Time == Coffee Time For Lunch!

    Zurich Attendess Group Photo

    Special Guest

    Marc Greiner also attended the class to both learn about the DevExpress ASP.NET controls but also meet with Oliver and myself. Both Oliver and I were humbled and honored to have Marc there and to finally meet him in person.

    Marc Greiner [DX-Squad]

    Marc’s involvement with the DX-Squad goes back many years as he’s helped many developers in the DevExpress forums. Thanks Marc!

    Paris Or Bust

    Now we drive to the last stop, Paris!

     Oliver's Land Rover DevExpress Road Show Car Sign

    Stay tuned for more news from the European Road Tour.

  • Video: Frankfurt Devs Share Their DevExpress Passion

    Check out the 4 minute video from the Frankfurt stop of our European road show tour.

    Oliver and I began our epic 4 city journey in London, then drove through France and in to Frankfurt, Germany. Our goal is to train developers on the “Business Apps with DXperience ASP.NET” course.

    The first day we arrived in Frankfurt, Germany, a snow storm hit. But the snow didn’t stop any of the attendees from getting to the “Business Apps with DXperience ASP.NET” course. We had a full house of 24 developers at the fabulous Maritim hotel.

    Many of the developers in the Frankfurt course were familiar with our tools and they had a lot to say. Check out their comments: 

    Video: Frankfurt Devs Share Their DevExpress Passion

    As a bonus to the 2 day course, we added a special “free roadshow” afternoon which was also a fun event.

    Keep an eye on this blog for news from the next city in the training tour: Zurich, Switzerland!

  • Video: London Devs Share Training Feedback

    Check out this short 3 minute video from the DevExpress ASP.NET training course we recently did in London:

    Video: London Training Feedback

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  • Mark Miller Humbled Again!

    Mark created a hybrid coding input device with a Rock Band toy guitar and CodeRush to use in a coding contest where he demonstrated that even with only a few buttons to use, CodeRush enabled him to write code faster than dozens of challengers at PDC, including top notch talent like Scott Hanselman and Steve Smith. 13542_182544642356_101685002356_2799631_1383446_n

    It was amazing! Mark + toy guitar controller * CodeRush took them all on and emerged victorious! Mostly. There were 2 lucky developers that were a little faster than the MarkCodeRushToyGuitar cyborg.

    Check out this great quote from one of the winners, Eiríkur Nilsson:

    I first tried out CodeRush Xpress and immediately knew I had to get the full package, it really does change how one writes code. The code generators are incredible, the way they allow you to write multiple lines of code with just a couple of keystrokes is ingenious, it's quite hard to explain as it really needs to be witnessed. That applies as well to how CodeRush presents things in-line in your code editor, the way refactorings are presented is so visual and intuitive. It makes a huge difference not having to switch focus from the code editor in order to do something like renaming or moving arguments. Finally, the Code Navigation features really speed up moving around your code.

    All in all, CodeRush speeds up development in countless ways. So, after beating Mark on his Rock Band programming, I had to ask for a full CodeRush license in reward, and I've been really happy using it.

    -Eiríkur Nilsson

    Mark was humbled by Eirikur at PDC 2009 and again by his quote above (in a good way - thanks Eirikur). Mark especially liked this line that shows one of CodeRush’s core strengths:

    …the way refactorings are presented is so visual and intuitive. It makes a huge difference not having to switch focus from the code editor in order to do something like renaming or moving arguments.

    -Eiríkur Nilsson

    Thanks Eiríkur Nilsson. I can only imagine how fast you are now WITH CodeRush!

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    Install CodeRush by downloading a lite and free version here: CodeRush Xpress

    Or better yet, try the full blown package free for 30 days – CodeRush and Refactor Pro Download!

  • Auf Wiedersehen Germany! Hallo Switzerland!

    Day 2 of the Frankfurt training course has just ended as we say Auf Wiedersehen (“Goodbye and see you again”) to Germany.

    When we first drove into Germany a few days ago, a snow storm followed us and created a beautiful winter scene:

    Snowy Morning In FrankFurt Day 2 view from meeting room
    This didn’t stop anyone from getting to the course as we had a packed room of 24 attendees at the magnificent Maritim Hotel:

    Frankfurt Training Class Front Frankfurt Training Class Back

    2 full days of coverage on all of the DevExpress ASP.NET controls is a lot of information! The attendees didn’t mind as the course is designed to not be overwhelming. Besides, we took good care of them:

    Frankfurt Training Class Lunch Frankfurt Training Class - ASP.NET DevExpress Books  

    The class was a great mix of attendees from our current customers and a few that were just evaluating our tools! What a great way to get to know a vendor and their tools.

    The current customers brought many interesting questions and scenarios. Some of the questions are challenging and some einfach (easy). But all of them were fun and interesting to discuss with them.

     

    Zurich Or Bust

    Now it’s on to Zurich and the small town of Uetliberg. If you’re interested in the weather there, check out the hotel’s webcam. Better yet, sign up for one of the few seats left there:

     

    Sign Up Now

    There are a few seats left in the Paris class. Click here and sign up now.

    Why should you attend?  Because you will learn, feel super smart and have fun doing it. Check out the short feedback video from past attendees.

