Free stuff! Got your attention? Read on to learn more …
Last year I focused on completing my book about enterprise solutions using Silverlight. Since the release of Designing Silverlight Business Applications, much has changed. The book itself was well-received (currently well-rated at Amazon, thanks to my readers who take the time to leave their feedback) but the market itself shifted as executives concerned with the unclear future of Silverlight began to focus more heavily on HTML5. Technology moves fast so companies have had enough time to process the fact that HTML5 was a lot of marketing and hype but failed to deliver on the promise of writing once and running everywhere. Part of the uncertainty was compounded by the release of Windows 8 and the shift to WinRT.
On the other side of the spectrum, as I work with companies moving their existing technologies from Silverlight and WPF to Windows 8 and smartphones, the common question is how to leverage as much of the existing codebase as possible. I’ve had plenty of experience working both with the Portable Class Library (PCL) and the team at Microsoft driving that project to help build portable assemblies that can provide 80% of the functionality required across multiple platforms without recompiling. I think the PCL is one of the least understood and most underused features of Visual Studio 2012.
I mentioned free stuff at the beginning of this blog post. Registration is still open for this event, but I realize for some it may be short notice, so I’ve got a special offer. If you can swing the travel, we can swing the entrance fee. I have two free passes to give away on a first come, first serve basis. These are for new participants who have not yet registered but are interested in attending the event. You have to be committed and able to attend, so if you think you can swing it and would like the pass, please tweet the hash tag #DevHouston12 with your pass request and the link to the agenda (http://bit.ly/Pvityp) … for example, “I would like a pass to #DevHouston12 – check out the agenda http://bit.ly/Pvityp” – you must include the hash tag and a link that ends up on the agenda page. Our marketing director will monitor the hash tag and the first two to tweet and verify they can attend will get the passes.