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May 02

The MSDN & TechNet Live tour 2010 in Norway visited Oslo as the final destination 26th April. Microsoft invited me to join them on this tour and to be on their Windows Phone stand, off-course I accepted this invitation.

I was not able to be in all of the four cities this tour visited, but I got to be in Stavanger and Oslo. The period this tour lasted was the same period that Norway and the rest of Europe had to shut down the air traffic because of the ash cloud from the volcano eruption on Iceland. This caused some difficulties for the crew, speakers and partners to get to the different cities. Despite the difficulties the tour was completed successfully.

Facts from my car computer: Oslo - Stavanger - Oslo

I needed to travel by car from Oslo to Stavanger and this is normally an 8 hours drive each way. We thought that it would be exciting to drive from Oslo to Stavanger via a route we had never driven before and ended up on a spectacular and very long drive. During the drive we had all the 4 seasons with sunny weather in Oslo, snow storm at a mountain passage (1060 meter above the sea level) and rainy weather in the long valleys. Easy to say we took the safe 8 hours drive route back home to Oslo :)

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Apr 14

microsoft_silverlightI attended the MSDN Live Oslo conference 19th March and went to two sessions about Silverlight 2. This post is a short summary from the Silverlight 2 sessions. Both session were held by Jonas Follesø a Senior Consultant at Capgemini, Trondheim. Jonas is a highly skilled lecturer and it was both fun and interesting following his speeches. You can read his blog at http://jonas.follesoe.no.

The first session was about building business applications using Silverlight 2. To demonstrate and show code examples Jonas had a nice Dive log application (since I’m a scuba diver myself I enjoyed this). The main focus in this session was about using separate presentation layers by making use of patterns like Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM). Instead of writing the whole application with code-behind, MVVM should be used and take advantage of the Data Binding and Commands. This way the designer can do his design in Blend without concerning about the code behind the functionality. He also stated that Silverlight 2 is a subset of WPF and .NET and that Silverlight 2 can use the built in security in the web browser.

The second session had tips & tricks for Silverlight 2 developers.

  • Re-compress the XAP file which is just a standard ZIP file, by doing so you can increase the size by 20-25%.
  • Enabling deep linking by using HTML-bridge and Java-script lib.
  • Printing in Silverlight 2 by using the HTML-bride and some features in ASP.NET AJAX.
  • Testing your Sliverlight 2 application (unit testing and continuous integration).
  • More on designing Silverlight 2 applications by using Blend.

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Mar 17

msdn_liveI’m going to MSDN Live in Oslo the 19th March. This is a one day conference with seven sessions, 45 minutes each, covering a wide range of Microsoft technology.

The sessions are:

  • Business applications with Silverlight 2 (post about this session)
  • Tips & tricks for Silverlight 2 developers (post about this session)
  • Windows 7 for developers
  • Cloud computing – application platform for the future
  • WPF done right
  • ASP.Net: Learn how to build applications that are easier to troubleshoot
  • ASP.Net MVC: A new framework for developing more structured and test driven applications

I will add posts on some of the subjects covered after the conference.

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