Kicking off Day 2. See the Day 1 post here.
Web development with Visual Studio 2010 & ASP.NET 4
My day 2 began with Alex running through a cavalcade of improvements in Visual Studio 2010 and ASP.NET 4. These have been covered in great detail all over the place, but it is still nice to have them presented and demonstrated live allowing for feedback and questions.
Riding the Geolocation Wave
This was a great session, I hadn’t thought about the possibilities of geolocation to improve application experience. Tatham introduced the concepts and then demonstrated a simple pizza delivery application that tapped into the users current location (with their consent) to pre-seed a location aware list of options. The good news is that Windows 7 has geolocation support built in. We’ve already been using services on devices such as iPhone that use the assisted-gps (A-GPS) to tag things such as tweets with your location, drop a marker on Google maps with your current location and offer directions.
For resources and more information see Tatham’s blog post here.
The future of exposing, visualising and interacting with data on the web.
In this session OData was introduced in more detail to the REMIX audience. I’m covering off the basics of OData in a series myself so go check that out here.
The most audience pleasing concept demonstrated was the use of the awesome Microsoft Labs – Pivot available at GetPivot.com. It is a visual data interaction tool. To save me from failing to do it justice in a few lines of text, check out this 5 minute TED 2010 video presented by Gary Flake on Pivot.
Lunch & Live Frankly Speaking
Taping of Frankly Speaking
Michael Kordahi, Andrew Coates and guests.
The REMIX audience during lunch got to be the live studio audience for a taping of Frankly Speaking. I’ll post a link to the episode here when it’s up.
Note the donkey is a reference to “taking the donkey work out of installation” – promoting the Web Platform Installer for Windows. It’s very handy check it out.
I didn’t end up going to any of the session in the slots 4 & 5. I joined a few colleagues in the labs.
The first lab I attended was the XNA development introduction for Windows Phone 7. The lab was run by Luke Drumm (@lzcd) and Glenn Wilson (@myker). Glenn runs a blog focussed on this kind of development – virtualrealm.com.au
The second lab I attended was run by Steven Nagy, and was intended to get us configuring Azure AppFabric but some major hiccups like not having the lab PCs setup with internet access and some other mis-configured components prevented us from following along. None-the-less the lab ended up just being a discussion extension from Day 1s presentation on Azure. Several people had a lot of questions about actual deployment, from SLAs to locations to security.
Pimp My App
With the event coming to a close, it was nice to sit back and listen to the talented Shane Morris of Automatic Studio (former MS UX Guy) giving some basic design tips for developers to follow to ensure apps don’t suffer due to lack of professional designer input. There were 2 cool links to colour scheme assisting sites; kuler and Colour Lovers
There was a fair bit of discussion, analysis and reasoning provided by Shane, so I’ll just list out the conclusion slides.
- Map out the workflow.
- List your contents.
- Layout elements.
- Check grouping.
- Remove unnecessary items.
- Minimise variation.
- Line stuff up.
- Space and size components evenly.
- Indicate grouping.
- Adjust visual weight.
All-in-all REMIX was a great 2 day event, and for the early bird price of < $200 was a bargain, when you factored in all you can drink coffee, buffet lunches and after party. Having already published my brief summary, all I can say here is that if you have the opportunity to attend REMIX, take it.