Half Time Report
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.