Kevin Hoffman's Blog
Lately there seems to be a lot of buzz around the whole Flex, Flash, Apollo
environment for creating extremely powerful, cross-platform RIAs (Rich
Interactive Application). In the interest of fairness and objectivity, I've
been reserving judgement until I got a chance to really play more with Flex.
Likewise, I hadn't really made any judgements about WPF/E yet, either.
So, when I read today that Microsoft had changed the name of WPF/E to
Silverlight, I got a little excited. Why? Because by changing that name, it
sounded a little bit like Microsoft had finally decided they were going to
throw down the gauntlet and try and compete directly with Flex.
I went and saw that Microsoft had re-skinned their WPF/E developer page and
it was now called the "Silverlight Developer Zone" , which looked promising.
Even more interesting was that there was now a dow... (more)
Kevin Hoffman's Blog
The word on the rumor mill is that Mac OS X Leopard will be shipping on
October 26th. While this is good news for some people, this is freaking great
news for me. Why? Because after the 26th I will finally be able to do blog
posts that contain information on Leopard, I'll be able to post code samples
in Objective-C 2.0 and distribute the source code to them. So, in just around
10 days, I expect the floodgates to open and all the Cocoa blogs and sites
will start dumping tons and tons of ridiculously cool Objective-C 2.0/Xcode
The only problem for... (more)
I've actually seen a few reports of people having trouble with the upgrade -
their computer hangs at the bootup screen for hours on end. Since I didn't
"upgrade" (like a good boy, I reformatted and started over) I didn't
experience the hour-long hangs, however, I did experience some delays during
boot. The first time I inserted the Leopard disc and it prompted me to click
the button to restart, I waited for about 20 minutes at the "grey screen"
waiting for the Apple logo to appear.
After powering down the laptop, ejecting the CD, and starting the process
over again, everything w... (more)
Most of the main guiding principles behind Web 2.0 and all that goes with it
can be boiled down to two things, in rank order.Does this application
actually add value for me?In the course of adding value for myself, does the
application implicitly add value to the community?
The first principle is fairly obvious. The application has to be useful for
someone to want to use it. Not only should it be useful, but it should be
compelling, interesting, and it couldn't hurt to follow some of the new
design styles and ideas floating around in the Web 2.0 space, including the
use of dynami... (more)
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Hopefully you saw me during the RIA Shootout that was held live yesterday
from the Times Square TV Studio in the Reuters building. The panel discussion
was all about RIAs, the future of RIAs, AJAX, where it's all headed and what
the landscape looks like. In attendance were Java folks, a representative
from Adobe who works in the Flex division, an open source advocate, Coach Wei
(the founder of the OpenAJAX alliance and CTO/Founder of Nexaweb), and Roger
Strukhoff, SYS-CON Publisher, who hosted and moderated the event. Oh, and
me. I was there too :)... (more)