Monthly Archives: October 2007
I am flying back home tonight. I’ve been in the US for 1.5 weeks now, and it feels good to know that I’ll be home tomorrow. I really miss my girls, and can’t wait to see them again.
Last week at Microsoft has been great. We met tons of people, and learned a big deal about the future of .NET and other technologies (including WPF and Silverlight). I took the occasion to have lunch with Scott Guthrie (our second meeting in person, the first one was during his last visit to Switzerland), and I was once again amazed at how nice and helpful he always is.
I am back in Redmond, taking part to a one week workshop with other Siemens software architects. It’s my first time with this group, which gathers a few times a year to discuss Microsoft technologies. So far, it’s a great experience, packed with news about upcoming releases and existing products. Most of what we hear here is under NDA so I cannot report much, but to be here really gives a great confidence in the future of .NET in general, and WPF / Silverlight in particular. We can expect a lot of improvements in terms of performance in a near future. Also, expect a *lot* of new features in upcoming versions of Silverlight!!
I posted a 50 minutes screencast on my website, with a demo involving Expression Design, Expression Blend and Visual Studio 2008 to demonstrate the workflow between the designer, the developer and the WPF integrator in a WPF project. In this demo, I build the foundation for a PDA application from scratch, using VisualBrushes, ControlTemplates, Animations, Gradients, etc… I also use a 2-DLLs architecture, one of them containing all the resources needed to create a new “skin” for the application, which I also demonstrate.
The excellent Nathan Dunlap posted on the 18th of September about Blend September CTP, and the new features he likes. It’s very much in line with what I have been thinking too since I tried this latest edition, so I am not going to repeat it, just go ahead and read his post. (By the way, it’s good to see Nathan blogging more lately, very happy about that