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  • Video: CodeRush Guitar Code Challenge at PDC 2009

    Do you remember the challenge Mark Miller laid down for this year’s PDC conference?

    Yes, that insane challenge where he would use an XBOX guitar and no keyboard!

    Check out this video of Mark Miller at PDC 2009 as he took on all kinds of challengers:

    Video PDC 2009: CodeRush Challenge

    I was expecting many more winners since Mark had crippled himself without a keyboard. However, in the end there were only 2 winners who both won within a few seconds of Mark’s time! (Congrats to Ariel & Eirikur). However, you can’t underestimate the power and speed of CodeRush!

    Click the image above and watch the full PDC guitar code challenge video.

    Do you have DXperience installed in your Visual Studio? What's That?

    DXperience is a royalty-free tool suite for rapid business application development for WinForms and ASP.NET apps.

    Instantly enhance your WinForms and ASP.NET apps by dropping in new feature sets encapsulated in components. DXperience contains:

    • IDE Productivity Tools - Make Visual Studio easier and more effective with IDE enhancements
      • DXCore - IDE tools extensible engine
      • CodeRush - Extensible swiss army knife of tools to make source code editing faster and easier, including code editing templates, code editing utilities (selection, navigation, clipboard), inline code visualizations and the upcoming unit test runner.
      • Refactor Pro - Code editing tools specifically geared for refactoring source code.
    • XAF - Business app framework for WinForms and ASP.NET
    • XPO – Object-relational mapping for .NET
    • Reporting - Reporting "platform" for WinForms and ASP.NET
    • UI Components for WinForms, ASP.NET, WPF and Silverlight

    Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now:

  • Video: Scott Hunter Discusses ASP.NET 4.0 at PDC 2009

    Check out this informative PDC video chat with Microsoft ASP.NET Lead Program Manager, Scott Hunter. Scott oversees both the ASP.NET WebForms and MVC frameworks!

    If you care about ASP.NET then I recommend watching the Scott Hunter ASP.NET PDC video chat. In the video, Scott discusses:

    • ASP.NET MVC vs WebForms
    • ASP.NET Futures: What’s coming ahead?
    • MVC 2 … MVC 3
    • What are Smarty Routes?
    • Convention over Configuration
    • A lighter Web.Config
    • Rendering Changes in VS2010 and .NET 4
    • VS2010 New Project Changes
    • New ASP.NET Helpers


    Click the image above and watch Scott Hunter tell you about all the cool stuff coming out in the ASP.NET 4.0 release next year with Visual Studio 2010.

    Thanks for watching and drop me a line below with your thoughts.

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  • Video: Software Craftsmanship with Steve Smith

    Check out this Steve Smith software craftsmanship video from PDC 2009. Steve is an MVP, Microsoft Regional Director, and an ASP.NET Insider.

    In this video, Steve discusses how developers can improve their skills and the code we generate.

    Check out the full video as Steve explains software craftsmanship and how you can get started:

    PDC 2009 Video: Steve Smith discusses Software Craftsmanship

  • Free CodeRush Plugin: Method Preview

    Check out the CR_MethodPreview plugin screencast below with Rory Becker. Rory’s cooked up another great little plugin that shows you the code of a method in a tool tip. Even if the method is in a separate file or module.

    Click the image below and watch the CR_MethodPreview plugin screencast:

    CR_MethodPreview Plugin Screencast

    Then download this plugin or any other other great community plugins for free and enjoy!

    Be sure to leave Rory some kind words below in the comments for his generous efforts. Thanks Rory!

  • PDC Video: Internet Explorer Is Changing With The Times

    Check out this Internet Explorer (IE) discussion with Giorgio Sardo. Giorgio loves IE8. And with good reason, since IE8 has come a long way in terms of performance, standards, and features.

    Watch Giorgio’s lively personality by clicking on the image below and you’ll see his passion for IE:

    PDC Video: Giorgio Sardo Discusses Internet Explorer

    In the video above, Giorgio talks about all things IE including the past, present and future:

    • Upcoming IE9 Performance Improvements (JavaScript speed to match Chrome and FireFox!)
    • What’s new in IE8
    • IE6 – Released in 2002
      • Why enterprises should stop using a browser from 2002
    • Web Standards - Microsoft commitment to improve
    • IE8 Top features for developers
      • Some HTML 5 Specification support
      • CSS selectors
      • DOM storage
      • XSS scripting and security
      • Web slices and accelerators
    • IE8 Top features for, um, non-developers (for example, my Mom)

    To learn more about IE, read Giorgio Sardo’s blog. IE9 sounds very promising. Are you as excited about IE9 as I am?

