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Silverlight: the artist previously known as WPF/E

Not very surprisingly, Microsoft has dropped the horrible codename “WPF/E” and chosen an easier name for their upcoming “Flash killer” technology. But I didn’t expect it to be “Silverlight”? It sounds too much like “Flash” to my ears. On the other hand, I suppose “Blue and white electromagnetic discharge” was unavailable for registration. Anyway, I’m happy that the new name lacks an “X” as well as a year number.

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What we code in life echoes not in eternity

When I go to old cities such as Rome, I see ancient buildings everywhere. Some were built over two thousand years ago and still stand before my eyes. But when future historians and archaeologists will rediscover the year of 2007, it is unclear if they will find anything.

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Technology and modern user experience

When you work with software and user experience, a lot of interesting things are discovered. For instance, it feels like the tolerance of issues with software is much lower than say five years back, despite the fact that people in general are a lot more computer savvy today.

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The evolution of games

When I was young, computer games were widely considered to be merely a toy for children. We were the first generation who played a lot of computer games and the adults were just waiting for us to grow up, so we would stop this childish act and adopt to the normal society. Instead, it was the society that changed.

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The evolution of coders

When I was a pup, programmers looked like Santa Claus and chewed trees for breakfast. Or something like that. Coding used to be a lot harder with tons of restraints and limitations. Anybody still remembering pointers and explicit memory allocation with malloc?

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The beauty of simplicity in interfaces

Over the years, we’ve seen the birth and death of several design patterns for graphical user interfaces. One of my favorite acronyms is KISS: “Keep It Simple, Stupid”. It’s valid in an impressive range of creative outlets.

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Rock star programmers

Since coding C# ain’t the most glamorous way of living today, the next step for many ambitious coders is to become a Rock Star Programmer. Fortunately there is a handy guide to browse through before you don your bandana gear and start smoking bananas. If you ever doubted the glamour part, just head over to Rick Strahl’s office for a look.

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Microsoft Live 2006 tour

I just got home from a day filled of Microsoft information. There were sessions on three parts of WinFX: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF, formerly codenamed Avalon), Windows Communications Foundation (WCF, codenamed Indigo) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF). Even though all of them are interesting, my focus lies on Avalon.

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Bunker safari

"The area contains 54 excavated bunkers along with gun emplacements, scattered around the town’s most visible landmark."
Memories of Skye

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."
The sound of Salzburg

The sound of Salzburg

"It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, even though I suspect she didn’t go singing alone in the mountain ranges."
Roaming in Valletta

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."
Visions of Singapore

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."
New Years Eve in Sydney

New Years Eve in Sydney

"Opera House is seen in front of the massive fireworks in the harbor area, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Harbour Bridge."

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