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Tagged: July 2007 Blog Posts

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silverlight: eula's and expirations

ahh, eula's -- you know the thing you click 'next' on to get your software installed? :-)  well, for silverlight, one little note may bite some tomorrow (or today for some of you) -- well, whatever, 01 AUG 2007.  that is when silverlight beta expires (and thus the initial alpha as well).  so even if you have the plugin and working apps, it won't work. now is the time...update to the silverlight release candidate.  the release candidate also has an expiration, but now includes self-updating technology within the plugin.  check out this post to ensure you get the latest sdk's and...

silverlight: jelly overload

richardz found a place for his awesome silverlight 'jelly' samples...and added another one -- overload. check out the jelly overload! tags: silverlight , jelly graph , jelly overload , jelly pie , jelly bar , expression , xaml

flattering marketing confuses consumers

if it looks like a red bull can, would you assume it is an equivalent energy drink?  i did.  damn marketers. :-) here's what i'm talking about:    red bull is obviously the first can.  while in costco the other day i saw this 'bloom energy' drink.  i fell for it.  looked like an energy drink can (silver/skinny), and wild berry sounded intriguing (more than taurine energy drink flavor).  i didn't bother looking at the ingredients and figured i'd give this energy drink a try. guess what.  carbonated grape juice (with white tea extract which is the source of caffeine). ...

silverlight: update your silverlight streaming apps

as you might suspect, if you are hosting silverlight applications via silverlight streaming, you may have to make some modifications there as well to support the release candidate.  when hosting the python cube for mark, i had to make a few updates and thought i'd give some quick pointers to information that already exists as well as walk through a simple example. if you have a streaming sample, you might be seeing it running and showing the "Get Silverlight" banner: this, of course, assumes that the user has the updated silverlight plugin installed (either 1.0 RC or 1.1 alpha...

silverlight: get your rc on and samples updated

i've been at OSCON all week (more day 3 posts coming up soon).  while i was out, if you are a microsoft dev, you no doubt saw the flurry of announcements of visual studio 2008 beta 2 (with golive), .net 3.5, and silverlight rc1 releases. for the silverlight goodness, you can check out all the new stuff: Silverlight 1.0 RC1 / Windows (direct link) Silverlight 1.0 RC1 / Mac (direct link) Silverlight 1.1 Alpha...

vs2008 beta 2 released and install notes

yeah, i know, news flash.  there will be about 8 billion other blog posts about it so i have nothing more to add...but wanted to be sure you read scottgu's post on the subject which includes a special installation note. tags: vs2008, visual studio, orcas

oscon: day 2 - windmill - automated ui tests for ajax apps

what is windmill?  it is described as: Project Windmill was created with the intention of reaching 100% automated testing of heavy Ajax web applications after trying desperately to make existing solutions work. i'm eager to listen to this one.  i've used selenium as a web testing UI platform in the past and like a lot of what it offers...i'm expecting to see what windmill provides better/different and if it is more simplistic...here we go. the guys behind this are mikeal rogers and adam christian of the cosmos web project(?) which is now the...

oscon: day 2 - morning general session

forget it, i'm not calling it a keynote ;-) the morning session (which started out being a very, very thin crowd -- parties must have been good) started with a data visualization talk by ben fry.  honestly, i wish you could have been here for that.  the demonstrations were awesome.  the visualizations weren't pie charts, etc.  they weren't mashups.  think data meets industrial light and magic, pixar, or your favorite animation/special effect/interactive big-dog.  ben showed a cool visualisation of apache log files that looked like a flower blooming and you could create new 'stems' on it (best i can...

oscon: day 2 - microsoft and open source announcements

at oscon this morning, microsoft unveiled a new web site outlining positions on open source strategy.  the goal is to provide transparency into microsoft's perspective on OSS and a place where evidence and information can be shared. you can visit the new site here: Open Source at Microsoft. you might ask, 'what about port25, isn't that what it was supposed to be?' and you'd have a valid question.  port25 is the site for the open source software lab at microsoft.  it will continue to be a source for technical information with the oss technical community versus anything outlining...

