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  • Blog Post: Adding (DLR) Scripting to a Desktop Application

    Want to Learn More? I highly recommend Michael Foord's book, IronPython in Action . I have blogged about MahTweets a couple of times: The long search for the perfect WPF Twitter Client. Over. and MahTweets goes 2.7 . MahTweets is a MS-PL open source social media client, created using MEF and WPF , based...
  • Blog Post: MahTweets goes 2.7

    The MahTweets team have released version 2.7 of the open source social media client. Based on WPF, MEF and other developer goodness: with source code available if you want to see how to create a desktop application. Many useability enhancements based on user feedback – and the needs of the developer...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-immersion and Character Weaknesses

    Long, long time now posts. Twitter captures my immediate thoughts; and time is captured by other pursuits. The Netbooks at Australian TechEd pioneered the way for the PDC 2009 Acer handout. And quite frankly drained me completely. After being hyper-immersed in a project I find it somewhat difficult to...
  • Blog Post: The long search for the perfect WPF Twitter Client. Over.

    Twitter; Facebook and friends is the place where I spend most of my day. For work and play. Separating work and play is difficult in single-column twitter clients. Enter mutliple columns, filtering as base requirements for my perfect twitter client. Stuck in closed-source TweetDeck; or moving through...
  • Blog Post: Open Source Goodness Comes in Threes

    Hyper-V Instrumentation via Linux driver, source code contribution (GPLv2) Microsoft Live@EDU integration for Moodle via a plug in, PHP source code contribution (GPLv2) Gestalt. <script language=”ruby | python”> client-side scripting (MsPL)
  • Blog Post: Unintended Consequences

    Two unintended consequences of Microsoft open sourcing: 1. Google Chrome (on Windows) uses the Windows Template Library (WTL) published under the Ms-PL 2. Mono outpaces Java for Linux desktop application adoption . An interesting quotation from the article: “It is an interesting irony that Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Open Source Developer Conference, Sydney, 2008

    During the 30 minutes of presentation, I demonstrated the following bits and pieces of open source and or free Microsoft bits. Demo set 1: Open source licensing and giving back ASP.NET MVC on Stackoverflow.com: licensed via MS-PL Codeplex.com ; the main, but not only, Microsoft repository of our open...
  • Blog Post: Demos and Links from Edge of the Web, Nov’08 Perth

    During the 50 minutes of presentation (including at least 9 ICHC images), I demonstrated the following bits and pieces of open source and or free Microsoft bits. Demo set 1: Web Standards Live Mesh Mobile : take photo to mesh on laptop MacOS X 10.5 client available too [ not demo’d ] DataModelBrowser...
  • Blog Post: Hidden in the Mists of the Forest

    Hidden in the mists of the autumnal forests (northern hemisphere, southern hemisphere it is springtime!) Microsoft opened a new door to interesting Opensource-web things: http://www.microsoft.com/web/content.aspx?id=microsoft-introduces-installers-for-open-source-apps http://www.microsoft.com/web is...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft, Open Source and IronRuby

    John Lam is interviewed by James Turner at OSCON 2008 . To understand the interface between Microsoft and Open source, this is an excellent overview. With some Ruby stuff duck-typed in there, too
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