This week Kevin leads a discussion about the inauguration on the web, then we field some questions from listeners.
- Live inauguration video on Silverlight sites
- Photosynth picture of the inauguration
- whitehouse.gov on webforms – will Viewstate bring down the presidency?
- Armchair quarterbacking the whitehouse.gov site
- whitehouse.gov updates robots.txt
- And Twitter didn’t die!
- Question – What is the one thing I should learn this year
- – K. Scott – SOLID, dynamic languages, WPF
- – Jon – Pick something, declarative UI, get involved in something
- – Kevin – SOLID Principles, WPF
- Question – Comparing working in Web, RIA, and WPF
- Side discussion: What’s the deal with ClickOnce?
- Whoa! Scott Koon joins us mid-call!
- Quick discussion of jQuery 1.3
- Question – What is the one thing Scott K wants to learn this year?
- – Scott K. – Expressions
- – K. Scott – I agree that Scott K should learn expressions
- Side discussion: Why are companies so slow to upgrade .NET versions?
- – Jon – Go, go, go!
- – K. Scott – Not enough must-have features
- – Kevin – Requires customers to upgrade
This week Jon leads a discussion about our first impressions of Windows 7 Beta 1.
- Previously bundled features are now distribued via Windows Live – good or bad?
- Is the Windows Live suite just a standardized crapware?
- Where’s our Photo Gallery?
- Windows Marketplace???
- Missing an ISO Mounter
- The out of box experience
- Window docking
- Windows Explorer – side by side
- Discoverability – shortcuts, etc.
- “New features” that were already in Vista
- New Wordpad and Paint with ribbons
- Same old Notepad
- Kevin’s underwhelmed with the updates to Paint
- Could Windows Live Essentials include some friends, like Paint.NET?
- Hey, a new calculator!
- Problem Steps Recorder
- Send Feedback
- Nothing new for Remote Desktop?
- Virtual Hard Drive support, but we want application virtualization
- Distribution – why not via BitTorrent?
- IE8 is still the same old IE8 that we know and meh
- Windows Scenic Animation API
- Looks like the API’s still all C++ and COM
- The Vista Bridge project
- The Ribbon control has graduated from an Office control to Windows
- No WPF?
K Scott leads the discussion as we look back at 2008, and speculate wildly on what 2009 has to offer.
Note: Scott K’s taking a podcasting break to change diapers and stuff.
Looking back at 2008
- Google Chrome
- Kevin’s new iPhone
- Kevin’s Firefox extension addiction
- IE8 – better than expected, but still a ways to go
- ASP.NET MVC
- Silverlight 2
- Visual Studio 2008 SP1
- ADO.NET Data Services
- REST is finally accepted in the .NET world
- The Seinfeld / Gates ads
- Netbooks (Oragami at last?)
- Twitter’s recovery
- Overhyped stuff: Surface, cloud computing, multi-core madness
- Functional programming
- DI/IOC hitting the Microsoft mainstream
- [sidebar – the tradeoff between DI benefits vs. Silverlight XAP size]
- [sidebar – frustration with Microsoft forums]
Looking forward at 2009
- Windows 7
- Office 14
- Project Pink? (Zune on Windows Mobile)
- [sidebar – frustrations Zune]
- WPF in Visual Studio
- [sidebar – is there a correlation between unmanaged code and lame Microsoft products?]
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Herding Code 30: Year-end wrapup