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Silverlight has had a checkered past already and it has only been around for a short period of time. Silverlight 1.0 came out and most people responded with a collective WTF!? It was a plug-in that basically did little more than play videos. Sure, if you were REALLY, REALLY into self-mutilation you could use a combination of JavaScript, CSS, and some Silverlight primitives to make things look "application-like", but it was really, really insufficient. People wanted to know why MS would release a Flash competitor that didn't do anything that Flash did. Shortly (and I do mean shortly... ) thereafter, Silverlight 1.1 CTPs began dropping. Silverlight 1.1 was the true breakthrough. What you had now was the cross-platform plug-in RIA development environment, but you now had the ability to drive the inside of your Silverlight application with C#. The problem was the GUI a... (more)

Kindle 2 vs Nook

Kindle Session at Cloud Expo Barnes and Noble just recently unveiled their upcoming eReader, the Nook. On the blog of my non-techy alter-ego I've posted a comparison of the two readers that is entirely based on my own personal feelings of what is cool and what isn't, so take it as opinion and certainly not as a technical review. So far I've remained relatively aloof from the whole "eBook" craze. Ordinarily, given my geeky background and borderline insane craving for technology, one would think that I'd be all over these things. The problem is, my love for the written word also e... (more)

iPhone News: Leopard Shipping October 26th

Kevin Hoffman's Blog The word on the rumor mill is that Mac OS X Leopard will be shipping on October 26th. While this is good news for some people, this is freaking great news for me. Why? Because after the 26th I will finally be able to do blog posts that contain information on Leopard, I'll be able to post code samples in Objective-C 2.0 and distribute the source code to them. So, in just around 10 days, I expect the floodgates to open and all the Cocoa blogs and sites will start dumping tons and tons of ridiculously cool Objective-C 2.0/Xcode 3.0 samples. The only problem for... (more)

Microsoft Windows Azure Distilled

As I spend more time with the CTP I will be posting more detailed, in-depth walkthroughs of the technologies as well as code samples (hopefully I'll get approved for my Azure hosting account soon *hint* *nudge* *wink*!!). For now, I'm just going to do a high-level breeze-by of the main aspects of Azure. Windows Azure Put simply - Windows Azure is a technology that will allow developers to build applications in the cloud. The GUI for the application is in the cloud, the back-end processes that are running are running in the cloud, and the central data store for the application is i... (more)

Upgrading the default ASP.NET MVC project with IoC and the Unity Controller Factory

The ASP.NET MVC framework is one of the coolest things to happen to ASP.NET since its creation. One of the things that I love about the MVC framework more than anything else is its flexibility. This flexibility allows it to be configured anyway the developer likes, including replacing the factory that creates controllers. There are two main things that I wanted to accomplish with the Unity integration. The first was that I wanted my controllers to have the objects on which they depend injected into them in standard DI fashion. Secondly, I wanted the controllers themselves to be ... (more)