RIA: 10 Questions on Icon Design – I ask our Microsoft Design folks to respond.

I have an Icon fetish that is disturbingly wrong. In that I collect them, horde them and will happily spend Microsoft’s good hard earned money on as many of them as I can find – if allowed. Yet, what makes Icon’s so special? in that why do they enhance an applications user interface to the…

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RIA Hopeful: Chore Wars.

I was browsing the web and I stumbled upon "ChoreWars". A brilliant concept, whereby parents can set chores for their kids and they in return earn experience points (XP). I look at this solution and not only do I applaud it’s approach, but it leaves me wondering how far you could take this concept further….

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Mozilla, Adobe and Silverlight. Shall we dance?

No doubt you’ve seen the Prism announcement by Mozilla. Quite an interesting move in this chess game we call "The Software Industry". Personally, I’m not sure what the end game for Mozilla is anymore and I’m sure If I look hard enough I’ll find that answer. Mike Chambers at Adobe put up a post essentially…

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SilverlightAIR – Silverlight + Java Webstart.

I got a question the other day that kind of threw me. In that, someone asked if we were going to do a Silverlight version of AIR. That’s something you’d probably need to ask the executive folks around Silverlight (I’m just a guy whom uses the product, I don’t decide on it’s end to end…

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RIA: Difference between an Application and Website.

There are many things that make up a RIA today. I posted last week about Interactive vs Internet, and I think it’s played out enough. Personally my conclusion is to let the "I" be silent, and it could be "Information, Interactive, Internet, Interface, Idiocy" etc. "I" of the beholder if you will. Yet, one thing…

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Silverlight: FaconBacon 3D

David L. Campbell via OzSilverlight mailing list (all the kids hang out here) have put forward a concept around taking a facon bacon 3D animation and putting into Silverlight via a workflow I hadn’t even began to think of. Their approach is quite simple really, and I’ve meet with a lot of customers doing some interesting…

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iEvangelise – Life of an Evangelist.

I’m knee deep in Apple love at the moment and today I got the ok to buy a Macbook Pro to replace my sucky Toshiba Tablet (it’s gotten worse). In light of this, I thought I better put some of that ROI promises to good use but at the same time, thought it would be…

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At times I wonder…

They say a picture speaks a thousands words. In this case, I find it tongue in cheek that Adobe’s CEO Bruce Chizen got up on stage, labeled Microsoft as a "monopoly" in one breath, then talked about how great the Adobe products in another whilst doing so on Windows Vista. I also wonder at how…

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Silverlight: Keep it simple stupid.

A while back I posted about how I used our AJAX Control Toolkit to animate with Silverlight. I stated that the end reason for this approach was simply due to lack of animation capabilities within Silverlight 1.0. Michael Scherotter being the brilliant Silverlight coder, decided to prove that theory wrong (heh – not so much,…

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Do we blog for passion, or is it pride?

One tag, yet so powerful in so many ways is the <A> tag found within the old skool language, HTML. It can do a lot of things to a lot of ideas and at the same time can amplify a lone voice to inspire thousands – or – annoy the hell out of thousands. Last…

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