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Do you know Silverlight has an inbuilt native RSS Reader?
Interesting, I keep asking this question a lot and the responses I get are something that un-nerves me. In that, in Silverlight there is a native RSS Reader built in, so the ability to consume an RSS Feed is so easy, it's almost cheating (Sharepoint readers, pay attention here). The secret to this can...
14 Aug 2008
It was interesting to read this CNet.com article around Flash, HTML and AJAX . It talked about the various ways in which the Adobe Flash is struggling to compete with AJAX in the RIA space. In fact, some of our early research showed that AJAX was associated with RIA, and not Flash, despite Adobe's best...
11 Aug 2008
Finding your balance between AJAX and Silverlight
Tonight, I found via twitter a deck from Plaxo’s Joseph Smarr . In this deck he talks about the war injuries he received in heading down the AJAX route. It’s a great deck and worth checking out but what I liked the most about it, was that it reminded me of my struggle back in 2002 as a web...
24 Jan 2008
POC #1 - Project Harmony (pt1) (Silverlight & Flash)
I've been enjoying the overall experience of what Silverlight has to offer since I started with Microsoft back in January 07. That being said, I've often been an internal "goto" person at times for some Flash advice on behalf of Microsoft customers around the world. In light of this, recently...
15 Nov 2007
RIA: Difference between an Application and Website.
There are many things that make up a RIA today. I posted last week about Interactive vs Internet, and I think it's played out enough. Personally my conclusion is to let the "I" be silent, and it could be "Information, Interactive, Internet, Interface, Idiocy" etc. "I" of...
24 Oct 2007
How To: Using AjaxControlToolkit to animate Silverlight.
In my Silverlight travels, I was thinking on how one is able to animate a "PullDown" menu, in that it comes down and then goes back up upon triggered events. Approach A. I decided to approach this using simplistic rules, where I'd create two animations inside Expression Blend using the KeyFrame...
3 Oct 2007
RIA and Search Engines.
The latest annoyance with RIA (Rich Interactive Applications) these days (not wide-spread thankfully) is how they aren't really suitable for search engine's such as Google. There's a reason for this and it's simply put, they aren't web pages. They aren't documents, and furthermore they aren't worth indexing...
4 Aug 2007
RIA is a belief, Silverlight is the execution.
I interact a lot around discussions in the Rich Interactive/Internet Application (RIA) space. I read as much as I can on it and keep tabs on what I find interesting around theories associated to RIA. I also engage folks whom never have even heard the acronym RIA and it's interesting conversation to have...
2 Aug 2007
We gave birth to RIA.
Adobe's Mike Downey and I were throwing comments back and forth on twitter.com this morning, it was derived from Brad Becker (ex Flash Product guy @ Macromedia and now Microsoft staffer) post on RIA . Brad posted this a few months ago when JD @ Adobe got all fired up over Rich Interactive Applications...
24 Jul 2007
Performing a hitTest with Silverlight
In my Silverlight coding travels, I've found the urgent need to carry out a hitTest to determine where my end-users mouse is currently located but also what elements are underneath it within Silverlight. So what's a hitTest you ask? well essentially it's when you ask " Is this object colliding or in...
15 Jun 2007
Some minor Silverlight assumptions/queries.
It's been an interesting couple of days for me, as I've meet some developers in both business meeting setting and via social setting (aka WebJam ). In my chats with these developers, they all seem very keen to learn more about Silverlight but have hesitations on it that range from "Isn't it bleeding...
8 Jun 2007
I predicted Microsoft Surface in September 2005
It was 29th September 2005 , I posted on my old blog " AJAX is a one trick poney " (yes, it should be pony). Inside my rant you'll find the following snippet "..Content is king, and always will be but how does one access the content, thats the key deciding principal. Its now about User Experience and...
31 May 2007
I Love my Silverlight: MossyVideo Player
Since I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment, due to a foot injury (I had my big toe's toenail ripped off), I decided to go nuts with a project I'm working on, called MossyVideo Player System Thingy which is built in Silverlight. Fig 1.0 (The Design in its early stages, it starts with the orb...
23 May 2007
Microsoft AIRLIFT 07 (Live.com Debrief)
I can't say much about much about what took place in an internal debrief around Live.com and Spaces.com . I have to watch my wording here as I could get into trouble for letting things slip, suffice to say I can talk about what's public today. Live.com exists, it's got a lot of already established goodness...
28 Apr 2007
Silverlight + AJAX eh?
25 Apr 2007
Zinc vs Apollo.
Jaspal Sohal (CEO) Multidmedia, a company whom own the software "Zinc" has made some official comments on where they sit against Apollo. We can't be certain at this point on which of the two are better, as Apollo is still in alpha. Yet, if the race were to be called tomorrow, I must admit I'd go with...
25 Apr 2007
Thanks Silverlight, you just validated RIA (Wrong, here's why)
In 2002 one of the guys ( Jeremy Allaire) whom I owe my house & lifestyle to, came up with an idea that Rich Internet Applications (RIA) should exist in a certain way, with a certain direction going forward. I trusted his idea, as the last one was Coldfusion and it paid off for me so I went with...
21 Apr 2007
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