Thursday, March 13, 2008

Heroes Happen {Here} Microsoft 2008 Conference

Hi all,

The conference went pretty well. We got invited to present our Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 demo at a press conference with all the Microsoft Latin America Executives and the Costa Rica press. The demo was super simple but with a very nice look and feel. The press was impressed, but I would say that the most excited were the executives.

After the press conference we went to the Web Application Development track were we were going to present. We were the last ones to speak, and although it was getting late and everybody was a little tired, all the people stayed until the last minute.

We spoke about the migration of the desktop experiences to the web through ASP.NET, AJAX, JavaScript and now Silverlight, and the extension to smart and portable devices. I presented the benefits of multi-platform and multi-technology integration with WCF and then my colleague Jose Madriz spoke about a designer-developer workflow approach and the figure of the dev-igner. At the end, Jonathan Ramirez, who works with me too, presented the Silverlight Demo.

I must say that we run a lot with the demo, because on Wednesday, March 5 (the day before) Microsoft announced the release of Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1 at MIX, so we decided to migrate the demo to the released version.

Well I'm glad to have participated at the Heroes Happen {Here} event, which is the biggest and most important Microsoft Event in Costa Rica.

Now we are preparing to give some presentations at the national best universities under the Microsoft Educational Program.

Thanks to Ricardo Jimenez and Alfredo Prahl for their support and for inviting us to participate in this events.

I'll post some of my experience with Silverlight 2.0 Beta very soon.


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