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ArcReady & MSDN Unleashed

It’s a full day of tech … what’s not to love?

The morning is the ArcReady event … this is geared towards architects and senior developers that are moving into or want to move into an architect role. There’s less code but more best practices and patterns using all the latest technologies to build awesome, scalable and robust applications on the Microsoft platform. Yes, folks, there is to building applications than just writing code … architecture is vitally important with any successful application (but you knew that already, right?). There will be two sessions in the next ArcReady:

Session 1: Blueprints for Success. In this session, we will survey the modern architecture landscape from the ground up, including infrastructure, application, and client solution choices. We’ll discuss how current industry trends are shaping our architectures and present an innovative architecture mapping technique for analyzing our customer’s needs and aligning them to today’s technologies and solution patterns.
Session 2: Making It Real. In this session, we’ll take a look at several case studies to learn how to apply the mapping technique from Session 1 to architect real world solutions that add true business value. We’ll examine applications we use every day and take a walk through a Microsoft reference architecture that explores many of the decisions we face when building modern distributed applications.

Here are the dates:

Dallas – 9/23/08
Houston – 9/24/08
Austin – 9/25/08

You can register for this (and see other cities, too, in case you’re out of town and still want to go!) at

After that, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM we’ll have “MSDN Unleashed” … developer/code focused stuff. Here’s are the two sessions for that:

Session 1: Demystifying WPF

Today’s applications need to do more than simply work. They need to draw in the user, and provide a differentiated experience. This means moving beyond battleship gray forms, boxy UIs, and providing a positive user experience. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) provides powerful capabilities to develop a compelling user interface, the kind that makes an application stand out. In this session, we’ll examine the core concepts of WPF such as layout panels, data binding, styles and control templates, and we’ll use them to develop an application UI from the ground up.

Session 2: Developing Applications with Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

Service Pack 1 and Visual Studio 2008 introduce a wide variety of new features for targeting Windows, Office and the Web. This includes more controls, a streamlined setup, improved startup performance, fresh graphics features, improved AJAX support, and much more. We’re also introducing the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ADO.NET Data Services, which are designed to simplify application data access by providing an extensible, conceptual model for data from any source, while enabling this model to closely reflect business requirements. Don’t miss this lively session and learn how to use these powerful new features in your applications.

Same dates, same location but different registration links. Here they are: