A New Era has arrived.

On the day where all the talk is around financial bailouts and economic meltdowns, there was one piece of incredible news.  We now have a commercial orbital launch industry in the US.  The Falcon 1 vehicle from Space X became the first privately designed, funded, and operated launch vehicle to achieve earth orbit.  Now THAT’s an achievement.  And from what I can see – they’re not going to be the only ones for long, there’s a good many other companies looking to follow up this momentous occasion.  This is the foundation we needed to get everything from perfect ball bearings to high volume pharmaceutical refining to orbiting solar power plants to resource extraction from off world bodies.  And it starts today – and hopefully will keep expanding.  My fingers are crossed that we can make this new revolution stick and not end up in a Fallen Angels world.

ArcReady Links I mentioned

For our Dallas, attendees, I apologize – I had to juggle a couple of other events and am being slow about putting up the links I mentioned.  For Austin, here’s the list – I made it before my deadline. :-)

For the event slides, you can go to http://www.tinyurl.com/ArcReady

For the beta information on Zermatt you can sign up for the program at http://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?SiteID=642

For a central point for what the Microsoft Architecture group is doing – visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/architecture/default.aspx

For information on what the Patterns and Practices team is doing – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/practices/default.aspx

And for the information on our next ArcReady session – as always, keep an eye on http://www.arcready.com

XamlFest

I just got word that Jared is running a new program called XAMLFest down in Houston in October (October is going to be BUSY!)  If you’re planning to be around Houston on the 6th and 7th, here’s the details

Dates

Monday & Tuesday October 6th and 7th

Attendees

We’re only allowing 40 attendees to this event. First come, first served.

Venue

Microsoft South Central District: Houston, TX

One Briar Lake Plaza
2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350
Houston, TX 77042
Phone: (832) 252-4300
Fax: (832) 252-4545

Agenda

Date

Time

Topic

Monday, October 6th

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Introduction to WPF, Xaml, Expression Blend

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Building Applications to Support Design, What is a Design Integrator?

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch, Mingle, Prizes

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Instructor-led WPF walkthrough and assisted development

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Assisted development

Tuesday, October 7th

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Introduction to Silverlight, Data Binding, LINQ

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Design best practices, Silverlight on the Web

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch, Mingle, Prizes

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Instructor-led Silverlight walkthrough and assisted development

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Assisted development

(Updated – dates were right on the scheduling but weren’t correct on the agenda.  Now they’re right in both places.)