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2013-05-17 23:13:48 Read more

It’s only been a couple of weeks since Linq’s final release with Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 and great tools have already started coming to life.

A great one I discovered from SoCalDevGal is the LinqPad – a Linq query expression tool which allows you to run queries against databases using Linq.

If you’re exploring Linq this is a great tool.

As always this time of year I begun thinking on all the things I want to read, listen, view and code during my summer vacation free time, even though I never get the chance to do all the things I plan to ;-).

So I’ve already bought my PSP extra memory (2GB) and plan to fill it with podcasts, webcasts and videos so I can watch on my free time. Technologies and products that I’m especially interested this summer include : Silverlight, WPF, WCF, Visual Studio 2008, Astoria, Jasper, Linq, .Net 3.5, C# 3.0 etc.

I’ve already begun searching for those but I would be grateful if you could give me a hand by proposing stuff you think I should definitely have a look at.

 IMG_2176I’ve spoken a couple of times about innovation in Greece and I’m glad when I see other people talking about it too. So when I was invited to show all the things we’re building at at Microsft’s Innovation Day, I was thrilled. Luckily there was WiFi netwrok availableso here are some snapshots from the event. Stay tunned more will come later…



Special thanks to Panos for the pictures

When I bloged about the minority report style computing a few months back, I predicted that it wasn’t going to be long before we saw something like than in production.

Microsoft has proved me right today, as it announced Surfacing Computing!

Besides the hardware though, Microsoft has also developed a number of very cool applications to target the surface computing technology, which you should definitely see.

I just hope that this technology reaches Greece as quickly as it reached production.

For those interested on how did my first presentation go, it went really well despite my initial stress and nervousness. I really enjoyed it and now can’t wait till the next time I’ll be given the opportunity to speak in front of an audience ;-).
You can find out what I talked about by downloading my presentation slides and demo source code (which includes the video ;-)).
I’m also going to post some video parts of the presentations (yes I had my camera with me but run out of film) when I find time to download and encode them from my camera (Panos is also in ;-)).

One of the things I enjoy, is talking with fellow developers on new technologies passing on things I know. So I was thrilled with joy when I was given the opportunity to talk to a Microsoft event next week. So this Tuesday on the 27th of March I’ll be talking about WPF/e on Microsoft’s Dev Day Live the Web season 2.0.
I was so happy about it, that I’ve emailed everyone I know about it telling them to register for the event. If for any weird reason you were left out, don’t wait, seats are filling up, register now. I’ll be more than happy to see you there.

I’ve used Microsoft’s Expression Blend to play… ehmmm… write my WPF apps since its first beta release. It seemed more mature than Visual Studio at the time (and still is in my opinion). Among other things, I really loved the fact that I could double click on a control and Blend created the event handling code (Visual Studio still does not support it). So, no surprise, I’ve downloaded and installed the RC version as soon as it came out.
Well it seems that some things have changed, like the fact that you’re no longer able to write C# with Blend. When you try to add an event handler to a control or type some C# code for your WPF app Blend gives you the option of either opening up Visual Studio or copying the code to the clipboard.
I wonder why this feature was removed from Blend.
Anyone has any ideas?