January 2006 - Posts
I have left the following message in the EID newsgroup.
I am not sure if something like a PDC style after hours WPF\EID session is planned? It would be good to see a room booked up so that after hours folks can meet up, bring their laptops and learn from each other (and MS staffers if they were to attend) on how to best use WPF\EID, how they have overcome problems etc. If its not planned I would certainly like to see something like this?
If your attending Mix and looking at learning more about WPF\EID then this would be of great value, what do you think?
Some points here you can use.
Interesting story on how the code name for Cider came about, I wonder if the VSTS server that does the build (not distro it) is called Scrumpy :)
Jamie spreads more joy with this announcement on NCover support for TD.net
, kudos to da man. Still yet more to come....
Scott has the low down on his new WPF book for Wrox
, let me know if your going to Mix Scott? Would be good to hear more about the book.
A few days ago I was talking with my master chief about interface design, RIAs and WPF. In a business application you often see the standard win32 elements, radio buttons, tree lists, tabs etc. What was confusing was how something like WPF could fit into that world, functional and to the point. While in WPF you can create the very same interface, whats very different is that you are not limited to those interface elements alone. With a designer you can create an interface that suits your purposes, finding new ways of aligning interface elements, displaying data etc. WPF and Microsoft tooling allow developers to work very closley with the designer so the application no longer becomes the strict boundry of the developer, but like in the web world becomes a joint effort between designer and developer. If you are attending Mix its worth looking out for break sessions or discussions related to this. I hope Microsoft provide us with sessions that have a pure focus on this, I for one will look at interest at how Microsoft tooling will do more and more for this merger (for example the workflow and sourcecontrol of VSTS).
I have seen some comments on Scoble's blog
and other places about Mix, largely Web 2.0 != Mix and Mix == Bubble 2.0, that sort of thing. While Web 2.0 will be discussed in great depth at Mix its not its only focus, Mix will focus on the UX (MS speak for User Experience) that folds in many different things from WPF to Ajax. It's about using the web as your business model and the very best way of presenting your business to your users. The Bubble 2.0 comments made me laugh, I was around for the Bubble 1.0 and that was very much about how much money can I spend on a bad business model. Today's business's have proven solid business models and want to look at the next step on driving that forward, thats what Mix will help with (but not be the final answer to). I for one look foward to attending, showing what we have and talking to folks taking the same steps as us.
Speaking of the Sparkle release, a new vid is up on channel 9
about the release and some of the new features.
Not sure if this is a new thing but hot on todays Sparkle release is a public release of Flex 2.0
on the new Adobe labs site, it includes Flex 2.0 Builder (Zorn), Flex, Flex Enterprise Services and an adapter for integrating Flex and ColdFusion. Its a pure J2EE show, not even a hint of .NET, my 2006 prediction is looking good. I wonder if Adobe will be at Mix, would be nice to hear from another RIA player and indeed find out where is the .NET support in an enterprise product like Flex?
The first public CTP of sparkle is out
, be sure to post your feedback on the forums.
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