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  • System.​Syndication bits availability

    odujosh wrote:
    Anyone with their ear closer to the Microsoft Blogsphere hear when System.Syndication will be released or where the bits can be found. I am interested to see what support will be there.

    System.ServiceModel.Web is available in the current Orcas release and contains the System.ServiceModel.Syndication namespace which is probably what you're referring to.  This provides a full set of APIs for using ATOM and RSS.

    EDIT: Oh, this might also be what you're looking for: http://hyperthink.net/blog/2007/05/03/Mix+Is+Done+And+Our+New+Bits+Are+Live.aspx.

  • We Developers Want To Know!

    Let's see... we have a screen capture of Expression showing a glowing effect.  Wait, there's meta data indicating the screen capture was created with (that is, err.. edited with) Paint.NET!  It's much more likely someone spent the time required to fake a screen capture using Paint.NET than to assume it was just used to crop the image for the web site.  Conspiracy!!!

    Oh... wait, there's this link by the image that takes you to a screen cast of them creating the image with Expression.  No wait, that screen cast was edited with Vegas (making this up)!  It's much more likely someone spent the time required to fake a screen cast using Vegas than to asume it was just edited for nice fades for the demo.  Conspiracy!!!

    If you really believe any of this, I'm sure MS is happy that you're not buying their product.

    Man... are people unable to think any more?  Everyone believes in conspiracy theories that can't stand up to the simplest of reasoning, because they WANT to believe it.

  • IE8 - UI info?

    jamie wrote:

    "The priorities Microsoft set for IE 7, Wilson said, are the same for IE 8: strong security, ease of use and Web development improvements."

    or.. bla bla security...bla bla ..programmers ... bla bla ... better printing again ...

    Q: is there any info on what is happenng with the UI? Mary Jo mentioned better customization - but that's the only place ive seen it written about...

    hopefully ie will return to being the most customizable (coolbars) browser - or get the ribbon (for sorting out websites/blogs/photo accounts...

    any news on this?

    I think the worst news in that article is that IE 8 would come out within 2 years of IE 7.  Is that the fast refresh times we were promised?  That's glacial speed.  Do less more often, I say!  No matter that I think the Firefox code is scary, given two years for releasing they can put out enough releases to redefine what users expect from a browser right out from underneath MS.

    I'm not advocating the full OS approach to release cycles where not enough effort is put into testing, but a 1 year cycle isn't unreasonable here, and a 6-9 month cycle should be doable by limiting the feature set.

  • Did I miss the Post?

    Massif wrote:
    Microsoft release the Dynamic Lanuage Runtime plugin source under a BSD license and no-one's commented in the Coffeehouse?

    Where are all the open-source zealots flaming them for not using the GPL?

    Ah well, it's nice to see - even if I tend not to get on well with dynamic programming languages.

    Technically, it's an Ms-PL license (Microsoft Permissive License), though it is BSD derived.  I think this is a huge step for MS.  It's the first time they've open sourced a key piece of technology that isn't strongly tied to Windows, and done so with a license the OS community should be unable to complain about.  IOW, it's the first time that the OS zealots should have no room to criticize (though, of course, they'll try to any way).  IronPython and IronRuby are supposed to be Ms-PL licensed as well.

  • MS is busy... 2 new data access technologies announced.

    anand.t wrote:
    whats the difference btw JSON/XML. Does JSON support encryption ?

    Reading this and looking back at my post, I think I need to make something clear.  JSON/XML means JSON or XML.  It's not a single name.  The data can be exposed as either JSON or XML.

  • MS is busy... 2 new data access technologies announced.

    Astoria (http://astoria.mslivelabs.com/) and Jasper (http://blogs.msdn.com/adonet/archive/2007/04/30/project-codename-jasper-announced-at-mix-07.aspx).

    Astoria uses REST (yes, REST) and JSON/XML (yes, JSON) to expose data on the web, while Jasper sounds like some sort of ORM on steroids, though the details are missing in what I read.

  • So if Silverlight contains a portable .net core ...

