Monday, May 31, 2010

Updated Sessions

I have updated a number of my sessions for Visual Studio 2010 and/or Silverlight 4.  I will be presenting three of these sessions at the So Cal Code Camp coming up on June 26 & 27, 2010.  These are all available for download here:

Introduction to the BackgroundWorker Component with WPF
Long running processes are a user experience killer. How many times have you had an application "lock up" while trying to do some function? The BackgroundWorker component in .NET allows you to spawn those long running processes in the background and keep your WPF, Silverlight, or WinForms user interface responsive. We'll take a look at the features of the BackgroundWorker in a WPF application including running a background process, updating the progress in the UI, and cancelling the process before it has completed.

This session has been expanded to include Exception Handling and additional error checking.

Walkthrough: BackgroundWorker-WPF2010.pdf
Sample Code:

Introduction to Data Templates and Value Converters in Silverlight
Business applications are all about data, and laying out that data is critical to creating a good user experience. Silverlight has several tools, including Data Templates and Value Converters, that make this easier for the business developer to manage. By the time we're done, you will have a good understanding of the basics of both of these valuable tools.

This session has been updated for Silverlight 4.

Walkthrough: DataTemplatesAndConverters2010.pdf
Sample Code:

Introduction to XAML - WPF 2010 / Silverlight 4
Understanding XAML (eXtensible Application Markup Language) is a key to creating the latest .NET user experiences in WPF and Silverlight. We will introduce the basic concepts around XAML and take a look at various features such as namespaces, elements, properties, events, attached properties and some basic layout. We’ll create a simple WPF or Silverlight application that covers these fundamentals. Although you will probably end up doing most of your UI design with a drag-and-drop tool such as Expression Blend, knowing the internals gives you a leg up in making the final tweaks to ensure an excellent user experience.

This session has been updated to include both WPF and Silverlight versions.  The same core XAML features are covered in each environment.

Walkthrough (WPF): IntroToXAML-WPF2010.pdf
Sample Code (WPF):

Walkthrough (Silverlight): IntroToXAML-Silverlight4.pdf
Sample Code (Silverlight):

As always, your feedback/questions on any of these sessions is appreciated:

Happy Coding!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

So Cal Code Camp - San Diego Coming in June

The So Cal Code Camp is coming to San Diego June 26th & 27th.  As always, Code Camp is FREE!  It's a great chance to get some training and hook up with other developers / coders / hackers in your area.  I'll be presenting a few sessions, so it's your chance to see me, too.

Hope to see you there!