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Show 115: Being an Independent Developer Today

What’s an independent developer today supposed to do?  There are more app stores than you can shake a stick at, and on this show Erik and Kelly talk about how developers can pick a home.  Kelly defends Microsoft.  Erik doesn’t.

Stuff we talk about on the show:

  • Windows Phones haven’t sold very well.  Maybe 1.7 million have been sold.
  • Folks like John Gruber are saying that Windows Phones deserve to sell better.
  • Erik feels bad because he helped talk developers into being early on the Windows Phone platform.  Overwhelmingly they haven’t made real money (yet?..).
  • Android people aren’t surfing the web nearly as much as iOS people.  Kelly points out that this is because it counts tablets.  Erik points out that just because Apple is winning at tablets doesn’t mean you shouldn’t count it.
  • Will the Kindle Fire be a huge hit?
  • Why would you use a Windows 8 slate over an iPad?  Kelly says maybe if you use office.  Erik counters with a ridiculous scenario involving a 10 hour stay in a coffee shop. And hipsters.
  • Erik finds a ridiculous reason to send a text to Kelly using Siri.
  • Erik talks about how it feels wrong to not say “thanks” to Siri.
  • Erik talks about the new sponsors.
  • Talking about Windows Phone success stories, there is Elbert Perez.  800k downloads and 20+k USD over ~4 months  (from GameFest).
  • We haven’t heard of many (any?…) real Windows Phone success stories (think hundreds of thousands of dollars).
  • Kelly talks about his Windows Phone game.

Show 114: Thoughts on Windows 8

In this show we talk about Windows 8.  And related.  It’s a whirlwind tour through the land of upcoming Windows tablets.

Also, in the show I thought the comic came from XKCD, but that’s incorrect.  It comes from Bonkers World.

Show 113: Silverlight 5 Thoughts

Silverlight 5 Thoughts with Brian Goldfarb, Ward Bell and Adam Kinney!

  

Recorded December 2, 2010

 

At the Silverlight 5 Firestarter, we were able to record a spectacular show with some Silverlight luminaries.  It’s a great peak into what’s coming in Silverlight.   The people we grabbed:

Here’s what we talk about:

  • What’s striking about Silverlight 5?
  • How do the 3D APIs balance against the more enterprise features?
  • How did Out of the Browser come about in Silverlight 3?
  • Some hints as to the direction of future Silverlight development.
  • Kelly goes back in time to talk about the Kinect and make predictions about today.
  • What will the impact of New User Interfaces be on the development process?
  • Things to focus your career on.

 

Guest Hosts 

 

Brian Henderson is a Silverlight Designer/Architect and INETA Community Champion. A few of the activities Brian can be found participating are flying (pilot), kayaking, hiking, or just taking video/photos.  

Kelly White is an independent Silverlight Consultant. He previously lead the PDXUX.Net user group, and now runs the Portland Silverlight User Group with Erik Mork. Kelly has presented at user groups and code camps throughout the northwest on both Silverlight and WPF.  

Music kindly provided by YACHT.  

Show 112: Scott Guthrie on Silverlight 5

Microsoft VP Scott Guthrie Inverview at the Silverlight Firestarter

  

Recorded December 2, 2010

For this show, we were able to catch up with Scott Guthrie at the Silverlight Firestarter.  He was kind enough to give us an interview, and we asked all of our Silverlight 5 questions.  Including: 

  • A lot of folks tuned into the keynote.  Scott gives a sense of how many people were watching from home.
  • What is Scott’s favorite Silverlight 5 feature?
  • Can you write a 3D accelerated first person shooterwith the new Silverlight 5 API?
  • What is the best way to get up to speed with the Silverlight 5 3D API *right now*?
  • Some surprising info: don’t thinking of the Silverlight 3D API as a 3D API…. think of it as a GPU API (insert posibilities here…).
  • See the Silverlight 5 keynote here.

Guest Hosts 

Brian Henderson is a Silverlight Designer/Architect and INETA Community Champion. A few of the activities Brian can be found participating are flying (pilot), kayaking, hiking, or just taking video/photos.  

Kelly White is an independent Silverlight Consultant. He previously lead the PDXUX.Net user group, and now runs the Portland Silverlight User Group with Erik Mork. Kelly has presented at user groups and code camps throughout the northwest on both Silverlight and WPF.  

Music kindly provided by YACHT.  

 

Silverlight 5 – 5 Quick Things

Silverlight 5 is on the way.  Today (December 2, 2010) we’ve seen a brief preview, and I’d like to give a short overview of the important points.  I’m giving you the short story, and if you want a complete feature list see here.

3d

You can now write 3d hardware accelerated applications in Silverlight.  This includes hardware accelerated shaders.  Are in-browser 3d shooters finally coming?  We’ll see :)

Media

Hardware accelerated video decoding.  Watching videos now uses less CPU power and more GPU power.

WPF parity

WPF people are great, but they’re always complaining about missing features:)    Silverlight 5 is now closer to WPF than any previous version (including custom markup extensions and Ancestor Relative Source).

