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Synergist is about Michael Scherotter's passion: combining technology in interesting ways and about the convergence of technologies. 

Michael S. Scherotter is a Principal Architect Evangelist at Microsoft

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    MySpace Qizmt, a .NET MapReduce Framework

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    When I went to MySpace to interview Erik and Akash about their usage of the CCR , I was also able to interview Mikhael Berlyant and Daniel Rule talking about Qizmt , their new open source .NET MapReduce framework. 
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    Robots at MySpace!

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    Got your attention? Not exactly robots, but software architects at MySpace have figured out a very cleaver use for the Coordination and Concurrency Runtime (CCR) that was originally released as part of the Robotic Developer Studio .  Take a look...
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    Silverlight Track at Silicon Valley Code Camp Oct 3-4, 2009

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    So now you’re ready to learn Silverlight – you’ve seen the demos of Deep Zoom , Smooth Streaming , PhotoSynth and Business Applications , and have been awed by the dynamic prototyping capabilities of SketchFlow in Expression Blend .  There is a great...
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    Silverlight and Web Analytics – the Next Generation

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      Ever since I wrote about Silverlight and Web Analytics (and PDF here ) with Silverlight 1, I have been meaning to update the document and guidance for Silverlight 2 and now Silverlight 3.  There are some new features in Silverlight 3 and Expression...
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    Let’s Talk about Web Analytics in San Francisco!

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    Join me September 9-11, 2009 in San Francisco for the XChange Conference on Web Analytics!  At the conference being held at the St. Regis, I will be leading two discussions ( see descriptions here ): Measuring RIA Applications: What, How, and Why...
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    Thrive for Developers

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    How do you Thrive as a Software Developer ? Over the past year, I’ve received quite a few emails from people who have been hit hard by the economic downturn and were looking for new opportunities. Many were people who I’ve worked with and some were people...
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    Back from Vacation

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    Yesterday I came back from a vacation (see Bing Map ) to Taos, New Mexico and Durango, Colorado with stops in Albuquerque, Silverton Colorado, and Mesa Verde National Park. I took my new Canon T1i digital SLR with me and loved using it – taking over 1...
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    New York Times Silverlight Kit version 1.0.7 Released

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    We have just released a new version of the New York Times Silverlight Kit , adding better documentation to the help file and new CLR objects for accessing the Campaign Finance APIs.  We’ve also updated the WPF Kit as well.  New Campaign Finance...
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    Just passed 1,000 on StackOverflow

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    I love StackOverflow !  It’s a great programmer question and answer site built on ASP.net MVC .  I have been an active member of the site for 8 month and have had a great time asking and answering questions about topics that interest me like...
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    Best Buy’s Keith Burtis Interviews Me

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    Keith Burtis from Best Buy just posted an interview that I did with him last week.  We covered everything from evangelism, to Silverlight, to career advice in about 26 minutes.  Best Buy is doing some very exciting things with their Remix APIs...
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    Silverlight Kit Webinars

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    Today went well.  I delivered three LiveMeeting presentation on Silverlight Kits, Silverlight libraries that facilitate data access to web services, with minimal technical difficulties.  If you missed the live presentations, then you can catch...
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    SFO Silverlight User Group Next Meeting on 6/11/2009

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    On Thursday, June 11, we will be hosting at the San Francisco Microsoft Office a second meeting of the San Francisco Silverlight User Group .  We are having a Silverlight Showcase where community members can show off their Silverlight applications...
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    Whitepaper on Measuring Browser Performance

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    If you haven’t seen it yet – download and read Christian Stockwell’s excellent whitepaper of Measuring Browser Performance .  You’ll find it relevant no matter which web browsers you use.
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    ARCHITECT COUNCIL | Pragmatic Patterns for Architects

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    “Cloud computing will supersede traditional IT”, “SOA will enable business agility”, “my way or the highway”, etc.   We’ve all heard this type of proclamations before, as many look to the “next big things” in technology to exact sweeping changes...
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    Virtual Event: Microsoft Silverlight Kits 6/9/2009

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    On June 9, 2009, I will be presenting a series of free web meetings about Silverlight Kits that I have been working on: 9:00 AM PDT: The MySpace Silverlight Kit 11:00 AM PDT: The New York Times Silverlight Kit 1:00 PM PDT: Building a Silverlight Kit for...
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    New York Times WPF Kit

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    If you browse the source code for the New York Times Silverlight Kit , you’ll notice that there are two project that are not for Silverlight but for WPF applications.  It turns out that most of the code that will work in Silverlight will work in...
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    Microsoft Product Roadmap

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    My colleague Bruce Kyle, just posted a list of product releases planned over the next year, including Silverlight 3, Windows 7, and Office 2010: http://blogs.msdn.com/usisvde/archive/2009/05/15/roadmaps-for-major-products-announced-at-teched.aspx Very...
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    Need Help with my Chroma Key Pixel Shader Algorithm

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    I’ve just uploaded a simple demo application that shows the Silverlight 3 Chroma Key Effect in action.  If you don’t have the Silverlight 3 beta installed you will need to install it from here (the install link in the application will not work). ...
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    Created HTML Help Documentation with Sandcastle

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    I just used Sandcastle and the HTML Help Workshop to build the documentation for the New York Times Silverlight Kit .  It took a little hacking to get it working but it turned out some pretty cool docs.  You can download the .CHM file here ...
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    Alpha Video with Silverlight 3 Pixel Shaders

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    One of the requests that I hear quite often for Silverlight is support for Alpha Video where video has transparent regions to ease compositing.  By adding GPU-Accelerated Pixel Shaders to Silverlight 3, that capability will now be possible. One of...
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    New York Times Silverlight Kit Now Open Source

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    We are excited to announce that the New York Times Silverlight Kit is now an Open Source project distributed under the MS-PL license .  There are some pretty cool techniques here that you might want to look at as you build your own Silverlight kits...
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    Silverlight, Video, and SketchFlow at MGFest in Austin Next Week

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    Next week I will be teaching two full-day workshops at the Motion Graphics Festival in Austin, Texas.  If you want to learn about Silverlight and Video Distribution and Encoding, then register for the Motion Graphics Festival today. Introduction...
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    The New York Times Silverlight Kit

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    Today we are excited to announce a new alliance with the New York Times around a new Silverlight Kit for the New York Times APIs.  The New York Times has made a number of services freely available to software developers as REST services at their...
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    Meet Me at the MySpace SF devJam 5/26/2009

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    Next month I’ll be going to the MySpace San Francisco devJam , a free all-day event at the MySpace San Francisco headquarters.  I’ll be there learning more about the MySpace Developer Platform and hopefully I’ll see you there too.  Our commitment...
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    Viewstream’s Silverlight Gets Social Event (5/14 in San Francisco)

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    Viewstream , a Microsoft Silverlight partner is hosting an event in San Francisco on Thursday, May 14th and asked me to talk briefly about my work with the Silverlight Kit for MySpace and what interesting synergies that the combination of Silverlight...
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