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  • Blog Post: RTM of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Client App Deployment)

    I wanted to thank all the ISV's, VAR's, and SI's I have spoken with and those who have replied to my requests for soliciting feedback on Client Application Development (e.g., Software as a Service (SaaS) and Rich Internet Applications (RIA) ). This release has a number of significant features and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announcement of Silverlight 2 (Devices/RIA/Client)

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced a significant technology advancement in Rich Internet Application (RIA) platform development. This announcement was significant on many levels from my perspective. It solidifies (beyond SL 1) the ability to use .Net to develop richer (beyond video and media) web...
  • Blog Post: Software as a Service (SaaS) and Rich Internet Applications (RIA)

    I have been spending the last few months doing research on ISV/VAR/SI applications. As part of my research, I have been looking into trends and discussing with customers where our industry may, is, or should be headed. I would love to hear your thoughts on the following subjects. There...
  • Blog Post: Tech-Ed, Smart Client, VSTO, and Outlook Addin's

    I want to appologize for the delay in posting Blogs, but we have been very busy on getting Whidbey out the door and adding a few new features like Smart tags as well as Outlook Addin's. Tech-Ed WebCasts for Smart Client as well as other interesting sessions. The link for the web casts will require...
  • Blog Post: Client definitions

    Thin Clients · Network dependency - required o A thin client relies heavily on the ability to connect to the Intranet and/or the Internet in order to retrieve and display data to the user. Data is almost exclusively stored in a central repository and is retrieved by connecting to a SQL or Web service...
  • Blog Post: In the News

    Office Developer Conference The first annual Office Developer Conference was held in Redmond, Washington last week and it was clear from the BillG keynote that Office is becoming the premier Smart Client platform. I counted at least 4 references from Bill Gates to Office as a platform. The conference...
  • Blog Post: Smart Client Scenario

    From March 1993 through October 1994, I was consulting to the state of Washington , Department of Labor and Industries. During this period I worked on a project to build the first Windows Client-Server application. This project was used to prove out the Windows development environment, as compared to...
  • Blog Post: Thin Clients - Web clients

    The late 1990's saw growth in the Internet through the utilization of an underutilized network infrastructure and the browser wars. PC's were everywhere and they contained an application Host (IE, Netscape, Mozilla, etc..) for running code (script). Corporate IT departments were overburdened with the...
  • Blog Post: Taking advantage of the distribution of power - Rich Clients

    The superior usability of the PC with its mouse for input and the ability to quickly relay information in a language neutral manner via a graphical user interface became the client platform with which we could develop rich applications. These applications were rich in functionality since they could take...
  • Blog Post: Let's get personal

    Around the late 1980's Personal Computers (PC's) were starting to provide functionality suited to individual user usages like word processing and spreadsheet functionality. This brought processing and data storage down to the user and away from the central server and mainframe ("big iron") environments...
  • Blog Post: We get smarter as we evolve

    Back in 1984 I was attending college and the classes reflected the current computing architecture. I took Assembly, Cobol, CICS, and DL1. Assembly and Cobol where the languages of choice for mainframe applications. Cobol was a higher level language and had a lot of native support for reporting functionality...
  • Blog Post: Introduction

    The idea of what constitutes a Smart Client Application and the architecture to support this model very much chronicles the evolution of my career. So I decided to blog about this subject in the hopes of sharing, debating, and contributing to this evolution. In this post, I will briefly touch on what...
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