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Richard Anthony Hein Richard.Hein Stay on Target
  • 10-4 Episode 22: Simplifying Data-Driven Web Applications

    WTF

  • Expert to Expert: Inside Bling - A C#-based library to simplify WPF programming

    That's harsh ... I didn't get that impression at all.  I thought Sean started off a bit shy and Eric was helping a bit by filling in some gaps with some good questions and relating things to other stuff the audience is already familiar with.  Later on Sean gets more relaxed and seems more comfortable to me.   Sure Eric started drilling him on DSL versus API etc..., but that's good IMHO because these are the tough kinds of questions that I'm wondering about too.  It was a bit of side track, but I'll bet others in the audience were wondering the same thing.

    I would certainly enjoy a followup on this to see Bling in action, and then Sean can get more of a chance to fill in whatever areas he wants to cover that he didn't get to delve into in this interview.

  • "Top-down" design with Visual Studio Team System 2010

    Thanks ... I'm testing it out now.

  • Chris Sells: On the History of DevCon, DSLs and Oslo

     If I am defining a schema, language, repository and have customers using this system, how do I update the language and deal with migration?  The flexibility of being able to change the language, that is designed to be understandable by our customers sounds great in theory but what about this issue of versioning?  Do I brute force it, or are there going to be tools to deal with it?

    The upfront understanding of the entire domain, while trying to remain flexible to customer demands and changing understanding/requirements begs a sample from the Oslo team where we can see how a real development process would operate in the Oslo world.  Not just a one off sample, but a real application, with real changing requirements.  I know that it's going to come ... I just hope it's sooner than later, because I think we'll need a ton of guidance on this and a lot of help wading through the change of perspective necessary to utililize this kind of platform.

    I think Oslo will have one of the biggest learning curves in a very long time.  I have just recently been able to teach and encourage a fellow developer to use lamda expressions in C# 3.5 to solve a problem he was having, much simpler than he would ever have done before, but it took a year of encouragement to help him begin to "see the light".  I am afraid that since I have to point people to a video of the PDC to even try to explain Oslo, that it will be a very long and arduous task to bring Oslo to market.  I look forward to the day that I can go into a contract where people are using DSLs to define the system, but I really have strong doubts about it happening anytime soon.  What kind of roadmap does the Oslo team see, for the market penetration and developer mindshare that Oslo will achieve?

    Please concentrate some effort into making a "real-world application" built on Oslo, so we can use it to guide ourselves and others.

  • 1st place - MIX09 Show Off Contest - Physics Helper using Silverlight

    Nice!  Love the pitch too. Smiley
  • Countdown to PDC2008: Rick Rashid, a Researcher’s Researcher

    I think it's time for another clue!
  • Coding4Fun with Clint Rutkas: The Segway Skateboard

    LOL!  Sweet!
  • A Lap around "Oslo"

    The summaries about Oslo are terrible.  This presentation clarified a lot.  I know it's hard to describe something like Oslo in a short paragraph, but you have to figure out how or it will miss the target.  It's fantastic, so get some people working on how to present it to the less geeky fast before it's too late.   Sorry I don't know how to summarize it myself - so I'm not picking on anyone - just saying, it's WAY different in my mind after seeing this kind of presentation than it was reading descriptions about it on msdn.microsoft.com/oslo and Don Box and Chris Anderson's quick intro. 
  • Panel: The Future of Programming Languages

    I wasn't even really reading the description but something stood out ... "computational theologist".   Ughh.  That's got to be the worst title ever.  Theology is the study of God or deities of some nature.  What the hell is a computational theologist?  Someone who uses a computation to study God or dieties of some nature, that's what it would mean.  Bad title.
  • Cakewalk: Making Music with Sonar

    Sweet.  I wonder if they have heard of the .NET Micro Framework for realtime, and what they make of it?