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October 2008 Blog Posts

PDC 2008 videos I’m watching - part 2

As PDC goes one, other sessions are being redistributed online as downloadable videos.

I already wrote about the sessions I downloaded from the first two days @ PDC 2008, but now more from day two and from day three are appearing online:

As you can imagine by looking at the sessions I’m watching, I’m not really that excited about all the Azure thing.

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PDC 2008 video I’m watching

I’m not at PDC 2008, so I’ve to keep up with what’s being announced in LA only through videos.

I watched the two keynotes live (for those who missed them, they are available on demand from the homepage of PDC site).

But there are many other interesting videos to watch. Here is a list of the ones I’m downloading and I’m planning to watch over the next days (well, probably nights):

Hope to attend to an event like this one in the next years.

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Workshop “ASP.NET 3.5 and beyond Web Development”: slides and samples

Yesterday I talked about what’s new with the SP1 of .NET 3.5 and about ASP.NET MVC in front of around 50 people in the sunny city of Bari: I really enjoyed doing these two talks, and the public was fantastic. Furthermore it was a pleasure to meet in person people I only “met” virtually on the forum or through blogs.

Today, after recovering from the trip from Milan to Bari, I organized the material and I put everything on the server for everyone to download. Slides are in Italian, but samples are language-agnostic and most of the terms in the slides are in English anyway. So, even if you weren’t among the 50 guys (and gals), you can download the slides and the samples and have a look at them.

I also want to give the url for fun stuff that people really liked:

If you attended the presentation, I’d like to hear a comment from you, and I hope to meet you again soon.

I just realized I didn’t talk about my first official meeting as MVP, at the MVP Italian OpenDays last weekend: I’ll post some pics and talk about it in few days.

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Talking about ASP.NET MVC in Apulia

Another weekend, another community event: last Friday/Saturday I was at the Italian MVP OpenDays in Milano and next Friday (October 24th) I’ll be talking in front of more than 70 person (the event is sold out) at the “ASP.NET 3.5 and beyond Web Development” workshop organized by DotNetSide, the .NET usergroup of South Italy.

I’ll speak for 3 hours (and probably more) about ASP.NET MVC and the new features that the .NET 3.5 SP1 brings to the table.

There will be 2 sessions:

  • Life after SP1: I’ll talk about Dynamic Data, Routing, the new ASP.NET Ajax features and the improved javascript intellisense combined with the annotated files for jQuery. (Level 200)
  • Introduction to ASP.NET MVC: what it is, how it works, why it matters and how to test it. (Level 300)

For more information and the agenda go to the usergroup site (sorry, Italian only).

This will be my 6th presentation on the ASP.NET MVC Framework of the year (4 public and 2 held internally in Avanade).

A bit thank to Wrox for the free books about Web Development (ASP.NET 3.5, Silverlight, etc…) that will be given to people asking interesting questions (or answering trick questions).

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Italian MVP Open Days 2008

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Tomorrow I’ll be attending my first MVP event: the Italian MVP Open Days 2008.

I’m looking forward to it, as it’s a great opportunity to meet all the other guys involved in MS communities in Italy, especially the ones of areas I’m not involved with (like all the server and desktop products). And I’ll finally be able to ask to the Italian MVP lead all the questions that came to my mind about what I can/can’t do and the general information I still have an hard time to grasp.

They said there will some news coming out from these 2 days, I guess probably about how the involvement of Microsoft in the communities is changing. Stay tuned for more news.

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How to solve the “Visual Studio vanishing” bug of ASP.NET MVC P5

The latest release of ASP.NET MVC had a weird bug: with Visual Studio 2008 SP1, when you open any view page, Visual Studio just vanishes, with no error dialog displayed. The Application log contains an item with the following error message:

.NET Runtime version 2.0.50727.3053 - Fatal Execution Engine Error (6AFD0F92) (0)

With a bit of trial and error, and thanks to some other posts and comments I found out that the reason for this is some conflict with the Visual Studio PowerCommands tool: uninstalling it fixes the problem.

In my previous installation, I found out that uninstalling and reinstalling the TFS Power Tools fixes the problem as well.

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Silverlight 2.0 RTW available from Oct 14th, on a Linux machine next to you

Just listening to TheGu announcing the official release of Silverlight 2.0 RTM together with the full stack of development tools, including an Express version of the tool, and Soyatec, a plugin to build Silverlight application inside Eclipse (available next year).

Furthermore, they will be releasing a Silverlight Control Pack on Codeplex, that include a pack of controls that will follow a fast iteration process.

Everything will be available from tomorrow, October 14th.

More info on Microsoft Press Pass: Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2, Already Reaching One in Four Consumers Worldwide

UPDATE: They will porting Silverlight to Symbian teaming up with Nokia

kick it on DotNetKicks.com

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Running Windows 2008 Server as development machine

Due to a new (*) IT security policy of my company, this weekend I had to wipe out my XP installation and install a BitLocker capable operating system and I had to decide whether to install Vista or jump to Windows 2008 Server turned workstation. 

I already installed Windows 2008 server on a VM inside running on my Mac and I really liked the experience of running it as workstation, so I replicated the same environment on my laptop.

This time, instead of manually applying all the changes required to turn Win2008 Server it into a workstation, I used the Windows Server 2008 Workstation Converter, which does all the changes automatically, and also installs the Sidebar and the the Aero cursors.

I’ll do most of my work inside VMs since every project is a bit different, and has different requirements (and I don’t want to install VS2005 or even VS2003 on my machine) but I decided to install on my machine the tools for the current state of the art development (ASP.NET 3.5 with VS2008 SP1).

Here is my list of tools that lives on my dev machine:

As last note, MSN Messenger and Windows Live Writer will not install on Windows Server 2008: that’s not because of a problem with the OS, but because the Live installer checks for the OS, and will work only on XP or Vista. After struggling a bit I found the stand-alone installers for both, and now I’m blogging with WLW 14 (the latest beta) on my new Windows Server 2008 turned Workstation.

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(*) New as in released one year ago, and mandatory since yesterday.

Spam is getting better: now they tell me I'm an MVP!

GladiatorPlusBackground.jpgThis afternoon I received an email with a strange subject: "Congratulations MVP Microsoft 2009!".

At first I thought the usual spam email that just got better, but then I saw the post of the Italian MVP lead that announced the new MVPs for October 1st, and realized it was not spam, but that someone decided to award me with the MVP title in the category ASP/ASP.NET.

When I started taking part in the community I was looking at MVPs as Guru and unreachable people, and now I'm one of them: I still can't believe it.

I'd like to thank Alessandro Teglia, the Italian/Baltic MVP Lead, all the Subtext team (Phil Haack, Steven Harman, Scott Dorman and Barry Dorrans) and most of all David Silverlight. (I already thanked all the Italian guys in the post on my Italian blog)

See you all in Redmond for the MVP Day next March: I'll finally be able to meet all the guys I always talked to via email or chat or lately with Twitter.

PS: You might wonder what the gladiator on the left is: it's the unofficial logo of the Italian MVPs, aka Italian Gladiators.