Last weekend I traveled to Redmond Washington to attend the Microsoft Web Camps conference. This blog post has some of my impressions.
Figure 1: At the conference
EF (Entity Framework)
EF is advertised as the core of new web applications. It is a two way object relational mapper. It ships with a provider for SQL Server and uses Linq to Entities as query language.
Uses meta-data from EF and provides services like server and client data validation and CRUD scaffolding using ASP.NET 4.0 controls. Once your EF model is in place, it lets you build an admin website with in literarily minutes. You can customize the default data entry control for each data type.
The MVC tooling is closely integrated with the EF model. It makes it very easy to create controllers, actions and views based on the model entities.
Visual Studio 2010
The tooling in designed for rapid web application development around EF.
I met the following people at the conference. James Senior was the hosting the event and the other guys were guest speakers.
Clint Nelsen (http://startupweekend.org)
The Startup Weekend Game
The following projects were being developed during the second day which was organized similar to the StartupWeekend.org format.
- Campus Energy Management (won second place)
- Game Meetup website
- Kids rewards system (won third place)
- Carpool matching website (I joined this group, but we didn’t get very far).
- Coupon website (won first place)
- Language learning cards
- Tree tagging
In case you didn’t make it to the conference, but you are curious about learning these new technologies, then check out the following tutorials:
Visual Studio Training Kit
MVC Music Store
Intellisense Issue with VS2010 RTM
I really enjoyed this conference and especially the second day. I’d like to attend a StartupWeekend event next. There is one scheduled in August in San Diego. Maybe I’ll see you there. By the way the food Microsoft served during the event was just awesome.