Experiences and Experiments in Programming

 Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Saw the latest IE 7. For those of you who know me, you know that I am a big Firefox guy. I won't knock IE, and use it sometimes, but there are just some things about Firefox that, in my opinion, can't be beat.

Having said that, I like this latest IE 7. I had looked at the previous IE 7 Beta and was not impressed at all. But let me say that this latest one looks more like what I was expecting to see.  From what I have seen so far, I could see me using IE 7 a lot more!  I am going to use this new beta for a while and see what I think.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 4:07:33 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Just thought I would mention the presentations I went to on day 1:

Breakout 1: The Windows Live Platform: Build Applications That Have Access to 400 Million Address Books, and 13 Million Contacts presented by Brian Arbogast and Ken Levy

Breakout 2: Developing a Better User Experience with "Atlas" presented by Shanku Niyogi

Breakout 3: Developing a Windows Presentation Foundation Application presented by Filipe Fortes

The eventing reception was held at the TAO Nighclub at The Venetian. The evening made for a great time. I would go into more details but they say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas so I guess I should just leave it at that!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 3:56:06 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Yesterday was pretty good as far as presentations. Went to some good presentations on ATLAS and WPF...some stuff I had seen before but some stuff really impressed me.
I have to admit, I was really impressed with Scott Guthrie's presentation on ATLAS. He started with a blank page and within about 7-9 minutes, built an ATLAS todo list. Now the application was not extremely complicated functionally, but the fact that he was able to put the whole thing together in such a short period of time was nice. It was a really nice example of what can be done in such a short period of time.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 11:29:29 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Monday, March 20, 2006
The keynote was awesome. This is the first event I have been to where Bill Gates made a personal appearance. I have to say, it was pretty cool. It was a great keynote, Tim O'Reilly and Bill had a question and answer session focusing on Web2.0 and where that might be going. Bill made an announcement that they have a go-live license for Atlas!

Monday, March 20, 2006 11:21:34 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Well, it was an interesting night. We flew into Phoenix headed for Las Vegas and had a layover. We then found out that our flight to Las Vegas was delayed. We were given an option to seperate from our luggage and take a flight that was leaving immediately and we did...hey, better to wait around in Vegas, right? Needless to say we waited around  in Vegas for a while and finally arrived at the hotel around 11:30PM.  But I am here now!

Monday, March 20, 2006 11:15:10 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Well the presentation for the Huntsville User Group seemed to go well last night.  I would like to thank them for their hospitality!  They are a friendly group and have a wonderful facility at which they meet.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 8:33:49 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Saturday, March 11, 2006
I have said before that I enjoy the graphical side of web design as much as I like the code.  I had thrown together a nice header for last year's Code Camp in Alabama, so I was asked to put one together this year.  Joe Healy has gotten it put on the web site.  Everyone seems to think it turned out ok, so I guess I am satisfied. Take a look. Thanks Joe!

Saturday, March 11, 2006 10:35:22 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Seems like I am usually tweaking my presentations right up to the day I give them.  I am never completely satisfied with them.  I have been tweaking my presentation on AJAX that I am giving to the Huntsville .NET User Group this Tuesday. Some of the Mix06 topics I am reading over is making me want to cover a slightly different angle.  On the other hand, my presentation covers some under-the-cover aspects of AJAX that I think are important to know...even if in practice you may never have to worry about them.  Atlas and AJAX.Net cover up a lot of the details that I think are still important to know.  I am one of those that believe one should program for Windows using the Windows SDK at least once, just to get a better understanding of what is going on behind the high level code we typically write.

Saturday, March 11, 2006 10:31:34 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I am in Memphis, TN this weekend.  We came up here for a trade show that she was doing a booth for.  She is involved in a new endeavor and had booth space at the Southern Women's show. While she did her thing, I continued to try to decide on what I wanted to attend while at Mix06.  I hope it is going to live up to my expectations.  I typically am cautious about conventions because I rarely get out of them what I hope to.  I am hoping this one will be what I expect.  So far, from what I am hearing, it appears to be. I'll let you know.

Saturday, March 11, 2006 10:25:45 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
 Monday, March 06, 2006
I have been mentioning the visibility and discussions around AJAX and how it seems to be one of the more popular points of discussion. Interesting observation today. I said that I was planning on attending Mix06. Well I was looking at some of the pre-discussion going on out on MSDN's channel 9.  Looking at the number of views per topic, AJAX has 7,449 views.  The closest number of views to that is Windows Presentation Foundation with 3161.  Interesting...

Monday, March 06, 2006 12:51:49 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
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