oscon: day 1 - generating gorgeous word docs an pdfs

what?! a session at oscon about generating microsoft office document formats?  has he gone mad?  that is what i wanted to know so i sat in on michael koziarski's session on this topic. recognize the name?  you should if you are a rails developer...koz is part of the rails core team.  great guy, smart dude.  fun to listen to -- very dynamic. anyhow, i went to this session as the description read that microsoft developers had been able to generate well formatted office documents for a long time, so why not bring some love to the open...

oscon: day 1 - eliminating rails envy with php5

okay, now in a session for php developers -- or maybe rails developers...don't know yet. this session is from simon minnee from silverstripe, a cms solution provider.  simon quickly adds this disclaimer: this presentation is not intended to be a language war.  he admits that he is a novice with regard to Rails versus what he's presenting, etc.  de admits, in fact, that his understanding is naive.  he says "i just thought the title would be edgy.  forgive me." hmm...clever simon, clever -- got me in the door. he talks about their choice using PHP over...

silverlight tetris: please contact me

i'm trying to reach out to the author of silverlight tetris.  i don't speak spanish, but tried to post a note on the contact page, but got an error.  if anyone happens to know jose, please have him contact me (in english as i don't speak spanish). tags: silverlight, tetris

oscon: day 1 - is there a user in the house

i'm now sitting in a session entitled "hello? is there a user in the house?" with amy hoy.  amy is a user interface designer and has been around the block with regard to user centric design...something that is lacking in probably most software development processes. here's some of my raw notes/thoughts.  if you've done user-centric design before, most of this will not be new. creators == consumers (understand who they are building for because they are building for themselves) -- this is what makes some projects successful in the geek world -- we develop for what we want...

oscon: day 1 - who decides what open source means

well the next session block had some to choose from.  i decided one of these was going to be my choice: who gets to decide what open source means open design, not by committee cross platform .net with mono open source voting i saw the .net/mono one was in the product/services track, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but usually means that it has a product twist on it.  frank w/novell...

oscon: day 1 - rich internet applications in php

i'm sitting in andi gutman's presentation at oscon about building rich internet applications in php.  my expectations will be that this will be talking about ajax and flex (given the nature of the conference). andi's first talking about the nature of ajax for rich applications in php.  what is cool is that he mentioned the micorosft ajax client library and the codeplex php kit in the talk so far.  he said he likes talking about it because it demonstrates the nature of ajax standards.  he also talked initially about simplexml as a mechanism for communicating with ajax...

oscon: day 1 keynote

this year, microsoft is a premier sponsor for oscon alongside intel and zimki.  i'm grateful that microsoft is a sponsor and excited about some of the things we'll be talking about this week.  open source conferences certainly are a different beast compared to microsoft big-dog conferences like PDC/TechEd/etc.  sure there are the little things like the halls being constantly filled with sugar and caffeine...not here at oscon (which is not necessarily a bad thing). sigh, here's my biggest beef with o'reilly conferences...abusing the keynote.  on two levels.  on the first level is a little bit of obessiveness of accuracy...

silverlight: preparing for rc demonstration and my contact info

after a few inquiries i thought i'd just put together a very simple, very quick demonstration of preparing an existing silverlight 1.0 application for release candidate.  i've posted previously about the preview sdk and breaking changes and this screencast walks through taking two simple samples from the silverlight.net site and prepping them for the release candidate.  you can view the screencast here. now, i know that every person's silverlight application may vary, but there will be common things you have to do.  this first screencast shows those very common things that likely everyone will have to change.  i'll post...

