Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

November 2003 - Posts

  • XAML for .NET 1.1

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    You read that right, Chris Sells points to a company that has created a version of XAML for 1.1. [Andrew Stopford]
    Man, that was fast. Program with XAML today. Looks pretty cool.
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  • Longhorn Release Notes

    Bill Evjen earlier talked about his Longhorn Install Experience. In it, he pondered on how many installs he was allowed to do.Well, I came across an article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base that discusses Longhorn's Release Notes. In it, the first bullet point reads as follows:

  • This pre-release product uses product activation technology. You must activate your copy of "Longhorn" within 14 days of installation. You have been provided with a product key that permits 31 activations. All activations will expire after 365 days. After expiration, you cannot log on to this pre-release product.
  • The only thing is, it's hard to tell if this is regarding the version that is on MSDN, or the version we got at PDC. At any rate, that's the skinny.
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  • WinFS Wants

    In Longhorn, I want the ability to have a file reside in multiple folders at once. Example:

    In this post, I discussed having a virtual folder for a website, so I can have the same files referenced in IIS in several locations. This is simply solved by allowing WinFS to take a file and reference it in several locations at once. A “virtual: file, if you will.

    Mike Deem, can you do that?

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  • Twilight, eh?

    The Twilight of the PC Era? Hardly. Newsweek must not have had any reporters at PDC. They were right about one thing though. Innovation for innovation's sake is dead. Time to start improving the user experience.
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  • Another "Me Too" Article

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    The Register takes it's time to publish another article with information that was available nearly a week ago.....

    The funny thing is, AFAIK Microsoft doesn't even consider Sparkle a Flashkiller. At any rate, kudos to Erin Joyce for coming up with this month's buzzword. Ya scooped everyone.

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  • First Public Longhorn Application Released!

    Jason Nadal posts what may be the first real-world application for Longhorn. It takes spoken words and translates it to a .Text post. Pretty nifty, but just so that you know, it only works on Longhorn (sorry all you non-bits-holding people). I'll be checking it out as soon as I get a machine worthy of running Longhorn.
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  • Put some "Sparkle" In your UI

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    Flashkiller, eh? Only if Macromedia sits on their rear ends for the next two years, with thumbs firmly implanted in their anal cavity. Something tells me that won't happen though. Still, it will be extremely cool to have a compelling UI designer right in Visual Studio.

    I've heard a lot of people talking about (since the whole XAML conversation came around) how UI designers should be the ones working on interfaces first, then programmers write the logic and wire up the UI later. The funny thing is, those guys are totally missing the point. The point in Microsoft bringing about the kind of disconnected-development paradigm from ASP.NET to the Smart Client, is to be able to, God forbid, PLAN your requirements, and have your UI guy go build the UI (in AfterEffects or “Sparkle” or whatever) and have the programmer develop the logic AT THE SAME TIME. Your development goes much faster, because you're not relient on one person or another to do your job.

    Windows developers don't get that yet. That's because the VB.NET WinForms RAD environment has been the same for 10 years: Changing the designer only changes declarations inside the code... there is no duality between forms and logic. This new development model is just plain better and Microsoft really is trying to take the best of Windows development and the best of Web development and put them together. And it is a win for everyone. Even Macromedia.

    So “Sparkle” may kill flash. Every product has a lifecycle. The key will be to see whether or not Adobe or Macromedia can adapt and evolve to this new environment. That is the true test of any business.

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  • Longhorn SDK

    Lots of people have been asking me about the Longhorn SDK tonight. Unfortunately, I don't have a DVD drive, so I can't give anyone stats on file sizes or what not. What I can do, however, is point you to the online version:

    http://longhorn.msdn.microsoft.com

    Go nuts.

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