Raw Notes for Scott Guthrie’s KeyNote at PDC 2008

I took some raw notes from the PDC keynote today, during Scott Gu’s presentation that I thought I would share. Enjoy:

  • Reviewed some of the Windows 7 highlights
  • .NET 3.5 SP 1 improvements
    • Graphical improvements
    • Start up performance of .NET code
    • WPF improvements, including graphics and performance
    • .NET end user experience in click once and installation
    • Will be installed as part of Windows 7

 

  • WPF
    • New WPF controls are shipping this week
      • Ribbon
      • A new DataGrid control
      • Calendar
      • DatePicker
    • Visual State Manager is also available for WPF
    • Showed Jump Lists
      • Adding contextualized tasks to your task bar
    • Multi Touch demos and notes
      • Demonstrated using multi touch to scroll through photos
      • Pixel shading effects to create ripples in images or any part of an app
      • Demonstrated sorting out photos, resizing them, etc similar to the iPod Touch

 

  • .NET 4
    • CLR 2 and CLR 4 can be loaded in the same address space
      • backwards support!!!
    • Improved managed and native code interop support
    • Managed Extensibility Framework

 

  • Visual Studio 2010
    • First public CTP was released at the PDC
    • Improved WPF design time experience in VS 2010
    • VS 2010 is built on WPF
    • Multi monitor support
    • Improved refactoring support
    • Code visualizations
    • Better test driven workflow
    • Improved plug in extensibility (very sweet stuff)
      • Scott Gu created a visualization in the IDE and showed how to embed bug tracking information from VSTS.
    • Improved REST support
    • jQuery integrated (also an add-in for VS 2008)
    • ASP.NET MVC enhancements
    • Velocity – distributed caching API (CTP is out this week at PDC)
    • web.config file versions for test, staging, deployment, etc.
    • Great ASP.NET list from Mike Ormond

 

  • Silverlight 2
    • Closing in on 100,000,000 installed machines
    • Samples
      • NBC Olympics site
        • 55 million unique visitors
        • Average person watched 27 minutes of video
      • K2 front end developed in SIlverlight
      • NetFlix turned on video support in Silverlight 2
    • Silverlight Toolkit (Free)
    • Fully interactive Silverlight 2 designer in Visual Studio 2010
      • WYSIWIG
      • Data Binding
      • Finally!!!
    • Silverlight will run inside or outside the browser!!!

 

  • Tesco WPF based grocery app demo (an interesting application of the new tools)
    • This is a demo app, so its more just an example of how Tesco used some of these features for their app.
    • Targets grocery shoppers
    • Sorts recipes, instructions, videos, caloric counts, add all items to your shopping cart
    • Find a birthday cake and add to the cart
    • Rotate, zoom and multi touch built in
    • Integrated web cam scanned the bar code of the Coke can, searched for it, and found some to add to the basket
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Hi, I'm John Papa. I author this blog, create courses for Pluralsight and am a Google Developer Expert and Microsoft Regional Director. I travel speaking at events and train technology thought leaders

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