This Week In Silverlight – Where’s the Tablet?
What’s new in Silverlight This Week in Silverlight
This is our 10th This Week In Silverlight Show!!!!
Recorded April 30, 2010
- Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone in 90 seconds
- Reuxables – re-usable themes and other silverlight stuff.
- Update on dynamic languages.
- Application partitioning with MEF, Silverlight and Windows Part 2.
- Silverlight Spy 18.104.22.168 is out.
- WP7 April tool refresh includes VS 2010 Express CTP, Phone Emulator CTP, Silverlight for phone CTP, XNA Game studio 4 CTP (Blend not included but 4 RC that works with phone is available). Dev tools here.
- Tim Heuer talks about WP7 tool April refresh.
- WP7 developer training kit.
*caution from Brian*
If using the old RC of Blend/VS, careful with the new Phone CTP tools.
- Maxim Goldin talks about profiling in Silverlight 4.
- Tim Heuer talks about extending Silverlight Media Framework.
Courier tablet killed off? Media Rumors
Media reports indicate that the Courier may have been killed off. Brian was looking forward to this dual screen device
HP Tablet Killed Off? and iPad 3G released
What’s happening to the “tablets” in the Microsoft space?
Erik hopes that there’s a secret super cool project from Microsoft waiting in the wings… But most of the time there isn’t
Kelly is tired of waiting. That’s why he bought an Android phone.
He is buying an iPad 3G.
Erik asks whether or not you can bolt on a *good* touch interface on top of a desktop OS?
Brian urges caution. UX issues are potentially problematic.
Kelly points out that users want a marketplace. For him, it’s all about the apps.
Erik thinks that re-using code and building on mouse events, focus events will not out-smart the users. They’ll use.
Brian points out that with touch, there can be multiple points of interaction with touch. This is in stark contrast to the mouse.
Brian asks if WP7 will scale up to tablet level
Erik points out that Apple faced the same thing with OSX versus iPhone OS on the iPad. They chose iPhone OS, and Erik hopes that the powers that be in Microsoft make a similar choice.
Erik points out that for the best practitioners of Ux: interfaces will change between devices. Application code can be reused but the UI cannot be reused across desktop, phone and slate devices.
Application of the Week (50 this week)
Brian Hendersonis 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.