Articles Written by Brad Jones
Our very own TheCPUWizard was mentioned in the story, Bellport businessman wins second award from Microsoft at Newsday.com. Also mentioned in the story is Codeguru.com. You have to read to the end to see the Codeguru mention.
Microsoft is not an Apple. Regardless, they are trying to play one on the internet. This week Microsoft announced more information on the Microsoft MarketPlace. This is a response – or reaction – to the success of the Apple Store.
When this question came up in a side conversation the Microsoft MVP summit, my initial reaction was that C++ is obviously the more mature language and that C# was a new language that was still "wet behind the ears." This conversation was with a person on the Microsoft C++ team, so the comment surprised me when they indicated that C# might actually be the more mature language.
According to Jason Zander, General Manager of Visual Studio, the answer is "Our goal with both the current and upcoming products is to provide streamlined solutions that increase developer productivity and make developers' jobs easier." Jason Zander, MicrosoftIn Visual Studio 2008, the goal was to allow developers to do more with less, in 2010 Zander says they are continuing to push the product in this same direction. He sites simplified testing, better performance, easier testing, and other features as ways that Microsoft is accomplishing this. Some other things learned from Zander include the following: There are 14,000 customers for Visual Studio Team System 2008 deploying to over 500,000 clients. LINQ is one of the favorite features by customers. Things have been added to VS 2008 even after the initial release. Client Profile was introduced in SP1. The UI for VS 2010 is redesigned. In VS 2010, WPF was used to make improvements to the toolbars and menus. In VS 2010, there is a new text editor to allow you to do advanced graphics similar to what you can do in Microsoft Word.Zander had a lot more to say as well. You can find his direct answers in the Microsoft PressPass Q&A.
Silverlight is here to compete with Flash and Flex. I believe everyone is aware that Microsoft has set its sites on Flash and is workign to show they can take over the market. You might consider it a losing battle to go against Flash, but then when Internet Explorer started, there was already a dominating company in the browser market too. That didn't stop Microsoft then, I don't think the domination of Flash is going to stop them now.