  • Frankfurt Free Seminar Recap

    Thanks to everyone who came to see our free 2-3 hour seminar in Frankfurt yesterday. Here’s a quick shot of some of the local developers who stopped by:

    DevExpress Frankfurt Get Together 

    The event was a fun and informal get together with a couple of presentations and some questions and answers. The group of developers varied from the local .NET user group members to curious developers who are considering our tools.

    Speaking of fun, we played some music, had a flight simulator game setup and, of course, presentations from Oliver and myself. I’m pretty sure that the attendees had as much as fun as we did.

    Oliver @ Frankfurt Meeting

    Now it’s back to work as we finish the 2 days of training for “Business Applications w/DXperience ASP.NET” in Frankfurt. Then it’s on to Zurich, Switzerland.

  • London Or Bust

    The two day “Business Apps with DXperience ASP.NET” course in London has just finished and it was fun! The London group of developers were a great bunch and it was a pleasure to meet them. The majority of the attendees were from the United Kingdom but some also came from Spain, Denmark and Libya!

    From their early feedback, they found the course impressive and had a good time learning. Check out these pictures from the London training course:

    Oliver Teaching ASPxGauges Meeting Room 

    London Training Attendees Class Watching Oliver

    As a bonus for the London group, I gave an hour presentation on the ASPxHttpHandler. The dedicated group of developers stayed an extra hour to learn and I thank them for listening and bringing up good questions.

     

    Sign Up Now

    There are a few seats left in the Paris and Zurich classes. Did I mention that they are in PARIS and ZURICH?!? Click here and sign up now.

    Why should you attend?  Because you will learn, feel super smart and have fun doing it. Check out the short feedback video from past attendees.

     

    First Time Pictures

    This was my first trip to London and the city is amazing. I rode the “underground” (or subway as it’s called in New York). I saw a few of the sites but the best part was meeting the people in the course. In fact, there’ll be videos of this event and the attendees later.

    Check out some of these pictures from the first day we arrived (hover your mouse over a picture for the picture description):

    Arriving at London Hotel View From Novotel Hotel

    Oliver, Mehul & John in London London Eye, Big Ben & Parliament

    The Sherlock Holmes Restaurant Chrome Ad in Underground

     

     

    Frankfurt Or Bust

    Now we head over to Frankfurt, Germany and prepare for the fully booked course. I’m looking forward to meet the devs there and I hope to meet you in Paris or Zurich too.

  • Why You Should Attend DevExpress ASP.NET Training

    There are still a few seats left for the upcoming European training events. This is your chance to learn about the DevExpress ASP.NET controls and have some fun!

    Oliver and I will be presenting the “Business Apps with DXperience in ASP.NET” in four major cities in Europe starting next week. This 2 day course packs a lot of information on the DevExpress ASP.NET controls. Check out the video below to see how you’ll have a great time learning.

    For more details, check out Oliver’s recent blog posts:

    What do past attendees think of this course?

    Check out this short video about the recent DevExpress ASP.NET training course from Las Vegas. The attendees share their thoughts on the course and DevExpress. These devs were all smart and working on interesting projects in either ASP.NET or WinForms:

    DevExpress ASP.NET Training Comments From Las Vegas 2009 

    Watch the short customer feedback video. Then sign-up for the few remaining seats for the European training events. I hope to meet you guys there.

  • Subscribe To The DevExpress YouTube Channel

    Did you know that we have a YouTube Channel?

    Most of the videos and screencasts from the DevExpress Channel are also copied to our YouTube Channel.

    Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel:

    DevExpress YouTube Channel

    Watch on iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, etc.

    Most of the popular PDA phones have support for YouTube through an app or the browser. This means that you can watch our YouTube channel on your mobile device.

    And if you use iTunes to update your device then you can also add the DevExpress Channel’s RSS feed and get the videos downloaded and synced on your device automatically.

    Remarks

    YouTube has limits on the size of the videos that can be uploaded. Therefore, you will not see some of our longer videos like the recent PDC interviews. Those can be watched on the DevExpress Channel: PDC Interviews.

    Subscribe to the DevExpress YouTube Channel and please leave us some comments on our YouTube channel.

    Thanks for watching!

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  • How to Watch DevExpress Videos on your iPhone and iPod

    Amanda Watching DevExpress Channel On iPhone

    Did you know that you can watch DevExpress videos on your iPhone or iPod?

    Just add the DevExpress Channel’s RSS feed to your iTunes. By adding this feed to your iTunes, you’ll stay current on all the videos because they’ll be automatically downloaded for you.

    Just follow these simple steps:

    1. Open iTunes, click on the Advanced menu item and select ‘Subscribe to Podcast…”

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    2. In the URL box, enter http://tv.devexpress.com/rss.ashx and click OK.

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    3. And that’s it, you’re done!

    You now have the DevExpress Channel added and iTunes will start getting the latest videos. If you want the past videos, click on the ‘Get All’ button. Warning: there are a ton of videos on the DevExpress Channel:

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    Use Any RSS Reader

    This RSS feed is not limited to just iTunes. Add the feed to your Google Reader, Bloglines or any other RSS feed aggregator.

    Available Videos

    While the RSS feed publishes all the videos, iTunes will only display the videos that have a corresponding M4V file. Some of the videos do not have this format yet. However, Jeff our videographer is working hard to add this format in the coming weeks.

    Add the DevExpress Channel’s RSS feed to your iTunes right now and enjoy watching the screencasts on your mobile device. Smile

    DXperience? What's That?

    DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

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