Sessions at Software Architect 2011 about .NET on Thursday 20th October

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  • Designing & building services the web & HTTP way with WCF 4.5

    by Christian Weyer

    The Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) has had basic support for building HTTP-enabled services since .NET 3.5. But now new & powerful features are available that let you design and implement an even more HTTP- and web-centric view on your service-oriented applications. Christian will show you how to build WCF services that can leverage the full power of HTTP. Come and learn how to create & expose HTTP-based services and also consume REST APIs in .NET and on mobile platforms.

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Thursday 20th October

  • LINQ and the Reactive Framework – a powerful new way to write code

    by Richard Blewett

    Reactive Framework is a new library that uses the new IObservable interface and LINQ to create a compelling new programming model that allows you to build “event” based code with declarative LINQ statements. This talk introduces the Reactive Framework and shows how it can greatly simplify your code.

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Thursday 20th October

  • Parallel patterns

    by Andrew Clymer

    Herb Sutter famously coined the phrase “the free lunch is over” back in 2005, when it became clear that processor clock speeds were no longer obeying Moore’s law. If developers wanted applications to go faster they could no longer rely on greater clock speeds, they would need to think differently and restructure their code to take advantage of multiple cores in order to get better and better performance. It turns out parallelising all but the most trivial piece of code is challenging. .NET 4 attempts to assist the developer by providing support in the framework to assist parallelising algorithms through the use of parallel constructs like Parallel.For, and Parallel LINQ and a variety of concurrent data structures. The framework vendors would like you to believe that the free lunch is now back, but whilst they can deliver a moderate free lunch, if you truly want a gut-busting free lunch you will have to deploy a range of tricks for your algorithm to take full advantage of those multiple cores.

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Thursday 20th October

  • Architecting async UIs using C# 5 and beyond

    by Andrew Clymer

    NET 4 introduced the new ‘task’ abstraction, and C#5 will take advantage of integrating this task abstraction into the language via the async and await keywords. Furthermore, the new task abstraction promotes a new way of architecting asynchronous behaviour; in this talk we will explore how to take advantage of these new keywords and other new types and features being exposed in the next version of .NET to deliver far simpler asynchronous Windows UIs.

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Thursday 20th October

  • M-V-VM from the ground up

    by Dave Wheeler

    M-V-VM (or Model, View, ViewModel) is a critical pattern for modern WPF and Silverlight development.
    But how do you actually do it?
    And what are the benefits?
    This hard core, deep dive session will examine all aspects of the M-V-VM pattern; its benefits, problems, consequences, and all of its warts.
    This session is a must for anyone working in a modern Windows and .NET application environment.

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Thursday 20th October

  • Windows Azure Platform for architects

    by Christian Weyer

    As a solution architect you should be aware of the benefits (and the risks) of Cloud computing. In this session Christian Weyer will walk you through the holistic set of Cloud features that the Windows Azure Platform (WAP) offers. Whether you want to run applications and services in Windows Azure, store data in Windows Azure or SQL Azure or securely communicate with and through the Cloud with the help of the Windows Azure AppFabric: come and see a pragmatic view on WAP and learn which slice of the Cloud may fit for you.

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Thursday 20th October

  • Advanced M-V-VM

    by Dave Wheeler

    Most M-V-VM demos stop with a single Model, View and ViewModel.
    Not this session.
    We’ll take a hard look at multiple ViewModels; central commanding (such as File, Save All); isolation and testing; secondary UI and interaction between a View and a ViewModel; and robust and reliable messaging.
    This is an important session for those wanting to move beyond the trivial reference implementations seen in Prism or on the web.

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 20th October

  • Making WCF simple: best practices for testing, deploying and managing WCF solutions in the big enterprise

    by Jesus Rodriguez

    During the past few years, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) has established itself as the fundamental technology to enable service orientation in the Microsoft platform. However, adopting WCF in the big enterprise requires complementing the sophisticated capabilities of WCF with efficient practices in areas such as configuration management, unit/load testing, dependency management, and versioning among many others. Enabling these capabilities facilitates the adoption of WCF in the enterprise in an agile and simple manner. This session presents a series of solutions and best practices for addressing important aspects such as configuration management, endpoint discovery, automated unit/load testing, service dependencies, etc. We illustrate these solutions using a series of practical demonstrations that will help developers to implement large WCF solutions in a more efficient and agile manner. Additionally, the session presents three case studies that highlight how customers are implementing some of these solutions to adopt WCF at a big scale in the enterprise.

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 20th October

  • Entity Framework and the repository pattern

    by Andrew Clymer

    .NET 4 comes with a version of Entity Framework that is fit for purpose. Entity Framework is Microsoft’s ORM, their version of NHibernate. Entity Framework version 1 forced developers to be tightly coupled to Entity Framework, this goes against traditional ORM technology and creates problems for unit testing. Entity Framework 4 fixes this problem via POCO support. However it is still up to developers to work out how to utilise the technology to truly loosely couple application logic from business logic. This talk will take you through these new features and show how the repository pattern can be deployed with Entity Framework to provide a testable and loosely coupled solution.

    At 4:00pm to 5:30pm, Thursday 20th October