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  • For 1400$ i preorder this today!

    dentaku said:
    Dovella said:

    At the moment Surface is most useful when it's being used as a virtual instrument.
    I can see using Reason 4 with it and it's a natural for an app that has 2 turntables and a little mixer.

    I have just watched the videos, but could not watch them the way through because they got rather boring.

    The first one is more a table surface, so would you need to buy a separate table surface, or will the touch-screen be able to be converted to a table if you need to target an application to play a game like the example?

    I like the drum kit, I have thousands of vinyl records and 10 years ago would have sworn that CD turntables would never take over, but they have. A lot of music is sequenced and not played on drums at all nowadays (all the guitar boys whine), so touch instruments certainly seem to have a future here.

    A lot of this seems like going to a car show and viewing all the prototypes that rarely make it into production. It is possible to have a surface gambling table, and that is probably where that is going so you have an infallible croupier. Maybe monopoly, snakes and ladders and most board games will end up this way, where at Christmas the family all sit around a surface table and choose a game of their choice and the rolling of the dice is done for you (and it does not get caught in the carpet and you argue whether it was a "six" or not!

    Again, maybe I'm being a fuddy-duddy, but I prefer reading a printed book than an E book, and playing monopoly on a real board is not too dissimilar to a surface experience.

    It is doubtless that surface devices will be pervasive, but more through convenience rather than re-inventing the wheel.

  • For 1400$ i preorder this today!

    Bas said:
    vesuvius said:

    Windows Mobile won't improve your use of Visual Studio, Office and Firefox either. That's because it's a different device not intended for that kind of application. I'd imagine this is the same, more suitable for entertainment and group activities.

    Maybe I'm being an old fuddy-duddy but I used surface working in bars when I was at college (all those point of sale tills).

    I am yet to see a bona fide WPF application from Microsoft and Surface seems shrouded in gimmicky-ness to me. I'm certainty not spending £900 on something that will have 1 or 2 applications on it that warrant its purchase. WPF applications are hardly coming through thick and fast now are they?

    Windows mobile will at least have mini-office and functional features, but surface is much ado about nothing for me. I hoe I'm proven wrong.

  • Obama gets gutted, McCain closer to white house

    Maddus Mattus said:
    If there is a god, he would have killed the world's hardest riddle thread months ago,..


    can't you guys just agree to disagree? Live and let live?

    That would solve a lot of the world's problems,..
    Jonathan Sampson is not trying to prove anything to anybody, he is trying to prove this to himself, but involving every one else - whether he cares to admit it or not.

    There must come a point when you decide that you are arguing about points that are too fine to be comprehended, and that you could post 10 000 posts and still not feel you have made yourself clear, it usually is time to quit then.

  • For 1400$ i preorder this today!

    A significant amount of my time is spent in Visual Studio, Microsoft Office and Firefox (IE beta 2 is too slow and buggy, Chrome not feature rich enough).

    Can you explain how this will improve my using all the above software?

  • Vista SP2 ?

    littleguru said:
    ZippyV said:
    What's up with your avatar Zippy?
    Not too sure what Mike Swanson did to him, but he'll even counter-post Mike Swanson posts with a defaced Mike Swanson image.

    Each to their own I guess!

  • Vista SP2 ?

    Dovella said:
    Yggdrasil said:
    Back in thread, someone knows detailed information about Sp2?
    It is going to fix lots of problems.

  • M Language

    Yggdrasil said:
    vesuvius said:
    Basically, you're saying that Microsoft saw that Workflow Foundation failed to make inroads into most projects and took it back to the drawing board, and revised it as both a textual language (M) and a graphical successor to the current workflow designers (Quadrant) in order to make it easier for developers to leverage it in their projects?

    If so, it seems like a good evolution. I've always felt that WF had great potential for abstracting common patterns that many data-driven and process-driven applications share, but integrating it into a project required basically building your project around it. It's a framework rather than a library. If it can be made simpler and easier to integrate, and to use only as much of it as you need, it could be great.
    That is a very accurate assessment.

  • M Language

    Yggdrasil said:
    Dexter said:
    Exactly - M, it appears, is a language for modelling business applications. It's for drawing neat little (textual) cubes that abstract web services, data access, business logic and orchestration. In short, it's a continuation of the trend that VB and .NET already started on, namely abstraction.
    When I build a data-driven business application, most of my effort lies in making it simple to develop, simple to understand and easy to change and extend when the inevitable change requests come, not squeeze every possible CPU cycle. This is what M/Quadrant are for, building modular applications easily. If there's one language it WON'T replace (well, two) it's C/C++, which are languages mostly used for processor-intensive applications, snappy GUI applications, low-memory scenarios and other situations which are entirely irrelevant for M's goals.
    Oslo is actually quite boring for most developers anyway, that would far rather be working with Flash/Silverlight, html or a general purpose programming language (s).

    Oslo is based around Web Services and Windows Workflow both now termed Workflow Services (it is a domain specific language - and not general purpose). All this stuff is based on .NET so M will be an abstraction to solve a specific Oslo problem, but I think .NET is already flexible enough anyway, and I don't know how this "M" will increase, promote or tackle concurrency.

    Invariably folk get "ants in their pants" about a new programming language, but I'm yet to see posts by a 9'er targeting workflow foundation, consequently I'm rather nonchalant about M.

  • Securing Developer Workstations

    ScottWelker said:
    Before allowing this thread to die I thought I’d provide an update. All developers were granted local administrator privileges.

    This is more than I sought; the “Least-Privileged Account” idea seems more prudent. Aside from advising management, I played little role in the resolution. It turns out that corporate policy is for developers to have local administrator privileges. It was our site’s Infrastructure team that was not following standards.

    It seems worth noting that, thanks to you contributing 9ers, I caught my “solutionizing” mistake. I refocused my efforts and argument on the Why instead of the How:

    1) Change happens, especially in technology fields like software development. Developers must be able to research new tools, technologies, and techniques - even ones that may go nowhere and that would never pass a formal review/approval. Much is often learned during the journey, even when/if it does not lead you to the desired destination.

    2) “If the only tool you have is a hammer, it is tempting to treat everything as if it were a nail.” Often the only difference between timely success and complete failure is applying just the right tool. Developers must be able to bring various, sometimes new and different, tools to bear.

    3) Software craftsmen must have many tools in their toolbox, including their tried and true, trustworthy tools.

    **Note: For better or for worse, our shop is hyper customer pleasing. We are forced to rapidly adapt to our clients needs – and technologies. It’s how our business is presently structured. We could argue the merits of this approach but it doesn’t change today’s reality.

    Thanks again everyone for your help!
    Well Done!

    I certainly thought "that was that!".

  • Choosing a new website

    Ion Todirel said:
    I would use ASP.NET MVC, besides it's a good opportunity to learn a new technology and possibly Silverlight in some places, depends on what type of web site tough, what I'm very sure I wont use are ASP.NET Web Forms
    I guess from the purists point of view HTML is the way to go. I did use webforms etc. in ASP.NET 2.0 a while back and whenever a control came out be it a menu control, grid control or whatever I found loads of people moaning about the extraneous markup generated. That and view-state ending up in CSS adapters and so forth for the menu.

    I found the whole experience very frustrating, especially coding for all different browsers. Progress can be so slow when you have to fix the same problem in different ways for the same code in different browsers, luckily I won't have this problem. Is the listview control in ASP.NET the best datacontrol to use, or does the repeater, datalist or other grid controls still have their uses?