Unfortunately I hadn’t the possibility to participate at the conference but had some free time during the week-end to watch some of the recorded sessions available here on Channel9: this is really a great resource and I suggest everyone interested in Microsoft technologies to download some videos and have fun with it.
I decided then to take a look at the new features available in Windows Phone 8 and the related SDK: Justin Angel has a great article about this topic in the Nokia Developer Community.
To get my hands dirty I moved then on my personal Open-Source project “Multi-Touch Behaviors” on CodePlex: this is a set of Epression Blend Behaviors for different platforms including Windows Phone, Silverlight and WPF for applying gestures and manipulations (like the one available in the “old” ScatterView control) to generic XAML elements.
The project was not yet updated to Windows Phone 8 so I took this opportunity and experimented with the new SDK: this was really a great experience since I was able to upgrade quickly all my samples to the new platform using the same codebase used for the Silverlight version.
Unfortunately I haven’t the possibility to test the performance on a real Windows Phone 8 device at the moment but the first impressions are really positive.
I have already checked in the code for WP8 here, I’m planning more testing and development in the future.
Today I’ve been honoured to receive my 4th MVP award from Microsoft for my contributions about Silverlight and XAML related technologies during the last year.
Every new award is always a great emotion; I would like to thank all the people that supported me including the smart guys working in Microsoft, my amazing MVP lead Alessandro Teglia, the fantastic groups of the insiders lists and the “terrific” Silverlight MVPs. You all rock.
Enjoy and continue XAMLing everyone, big times ahead!
A new project has been recently announced in the “Silverlight Experts” group on Linkedin by fellow group-member Laith Alasad:
The XAML Project contains “Free vector design resources for XAML-based technologies such as Silverlight, Metro, WP7, and WPF. Search and download pure XAML graphics for your web, desktop, and/or mobile applications.“
It’s a very useful resource, I’ve already inserted it in my favorites!
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 are now available for download here, Jeff Beehler has posted some useful info about this “go live” release.
The new Silverlight Toolkit October 2009 Release is also available on Codeplex featuring Visual Studio 2010 support and various improvements on existing components (like drag-and-drop for items controls).