Microsoft Mix10 Day 1 keynotes

Spent an interesting afternoon with Microsoft at the Delfina bistro near London Bridge (friendly atmosphere, good food) watching the highlights of the MIX10 day 1 keynote and then the live day 2 keynote with Scott Guthrie. Microsoft seem keen to push the new development software versions; there ae plenty of new features and much to learn….after the task of learning, we are promised that it will be much easier! There were certainly a large number of features that have been added or updated and I will be at the front of the download queue to try Visual Studio 2010. The main concern was that I noticed a few days ago, that we should wait for the full release if we are developing in Silverlight; the latest Silverlight facilities are not in the core download.
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Some notes on Microsoft dev at PDC09

I decided to watch the live PDC09 keynote by spending my evening with other similarly minded developers. Microsfot had invited us down to the Delfina restaurant at London Bridge to watch it socially, with a beer and a chat. Apart from a few issues with not being able to see content designated as US-only (why would they use that for an international presentation?) the evening was full of wonderment as the new version of software were discussed, Windows 7 of course, Silverlight, the web tools and Visual Studio.

Food and atmosphere was good as well. Recommend trying it.
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Mix09 and new Microsoft developments

I’ve just been watching what was talked about at the MIX09 show. There’s some inspirational stuff on there, the more so if you are a Microsoft devotee. Even for someone like me, who is open source enabled, it is impressive and will surely bring more power to everyone creating web sites. A lot of the new facilities have been taken from looking at their competitors, but there’s a lot of innovation as well. The competitive thrust of Microsoft, Adobe, Apple and the many Web 2.0 providers is giving us a truly exciting experience. Do go to the site and watch the videos. The keynotes are long but filled with new toys…I hope they arrive soon in a non beta version near you.
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Silverlight and the killer whales

I know Orcas didn’t really spring from the Orca the Whale movies, but I think that there will be similar huge momentum behind the marketing for the Silverlight and new Visual Studio tools. The battle for the browser animation has stepped up to the next level. Flash has now got a worthy competitor. Building ASP web pages has grown through the dotNet versions to become a very sophisticated system for the developers. Continue reading “Silverlight and the killer whales”