Text/Printing

People who really care about fonts aren’t crazy about Silverlight 4 font rendering.  Silverlight 5 adds support for clearer fonts and other features (full OpenType font support, etc.).

Timeline

Silverlight 5 will be available in beta in early 2011.  It will be released in late 2011.

Show 111: Silverlight Redemption

What’s new This Week in Silverlight

 

  • The crew talks about the Firestarter.  It’s coming up, and there we’re going to learn about Silverlight v.Next.
    • If you’re in Porland, you can catch a ride to the Firestarter on a wifi equipped bus.
  • Novell was just purchased? What does this mean for Mono, MonoTouch and Monodroid?
    • Wallace McClure bet big on Monotouch.  He bet on it when the App Store story wasn’t clear (would Steve Jobs let those apps into the AppStore?…).  If this deal kills Monotouch, that would *hugely* suck (for him and everyone else). (btw, Wally would like to mention Chris Hardy, Craig Dunn, Bob Elliott and Jim Minatel for their help on the book).
  • Kelly gives his thoughts on the LG phone and Windows Phone 7.
  • iOS 4.2 released today!!
  • Revenues from Windows Phone 7 won’t be known until next year.
    • Listen for Balmer to announce something about developer revenues at CES.  If he doesn’t…

Guest Hosts

Brian Henderson is a Silverlight Designer/Architect and INETA Community Champion. A few of the activities Brian can be found participating are flying (pilot), kayaking, hiking, or just taking video/photos. 

 

Kelly White is an independent Silverlight Consultant. He previously lead the PDXUX.Net user group, and now runs the Portland Silverlight User Group with Erik Mork. Kelly has presented at user groups and code camps throughout the northwest on both Silverlight and WPF. 

Music kindly provided by YACHT

 

Video: HTML5 Primer with Scott Stanfield

Thanks to Kelly White for recording and uploading this video. 

Scott Stanfield of Vertigo talks about HTML5. It’s a great primer.

Scott Stanfield on HTML5 from Portland Silverlight User Group on Vimeo.

If you’re interested in more talks like this, swing by the Portland Silverlight User Group.

Silverlight Tour Portland – Time is Running Out

The Silverlight Tour is returning to Portland December 6th-December 8th.  It’s a great way to learn about Silverlight.  I’ve been informed that the class is filling up early.  If you want in, you’d better register  soon.

Silverlight Firestarter Bus – Portland edition

Ever wanted to see Scott Guthrie announce a new version of Silverlight… live?  If you’re in Portland, we’ve scored some transportation.  Primo transportation.  There’s talk of food, drink and wifi.  December 2nd, we go to Redmond.

Go here to register for the bus: Firestarter Bus

Then go here to register for the event: Silverlight Firestarter

Show 110: Silverlight is Dead. Long Live Silverlight.

What’s new This Week in Silverlight

 

Microsoft’s PDC Conference – Where New Technologies are (or are not) Announced 

  • Erik thought it was weird that there weren’t any *big* announcements at the conference.  There were some Azure announcments, but they hardly seemed to justify the conference.  This is just bizarre.
  • Microsoft didn’t talk about Silverlight on the desktop (they did talk a lot about Silverlight on the phone…), and the conclusion drawn was that Silverlight on the desktop is… ready for this? Dead. Or maybe not.
  • Microsoft is changing strategy on Silverlight.  This is a good thing.  They used to recommend Silverlight for basically every web site.  See the MSDN site for an example.  Yikes.  The fact that Microsoft is now recommending Silverlight for applications on the web is a pretty great thing.  It’s like using a hammer for what it’s good for (hammering nails) rather than *everything under the sun*.  This is Silverlight Tour 101 by the way.
  • According to Joe Stegman (head of Silverlight development), there are 250+ developers working on Silverlight.  wowza.
  • Silverlight V.Next is in production: Bob Muglia is on record as saying, “We haven’t yet publically announced a launch date for the next release of Silverlight, but we’ll talk more about it in the coming months.”
  • The problem is that Microsoft doesn’t say when a technology is dead (think Linq2SQL, etc.).  This makes people nervous.  And rightly so.
  • Scott Barnes has made predictions that are really interesting
    • HTML5 will get desktop hooks (true!).  Just watch the PDC keynote.
    • Silverlight will suffer a Weekend-At-Bernies style death (perhaps unlikely.  see above).
  • Erik andKelly think HTML5 is great.  It just isn’t up for writing the kind of apps we’re currently writing, but that doesn’t stop it from being great.
  • Erik rants about a Western that may (but probably doesn’t) exist.

Shawn Wildermuth has a great take on the controversy. 

Jeremy Likeness has a great take as well. 

Guest Hosts 

Brian Henderson is a Silverlight Designer/Architect and INETA Community Champion. A few of the activities Brian can be found participating are flying (pilot), kayaking, hiking, or just taking video/photos. 

 

Kelly White is an independent Silverlight Consultant. He previously lead the PDXUX.Net user group, and now runs the Portland Silverlight User Group with Erik Mork. Kelly has presented at user groups and code camps throughout the northwest on both Silverlight and WPF. 

Music kindly provided by YACHT

 

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