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Over this last year, I had the pleasure of working with Ideablade and FitBPO and supporting them on their innovative work with UFC Gym (jointly owned by UFC and New Evolution Fitness). To support the opening of a global network of fitness gyms, UFC Gym needed a club management solution that would be easy for new staffers to learn and would support multiple operations of the business. FitBPO, partnering with IdeaBlade (and its DevForce product), decided to go with Windows Presentation Foundation and Microsoft Silverlight 3, and created a powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use solution that supports new-member registration, facilities scheduling, program-results monitoring, and more.
Matt Masteller said “…after reviewing Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight, we figured right away that these technologies were best for providing the intuitive user interface we wanted for staff and other users and for supporting the extension of our brand.”
Read (download) the Microsoft Case Study here and learn how they built the solution using Microsoft technologies and Ideablade’s DevForce product.
Together with FitBPO, IdeaBlade, and Microsoft, UFC Gym is planning more new, exiting, and innovative solutions as they launch their network of innovative fitness gyms.
If you missed the “Pragmatic Patterns for Architects” webcasts last week, you can go to the Strategy and Architecture Council (Microsoft Developer & Platform Evangelism U.S. West Region) site and view the slides or view the recordings.
You will find all 3 days there:
Day 1 – Patterns for Moving to the Cloud
Day 2 – Building Silverlight & WPF Applications with Prism
Day 3 – Patterns for Parallel Computing
“Cloud computing will supersede traditional IT”, “SOA will enable business agility”, “my way or the highway”, etc. We’ve all heard this type of proclamations before, as many look to the “next big things” in technology to exact sweeping changes and solve many issues; truth is, technologies and tools aren’t as instrumental in influencing progress, as the design and discipline in applying them to specific issues. When used appropriately, technologies and tools can be powerful enablers that bring about change.
To address this, and trying to be a bit more green, our team is hosting a series of live webcasts at noon PST on June 9th – 11th, 2009, which will focus on guidance and patterns for some of today’s hottest topics. Just another excuse to have lunch at your desk (if your time zone is nearby)!
Patterns for Moving to the Cloud – June 9
Larry Clarkin & Wade Wegner
Everything that you read these days seems to suggest that you should be moving to the cloud. But where do you start? Which applications and services should be moving to the cloud? How do you build the bridge between on-premises and the cloud? And more importantly, what should you be looking out for along the way? In this session, learn architectural patterns and factors for moving to the cloud. Based on real-world projects, the session explores building block services, patterns for exposing applications, and challenges involving identity, data federation, and management. This session provides the tools and knowledge to determine whether cloud computing is right for you, and where to start.
Building Silverlight & WPF Applications with Prism – June 10
Prism provides guidance, via design patterns, to help you build robust, flexible and modular Silverlight and WPF applications. These patterns support unit testing, separation of concerns, loose coupling and the ability to share application logic between Silverlight and WPF applications. Prism includes source code for the library itself, extensive documentation, and a sample application that shows how the patterns work together in a real-world application. It also includes a Visual Studio add-in to help you easily share code between WPF and Silverlight. This session provides an overview of Prism, and shows how you can use Prism to design and build composite Silverlight applications.
Patterns for Parallel Computing – June 11
With recent advances in cloud computing, service-oriented architectures, distributed computing, server virtualization, multi-core processors, etc., we are now seeing parallel computing techniques being implemented across the spectrum, and towards mainstream applications such as internet-scale web applications, massive data processing, graphics rendering, etc. But the myriad of choices also present a number of questions on when and how to utilize parallel computing. This session explores the architectural patterns and trade-offs between different forms of parallel computing, approaches for utilizing them to improve application performance and optimize use of existing infrastructure, and how concurrency can be applied towards day-to-day enterprise information processing needs.
For more details and registration, please visit http://blogs.msdn.com/sac/pages/council-2009q2.aspx
Surface is an exciting innovative technology that introduces a new way to interact with content – using your hands! Surface features a table-top display with unique abilities that allow several people to interact simultaneously or independently.
Surface, transforms an ordinary tabletop into a translucent, interactive facade. The surface can recognize cell phones, digital cameras, and other physical objects. It responds to human touch. Kids can finger-paint digitally. Business travelers can dive into maps and surf the Web without a mouse or keyboard, by using simple touch gestures across the screen. In restaurant settings, you’ll be able to order meals and play digital board games. At home, there may be no more fussing with the half-dozen remote controls sitting on your coffee table. That’s because the table becomes the remote control.
In April, AT&T announced it would introduce Surface in it’s retail stores, enhancing the mobile shopping experience.
Yesterday, Harrah’s Entertainment announced it will be launching Microsoft Surface at Rio iBar, providing guests with new “entertainment” experiences. Harrah’s has created an innovative suite of custom applications to provide guests with hip new ways to create their very own ultimate entertainment experience in an ultra-lounge venue. And for the “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” crowd; The table at the Rio iBar includes a program called Flirt, which lets customers sitting at any such table in the lounge see and chat with each other, take and e-mail pictures and even trade cell phone numbers.