Nearly all of .Net developers are aware of MIX Talks (my guess, only developers who has no internet access are not aware of MIX. If you are one of those, stop writing code and go write child novels) and they are thrown every year by Microsoft. MIX11 is just a few months ahead of us and this year, it will take place in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas between 12th of April and 14th of April. For those who has no idea what I am talking about, here is a brief overview of MIX which was quoted from http://live.visitmix.com/About
MIX is a unique opportunity to engage with Microsoft and industry professionals in a two-way conversation about the future of web - from the diversity of devices and interaction models on the front-end, to the tools and technologies that power the user experience, to the services that make it all possible.
MIX is for professionals who design and build cutting-edge websites. http://live.visitmix.comPREVIEW THE NEXT WEB
Learn about the future of web, from the diversity of devices and interaction models on the front-end, to the tools and technologies that power the user experience, to the services that make it all possible. There’s no better place to hear about the future of Silverlight, Internet Explorer, Windows Phone, ASP.NET, and technologies like HTML5 and CSS3.
GET REAL ANSWERS FROM THE EXPERTS
MIX isn’t just about getting a first look at the latest technologies and trends – it’s an opportunity for you to have your questions answered by industry and Microsoft experts.
I thought that there could be an easy way for students to live those sessions where they happen. So I have searched (this is a Microsoft event so I thought that would be only legitimate if I Google it with Bing ) and nothing has come up and decided to try to get information by e-mail.
MIX registration team replied me at the same they with tons of information and I didn’t know that MIX has this kind of great deals for students.
Before diving deep, I would like to indicate that I have asked MIX registration team for the permission to publish the content of e-mail they have sent me on my blog so that the others can be aware of this opportunity and they kindly accept my request.
My question was so straight and their answer was so informative;
Q : I am a student on Travel Management, in Turkey and I would like to know if you have any discounts for students on MIX11 or not.
A : The academic rate is for full-time students and full-time staff of the academic community at the time of MIX11 with proof of enrollment or employment from an accredited educational institution. The cost to attend with a code is $595 and covers the regular conference fee only; Pre-Conference Boot Camps and hotel accommodations are additional.
Given the original cost which is $1395, this deal is pretty perfect. Of course you need to prove that you are eligible for the discount. How so? They informed me before I asked! Pretty gorgeous. The process is as indicated below;
College, university, and career state-accredited school students qualify to register for MIX11 using the academic discounted rate with an acceptable form of academic ID. Please provide one of the following to prove that you are a current, full-time student:
- Official dated, current class schedule indicating name of school and student
- Official dated, current school tuition bill indicating name of school and student (please black-out tuition cost and any other personal information)
- Official dated, current report card indicating name of school and student
- Other official dated, current proof of enrollment indicating name of school and student
Faculty / Staff
College, university, and career state-accredited faculty and staff members qualify to register for MIX11 using the academic discounted rate with an acceptable form of academic ID. Please provide one of the following:
- Official, current faculty/staff paycheck stub indicating full-time employment (please black-out salary information and any other personal information)
- Official, current letter on school letterhead verifying person’s full-time employment
If you are an eligible academic and would like to attend MIX11, you need to submit your form of academic ID in one of the following ways:
- Fax a photocopy of academic ID to 1-206-783-5594
- Email a scanned image of academic ID to MIX11@ustechs.com in JPG, PDF or GIF format
After you complete those above steps, the process is going to be like below according to MIX Registration team;
Once we receive your valid proof of academic ID, we will provide you with an RSVP code to register. Please note you will need to bring the original form of academic ID in addition to a current valid photo ID with you to the event and show it at the time of registration. Failure to provide valid proof of eligibility is the responsibility of the registrant, and the registrant is responsible for their hotel and travel plans.
Personally, I am not going to make it for this year due to the academic calendar but maybe you are. I would say that is a perfect deal to catch for students and this kind of events are the best way to integrate with Microsoft developers.
Pack your stuff, and get ready for those geek sessions
Owww, I almost forgot. If you’ll be there for MIX, don’t forget to put the picture (just on the left side) on your blog to inform others that you will be there
This is cool way to say “Hey, I am a geek and I am proud of it…”
Sometimes we get sick to put our avatar pic. to every web site that we have registered to view our avatar. In this point gravatar.com helps us.
Gravatar works very basicly and securely. Firstly, you need to go to gravatar.com and sing up. After uploading your avatar and configure it with your e-mail address, your are basically done.
When you are writing a comment to a blog post, you are mostly required to enter your e-mail address and that e-mail address is enough to put your global avatar along with your comment. Of course, this is valid if the web site accepts gravatar pictures.
Do not panic whether your e-mail address will be on picture's url. It won't. The picture url will similarly looks like that;
You could easlily take advantages of gravatar and use it on your website. You could read implementation guidance for more information.
If you are using ASP.Net MVC and you are familiar with NuGet, the implementation will be so easy.
Implementation of Gravatar on ASP.Net MVC
- Write this command on Package Management Console : PM> install-package Microsoft.MVC.Helpers
- After the instalation, you will see Microsoft.MVC.Helpers.Gravatar.GetHTML(...) method. That method will generate the gravatar automatically.
Hope this helps !
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta has been released on the 15th of September in 2011 which was yeterday. The new version of IE is so much better than the others.
There is not so much to tell here. So it is better to try it by yourself. The Internet Explorer 9 Beta could be downloaded from below link;
Enjoy your browsing :)
The perfect moment has come !
Umit Ilhan's new website http://www.umitilhan.org/ has been online today. The website design look prety amazing and I am sure we will see some good stuff in that website although I am a little disappointed that none of net framework stuff has been used for the website.
Here are some hot links from website.
- Umit Ilhan Articles : http://www.umitilhan.org/articles.html
- Umit Ilhan Videos : http://www.umitilhan.org/videos.html
- About Umit Ilhan : http://www.umitilhan.org/about-me.html
- Umit Ilhan Photographs (Which I find very Narcissist but good though) : http://www.umitilhan.org/photos.html
So, we expect him, at least, write a review here about this little introduction post.