The Music Industry – Your Dear Pals

Due to some recent changes in licensing for LyricWiki to provide song lyrics via web service calls my famous Radio GaGa Silverlight application does no more show lyrics of the selected songs. As said this is due to some restrictions made by the music publishers and is neither my nor the fault of LyricWiki. While…


IE8 Beta2 – The RIA Slice

The Internet Explorer Beta 2 was released yesterday introducing quite some new features about which you already probably read in one of the various like the IE8 Homepage or the announcement on the official IE Blog. However there may be a feature that isn’t mentioned too often which is the fact that now with beta2…

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Physics, Silverlight and Visualization…How Businesses Can Benefit!

Recently we had an engagement at a cutomer with a department responsible for knowledge management. They were looking for a way to visualize some of their knowledge data in a intuitive way and make content related to that data acessible to all relevant people in that company. The underlying data model of the knowledge system…

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Faster Or Richer – What Determines Success For Web 2.0 Platforms

It is not always clear what makes the success of a platform. This is even more true for Web 2.0 platforms build around social networking and community content. Well the success metric is the number of users that are using the platform but what does users really attract to the platform? One important factor could…

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Silverlight Is Cool Because It …

As you all have probably seen, read or heard about the announcement of Silverlight the new Microsoft technology to create Rich Internet Applications. Some of you might still wonder what it is all about and therefore I thought I will provide you a brief, bulleted-list-style overview of the main capabilities and advantages that Silverlight introduces…

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Astoria: Data Services for the Web

Although my colleague Frank Fischer already mentioned it already on his Blog I think the technoloy is worth to mention it at least one more time. And it is worth because of the fact that the very early bits of a new technology from Microsoft are available for download. Astoria focuses on exposing data to web applications through…

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Astoria – Hello World Style Walkthrough

Create a new project in Visual Studio “Orcas”. Be careful not to create a new website. Then choose Web –> ASP.NET Web Application as project type. Right-click on the application in solution explorer and choose Add –> New Item. In the add new item wizard choose ADO.NET Entity Data Model In the ADO.NET Entity Data…

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ASP.Net 2.0 Ajax Extensions – Shop Showcase Now Publicly Online

Well a good reason to reanimate my Blog is the announcement that a showcase that we started to design together with T-Systems Multi Media Solutions more than 6 months ago is now finally online for public viewing.Just not to confuse you, the planning, design and implementation phase didn’t took that long. In contrary after all…

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