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Nov 192008
 

Scott Guthrie gives us a status report on the Silverlight 2 deployment and key design wins worldwide.  100 million downloads of Silverlight 2 in the past 4 weeks.  Silverlight is now on 1 in 4 PCs on the web. BlockBuster and Netflix both use Silverlight for their online movie players. Scott also sketches out some details […]

Nov 182008
 
Client-Side Live Operating Environment: What’s It For?

Dare Obasanjo has written up his characteristically frank first impressions of Live Framework and how it compares to Google’s GData API.  It’s a good read:  Live Framework (LiveFx): Is It Microsoft’s GData or Something More?   Dare closes the article with this: On the flip side, the client-side Live Operating Environment is a technology whose benefits […]

Nov 142008
 
How Do I Mesh Thee?  Let Me Count The Ways

A few folks I’ve talked to in the Live Frameworks CTP forum or in email have expressed a little bit of confusion or a lot of surprise at what you can do with the Live Mesh platform and Live Frameworks. Let’s run through a few of scenarios to give you an idea of the breadth of options you have to leverage Live […]

Nov 062008
 

Now that the PDC crowd is back home again and has had a chance to digest the mountains of information collected during the conference, we’re seeing an uptick in blog posts talking about writing apps for Live Mesh using the Live Framework Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio. Here are a few posts I’ve stumbled into […]

Nov 052008
 

Oran Dennison has been dissecting the new Live Framework Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio (“VS tools”) and raised a few questions about how the VS tools are uploading Live Mesh application files into the cloud. “Why does VS upload files to the cloud individually instead of as one zip file?” VS uploads individual files to the cloud because […]

Nov 042008
 

We’ve discovered a bug in how the Live Framework Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio (“VS tools”) set permission values for Live Mesh-enabled web apps uploaded using the VS tools.  This results in your mesh app running with fewer permissions than the intended default permission set, which will prevent your app from modifying mesh feeds for contacts or news. […]

Oct 292008
 

In looking back at yesterday’s post on Windows Azure and Live Framework Tools I suddenly realized I didn’t provide any links to content about the VS tools I work on!  Let’s see if we can remedy that… Live Framework SDK and Tools  (dev.live.com) Getting Started using the Live Framework Tools (msdn.microsoft.com) Cloud Computing Tools Technology […]

Oct 282008
 

Yesterday at PDC Microsoft unveiled Windows Azure, a new platform for global scale distributed computing services, often called “cloud computing”. Today Microsoft rolled out tools for creating apps that use Live Services, access the same Mesh Objects you see in Live Mesh, or execute in the Windows Azure cloud.  Mesh-enabled web applications can even update themselves thanks to Feedsync-enabled Live Services […]

Oct 082008
 

Here’s a quick note for a solution I discovered the hard way that isn’t covered well in the MSDN documentation:  If you are writing a Visual Studio extension and adding a menu item to an existing menu (such as the project context menu) using a .vsct (Visual Studio XML Command Table) file, the priority field of […]

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Sep 302008
 

Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this year sounds like it’s going to be a landmark event. According to tidbits offered on the PDC website, this year’s headliners will be the first peekat Windows 7 (with prebeta DVDs!) as well as Microsoft’s new thrust into the cloud computing space (no disks needed).  From the website:  Come […]

Sep 262008
 

Scott Guthrie has announced the availability of Silverlight 2 Release Candidate.  Scott’s post also delves into some of the details of this release, including new controls and near-final UI skins for the entire Silverlight control set.  Check it out!

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Jul 292008
 

I’m slowly gaining ground in the war against paper.  I’m a packrat, which immediately calls into question the structural integrity of my house and garage.  However, I’ve discovered that technology transcends the limitations of corporeal space.  I can still hoard precious tidbits for posterity in digital form without risking premature burial under collapsing stacks of […]

Jul 022008
 

The PicLens guys and gals have rolled out a new 1.7 release with quite a few new navigational aides and features.  I’m a little late to the party with this post, as 1.7 went public a few weeks ago while I was distracted with bootstrapping the new job at Microsoft. The three headliners for this […]

Between the Lines

 Posted by at 1:17 am  Work
Jun 302008
 

There has been a bit of pot-stirring on the blogs this weekend. Dare Obasanjo reflects on recent migrations of Google engineers to Microsoft, using the “e” word (exodus). Dion Almaer fires back, pointing out that people move between companies all the time, hardly justification for the “exodus”. Both are right, and both are wrong. First […]

Jun 252008
 

In getting back up to speed with Silverlight, and in particular the new Silverlight 2 beta 2, I’ve been surfing through the many quickstart topics on various web sites. While skimming “Receiving Plain XML Messages with Silverlight” these words lept out at me: note: The WebClient class does not currently support cross-domain calls. Say what? […]

Jun 212008
 

So here I am configuring my dev machine in Redmond from my laptop in my home office in Santa Cruz.  I’m all VPN’d and security card authenticated up the wazoo, installing this and configuring that on the dev machine via Remote Desktop.  (Praise be to RD!) I get Hyper-V set up on the dev machine so I […]

Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Released

 Posted by at 11:17 am  Work
Jun 092008
 

In all the excitement of getting oriented in the new digs at Microsoft, I almost missed the news that Silverlight 2 beta 2 has been released!  You can get the goods from Silverlight.net.  I found a nice overview of what Silverlight 2 and beta 2 have over on the GeekValley blog. Lots to dig into in […]

YouTube Exec Joins Cooliris

 Posted by at 11:11 am  Work
Jun 042008
 

Om Malik notes YouTube exec Sashi Seth is now Cooliris chief revenue officer. I’ve had the pleasure of talking with Sashi for the past few weeks at Cooliris, and have been impressed with his knowledge of the online advertising space and his drive to make things happen. Cooliris intends to pay the bills using advertising, but has been hampered […]