Feb 14, 2010

Did you Know?

A fantastic video found in YouTube, should check this out.

Feb 10, 2010

Challenge your world: Day Final

The sessions that I attended today, I can categorized into three.
  1. Technical (Most of the time)
  2. ASP.net 4.0 by Seok Chern.
    • He has showed us new features of ASP.net. Like background task, async file uploading, email verification etc.
    • AppFabric- without setting up webfarms we can distribute load across multiple servers. 
    • CSS Sprites- If you have 4 images to show in the page, typically asp.net will call 4 server request to get those image files from the folder. But using Sprites technique asp.net runtime will get those 4 images as 1 image from the folder and show it in the page.  
    • SmartyRoute – eg: we can omit file extension in the browser address bar but still load the resource. You can type http://www.foo.com/category instead of http://www.foo.com/category.aspx .
      SmatyRoute enables load dynamic pages based on the parameters given in the URL.
  3. Promotional
    • Microsoft Dynamics introduction were held by Krishnan Muralidharan.
    • Lisa Tay showed us xRM as a rapid application development freamwork with some case studies.
  4. Tactical
    • Madhusudan Kohil & Rahul Pahwa delivered a practical topic these days Green IT. We also learnt that we still have opportunities to save Green in terms of IT. They showed us how Microsoft has adopt this strategy and how far success them.
    • Freddy Tan, security advisor for Microsoft Asia, has delivered yet another good session to the gathering about IT security risks.
Today is the final day of Tech Ed 2010 Sri Lanka. I am truly thanks full to all the speakers and Microsoft with other sponsors to make this happen in Sri Lanka.

Feb 9, 2010

Challenge your world: Day Two

Bruce Schneier, The security guru – The Economist , delivered a speech under topic Re conceptualizing Security. In that one hour session, he convince us that he is a real security guru. And he discussed what security models passed down with our generations and how it think in that way to apply security concepts in IT. Though it is not technical session but quite interesting one which change the way thinking of security.


Its took my attention what he explained about Feelings, Model and Reality in terms of security.

In the next session, Prasanna Amirthalingam has presented Tips & Tricks with WCF 4.0. Some of the interesting things are,
  • Missing address discovery using UDPDiscoveryService
  • Service request routing
  • Validating inputs (Parameter Inspectors) in WCF pipeline which will enable to plug or unplug without modifying the current WCF service.
  • Caching
  • Implementing REST principle
Pinal Dave showed us the other side of SQL Server index which we already know but use it wrong way. It is also interesting session that attracted everyone’s’ attention. He proved us worst cases when using index without knowing it. The conclusion of this session is,
  1. Drop unused indexes
  2. Always have clustered index
  3. Use filtered index( new to Ms-SQL 2008)
  4. Use User Defined Functions(UDF) wisely.

I have learnt lot of things today and as a totally I’m happy for the day with tech ed.

Feb 8, 2010

Challenge your world: Day One


Microsoft Tec Ed 2010 Sri Lanka is now happening in Colombo. This time its theme becames
Challenge your world.
 It is quit thrilling experience to Sri Lankan IT professionals. It will be last 3 days, today is the day first. I am one of attendee on behalf of my company(Brandix Lanka).

Here is the summary of sessions which I attended to,

Sliverlight 4.0 (Beta) (Speaker : Risman Adnan) ,Some of the new cool features were introduced, among them ,
  • Drag’N Drop- you can drag files from your local hard drive into the Silverlight application.
  • Printing Capabilities.
  • Right Click facility which enables to add context menu to the application.
  • Integrating web cam with Silverlight applications.
  • Feature that I’ve thrilled is Out of Browser enhancement.
Darren Sim has explained to us about VS2010 and its new features and ASP.net 4 .0 and AJAX CDN(Content Delivery Network).
ASP.net 4.0 comes with,
  • Lots of Charts including financial and statistics. Now creating a chart as easy as binding data to a Gird control.
  • AJAX Toolkit – now totally supported by Microsoft.
  • MVC 2.0
  • URL rewriting
  • SEO optimization
  • And we can create packages to deploy ASP.net applications with VS2010.
In addition to that there were following sessions too,
  1. What's new in Exchange 2010 by Madhusudan Kohli & Aviraj Ajgekar
  2. Optimize your Windows 7 Deployments with System Center by Charlie Tan
  3. New Features in SQL Server 2008 R2 by Rushab Metha
  4. Managing Exchange Server with System Center by Charlie Tan
  5. Data Protection Manager 2010 by David Foo
  6. The history of the Log: Change Data Capture (CDC) by Pinal Dave
  7. Active Directory Federation Services v2 by Brian Puhl
  8. SharePoint Server 2010 by Joy Rathnayake
  9. Introducing the Microsoft Web Platform by EdQuek