It has been a while since Windows 8 released a Developer preview. Although I installed regular edition is time for a refresh and just came across a nice guide to install Windows 8 on a VHD.
I just came across an interesting article how to use C# Async CTP about digging to internals and using some custom code to make t it applicable to Windows Phone 7 projects.
Check it out: Async CTP on WP7.
In case you haven’t played with C# Async CTP you probably should know this is next big thing in the world if multithreaded programming. Nowadays CPUs have more cores and by using I/O completion port and async programming model would make software solutions more scalable and threads will have less contention.
For more info check this PDC 10 video of Anders Hejlsberg
And by here I mean MSDN – finally it is released and can be downloaded on MSDN subscription.
Trial versions can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/download
And here is how apps can be written for Windows Phone 7:
Windows Phone 7 Series promises to be an amazing mobile phone operating system given its innovative user interface and functionality, as well as its great development platform upon which you can quickly and easily build games and applications. With a myriad of new devices, a powerful and immersive software platform, and a new marketplace to attract developers and provide easy access to applications, consumer demand for Windows Phones will be high, and developers will quickly adopt the Windows Phone platform to capitalize on this growing mobile marketplace. This Training Kit will give you a jumpstart into the new Windows Phone world by providing you with a step-by-step explanation of the tools to use and some key concepts for programming Windows Phones.
Check this training kit on Channel9.
Are you reading a lot about .NET 4? Are you keeping your certification record up-to-date? There there is a good news for you: Microsoft learning is making free beta exams on .NET 4 certification track for following exams in this period March 31, 2010 to April 20, 2010:
More info and FAQs on Microsoft Certification Blog.
Channel9 has a learning section where interesting walkthroughs and videos can be found. So far there are following categories:
For Visual Studio there are interesting videos about Managed languages, Data platform, WCF/WF, ASP.NET 4, Parallel computing…
Visual Studio 2010 RC is ready to download. Jason Zander posted some more information on FAQ than might be interesting to you.
If you find issues, please do report them via the Connect site. We’re also very eager to see your survey feedback on the release.
The consulting company Wintellect known in relation with world class experts like Jeff Prosise, Jeffrey Richter and John Robins are providing tech series that looks very promising. From the short description on http://www.wintellect.com/TechFocusSilverlight/ looks interesting.