21 aka Breaking Vegas aka Bringing Down the House.

March 25th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

I saw a preview to this movie and for some reason, the entire plot sounded totally familiar. Oh yeah, I’ve seen it before; it was on the History Channel and called “Breaking Vegas.”

So a friend of mine called me while I was on the bus, on my way home, yesterday and wanted to me to come out and watch a free pre-screening of it. Why not.

The movie was totally Hollywood-ized, but what can you expect? Movie was okay, and I’m glad I didn’t pay to watch it. I recommend to wait until it comes out to rent or just watch the documentary on the History Channel.

Both are based on the book “Bringing Down the House“, NOT to be confused with the movie, hahaha.

Heroes Happen {Here} Event.

March 25th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Last Thursday, I went to a free Microsoft Launch Event for Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008, called Heroes Happen Here. It was at the Westin Galleria, NOT to be mistaken by the Westin Oaks! Who knew two Westins existed in the Galleria mall? Crazy.

Anyway, I took the developer track and VS2008/.NET 3.5 has a few things I want to dig my hands into:
1. LINQ – Down and dirty querying with a yet clean and refined look. Query almost anything: SQL, XML, DataSets, join on different datasources, forget all the for loops to get what you want…just LINQ it.
2. New features in AJAX with ASP.NET – Supposedly, you don’t have to write ANY JavaScript.

For breakfast and lunch, they hooked us up with some fancy bag that contained everything we needed for the day: water, orange juice, grapes, a sandwich, snickers, muffin, and some other stuff.

There were hands-on-labs, but I didn’t have time to get to them, but they’re here to download.

The main reason I came was to pick up a copy of each of these products, but as an added bonus, I found a copy of Vista Ultimate! I’ve been waiting to upgrade my XP Media Center machine at home.

Silverlight 2 Beta 1 Released!

March 5th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

So here goes a big update to the last post on Getting Started With Silverlight, Silverlight 2 Beta 1 has been released!

Here are the direct links as of today:
Silverlight 2.0 beta 1 runtime
Silverlight tools beta 1 for VS 2008
Silverlight 2 SDK Beta 1
Expression Studio 2.5 Preview

Now, I’m off to go play with ScottGu’s tutorials (the other). Hopefully, the Beta 1 has what I want to prepare for MMS 2008.

Also, for all those interested in knowing if Silverlight is going to be ported to mobile devices: the answer is yes, Nokia being the first! Unfortunately, it will only be version 1.0.

Flickr, The New Bug Submit Tool.

March 2nd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

So I was playing around with Silverlight’s plugin for Visual Studio 2008 and something popped out in my face:

Microsoft Silvertlight! (sp)

I didn’t know where to post this bug, so I just do what I usually do…post it on Flickr. Next thing you know, I get an email about a recent activity on my Flickr account. It rarely happens, so I go check it out…

I just checked and the typo has been fixed, thanks for the bug report 🙂 ” –adKinn

Talk about weird…Flickr used as a bug reporting tool? Kinda cool. Anyway, I’ll be looking forward to the public release of Silverlight 2 (NOT 2.0) and its tools for Visual Studio 2008. I’m really eager to get my hands dirty with Scott Guthrie’s teasers (the other).

Meanwhile, I’m going to check out an old classmate’s WPF toolset.

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