I've been thinking a lot lately about this whole Web 2.0 thing, especially around the emerging technologies from Microsoft, Adobe and Google (I could mention more, but these have the main primitives for starters).
A few folks committed at WebDU: "Barnesy, when you going to talk more about Microsoft products instead of Adobe's" which is a fair call, and it wasn't lost on me at all.
I have been holding off to be openly honest, as I've busy been brewing an idea and rather then sit there beating the "product war drum", I thought it would be much more effective to put our money where our mouth is so to speak (get my coding fingers dirty).
Time to illustrate "we play well with others", only prove it.
Today, I've began the first phase, the foundation pieces of putting together a community focused project called "Ready Steady Mashup", the points of interest first round is:
I'll post more details as I get them cleared but I've already began work on this and if it bodes well with one and all, its time to put Microsoft's money where its mouth is and show the Web generation that Microsoft can play a strong role in this space, and we don't have to be a "Red Team vs Blue Team" attitude.
Lastly but the most important of all, by doing this hopefully we can raise the bar on product demos in future, so that we don't keep seeing the same old Flickr / Map demos of late as to be honest, over it.
I've already began work on the first mashup which uses WPF and Web 2.0 pieces around the shop. I can't release the code first time round, but it will hopefully provide a nice benchmark going forward.
Gauntlet is thrown, time to up the stakes and I want to hear creative ideas, that involve even Apollo and Microsoft in the same sentence or even Google and Microsoft. Let's be agnostic instead of talking about it.
ReadySteadyMashup.com - We Play well with others.
All are invited! - Leave comments or contact me offline to be apart of it.