RTM of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Client App Deployment)

I wanted to thank all the ISV’s, VAR’s, and SI’s I have spoken with and those who have replied to my requests for soliciting feedback on Client Application Development (e.g., Software as a Service (SaaS) and Rich Internet Applications (RIA)). This release has a number of significant features and bug fixes. The RTM announcement may be…

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Microsoft announcement of Silverlight 2 (Devices/RIA/Client)

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a significant technology advancement in Rich Internet Application (RIA) platform development. This announcement was significant on many levels from my perspective.  It solidifies (beyond SL 1) the ability to use .Net to develop richer (beyond video and media) web client applications. As you may know, I have had strong opinions on the…

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Software as a Service (SaaS) and Rich Internet Applications (RIA)

I have been spending the last few months doing research on ISV/VAR/SI applications. As part of my research, I have been looking into trends and discussing with customers where our industry may, is, or should be headed.   I would love to hear your thoughts on the following subjects.   There are 3 categories of…

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Tech-Ed, Smart Client, VSTO, and Outlook Addin's

I want to appologize for the delay in posting Blogs, but we have been very busy on getting Whidbey out the door and adding a few new features like Smart tags as well as Outlook Addin’s. Tech-Ed WebCasts for Smart Client as well as other interesting sessions.  The link for the web casts will require you to register…

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Client definitions

Thin Clients ·         Network dependency – required o        A thin client relies heavily on the ability to connect to the Intranet and/or the Internet in order to retrieve and display data to the user.  Data is almost exclusively stored in a central repository and is retrieved by connecting to a SQL or Web service. o       …

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In the News

Office Developer Conference The first annual Office Developer Conference was held in Redmond, Washington last week and it was clear from the BillG keynote that Office is becoming the premier Smart Client platform.  I counted at least 4 references from Bill Gates to Office as a platform.  The conference had 800 people that signed up, but…

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Smart Client Scenario

From March 1993 through October 1994, I was consulting to the state of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries.  During this period I worked on a project to build the first Windows Client-Server application.  This project was used to prove out the Windows development environment, as compared to all other development done to date on…

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Thin Clients - Web clients

The late 1990’s saw growth in the Internet through the utilization of an underutilized network infrastructure and the browser wars. PC’s were everywhere and they contained an application Host (IE, Netscape, Mozilla, etc..) for running code (script). Corporate IT departments were overburdened with the support off all the thick client application components. As upgrades for…

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Taking advantage of the distribution of power - Rich Clients

The superior usability of the PC with its mouse for input and the ability to quickly relay information in a language neutral manner via a graphical user interface became the client platform with which we could develop rich applications. These applications were rich in functionality since they could take advantage of local (client PC’s) processing…

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Let's get personal

Around the late 1980’s Personal Computers (PC’s) were starting to provide functionality suited to individual user usages like word processing and spreadsheet functionality. This brought processing and data storage down to the user and away from the central server and mainframe (“big iron”) environments. As PC’s became more affordable and the need for computing power…

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