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April, 2007

  • Brad Abrams

    Hello Silverlight!!!

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    Having been involved in a few of the notably-mediocre names such as "Windows Presentation Foundation" and "Windows Communication Foundation" and the like, I am very excited that we have landed on a good name for our web client platform... Soma introduced...
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    Silverlight Poster....

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    I love helping developers understand our developer platform... one of the fun ways I get to do that is be at least a little bit involved in making some fun poster... We have done them for the BCL , .NET Framework 2.0 and .NET Framework 3.0 ... Today we...
  • Brad Abrams

    Framework Design Papers

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    Steven Clarke (a usability researcher here at Microsoft) has published a set of very interesting papers discussing the core concepts of framework usability. I thought I'd collect them for your reading pleasure... 1. Dr. Dobbs article on Measuring Api...
  • Brad Abrams

    Orcas Beta1 Success Story

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    Wow -- it is great to be done with Orcas Beta1 ... I can't wait to see what the feedback is like... As it would happen, today I had an "Orcas success story"... Steve Marx is helping me with a demo for Mix and we just today moved it over from VS2005...
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    The .NET Show: ASP.NET AJAX Extensions

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    A while back Matt , Bertrand and I filmed a .NET Show episode focusing on ASP.NET AJAX . The .NET Show: ASP.NET AJAX Extensions Several kind readers wrote in to suggest some "out-of-context words" for us to skillfully work into the conversation... I am...
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    Mix Sandbox in the Sky and my demo...

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    Have you checked out the Mix Sandbox in the Sky yet? It is a free web hoster that has all the cool bits we are talking about here already installed. If you are here at Mix, it allows you to build, install and share YOUR work. If you are following the...
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    ASP.NET AJAX Podcast from TheServerSide.NET

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    I just noticed that TheServerSide.NET posted a couple of podcasts I did with Jack Vaughan about ASP.NET AJAX and some other fun stuff. In the podcasts we talk about the rising tide of user experiences and how best to incrementally move to this model....
  • Brad Abrams

    New ClickOnce Case Study Posted

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    We just finished a very interesting case study on ClickOnce right here at Microsoft. The study covers our people-and-positions management tool (HeadTrax) that is a .NET Framework app used by 72,000 people world wide. Deploying an Internal HR Application...
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    Defy All Challenges - Video Posted

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    I love the new VS " Defy All Challenges " theme.. One of the thing that gets me up in the morning (ok, more likely staying up at night) is the idea that we are helping development teams across the world create amazingly better solutions to their everyday...
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    VB "Orcas" What's new Web Cast

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    Kit just forwarded me some information about a cool set of webcasts covering what is new from the Visual Basic team for developers in Orcas... Check it out, i'd love to hear what you think.. The live series starts April 18th and will continue to the end...
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    Paint.NET Creator on DNR

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    It was very cool to run across one of the creators of Paint.NET (a very cool replacement for window's paint app written in managed code) on DotNetRocks . Rick Brewster recently joined the development team in my group and you will hear more about what...
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    On my way to Mix....

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    I can't wait for Mix to start... Friday we locked down all the bits we are giving out (and it is a LOT of them)... polished some very cool demos and got our hands on the final version of some other cool stuff. You could really feel the buzz growing over...
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    Defy All Challenges - More Videos

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    I noticed the full interview I did for the Defy All Challenges site got posted. To watch the videos, go to http://www.defyallchallenges.com/ Select "Enter the Base" then "Windows Vista"
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    O'Reilly Short Cut: Getting Started with Silverlight

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    I just ran into one of the editors from O'Reilly in the halls at Mix and he told me that they just published a "Short Cut" on Silverlight. I have not read it yet, but Shawn Wildermuth is very plugged in guy and a proven author so I am sure it is great...
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    Continuous Improvements in the Docs

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    The "shipping software 101" class at Microsoft clearly talks about how we are not done shipping the day the product hits the web (or the media is burned)... An ever increasing element of great software is continuous improvements. This support includes...
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