Monday, December 7, 2009

The Gu in Belgium
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Red shirts

Last Friday afternoon, I went to Brussels to see Scott Guthrie (a.k.a. “The Gu”) in action.

Let’s quote Wikipedia:
Scott Guthrie (born 1975) is a vice president in the Microsoft Developer Division. He runs the development teams that build ASP.NET, Common Language Runtime (CLR), Silverlight, Windows Forms, WPF, IIS 7.5, Commerce Server, .NET Compact Framework, Visual Web Developer and Visual Studio Tools for WPF. He is best known for his work on ASP.NET, which he and colleague Mark Anders developed while at Microsoft.
Scott talked about 3 major topics: ASP.NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight 4 and ASP.NET MVC 2.0. I found it rather remarkable that even after four hours he didn’t bore me at all. Great speaker! (and of course: interesting topics).

Scott Guthrie is known to wear a red shirt when doing a presentation, so every attendee got a red shirt. That of course resulted in some nice pictures.

Luckily, Scott did a lot of demos. During his Silverlight talk he showed a few of the applications that were first shown at the PDC, including the photo booth application and a Silverlight 4, out-of-browser, Facebook client.

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I’m happy I have finally seen how to use ASP.NET MVC too. For some reason I had never before seen a real demo of how to get started with it. I’m a fan!

Scott also said that there will be some kind of big announcement about windows mobile and Silverlight for mobile early next year.

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