UK TechDays Virtual Client Conference–Resources

At the UK TechDays online conference last week there were a number of sessions around Silverlight and Windows that I wanted to provide follow-up resources on here.

Session: Modern Windows Applications

  1. Visit Develop For Windows
  2. Download the WPF Ribbon Control and get the information on it here
  3. Download the Windows API Code Pack
  4. Read more about the Code Pack
  5. Learn about the Task Bar with WPF 4 ( and part 2 )
  6. More on the Windows 7 TaskBar
  7. More on Windows 7 Libraries
  8. Windows 7 Sensors
  9. Restart/Recovery for Applications
  10. WindowChrome – altering the non-client area of the window.
  11. Subscribe to the Windows Team blog.

Session: User Interfaces with Touch

  1. Some recent local resources on touch;
    1. Touched ( Part 1 )–Getting Touch for Free
    2. Touched ( Part 2 )–Raw Touch Events
    3. Touched ( Part 3 )–Manipulation and Gesture Support
    4. Touched ( Part 4 )-Simple Example
    5. Touched ( Part 5 )–Touch-Ready Controls
  2. Read more about WPF 4 Multi-touch and more
  3. Check out the Native Extensions for Silverlight Preview 2

Session: Silverlight Platform Overview

  1. Visit Silverlight.Net
    1. Watch videos
    2. Try the QuickStarts
    3. Checkout hands-on labs
    4. Read books
    5. Read whitepapers
  2. Watch the Silverlight Firestarter
  3. Visit Channel 9
    1. Follow Silverlight TV
    2. Subscribe to the Silverlight tag
  4. Follow Silverlight Q&A on StackOverflow.
  5. Subscribe to the Silverlight Team blog.

Session: Buffers Guide to Expression Blend

  1. Visit Expression on the web.
  2. Learn Blend via tutorials, starter kits, etc.
  3. Check out the Toolbox resources
  4. Local resources on Blend;
    1. 20 recent posts on Blend
  5. Subscribe to the Expression Blend team blog.

Session: Silverlight for Line of Business Applications

  1. Refer back to the general section on Silverlight here.

Session: Silverlight and Multi-tier Applications

  1. Silverlight Networking Videos on Channel 9
  2. Visit the RIA Services Site
  3. Visit the OData site.
  4. WCF Data Services on MSDN.
  5. Understand the WCF subset in Silverlight.
  6. Understand the security options in Silverlight for service access.
  7. and again
  8. and again
  9. and again
  10. Understand the Client/Browser HTTP stacks in Silverlight

Session: WCF RIA Services

  1. Visit the RIA Services Site
  2. RIA Services on MSDN
  3. Watch Deepesh at TechEd 2010
  4. Subscribe to Deepesh’s blog.

Session: MVVM and RIA Services

  1. Watch John’s session from PDC 2010.
  2. Read Josh’s article on MVVM.
  3. Subscribe to John’s blog.
  4. Follow the RIA Services resources from the previous session.

Session: Silverlight Apps with PRISM

  1. PRISM on CodePlex
  2. PRISM on MSDN
  3. PRISM videos on Channel 9 ( previous PRISM version )
  4. Subscribe to Karl’s Blog

Session: Premium Media Experiences with Silverlight

  1. Learn about the Silverlight Media Framework.
    1. Watch videos on
  2. Learn about IIS Media Services
  3. Subscribe to David’s blog.

OData: The Open Data Protocol

Mike asked me to write something about OData for this week’s MSDN Flash Newsletter – reproducing that below – mostly just a bit of fun as it’s hard to fit anything into these short articles.

It’s hard to write an article to teach you anything about OData in 500 words. Why set out on that journey when we can do something “less boring instead”;

Run up your browser. I recommend IE8 as it seems to have most control around viewing raw XML but you can use “View Source” in FireFox or Chrome.

Remember in IE8 to switch off the lipstick that it applies to ATOM/RSS data by using the following menu options;

Tools | Internet Options | Content | Feeds and Web Slices | Settings | Feed Reading View OFF

Point it at (the Netflix movie catalog in OData format)

Notice that the default XML namespace is the open standard ATOM Publishing Protocol

Query for Movie People:

Notice that the default XML namespace is the open standard ATOM XML format

Double extra bonus points for spotting that it is supplemented with elements from the Open Data Protocol published under Microsoft’s Open Specification Promise

Scroll down to the bottom and notice that the data is being paged by the server – if you’re feeling adventurous, follow the hyperlink to the next page of data (the one with $skiptoken). If you’re got some time to kill, keep following those “next” links for a few hours Smile

Try to locate Nicole Kidman:$filter=endswith(Name,'Kidman')

Too many Kidmans? Choose the top record:$filter=endswith(Name,'Kidman')&$top=1

Not perhaps the best way of finding Nicole (‘Papa?’), use the primary key instead:

Which films has Nicole been in? Who could forget the classic “Days of Thunder” with Tom Cruise as “Cole Trickle”:

What if I wanted Nicole’s info as well as the titles she’s acted in?:$expand=TitlesActedIn

Too much data? Sort these titles alphabetically and return the first page of data for a page size of 3:$orderby=ShortName&$top=3

But to do paging I’ll be needing the total record count (notice m:count element with value 47):$orderby=ShortName&$top=3&$inlinecount=allpages

Next page:$orderby=ShortName&$top=3&$inlinecount=allpages&$skip=3

Prefer JSON? Well, there’s no accounting for taste but I know “Cole Trickle” preferred it too:$orderby=ShortName&$top=3&$inlinecount=allpages&$skip=3&$format=json

Getting a feel for it? It’s not just about querying though…

OData is a web protocol based on open standards for RESTful querying and modification of exposed collections of data. It takes the basics of REST and adds mechanisms for addressing, metadata, batching, and data representation using HTTP, AtomPub, Atom and JSON.

Want to expose OData endpoints? See here. There is support in a number of products and also in .NET Framework (V3.5 Sp1 onwards) for easily exposing OData endpoints from standard data models such as those provided by Entity Framework and also from custom data models provided by your own code.

Want to consume OData endpoints? See here. There are client libraries for all kinds of clients including AJAX, full .NET, Silverlight and Windows Phone 7.

Either way, go here and watch Pablo explain it more fully (double-click the video once you’ve started it playing as no-one can be expected to watch a video playing in a 1.5inch square Smile)