Items of interest pt14
Just back from 1 week holiday in Tunsia, me and em needed a break before the wedding prep really starts. Wish I was still soaking up the rays on the beach....you bet ! :( My email and blog agg are full of a weeks worth of traffic so this could get quite big.....starting with Flex.
- Christophe matches Sarah (Laszlo) and Joe (XAML) for a RIA based on the Amazon web services API. Nice to see SOAP and XML/HTTP examples.
- Steve has a post on an example chapter from his and Alistair's forthcoming Flex book. The book is aimed at building RIA apps in Flex rather than finer details (those can be found in the great freely available MM docs). Not seen the book yet so its hard to say for sure (err...HINT ;-) but given the nature of Flex at the moment the book has a very J2EE slant, when the .NET version comes around I am sure that a future version of the book will address the balance. Also the web services chapter looks very generic, thats a very good thing (and IMHO the correct thing to do) but there are several .NET things you need to know when dealing with .NET web services and Flex.
- Microsoft graphics tool has SWF export, unsure if this product has a live cycle but I am sure the sparkle rumors will start again shortly ;-)
- VB.NET Refactoring, Don is stunned. :D
- RSS Bandit features, my blog weapon of choice. Looking good Dare :)
- Had a few on the CLR team last month (I think), now some job openings on the XML team at Microsoft. Live and breath it, take a chance and apply.
- Rob lets us know just what he is up to, good luck with it all. If Scott leaves I will faint ;-)
- Mono beta 2 is out of the door, congrats to the team, next stop v 1.0.....
- Datasets in web services (via John), Scott thinks its a bad sin (the bowl and fruit concept is a good one). His does list all the points as to why it bad and can see why you would, but like most things in the world (and that goes double for programming) you must tread carefully, sometimes its good to use them and sometimes its bad. The point about Java web services interop is a very, very valid one (ditto for all non .NET web service interop). Datasets in .NET web services don't play nice in the interop world, this gives you an idea of what I mean. At some point I will get around to posting my thoughts on it.
- Andrew Grey left a message on the Rotor mailing list that some progress has been made on the Rotor port of the MMTk toolkit,the mark-sweep GC is now running using the toolkit. Even at this stage it would be interesting to see some bench mark results from the standard GC.