rant: banking and beta browsers

i needed to check something online with my bank so i fired up my browser and checked.  then it dawned on me that i remember when ie7 came out that my bank (wells fargo) *immediately* (like literally within a few hours) started blocking it and put up a message saying specifically that my browser wasn't supported because it was beta. thinking a bit i fired up safari 3 beta...son-of-a-*  double standard.  looks like i wasn't the only one who thought so...i saw these guys standing on the side of the road today as well... shame on...

ironruby source code released

yesterday i just posted about excitement around the ironruby discussion at oscon.  well, more excitement today! john lam just announced the first drop of the ironruby sourcecode!  the source is licensed under the microsoft permissive license (BSD-style).  also the team has announced that they will be accepting source code contributions for the ironruby libraries!  this is phenomenal.  there will be a lot of work to make that happen and the intention is to get ironruby on to rubyforge by end of august. john also announced that in some some micro-benchmark tests, ironruby is testing significantly faster than ruby 1.8.6 in...

oscon: open source and microsoft

UPDATE: ironruby sourcecode released! this week i'm heading to one of my favorite cities, portland.  it is the week the open source geeks descend upon the oregon convention center for a week of open source-ness for OSCON. so why am i going?  i went last year and had a blast...and learned a lot.  this year i'm going to lurk a little bit more, try to get some candid thoughts of attendees and hopefully learn some more! microsoft will have a good showing this year, and i'm most excited about john lam's session on ironruby.  if you are headed to oscon,...

hanselman == blue badge

news flash: scott hanselman has joined microsoft...working in the developer division with scottgu. read about it here from his own words. tags: hanselman, blue badge, microsoft, devdiv, scottgu

turn the dial back 2: channel 8

channel 9 was born, then came 10...now press the down on your remote twice...channel 8 has launched! from the about page: Channel 8 is THE place to be for STUDENTS who want to code, connect and create technology. Stay plugged into tech news and share in the experience with students around the world just like you who want to see their creations come to life. This is also a back door directly into Microsoft just like Channel 9 but from a student point of view. This means access to the inside scoop about our products and life working inside...

facebook and silverlight

after playing around with some facebook toolkits, i wanted to ensure that facebook could enable silverlight applications within their context.  you see facebook and silverlight already live in harmony in popfly where you can create oh, i don't know, whack-a-mole with your facebook friend profiles? (sidenote: popfly was just updated again...read more here.) i figured i'd whip up a quick and dirty proof using the python cube example (thus also testing to see if silverlight streaming in a facebook app would work). lo and behold, no problems: using my newfound friend jing, you can see a quick screencast of...

silverlight: breaking changes

i know i posted earlier with a pointer to the preview sdk over in sneathville, but i walked through the docs this morning and just wanted to re-iterate the need to look at the breaking changes document included in the preview sdk.  why? because when i look at the numerous samples i see that some are likely to be affected.  wouldn't you want your sample to run when the release candidate is put in the wild?  i would. breaking changes...ugh...they suck.  but bear in mind this is beta and we knew there could be some.  in looking through the docs,...

more facebook .net

i recently posted about working with facebook and using the facebook toolkit that microsoft apparently partnered with to create.  i just noticed that nikhil has created another facebook toolkit for .net, which he calls Facebook.NET.  i'm not sure if nikhil knew about the existing toolkit, but he did do some interesting things that i'll have to take a look at that will also enable writing facebook applications (i.e., *in* facebook). this will enable you to create FBML applications more easily through the use of ASP.NET controls and .NET wrappers of the REST calls he made...pretty cool, check it out. tags:...

supper happy dev house comes to the other valley

so up in the valley (the one of silicon, that is), they have very interesting and different ways of getting communities in the tech world together.  one of them they've dubbed the SupperHappyDevHouse.  i swear everytime i hear that said or even type it myself i can't stop thinking of saturday night live's tv funhouse: but i digress (again).  anyhow, what is supperhappydevhouse?  well, if you read the site it is described as: DevHouse is not a marketing event. It's a non-exclusive event intended for passionate and creative technical people that want to have some fun, learn new...

