Monday, December 10th, 2007

GWT and Volta

Category: GWT, Microsoft

With Microsoft Volta there has been a lot of comparison to GWT, especially as Eric M said that it will “blow GWT out of the water”. There are some features that I am very interested in wrt Volta, namely: Any CLR language (e.g. IronRuby :) The ability to run on the client or the server: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:05 am

3 rating from 20 votes

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Microsoft Labs Volta: .NET Web Toolkit

Category: Microsoft

Microsoft Labs has announced a new project called Volta that looks like GWT for .NET. Erik Meijer (Mr. LINQ) is behind this one: “The idea is that you start out building your application, focusing on the functionality, the look and feel, until you’re satisfied with it and then you repurpose it into an AJAX application Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:15 am

2.9 rating from 39 votes

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Silverlight 1.^H^H2.0: Controls are here

Category: Microsoft

When Silverlight came out of the gate, some were pretty surprised to see that there were no UI controls such as buttons. Really? I have to draw the components myself? You could tell that they went after Flash.old. Well, this was a 1.x release, and it is getting better. Scott Guthrie just announced some plans Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:16 am

2.1 rating from 59 votes

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Silverlight Tech Talk from TAE

Category: Microsoft, Presentation

Peter Laudati, Developer Evangelist from Microsoft, gave a presentation at The Ajax Experience titled Light Up the Web with Silverlight which is now available for you to watch: In this session, you’ll learn all about Silverlight from a developer’s perspective, including how to build rich, interactive applications using Visual Studio, as well as Microsoft’s powerful Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:10 am

2.2 rating from 22 votes

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Silverlight Minesweeper

Category: Games, Microsoft

Game Friday is here, and it was time to showcase a Silverlight one. This time we have a Silverlight 1.1 version of Minesweeper, with full source code to check out. Where is Silver Scrabulous?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:12 am

2.4 rating from 44 votes

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

SVG on IE via Silverlight via XSLT

Category: Microsoft, SVG

Sam Ruby has done it again, this time taking Toine de Greef’s work and making it better. Now your SVG can work on IE via Silverlight: Cool. SVG to Silverlight via XSLT. But, embedding in HTML using comments? I think I can improve upon that. Demo: Toucan. Rendered using native SVG on recent Gecko, Opera, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:15 am

3.1 rating from 36 votes

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Silverlight 1.0 Released: Linux via Moonlight and Expression Encoder

Category: .NET, Microsoft

Microsoft’s Silverlight 1.0 has been released. They seem to be touting the media side of things strongest (a.k.a. Kill Flash): Built-in codec support for playing VC-1 and WMV video, and MP3 and WMA audio within a browser. The VC-1 codec is a big step forward for incorporating media within a web experience – since it Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:03 am

4.1 rating from 41 votes

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Update to Internet Explorer’s Cookie Jar

Category: Microsoft

The IE team has update d the Internet Explorer Cookie Jar by bringing the cookie limit to 50 per domain, in line with Firefox. This doesn’t mean that we should go out and start creating new cookies willy-nilly though, and in fact they strongly sugest that we “watch our weight”: You might be tempted to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:02 am

2.6 rating from 13 votes

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Adobe steps up video with new Flash and AIR for Flash gets easier

Category: Adobe, Microsoft

One of the Silverlight talking points has been their video story. Top quality. Same across all devices. Of course, Adobe wasn’t sitting on its hands, and today they are releasing a Flash Player that supports H.264 video and more. The ReadWriteWeb reported on this via Adobe Launches “Moviestar” Version of Flash Player – HD Television Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:08 am

3.6 rating from 30 votes

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Fixing GC issues on IE 6: New IE download

Category: IE, Microsoft

The issues with garbage collection in IE 6 are well known. IE 7 has fixed the bulk of them, but what about IE 6 users? It turns out that Microsoft has downloads for the various Windows operating systems, so if you could get your users to install one of these puppies they would be a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:47 pm

2 rating from 140 votes

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Microsoft, Canvas, and the WHATWG

Category: Canvas, Conferences, IE, Microsoft

Microsoft made some interesting statements at their Microsoft Technical Summit event (MTS07) this week. Pete LePage, a Product Manager on the IE team, gathered a small swath of the academic, business, and open-source community constituents in a room, chatted about the future of IE, and asked for feedback. Some interested bits: It turns out Microsoft Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:00 am

4 rating from 35 votes

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

IE6 Virtual PC Refresh Now Available

Category: IE, Microsoft, Testing

Pete LePage of the IE team has created a new Virtual PC IE6 image that allows designers and developers to do testing in an emulation layer. This image is for Virtual PC 2007. They didn’t do a version with IE 5.5 because: We did do some investigation of shipping VHD’s with IE5.5, or earlier, but Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:52 am

2.1 rating from 101 votes

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Browser Wars: Mozilla, IE, Opera join up for a panel discussion

Category: Browsers, Firefox, IE, Interview, Microsoft, Opera

Presented by the Silicon Valley WebBuilder, this event brought together Mike Shaver from Mozilla, Chris Wilson from Microsoft’s IE team, HÃ¥kon Lie from Opera, and expertly moderator Douglas Crockford from Yahoo! to talk about the current state of the browser landscape. At first, each person got a chance to say their peace. Here are some Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:00 am

4.5 rating from 69 votes

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

DinnerNow: Microsoft Sample Application

Category: Microsoft, Screencast

Microsoft has created a sample application that shows off their latest technology: The demo utilizes several technologies including: IIS7, ASP.NET Ajax Extensions, Linq, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Powershell, and the .NET Compact Framework. Their first screencast shows life as a shopping cart user and has the usual ajax shopping Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:36 am

2.4 rating from 28 votes

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Microsoft announces the ASP.NET Ajax 1.0 Release

Category: .NET, Ajax, Microsoft

Microsoft has announced the final 1.0 release of ASP.NET Ajax (a.k.a. Atlas). It consists of a core platform, and a bunch of controls: ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 delivers a rich client-side AJAX library that provides cross platform, cross browser support for a core JavaScript type-system, JSON-based network serialization stack, JavaScript component/control model, as Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:50 pm

4 rating from 151 votes

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Microsoft IE JavaScript Perf. Tips, Part Trois

Category: IE, JavaScript, Microsoft

In August and November, we highlighted parts one and two of the IE team’s JScript performance tips. Peter Gurevich is back for part three: Avoid Closures if Possible. What happens when [a closure registered as an event listener] never fires? We expect it to, but it might not. If it doesn’t fire, the closure [may Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 11:54 pm

2.6 rating from 44 votes