Archive for October, 2008

PDC day 2 keynote – updated

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Microsoft PDC 2008

Microsoft PDC 2008

What’s PDC? It’s the Professional Developers Conference put on by Microsoft. It’s one of the biggest events they put on for developers. I’m really excited about this one because of the Windows 7 announcements and sessions. I’ll do my best to live / semi-live blog the event. I’m going to do a test an use my OLPC for blogging at the event since it’s so much easier to lug around. Of course maybe someone from MS will see me running Sugar as the OS and help hook me up with the version of Windows XP that runs on it instead :P.

If you’re reading this and you’re attending PDC then hit me up on Twitter @futileboy

If you want to learn more about PDC then check out this sites:

Microsoft PDC 2008

Microsoft PDC 2008

What’s PDC? It’s the Professional Developers Conference put on by Microsoft. It’s one of the biggest events they put on for developers. I’m really excited about this one because of the Windows 7 announcements and sessions. I’ll do my best to live / semi-live blog the event. I’m going to do a test an use my OLPC for blogging at the event since it’s so much easier to lug around. Of course maybe someone from MS will see me running Sugar as the OS and help hook me up with the version of Windows XP that runs on it instead :P.

If you’re reading this and you’re attending PDC then hit me up on Twitter @futileboy

If you want to learn more about PDC then check out this sites:

Microsoft PDC 2008

Microsoft PDC 2008

What’s PDC? It’s the Professional Developers Conference put on by Microsoft. It’s one of the biggest events they put on for developers. I’m really excited about this one because of the Windows 7 announcements and sessions. I’ll do my best to live / semi-live blog the event. I’m going to do a test an use my OLPC for blogging at the event since it’s so much easier to lug around. Of course maybe someone from MS will see me running Sugar as the OS and help hook me up with the version of Windows XP that runs on it instead :P.

If you’re reading this and you’re attending PDC then hit me up on Twitter @futileboy

If you want to learn more about PDC then check out this sites:

update: okay that was a bust. As soon as I started blogging the WiFi dropped out and I lost connectivity. So I switched to my phone and started using the WordPress for iPhone app. Then the cell network started getting throttled as everyone else started doing the same and then it died. Sigh. All this technology and I was just stuck in dead silence. The press seem to have their own private secue WiFi so they were able to stay online.

Anyhoo, dosage I’ll be posted some updates today going forward with all the information I’ve learned. I’ll be install Windows 7 soon.

Be sure to check out MicrosoftPDC.com

8:08 am – people are starting to file in to the seats

Wifi is brokes so I’m updating via my phone woohoo

Okay, here we go

8:38 am – Ray Ozzie is talking about the history if the PC

“we all have PC, phone and web”

8:48 – Windows 7, IE 8, Silverlight 2

Lost connectivity. Will post update soon today.

I’ll be at PDC

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Microsoft PDC 2008

Microsoft PDC 2008

What’s PDC? It’s the Professional Developers Conference put on by Microsoft. It’s one of the biggest events they put on for developers. I’m really excited about this one because of the Windows 7 announcements and sessions. I’ll do my best to live / semi-live blog the event. I’m going to do a test an use my OLPC for blogging at the event since it’s so much easier to lug around. Of course maybe someone from MS will see me running Sugar as the OS and help hook me up with the version of Windows XP that runs on it instead :P.

If you’re reading this and you’re attending PDC then hit me up on Twitter @futileboy

If you want to learn more about PDC then check out this sites:

links for 2008-10-23

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Simple CSS based wireframe annotation

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

A while back I created a simple CSS based solution to annotate wireframes for one of my clients.  This created a simple web based view of the wireframes.   I created the wireframes in OmniGraffle.  As a side note, tadalafil I love OmniGraffle.  It’s one of my most favorite applications.  The Omni Group makes amazing software in general.  If I didn’t have to use a Windows PC for work, website I would be using their software all the time.  It makes me sad that there isn’t a version for Windows.   My favorite part of this solution is that is works on screen and in print.  By creating a print version of the CSS it’s a simple process to print out a non interactive version of the wireframes if you need a hard copy.

image

The basic idea is to have a simple wireframe image loaded up with an image map to handle navigation. The image map part in this example was created using OmniGraffle, look but you could use which ever tool you prefer.

   1: <map name="GraffleExport">
   2:     <area shape=rect coords="20,366,169,450" href="News.html">
   3:     <area shape=rect coords="16,232,138,246" href="Products_List.html">
   4:     <area shape=rect coords="25,196,158,210" href="Suppliers_Page.html">
   5:     <area shape=rect coords="137,155,162,169" href="Products_Search_Results.html">
   6:     <area shape=rect coords="181,366,453,450" href="News.html">
   7:     <area shape=rect coords="466,106,752,180" href="About_CP_-_Careers.html">
   8:     <area shape=rect coords="466,331,750,450" href="Customers.html">
   9:     <area shape=rect coords="466,189,750,321" href="Suppliers_Overview.html">
  10:     <area shape=rect coords="0,0,13,14" href="Stucture.html">
  11:     <area shape=rect coords="686,77,740,91" href="About_- Careers.html">
  12:     <area shape=rect coords="175,77,222,91" href="News.html">
  13:     <area shape=rect coords="121,77,181,91" href="Products.html">
  14:     <area shape=rect coords="62,77,127,91" href="Services_Solutions.html">
  15:     <area shape=rect coords="217,77,266,91" href="About.html">
  16:     <area shape=rect coords="29,17,256,59" href="Landing_Page.html">
  17:     <area shape=rect coords="643,77,693,91" href="Contact.html">
  18:     <area shape=rect coords="25,77,65,91" href="Landing_Page.html">
  19:     <area shape=rect coords="512,17,739,59" href="Login_Register_block.html">
  20: </map>

For the notation part the notes are contained in DIV tags at the bottom of the HTML document and then placed with CSS and use JavaScript for the moue over behavior below is an example of one note.

