What’s new This Week in Silverlight

Recorded August 16, 2010

We’re joined this week by a live studio audience!  Thanks to Jason Mauer.

This week, we have an interview withWalt Ritscher talking about the new Windows Phone 7 developer hardware.

Walt Ritscher’s enthusiasm for crafting software interfaces blossomed early, first surfacing while coding on a borrowed Apple computer.  Now he travels the world speaking at software conferences and teaching a diverse portfolio of programming topics. On the consulting side, he works with customers like Microsoft HP, Intel, and Intuit and enjoys being part of the Wintellect consultant group. He writes for several publications, including CODE Magazine, TechTarget and is featured as the Silverlight video author for Lynda.com.
His current UI obsession includes Silverlight, Windows  Phone 7  and WPF APIs. His blog can be found at blog.wpfwonderland.com. Walt is also a MVP and the author of the free Shazzam Shader Editor. (shazzam-tool.com

Walt Ritscher Interview

  • How does the WP7 device compare to other smart devices?  It’s so, so.  It has high and low points.
  • There isn’t yet a twitter app for WP7???
  • Are there currently apps in the marketplace?  There’s a couple, but it doesn’t look like “the switch” has been flipped yet.
  • Is there a performance difference running apps in the emulator versus on the device?  Yes.
  • The emulator is not throttled to actual device speeds.  This gives rise to the potential that performance may be (significantly?) different when running on a device.
  • Is running your code on WP7 devices a motivator to write apps?  Definitely.



App of the Week

USGA Golf App for Windows Phone 7.

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.