Monthly Archives: January 2008

Microsoft@Siemens conference

Technical stuff, Work
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I’ve been taking part to a conference in Erlangen in collaboration with Microsoft. It was a very interesting event, an occasion to meet people from Microsoft Germany, and to continue the collaboration started long ago. I was asked to make a presentation about WPF, and I chose to show how we use WPF in the project I work on, and also to add a few words about the social implications of introducing WPF in a traditional, industry oriented firm like Siemens. “Social implication” is a strong word, but I think that for many people, WPF is going to change how we develop code, to change responsibilities in a way that is “shaking” their world a little. That should not be underestimated. I got a good response from the audience, and I think that these thoughts are hitting a spot. I am going to hold a similar talk in TechDays Switzerland in March (the week after MIX), and I am impatient to talk about this to the audience.

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Something for the MVPs out there

Technical stuff
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Just in case you didn’t find it out by yourself:

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Silverlight: When should you use RegisterScriptableObject?

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff
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One of the most exciting features of Silverlight 2.0 is its ability to let .NET and JavaScript communicate in a very direct way. JavaScript objects can call .NET methods directly, and register for .NET events.

On the .NET part, this needs a little preparation. There are two steps that you need to perform to enable JavaScript –> .NET communication:

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Parlez-vous Facebook? Looking for translators.

Technical stuff, Website
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Facebook is looking for french speaking persons willing to help translating the site. I really don’t have time for that, so if you speak french and have free time to spare, you should probably register. Looks like they really need it sorely (see below) :)

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Software development as a fine art

Personal, Technical stuff
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Joel Spolsky of “Joel on Software” has a nice article about Undergraduate programming. I especially like this: Software development is an art.

I have been thinking a lot about software development in the last few years, and came to that realization as well. The soft factors in software development are so strong that it is at least as much an art than a science. Software needs creativity. Software needs design. Software needs esthetics. Software needs beauty.

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Meet me at MIX

Personal, Technical stuff
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I just got the confirmation that I will attend MIX. That’s great news, after MIX06 and MIX07, I cannot wait to be there again. This conference is simply amazing. I am really looking forward to meeting all the amazing people of the WPF and Silverlight community, and I hope I will meet a lot of new ones.

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KaXaml V1.0 released

.NET, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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I hardly believe that anyone reading this blog doesn’t know Robby Ingebretsen’s work, but just in case, he has great news: KaXaml 1.0 is released!! More information about this great tool here. Also included: XSD-based Intellisense support (like in VS2005) and basic Silverlight XAML support!

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MVP, take two / Silverlight greeting card

.NET, Personal, Silverlight, Technical stuff, WPF
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Just got the good news: I am a MVP for one more year :-) My first MVP award last year was for ASP.NET, but due to my new tasks in the field of WPF and Silverlight, I’ve been awarded one for Client Application Development this year. I think it makes sense, since my activities are really focused on the client (not just the UI, but mainly), and this is also what I have been blogging and speaking about last year.

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