    Lazycoder2 wrote:
    blowdart wrote: Which will run on the mac; this begs the obvious question, why isn't the whole thing being ported? (setting aside asp.net perhaps)

    I'll put aside my fanboy rantings of "why would I want to contaminate my Mac with the .NET Framework" because I would LOVE to be able to design Cocoa applications using Interface Builder and write all of my controllers using proper C#, not that Mono stuff.

    But there are some technical limitations to porting the entire framework to OS X. Not the least of which is that a lot of the .NET Framework is a wrapper for Win32, which doesn't exist on any Mac platform (either PowerPC or Intel). As far as I know, the specific database clients use OLEDB to connect to the databases, OS X only has ODBC.

    A huge portion of the BCL is standardized on NOT a Windows only concept.  Of what's left, there's a lot that's still highly portable, including the ADO.NET stuff you think is somehow tied to OLEDB (it's not... there's native drivers for nearly every DB on the market, including OS ones).

    There's really only a few small stacks and one very big stack that are tied to Windows (WinForms being the large stack).  We don't need, or even want, those to be ported, IMHO.  WPF should be an easy port, and should replace WinForms.

    MS could, and should, port a very viable desktop solution.  Give us the ability to not only do Silverlight, but click once deployed desktop applications.  As I've said on here before, that's the direction we're moving in, and MS can play nice here and thus become a dominant leader, or they can choose to live off the fat of the past for several more years but lose any potential for growth.  I'm hoping the choose to do things right here, because their development tools really are superior.

  • C9 V4 Silverlight!

    Harlequin wrote:
    Screw SilverLight. I just want the bloody ignore button ASAP.

    Can I hear an "Amen!", brother?!

  • C9 V4 Silverlight!

    dotnetjunkie wrote:

    One more vote for a 'Silverlighted' Channel9 !!

    That would be so cool, I can hardly wait!

    Ah, and please make it so that you can only use the site/forums with the Silverlight plugin installed, that way we can get rid of people like emet

    No, let's not.

    1.  It kind of proves their point, if you shut them out.
    2.  Not all Linux folk are "emets" or "beers".
    3.  We have our own trolls, like DarthVista.
    4.  If MS is going to truly succeed here (and I think they are well on their way, after yesterday) then within the next year they need to port Silverlight to Linux and within 2 years they need full desktop support of .NET (no ASP.NET or Winforms, but WCF, WPF, etc.) on all platforms as well.  Clickonce desktop applications are likely to be more useful than silverlight applications, after all.

    Come on, just because we have some Linux trolls is no reason to bash Linux or Linux users.

  • Ubuntu! Ubuntu! Ubuntu!

    emet wrote:
    It seems to be a little biased towards Windows, at least the different "features" he is comparing. But a well thought out review none the less.


    Installation - If this section is biased towards windows, then you've proven one of the biggest complaints about Linux.  However, it's not, because Linux distros have come a long way with regards to installation.

    Hardware and PnP - Uhmm... if this is a bias towards Windows, Ubuntu's got problems.  In fact, Linux in general does have issues with hardware support, but I find it wrong to consider this comparison biased just because Linux doesn't support every piece of hardware under the sun.

    Software installation - Since you brag about apt, I guess you don't consider this one biased.

    Word processing - Since Windows doesn't come with anything other than WordPad, I'd say this was biased towards Ubuntu.  If he hadn't dinged them for the fact that Office is a separate purchase I'd have a different opinion.  But then, in that case I'm sure Vista would have one this category easily.

    Indexing/search - Maybe a Vista bias, since this is a core feature of Vista, while it's just an add-on program for Ubuntu.

    Multimedia - Since this is the #1 thing computers are used for, if Ubuntu can't live up here then it simply can't live up, period.  Can't call this one a feature that leads to a Vista bias.

    Image editing/picture management - See multimedia.

    Backup/Restore - A core requirement for computers since the beginning.  Don't think you can use this one for declaring bias either.

    So, which sections lead to a Vista bias again?