When I was preparing for RIAPalooza, I created and blogged about Creating a Simple Silverlight Countdown Blog badge. It was great but I wanted to updated it for the next event and realized that recompiling it was not really a user friendly option. The answer is that I updated the widget to have a level of parameterization so that I could easily update it without having to recode everything. *Update » read more.
I’m going to be speaking at RIAPalooza in about two weeks, well more specifically at the time of this writing it’s 10 days, 12 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds. I’m going to be tag teaming with Mike Labriola again talking about “10 questions about RIA you haven’t had the courage to ask”. We’ve got a short list of questions but are hoping to get some questions from the crowd » read more.
I was just on a cool webcast called the .NET Coffee Break Show. I did a short show on getting started with IronRuby and Silverlight. Because the show is supposed to be just 30 minutes or so, I didn’t get into my usual preaching about the Ruby programming language or why people should use a dynamic language. Instead I just stated the fact that I really like Ruby and I » read more.
I was asked about the media player in Silverlight and performance. Honestly, it’s not my strong suit. I’m more of a line of business kind of guy. The good news, however, is that there are a ton of great people here at Microsoft that can answer those type of questions. Check out Building high-performance Silverlight Media Players | Ben Waggoner | Channel 10
It’s been an amazing month. I had the opportunity to take a tour around Europe speaking about Silverlight. I got to see a lot of different countries, speak to a lot of different people, hear a lot of different visions and opinions and really experience how global of a company Microsoft truly is. First, let me just say thanks to Beat Schwegler who set up the whole trip. He has » read more.
Moonlight is still continuing to progress. Moonlight is the open source implementation of Silverlight for Linux. It’s being run by Miguel de Icaza of Novell. There are a couple of things that are interesting to me about this project. First, as I talked about in Dancing in the Moonlight!, it’s unprecedented interop and openness on the part of Microsoft. Microsoft gave the project the specs and a ton of support. » read more.