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Half Time Report

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The first day of Mix ’07 UK has come to a close.  The opening keynote was a mixed affair (if you’ll pardon the pun) with a good story about the evolution of the .NET platform for application building punctuated by lacklustre demos – demos that showed some interesting functionality in most cases but failed to explain how or why the technology was used.  The last demo, by a representative from Sage, however, really hit the spot:  a little context and then some insight into how the technologies were used (in this case WPF and Silverlight with a little IronPython) and why.

Later in the day, I attended both of the sessions on Silverlight that Scott Guthrie did.  The more I see of Silverlight 1.1 the more impressed I am.  A cross platform CLR, plus the support for dynamic languages makes this technology really compelling.  It’s frustrating that we’ll have to wait a while for it to get to a 1.0 release.  It’s also frustrating that you need Visua Studio 2008 Standard or Professional edition to use Silverlight 1.1 – which means back to the drawing board for me and Orcas.

The day was rounded off with a couple of panel discussions, which varied in their interest for me.  There was some interesting stuff, such as mention of a .NET MVC framework to be released later this year.

I came to learn more about Silverlight, LINQ and the DLR.  On the first of those scores I have come home happy.  Tomorrow, I am hoping to find out more about LINQ and IronPython.


Written by remark

September 11, 2007 at 10:21 pm

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