PDC09 – Silverlight 4

Silverlight 4 beta !  This was the big day 2 news!.

Tim Heur has a good overview of the new features here:

http://timheuer.com/blog/archive/2009/11/18/whats-new-in-silverlight-4-complete-guide-new-features.aspx

If you want to get stuck in you can download the bits here:

And there are some great training videos already published on Channel 9:

http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/Silverlight4/

and on Silverlight.Net:

http://silverlight.net/learn/

Silverlight 3 to Silverlight 4 Conversion.

 

After installing the bits via the link above I proceeded to open my own Silverlight application (http://FromTheMalverns.com)

Woah! – No obvious issues – very cool & it ran first time under the Silverlight 4 beta.! OK so next step is to add some of the new features which I will do in the coming days (Maybe after I get some post PDC09 sleep!).

NB In the meantime I will be continuing to develop http://FromTheMalverns in Silverlight3 until such time that there is a real Silverlight4 release!

PDC09 Win7 Boot Camp

First we got an overview of the key kernel changes in Windows 7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7)  wonder if there will be any VHDs geared towards the Native VHD functionality in tomorrows PDC conference bags?.  Then we got a cool? demo of a ‘hello world’ message running on a 96 processor system!

Arun Kishan then went into more detail about some of the kernel changes (Processor mgt, Thread Scheduling, Core Scalability Improvements, Energy Efficiency, Logical Processor enhancements etc.) I’m not going to go into the details!