HTML of the note:

   1: <div class="noteblock">
   2:     <div class="note" id="note001" onmouseover="return escape(document.getElementById('note001text').innerHTML)">1</div>
   3:     <div class="notetext" id="note001text">
   4:         1. This is the login is / register box. The behavior is for it to dynamically swap out with login box if selected. <br/>
   5:         <img src="loginNote.png"/>
   6:     </div>
   7: </div>

The CSS used handle to layout and display:

   1: .note {
   2:     font-family: tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
   3:     font-size: 9px;
   4:     font-weight: bold;
   5:     background-color: #FFFF99;
   6:     border: 1px solid #FFCC33;
   7:     color: #996600;
   8:     width: 16px;
   9:     height: 16px;
  10:     text-align: center;
  11:     visibility: visible;
  12: }
  13:  
  14: .notetext { visibility: hidden; }
  15:  
  16: #note001 {
  17:     position: absolute;
  18:     left: 493px;
  19:     top: 20px;    
  20: }
  21:  

 

The for the to get the note to appear next to the cursor I use wz_tooltip.js.  To handle the hide and reveal the notation layer I put together the following javascript:

   1: function getAllRules()
   2: {
   3:     if (document.styleSheets)
   4:     {
   5:         var theRules = new Array();
   6:         if (document.styleSheets[1].cssRules)
   7:             theRules = document.styleSheets[1].cssRules
   8:         else if (document.styleSheets[1].rules)
   9:             theRules = document.styleSheets[1].rules
  10:         else
  11:             return "Your browser doesn't support rules[] or cssRules[]";
  12:  
  13:         var returnstring = '';
  14:         for (var i=0;i<theRules.length;i++)
  15:         {
  16:             returnstring += i + ' = ' + theRules[i].selectorText + '<br>';
  17:         }
  18:         return returnstring;
  19:     }
  20:     else
  21:         return "Your browser doesn't support document.styleSheets";
  22: }
  23:  
  24:  
  25: function hideIt()
  26: {
  27:     
  28:     if (!document.styleSheets) return;
  29:     var theRules = new Array();
  30:     if (document.styleSheets[0].cssRules)
  31:         theRules = document.styleSheets[0].cssRules
  32:     else if (document.styleSheets[0].rules)
  33:         theRules = document.styleSheets[0].rules
  34:     else return;
  35:     theRules[0].style.visibility = 'hidden';
  36: }
  37:  
  38: function showIt()
  39: {    
  40:     if (!document.styleSheets) return;
  41:     var theRules = new Array();
  42:     if (document.styleSheets[0].cssRules)
  43:         theRules = document.styleSheets[0].cssRules
  44:     else if (document.styleSheets[0].rules)
  45:         theRules = document.styleSheets[0].rules
  46:     else return;
  47:     theRules[0].style.visibility = 'visible';
  48: }
  49:  

 

For the print CSS it’s loaded and defined with the CSS print media type

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="print.css" media="print">

Here’s the print.css:

   1: .note {
   2:     font-family: tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
   3:     font-size: 9px;
   4:     font-weight: bold;
   5:     background-color: #FFFF99;
   6:     border: 1px solid #FFCC33;
   7:     color: #996600;
   8:     width: 16px;
   9:     height: 16px;
  10:     text-align: center;
  11:     visibility: visible;
  12:     position: static;
  13: }
  14:  
  15: .notetext { 
  16:     font-size: 9px;
  17:     visibility: visible; 
  18: }
  19:  
  20: body { 
  21:     margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
  22:     padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
  23:     }
  24:  
  25: #top {
  26:     display: none;    
  27: }
  28: #top a {color: #999999;}
  29:  
  30: .noteblock {
  31:     margin: 26px;
  32:     padding-top: 12px;
  33:     border-top: 1px dotted #666;
  34: }

 

Here’s how it looks:

image

You can view the example of the wireframe notation.

I found this form to very helpful with several of my clients.  My favorite part is the ability to walk a client through the interaction and leave it behind since the notation is inline it helps answer most of the questions about interaction that are not represented by the wireframes.

links for 2008-10-21

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

links for 2008-10-16

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

links for 2008-10-15

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

Silverlight 2 Release soon

Monday, October 13th, 2008

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, page
ListBox, search Slider, infection
ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

Sprout

Monday, October 13th, 2008

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I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

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The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

I heart my new cup

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled Baudrillard, illness Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled Baudrillard, illness Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled Baudrillard, illness Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled Baudrillard, illness Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

Every Web site has a purpose. Yours may have more than one.

Your Web site is a collection of possible types of content and applications. The purpose of your site can be identified by thinking about your main business objectives and answering a couple of key questions:

  • What are you trying to accomplish on the site?
  • Why are customers coming to your website?

Let’s walk through a couple of examples. If your main goal is to achieve and maintain customer satisfaction, diet
your site is likely a Support site. If however, your main objective is to enable the direct sale of products and services, then your site is likely a Commerce site.

Web Purposes will help those of you in the web space measure the business value of your activities vis-à-vis your business objectives and facilitate tracking of your site’s success metrics.

Review the following Web Purposes to see which apply to your Web site.

  • Ad Revenue
  • Commerce
  • Community
  • Extension of Product
  • Marketing Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Self-Service / Support
  • Subscription

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