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December 2010 - Posts

POP Forums, the beta, coming in January
(Channeling that guy from Futurama:) "Good news, everyone!" POP Forums v9 for ASP.NET MVC3 is looking like an actual product right now. I kind of dropped off of the preview releases to CodePlex, but rest assured, it's coming along swimmingly. My plan is to post the first beta in January, probably after MVC3 ships. Stay tuned!
Windows Phone 7 review

I finally got around to composing some thoughts on what I think about Windows Phone 7, and I posted those impressions on my personal blog. I'll save a few bytes and not repost it here.

It should be obvious that my general impression is overwhelmingly positive. What I don't go into very deeply is how much I enjoy developing stuff for it. Baby Stopwatch was not even remotely hard to build, because it wasn't complex, but also because the platform itself is so easy to deal with. I've been messing around and building something a little more involved, and it too has been fun to work with. Sure, you have the quirks of Silverlight to work out, and then the phone-specific quirks after that, but it really is a lot of fun. If you haven't come up with a science project for the phone, I would encourage you to do so.

Now if only I could find a gig here at Microsoft where people just build phone apps all day! (But not games... I know we already do that quite a bit.)

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