Silverlight resources post by ScottGu

Scott Guthrie has a truly great post on Silverlight. You should be able to find anything you need to start ramping up–very cool, innovative technology! As a developer, it is definitely worth your time to get educated on the possiblities.


Design inspiration resources

The folks at web design from scratch have recently posted a list of their 10 favorite web site designs. The sites make up good sources of inspiration. I particularly like the IconBuffet. For about $300 you can get a great set of icons that will make your application stand out. Another source to consider is…


MSDN article "Architecture Strategies for Catching the Long Tail"

It is a bit off topic for Access developers but I found this article a great read. I especially liked the discussion about long tail apps and plan to blog more on the topic in the future. Summary: This provides an overview of the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for software delivery, provides a high-level description of…


Web Directions North Conference, Feb 6 – 10 in Vancouver

This looks like a great conference if you are interested in growing your web development skills. The folks at Web Directions North have offered a $100 discount on registration fees to readers of the IE Blog. The conference is February 6th-10th in Vancouver, BC and promises to be a fantastic time. There will be some…


Principles of MicroFormats and simplicity

I have been reading a bit about MicroFormats these days. I came across these principles that were published on I like the clarity of the principles and the underlying statement about keeping them simple. Most of us could benefit from a dose of simplicity in our designs. Keeping a good idea simple is really, really…


My favorite software book of the year "Get Real: The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application"

For some time I have been a fan of the work done by 37Signals. They have a great understanding of the value of building simple software that people fiind useful. They recently self published Get Real: The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application. This book is the best book I have…


Visual design of Web 2.0 sites and Access applications

I recently came across a blog post about common design elements for web 2.0 sites. There are some things we in the Access world could learn to make our apps look and feel a bit more modern. Here are some concepts that Jonathan identifies: Use of colors primary colors, rounded everything, Providing something that is free to…