While PowerShell truly is a powerful shell, the power is countered by the low readability of the scripts IMO. I love PowerShell, I REALLY do, and I use it on a daily basis. However, I'm not particularly impressed by the claim that you can write anything
(in any programming language) in fewer lines. Is it just me? I would have been much more impressed if the WPK made it possible to create input forms (not controls) much more easily than either method (WPK or old-school) allows me to at the moment. The data
visualization scenarios are probably the ones that got the biggest improvement by the WPK.
@SoftwareBarista: That's true but so are my MS Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 i'm sitting with right now. From the looks of it, it might be possible to construct the Arty Mouse in such a way that it will work for both hands.
One of the reasons I like the Arty Mouse over the other concepts is that it features tactile feedback for clicks. The lack of tactile feedback is one of the main reasons products like the laser projection keyboard never got to be a huge success. Now it might
not be just as important for a mouse than for a keyboard but just don't underestimate the sensation a real *click* gives you.
Sure, it looks kinda cool and futuristic, and it does actually work (on perfectly flat surfaces), but in reality it fails because you have to hover your hands 2cm over the keyboard and because you don't have any tactile feedback when you press a key, making
it impossible to write anything without looking at the keyboard...
The Arty Mouse seems most realistic to me. All the other concepts lack the ability to rest your fingers on something. But it's hard to tell if this is a problem without testing each device for an leghty period of time. Please send me one of each and I'll
tell you what I really think.
Nice job guys... This is one of the most useful screencasts I've ever seen.
I think it strikes a good balance between in-depth and background info while still being comprehensible and consumable. I wish the series would continue into some of the more advanced topics of prism and silverlight.
Escamillo, I totally agree... Chrome still needs work in a lot of areas to become as verstile as IE or FF. However for everyday browsing I think it is already beating both. I'm lucky since I haven't had the problems with flash you describe but Silverlight
isn't working at all .
You might be right that the Google brand is a big reason for the "hype". However, I think if any company is able to compete with Microsoft, it's Google. That is also why I have extremely high expectations for the final version of Chrome. So time will tell if
Google is able to deliver.
Yeah, IE bites the dust on JS perf... Chrome's V8 script engine seems to be extremly efficient. However, it still have to stand the test of time and massive real-world usage. Also, we have yet to see any developer tools for the engine.
However, since the Chrome beta was released it has been my favorite browser even though it's missing a lot of feature such as dev tools, add-ons and just about anything else. The main reason for me to switch (from IE8b2) is pure performance... The browser start
extremely fast compared to IE and the browsing experience is also a lot faster. The secondary reason I think I switched (and why I will stay with Chrome) is standards compliance... I know this is where IE8 is trying to do better but beta 2 is still far behind
both FF3 and Chrome in the Acid tests, especially Acid3. The official MS response to Acid3 compliance is that it isn't a goal for IE8. I just don't think this is good enough when you consider that IE has a 1-2 year release cycle.
Chrome is shaping up to be a real competitor for IE... And when you take Safari, Chrome and FF together, they might just be the all-round team of alternative browsers that will bring about a small revolution on the web and bring IE down from its dominant position.
Don't get me wrong I'm rooting for IE... I'm a .NET developer and a usually a MS fanatic. But this time Chrome is doing the browsing job so much better that I just can't ignore it, as I did with FF2 and FF3.