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Attend a keynote at a big Microsoft conference and at some point in the presentation you will hear a musical fanfare followed by a breathless product announcement.

Depending on the show and the time of year the announcements can be hum-drum or spectacular.  Do you remember when Microsoft announced a new development framework called .NET a few years ago? 


Of course Scott Guthrie’s keynotes tend to be a little more fun.


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How to Top Mix08?

Silverlight 3 is going to be the brightest light in the Mix09 marquee this year.  Expect to hear a flurry of announcements regarding new features in Silverlight.  Silverlight 2 is impressive but Microsoft needs to show improvements in many areas to offset the advantages of their competitors RIA frameworks. 

The tools in Expression Suite get little love from Adobe devotees. The designer wars are heating up however and Microsoft will show some startling improvements in Expression Blend.  You definitely won’t want to miss the Expression Blend announcements.

WPF and XAML are also gaining significant improvements, some of which will be shown at Mix.  I saw a preview of what’s coming in Silverlight, Expression Blend and WPF while at the MVP summit earlier this month. What I saw at the summit was very exciting and I expect it will be thoroughly covered during Mix sessions this week.


I know that there are even more surprises coming, including one super NDA Silverlight secret, so keep your ears open.

Expect live coverage of the Mix event here at the WpfWonderland blog.


Mix09 is over and the secrets have been revealed.

Tim Heuer has a nice summary of Silverlight 3 features.



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Mix09 is coming next week.  I can’t wait to be there and see all the announcements about Silverlight 3. Since this is the main Microsoft RIA event it is loaded with enough Silverlight and WPF content to keep even an aged RIA veteran happy. 

Mix is more than just technology news however.  The Mix team always stages an abundance of activities and social events during the week.   

On Wednesday they will be showing the movie Objectified.

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. 

Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves?

Gary Hustwit, the director, will lead a question and answer session after the screening.


Brainstorming the film logo

The director want a special look for the movies logo.  You can learn a little about the design process from the designer here or just look at the history of the design below.


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Once again the Seattle developer community is holding the Seattle Code Camp at the DigiPen campus in Redmond, Washington.  The Digipen site has proven very popular at previous camps.  Thanks Digipen!

The event is scheduled for November 15-16, 2008.   That’s this weekend!

There are a lot of interesting topics this year.  A quick look at the session reveals these topics: Subversion, and Glassfish, UML,  Visual Studio 2010, PowerShell, Ruby, Entity Framework, F#,Wix and more.  There is even a talk showing how to control a R/C car with a Wii-remote.


I’m going to talk about the lessons learned during the creation of Shazzam (WPF shader effect tool).


Finally if you plan on attending please register so that we can get plan for food and swag.

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Apparently the entire Tuesday keynote at PDC will about the client side.  My guess is there will be a lot of demos of Windows 7.  I wonder if Ray Ozzie will talk about RIA’s too?

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The PDC 2008 web site has a nice Session planner tool.  You can see all the sessions for the entire day or one time-slot, plan your schedule, see only your chosen sessions etc.


Now available is a PDC 2008 Session PDF document that is more suitable for printing.  Talk about overload, it’s fourteen pages of session details.


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This is a first for me.  2008 is the first time I’ll be going to all of the big three Microsoft conferences.

Mix08, TechEd Florida and PDC.

Plus I narrowly missed giving a session at TechEd Barcelona.   Yes, it’s been a busy year.

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Planning your day at PDC is fun and frustrating. There is ~200 sessions for the week, approximately fifty per day.  What to choose, what to do?

If you are interested in the future of graphics on the Windows platform you might want to add “Windows 7: Writing Your Application to Shine on Modern Graphics Hardware” to your schedule.  Its on mine.


Session Abstract

This session centers on the new enhancements to DirectX that enable Win32 applications harness the latest innovations in modern graphics hardware. Learn how to use the Windows 7 graphics infrastructure to enable your applications to display graphics content on different generations of graphics hardware, across multiple displays and on a remote desktop. Also learn how you can test your application for DPI awareness, what to look for, and how to make it provide the best experience on high-DPI displays.

Anantha Kancherla
Anantha is a Graphics nut and joined Microsoft to work on 3D Graphics after dabbling in Virtual Reality in Grad School. In Microsoft, Anantha has worked on a number of aspects of Graphics in a variety of roles. He was a developer on the D3D team for multiple versions. He lead the development team for D3D 9 and since then has been Program Managing various aspects of low level Graphics in Windows such as DX, GDI, Display Drivers, Window Manager. His proudest moment was accepting a Technical Emmy for DirectX technologies on the behalf of his team.

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