Tomorrow (Tuesday 30 September) Rob Bagby is hosting a talk here in Colorado Springs (At Configuresoft). Here are the event details:
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 simple HTML forms, and providing a positive user experience. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight 2 provide powerful capabilities to develop compelling user interfaces, on the client and in the browser, respectively.
At the heart of these rich applications is data. There are a growing number of choices of technologies available to access data, create database abstraction layers and expose data as services. Visual Studio 2008 (and .NET Framework 3.5) SP1 include the production release of the ADO.NET Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services, as well as some enhancements to the Web Programming model (REST-Friendly) in WCF.
In this session, Rob Bagby will examine the core concepts of WPF and Silverlight such as layout panels, data binding, styles and control templates, and will use them to develop an application UI from the ground up. Rob will further examine and demystify the options available to you to expose data to your rich applications.