dlr updates via facebook

as seen on facebook... "John [Lam] is VERY pleased with the performance of dynamic sites in Ruby." (13 JUL 2007) see you at OSCON next week :-) tags: ironruby, ruby on rails, ruby, ironpython, dlr, dynamic language runtime, silverlight, oscon

jing: your new snapshot tool?

just came across this little project from the makers of camtasia, techsmith.  they call their project jing.  it's essentially a 'let me take a video/snapshot of what i'm doing and instantly share it with you' tool.  sure we have us nerdos who know how to do these things already with alt+prtsc, winsnap, snagit, camtasia, etc.  but could this be a tool for the rest of us (or even for the alphas).  it's simple, fast and does exactly what it says it does.  check out the screencast on their blog for a quick demonstration (love the background music). pretty cool...

facebook + code = facephone and virtual friends

what?! you don't know what facebook is?  haven't you heard all the cool kids are doing it so you should totally jump on it with complete disregard to whether or not there is any benefit to you at all.  then just accept every single friend request and you can have yet another disparate network of your own!  (i'm actually experimenting with adding random friends to see if people accept them the way myspace grew -- friends in myspace seem to almost be a chest-pounding reputation/currency thing.) seriously, though if you haven't heard about it, it is worth a read. ...

silverlight: prepare for the release candidate

in a few weeks microsoft will be releasing the release candidate for silverlight 1.0.  on joe stegman's blog, he posted about breaking changes, etc.  moving forward once the RC is released, the api will be stable and should have no further breaking changes between RC and final release.  however, there will be breaking changes in the RC from beta.  if you have a silverlight application, now is the time to start preparing for what you may have to change. microsoft has prepared a preview SDK release containing: new silverlight.js detection/installation file for both beta and RC breaking changes...

web 2.0, i got it at best buys

this is way too funny not to post.  chris pirillo gets a telemarketing call from an it consulting company, which is clearly outsourced...and this proved to be one reason why your outbound sales calls might not be a good idea...seriously, spend the 15 minutes to watch this...it takes three people to explain to him what web 2.0 is... tags: web 2.0, pirillo

missing manuals -- new 'for dummies'?

lately i've been watching this show -- i don't even know what channel it is on, my tivo decided i might like it and started recording it...i love you tivo -- with the host david pogue.  it's basically a consumer-friendly geek gadget show.  he talks about different issues like do megapixels really matter in cameras (does a great field test on that one), what laptops are the best to travel with, etc.  his shows are well thought out and balanced in my opinion -- and he does good research.  the three shows i watched i never felt myself saying 'yeah,...

virtual vandalism

do you live in an area that has a lot of graffiti?  when you walk buy you say, 'dang, that looks really good, but i just wish it wasn't painted on in my neighborhood'?  maybe, maybe not. i saw a post about dome digital taggers.  using photography and time-lapse techniques, they are able to lay down some light (as in the luminous kind) graffiti.  check out the painting in light post as well as the flickr set of other photos.  they use light sticks, etc. whatever works to get the final product. what an innovative way of using technology...

yet another iphone opinion

if you absolutely have been sick of iphone coverage, then go ahead and delete.  i simply couldn't resist the urge to pollute the interweb more with iphone opinions...so i've finally gathered some of my thoughts and decided to vent here...and i don't even have one (yet)... let me first say that the urge has been hard to resist to get one.  anyone who knows me knows that when new tech comes out and if i can't get it, i'm usually in a fetal position soaking in my own vomit with withdrawls.  there have been very few tech things that have...

windows live quickapps

want to know how to use some of the windows live services?  announced at the partner conference this week, some beta windows live quickapps have been released.  these provide out-of-box implementations for certain scenarios and take advantage of live services like expo, spaces, silverlight streaming, virtual earth, etc.  and all source code is provided!  there are two of them available now, but more to come according to the site.  i downloaded the bike one, unzipped it and ran it right away...it was simple to set up. check them out here and download them at codeplex (with the source)....

