Friday, August 15, 2008

Soon, in a theater near you

Well, not a real theater though, but nevertheless, I'll be speaking at two events planned in the next two months.

  • On Saturday the 6th of September, the Dutch .NET community will be organizing CodeCamp, an interactive event intended for developers by developers. I'll be hosting a Chalk 'n' Talk session on software architecture in .NET and everything related to that. Because the intention of this session is to have an open and lively technical discussion on the impact of all those recent .NET technologies (P&P factories, SOA, SilverLight, MVC) on software architecture, it is mostly hosting I'll be doing (rather than boring you with my voice). My session will start at 16:15, and most attendees will be quite tired by then (I know, I'll be), so if you think you'll have trouble staying awake, join me.
  • Next is the SDN Conference 2008 on the 6th and 7th of October. This event expects between 400 and 500 attendees and hosts many national and international speakers, including myself. I'll be doing two sessions on building a service oriented system using the components and guidance Patterns & Practices offers. The first one is the introduction session (advanced level) and explains the constraints and goals of such a system, elaborates on the technical design (layering, choices) and shows how P&P facilitates them. The second session (expert level) continues on the introduction and discusses many technical best practices of gaining the most from the .NET Framework and the Enterprise Library 4.0.

Oh, and if you get a chance, try to convince your manager to allow you to visit this year's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, the most important conference of all. It was canceled last year, so this one promises to be especially spectacular.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Service Pack 1 of Visual Studio 2008, Team Foundation Server 2008 and .NET 3.5 have been released

If you have, like me, been regularly checking the MSDN blogs, you must have noticed the dozens of posts on yesterday's release of Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, and Team Foundation Server Service Pack 1. So, I'm not going to repeat the list of what's new over here, but just point you to the right places. Make sure you download the corresponding version of the Training Kit since it contains updated PowerPoint presentations and sample code for the changes.

Oh, and don't worry, we've updated our entire team to the latest version of Visual Studio (both Developer and Team Suite editions) and upgraded the servers to .NET 3.5 SP1 and have not observed any issue (yet). What's nice to know is that the update of Visual Studio took only half an hour, even though the installer is twice the size of the corresponding service pack for Visual Studio 2005. However, if you did install the beta of this service pack a few months ago, you'll need to run a patch to uninstall any residual pieces of that beta.