  • PDC Video: Brian H. Prince, Microsoft Architect Evangelist

    Check out this video interview with Brian H. Prince from Microsoft:

    PDC 2009: Video Chat w/Brian H. Prince

    Brian is an Architect Evangelist for Microsoft who’s also actively involved in the .NET developer community. In the video, Brian discusses:

    • What is an “Architect Evangelist”?
    • How Brian defines “architecture” and why it’s important
    • Top items for developers to learn from PDC 2009
    • Azure. Azure. Azure. Geez, it’s like he’s writing a book on Azure. Oh wait, he is.
    • What Azure means for ASP.NET developers now
    • Testing Azure on your local machine
    • Hilarious microphone malfunction, btw, I, umm, meant to do that
    • Developer Soft Skillz: The post and the webcast series

    And all this with the Beatles cover band The Backbeats playing in the background. :)

    Your Feedback Is Appreciated

    Check out the full Brian H. Prince video interview by clicking on the image above. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the various items discussed in video. Drop me a line below.

  • PDC Video Chat With 2 Awesome DevExpress Customers

    At this year’s PDC 2009 conference, I got to meet a lot of great developers that are building apps using DevExpress products. Check out the interviews I did with Eduardo Quintana and David Dillon.

    Eduardo Quintana

    Eduardo is a long time customer from Brazil. Thank you Eduardo!

    In the video he talks about his company, Softwyse, and their large application, database and DevExpress. He also discusses how the DevExpress grid helps his users.

    Check out the short 2 minute Eduardo Quintana video interview below:

    PDC 2009: Video Chat w/Eduardo Quintana


    David Dillon

    David Dillon flew from Louisiana just to drop by our booth and say thank you. David recently made a career change and started his own consulting business. For his first contract he made great use of the DevExpress ASP.NET controls. This convinced his client to move forward and convinced David to start his new lifestyle. And as I told David, I am both humbled and grateful for his support.

    Check out the full 3 1/2 minute interview with David Dillon by clicking on the image below:

    PDC 2009: Video Chat w/David Dillion


    I love going to conferences to hear stories like these from cool developers. Do you have a cool DevExpress story that you’d like to share? Drop me a line below.

  • Hardware Geeks: Check Out This Azure Container Tour

    Windows Azure and Microsoft’s cloud strategy was one of the big announcement at PDC 2009. And Microsoft brought a shipping container, ahem, “air handling unit” that shows off the hardware where your data will actually live in the cloud.

    So, if you’re a fan of hardware then check out this great walking tour with Patrick Yantz. Patrick is a Cloud Architect with Data Center Services team. And Patrick knows exactly what these shipping containers full of servers need to work anywhere in the world.

    Check out the full 9 minute Windows Azure Cloud Container video by clicking on the image below:

    Video: Walkthrough of Azure Container

    Then drop me a line here and let me know if you’re excited about the upcoming Microsoft Azure services.

  • PDC 2009 Day One Fun Video

    Check out this short and fun 2 minute PDC video of the DevExpress booth highlights:

    Video PDC DevExpress Booth Day One

    Day one was a lot of fun and it was great to meet so many of the attendees. Between answering developer questions about our future plans, I had a little fun with Mark Miller and Scott Hanselman by playing a little Xbox Beatles rock band. Of course, the one guy who could actually play an instrument, Ringo the drummer, was the best one. We cranked him to expert mode and he scored 83% on his 3rd time playing the game!

    Click the image above and watch all the fun that we had during day one.

  • A Chat With The Authors Of New DevExpress ASP.NET Book

    Now that the Professional DevExpress ASP.NET Controls book is released, it was time to sit down with the authors of the book and get an overview of what’s in the book.

    So I grabbed Paul Kimmel and Julian Bucknall to record this 18 minute interview. In the video, the guys discuss their contributions as well as what you might expect from the book.

    Btw, Joe Kunk also contributed to an important chapter on XtraReports. Unfortunately, he couldn’t be here for the interview but Paul explains some of what the XtraReports chapter covers. Including Joe’s very useful XtraReports webinar.


    Click the image and check it out. If you’ve got any questions for the authors then be sure to post a comment below. Thanks!

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