Announcing the 2011 St. Louis Day of .NET

by on June 14, 2011


I’m happy to announce that registration is officially open for the 2011 St. Louis Day of .NET conference.

When: August 5-6, 2011

Cost: $200 ($125 until July 1st)

Where: Ameristar Casino & Resort, One Ameristar Blvd, St. Charles, MO 63301

The St. Louis .NET User Group meets every month and offers free sessions - mostly targeted towards software developers that use the Microsoft .NET Framework in some way. Imagine taking 2 years of user group meetings and putting them together into one big event. Throw in a keynote address by a Microsoft Director of Product Management for Developer Platforms, some food, some music, some social time with your peers and lots of prizes -- then you have the makings for this spectacular event. The Day of .NET is so big it has to be spread out over 2 days.

This year's event has a regular full price registration of $200.00 each. For attendees who register prior to July 2nd, there is an Early Bird discounted rate of $125 for a ticket to the event.

Registration includes:

  • Attendance to any of the nearly 100 great technical sessions
  • Lunch for 2 days
  • Breakfast for 2 days
  • Message from a distinguished Microsoft product team member
  • Friday evening social event
  • Access to our Charity Used Book Fair
  • Personal time with industry experts
  • Great giveaways

You can find more details about the conference including up-to-the minute listings of speakers and sessions at

FTW! (For the Windows, that is...)

by on December 15, 2010
WPF XAML Document




Internet Explorer 9 Beta


Windows 7

What do WPF, Silverlight 4, and Internet Explorer 9 have in common? No, that's not a riddle. Really, it's not a riddle. They are all FTW. What I mean by that is they all offer developers unique ways to exploit the power of Windows 7, such as integrating with the taskbar, leveraging jump lists, or offering the ability to exploit multi-touch or hardware sensors.

We are gearing up another boot camp tour: For the Win: Window 7 Development Boot Camp. This new series of events will include evangelist-led presentations by none other than the purely awesome Jennifer Marsman as well as hands-on labs to help you really dig into developing client-centric applications using WPF and XAML, Silverlight, and Internet Explorer 9 (yes, client-centric integrations from your web site with just a touch of HTML5).

What's Covered?
Jennifer will cover application compatibility and transitioning your application to Windows 7, leveraging the Windows taskbar and jump lists, exploiting the taskbar and jump lists from your web site using IE9, taking advantage of new sensor, location and multi-touch functionality, and creating Silverlight 4 out of browser applications. Each boot camp will last a full day, starting off right at 8am local time, include lunch, several sessions and a couple of hands-on labs to help you really get a feel for how to take advantage of Windows 7 capabilities in your applications.

So, yes, this is a BYOL (bring your own laptop) event. Windows 7 is required, as is several other pieces of software: Visual Studio 2008 or 2010, Windows API Code Pack, Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers, IE9, and Silverlight 4.

What Cities?

Highlights from the ALM Summit

by on November 19, 2010

Just back from the ALM Summit in Redmond and wanted to share some of my takeaways. This was a small conference driven by the Visual Studio team and sponsored by a select group of vendors that sell products in the ALM space. There were approximately 250 attendees, mostly enterprise customers and partners serving in PM and Architect roles.

Key Messages

Here are the key messages and themes I heard throughout the three day conference:

Lean Thinking. Our industry is morphing from IT into what Forrester calls BT (Business Technology) and the concept of continuous delivery of business value which more closely marries developers to operations (a so called Dev-Ops mindset). Can you deliver software every two weeks? Focus on the flow: Transparency, Reduction of Waste, Flow of Value

Betting Big on Agile and more specifically the Scrum methodology. The Visual Studio teams are all using Agile methods in their projects (most using Scrum and the leadership team uses Scrum of Scrums). The leaders firmly believe that Agile is the best way to develop software. We brought in Ken Schwaber creator of the Scrum methodology and founder of, on a consulting basis two years ago to assist with the creation of the newly released Microsoft Visual Studio Scrum 1.0 process template for TFS. He and Sam Guckenheimer (VS Product Owner) have also established a Professional Scrum Developer program and network of training partners throughout the world that is fully endorsed by Microsoft. We also worked with Ken on the creation of a CXO Playbook for Adopting Scrum. Our Agile strategy is largely based on the trends seen in Forrester data below:


Autonomous cross-discipline teams work. Top down command and control structures are not working in software development. They are creating rigid organizations that become overly complex and bogged down and cannot adapt to market conditions and business needs. Large silos of single discipline IT departments (PMOs, Dev, Test, Ops) are the antithesis to lean and create more problems than they solve.

Commodity Cloud. Commodity cloud services (email, document storage, CRM, TFS, etc.) will be the defacto choice for CIOs in 10 years due to the cost and waste avoidance of not running one’s own infrastructure.

Visual Studio ALM road map. Brian Harry spoke about the key themes for the next two releases of Visual Studio. (Note: these are long range plans and subject to change due to market conditions, etc.)

Dev 11 (V Next)

  • A great Agile solution included in the box
  • Requirements management and feedback loops
  • ALM in the cloud

Dev 12 (V Future)

  • Ops integration
  • Release management
  • Portfolio management

All in all, it was a great conference and I found the insight into the Visual Studio team’s thinking and planning to be very worthwhile.