The first SAMA was held in 1998. Ten years later, the time had come to close this chapter of music history and visit the very last SAMA. All in all, it felt like the last night with the gang. Alexander Hofman was conférencier, repeating his job from the first one in 1998. Covenant won the award for Best Artist of the year, just as they did in 1998. Anyone spotting a pattern here?
Entries of year 2007
In the wake of SXSW 2007 there has been complaints in the blogosphere raising the question whether computer conferences have played out their role. I mentioned some of it in my previous post, Celebrities of the web.
What is it that make someone famous in the computer world? I don’t speak about “famous” as in Bill Gates or Steve Jobs here, but rather normal people who for one reason or another gets recognition for their work. To be recognized in the developer community twenty years ago meant a lot of hard work.
Have you ever complained about having too much data to copy from one place to another? Well, rest assured you are not alone. Google is helping Space Telescope Science Institute to collect and store the vast amount of data collecting by the Hubble telescope.
As mentioned in last post, Report from Microsoft Live 2007, Microsoft will be releasing full versions of WPF and WPF/E during the year. But don’t think that the competition is sleeping. Have a look at the freshly released Apollo by Adobe, a cross-platform runtime for bringing RIAs to the desktop.
Just as last year, Microsoft arranged a spring presentation of their upcoming stuff for developers. The speakers were Johan Lindfors and Robert Folkesson from Microsoft, as well as Patrik Löwendahl and Marcus Olsson from Cornerstone.
I have been using various blends of Visual Studio since 1998. Back then, we coded C++ in version 6.0 and thought we were happy. Four years later, Visual Studio .NET (version 7.0) came along and made most of us say goodbye to unmanaged development environments.
The classic attitude towards Flash is that while it is an excellent tool for interactive visual effects when applied properly, it is a pain in the back when it comes to accessibility and semantics. This black-and-white view often leads to arguments between the Flash developers and front-end coders.
I often experience a gap between the drag-n-drop ASP.NET cowboys of Visual Studio and standards-aware CSS developers. The cowboys produce fast results in a fire-and-forget environment and couldn’t care less for the quality of the HTML output, which in turn drives the standardistas insane.