amazon unbox and tivo -- nice

man i wish microsoft would buy tivo.  when tivo came out, i was skeptical.  it took some friends to really convince me that i was missing out, that i'd actually watch less tv, yada, yada.  after years of being a tivo user, i still love it.  i have two of them, they share recordings, i use the tivo desktop app...it is just a great experience (other than their customer service). they've nailed the simplicity in the user interface, the 'season pass' concept rocks, online scheduling...it all is just bliss for tv viewing.  high def?  well, okay, every company screws up...

desert code camp announced

the date for the next desert code camp is announced...September 15, 2007.  the site is open for submissions and registration.  this is a FREE event for anyone.  this is not a microsoft event -- open to the technical community...everyone!  submit a session about your favorite technology, give everyone an hour of your knowledge. visit http://desertcodecamp.com for details, current session submissions and to submit your own session!  get your travel plans set, block the date...come join us in the desert!  september in phoenix...very nice. tags: desert code camp, code camp, phoenix, azgroups, community

new swf to xaml converter

as seen on the silverlight.net forums (you should visit sometime)... over at theconverted.ca there is a new SWF to XAML converter in the market...according to the site: This program converts Flash animations to the Xaml format. It accepts files up to Flash version 8. It handles animation, sound and fonts. You drag files in, it generates the results. You can use the command line for automation. check out some of the demonstration conversions -- pretty impressive! tags: silverlight, xaml, swf, flash, swf converter, swf to xaml

MIX07 sessions updated

the sessions at sessions.visitmix.com for mix07 have been updated a bit.  some have included the slide decks for download, but a lot have also been updated so that you can choose the play option and get the video of the presenter side-by-side with the powerpoint.  it is an updated silverlight player, which also has chapter indexes (rollover the video) to fast-forward to points. anyhow, if you haven't seen any of them yet, or want to review, the player now really makes you feel like you are there! tags: mix07, visitmix.com, silverlight

speed of social networks --new commerce?

the other day i wrote about the social networks my wife has setup/belongs to.  i mentioned the 'qcbay' sales aspect of one of them.  i'll say that i'm an avid ebay user and occiasional craigslist lurker...but this time i decided to try out the wife network system of QCBay. i had an imac i wanted to sell (powerpc one).  my wife walked me through the instructions (read:rules) of listing something in her network...i did it under her name of course.  look at the timestamps on the mail. the first (10:01am is my message sent to the network).  the second...

heading to hotlanta, join us at the user group

on monday, i'll be headed to atlanta, georgia for some training.  i am hoping my flight will be on time -- i know it will :-), and then i'll be heading to the user group meeting at the microsoft office in alpharetta.  if you are in the hood, come over!  there are going to be a slew of geeks there talking about all sorts of stuff...should be a good time.  allegedly we'll be doing a 'who's slide is it anyway' session -- this scares me :-) visit doug's site for all the details, locations, times.

building community in your community

if you read this site, you are likely a techno dweeb like myself (or for some odd reason came via a really bad google search result).  i say that because when we geeks talk about 'community' we generally mean user groups, online forums, etc...you know geek community--joining together others who know nothing about each other but only commonality is their desire for all things geek. well, last week i went golfing with scott (who i met via community and have become friends with) and we were chatting about wives and stuff and what people do to fill their time in...

silverlight: python cube

while reading the silverlight.net forums, i came across a post by mark easton where he posted some python code with a cube and photos.  he referenced an article regarding manipulating transform matrix concepts and although it is for flash, it equally applied to silverlight.  i thought it was interesting and got the code and ran it.  pretty cool to see python code driving silverlight applications! i offered to put the sample up somewhere for mark, so here it is below.  i actually used the silverlight streaming services to post it since it was a simple enough sample.  great work mark!  the...


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