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For those of you who don't know, the iPhone Developer Summit is next week. It is part of the larger AJAX World 2008 Conference next week. Check out http://www.iphonedevsummit.com for all the conference information. The conference takes place at the Roosevelt Hotel. I will be doing two different sessions during this conference:  iPhone Web Applications This session will cover the basics of creating web applications for the iPhone. Included will be tips and tricks on how to create a home screen icon that will launch your web application and how to make your application look like it is a native iPhone application. Introduction to the iPhone SDK This session will provide attendees with an overview of the iPhone SDK, including discussion of the App Store, Apple's planned distribution channel for SDK applications. Keep in mind that the contents of the SDK and experiences ... (more)

LINQ to SQL and Entity Framework on top of SQL Azure

As mentioned in my previous blog post, you don't get full designer support on SQL Azure within SQL Server Management Studio. In addition, you don't get designer support for LINQ to SQL or Entity Framework, either. So what do you do if you want to take advantage of these awesome object mapping tools but the designers don't work directly against the cloud? Conveniently enough, if you follow the tips in the previous blog post, you would have already created a local copy of your SQL Azure database. The "trick" (not really a trick at all, just not immediately obvious) is to point you... (more)

Astoria and the Semantic Web

Kevin Hoffman's Blog I have said it before and I'll say it again, Microsoft's Pablo Castro is one of the few people putting stuff out there from Microsoft that really seem to "get it". He knows how people want their data (well, he knows how I want my data, and that's really all that counts, right?) and he seems to be on the same page as everyone else that I have spoken to as far as the whole REST thing. People want their data to be located at discrete, uniquely identifiable URIs. End of story. In case you have been living under a rock, or you really don't care about Microsoft's ... (more)

My iPhone Review - No Native IM which Sucks!

Before I review the actual iPhone itself, I want to get one thing out of the way. This is a note to every single cellular provider in this country - throw away all of your stupid kiosks and stores and let people buy your phones the way they can buy the iPhone. The process of buying an iPhone and activating it is so mind-numbingly simple that for the first time in my life, I actually felt somewhat good after activating a phone... a far cry from that nauseous, crampy feeling you get after being accosted, insulted, degraded, and delayed by every other phone reseller in the country. ... (more)

Why Is iPhone Better? Here's My Story...

If you take a look at the success of the Nintendo Wii, you'll see an innovative device with an incredibly compelling user interaction design (the Wiimote, nunchuck, steering wheels, fitness pads, etc). The device itself has what the industry might actually refer to as "last gen" hardware. The video card is weak relative to the PS3 and Xbox 360, it doesn't come with built-in LAN (though you can buy a LAN/USB adapter for it), it has less memory and less processor power than the PS3 and Xbox 360. Yet, despite these so-called deficiencies, everybody seems to love their Wii, and it's ... (more)