Winds of Change: Time for some Sharepoint!

June 15, 2007

So it seems like some winds are coming in from a different direction towards me and I will gradually have to change the sails accordingly to keep up with it. Anyway this entry comes after quite some time away from the blog-o-sphere.

Lots of interesting stuff taking place at the meantime, like Sri Lanka losing to the Aussies in the World Cup. But the most interesting one, is that I just got through 70-630 : Configuring MOSS 2007 (with every little effort) after a 5 day bootcamp covering WSS 3.0 and MOSS2007 (**wink** some of the terms, even my wife will have to put up from now on….) and I guess I will be a MCTS on MOSS2007 configuration. Next Target: MOSS2007 Application Development (70-542)

Well, one thing I like in Sharepoint is that it supports some of the very things we try to implement in practical life to work with corporate information, just out of the box, in a very straight-forward way and with very little sweat. Mind you, the demand is very high cos the future of this empire of information collaboration looks very promising.

I know what you’re thinking…. No way… ASP.NET is and will always be the back-bone of Sharepoint Development. So I’m yet not ready to give up on it. And this is definitely not the right time to do that with some of the cool stuff like WPF, Silverlight, ASP.NET AJAX, Orcas & the Expression Suite taking its VIP seats in the arena. Then what about WCF and WF? … Well ….. I’m just another happy UI Guy!


Welcome…. WPF/e is now Silverlight

April 20, 2007

Oh Yes. After some time surfacing as what it was called “WPF/e” [e for Everywhere], its now officially renamed, “Silverlight”

Silverlight is the cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences on the Web. It surely supports Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer running on the Mac or on Windows.

Remember F.l.a.s.h? he hee….  I’ll tell you this will be greater!

You will need to get to know some WPF stuff for this. And using the Express Studio (Design & Blend) you are sure to design that super user experience Silverlight has to offer. Its all part of the .NET 3.0 generation.

Get to the Silverlight (formerly WPF/E) Dev Centre to start looking at it right now.


Expression to be on MSDN. **Wow**

April 4, 2007

Well, as a developer and being a part of the Microsoft family, one thing I cherish most is the the fact that Microsoft listens to our feedback awesomely well. And proving it right, this morning we heard another one of our very special requests (made by many in the MVP community) being fulfilled by Microsoft, by having the Expression Tools made available for MSDN subscribers.

Thanks to Soma, who has always been a close friend of the MVP community and rest of the dudes involved with Expression, we get to experience the tools of the future that would replace our line up of applications by the giants in the likes of Adobe and Macromedia…. in a bid to make WPF/e the de-facto of animations and ‘out-of-the-world user experiences’ on the web.

The breaking news on Soma’s Blog.


Steady State for a hassle free XP life

March 21, 2007

Now one of the cool things I came across at the MVP Global Summit in Seattle was this exciting little cool tool called “Windows Steady State” still in Beta. But apart from having a gorgeous lady presenting the demo, the tool itself was a definite catch for me.

Enter Steady State! It helps you to keep your Windows XP machine running the way you always want it to… clean & neat. Which means, no matter who uses your machine and what junk others put on your machine, you can always say “Abracadabra” and get back to  your preferred state with a simple reboot.

So if your PC is a shared machine, maybe you wont need to reformat your hard disk whenever something dirty gets in. Steady State put things back in place. I’m sure this is going to be ideal for people like me, who keep installing loads of crappy tools to tryout and then uninstall incompletely.

Oh and one more thing. Its gonna be free! Free for anyone who is a Genuine Windows User! Watch out for this space for the download link that would be made available this summer.


“ATLAS”: Roadmap hinted by Scott Guthrie

September 12, 2006

We are as excited as Scott Guthrie who writes about the release of a fully supported “Atlas” ver:1.0 by the end of the year, which will gladly run on Visual Studio 2005, as opposed to speculation that the product would be made available only in the next release of Visual Studio. So now its time to wait for a Beta first and then the RC.

Check out Scott’s post on the Atlas roadmap.


Vista RC1 Out (as Build 5600)

September 4, 2006

So… Windows Vista (Build 5600) is now available in the form of Release Candidate 1 on connect.
And if you know what RC1 means.. hmmm. Its almost what you’ll see in the final product.
And guess whats releasing together with it?

*tadaaa* ….
The .NET Framework 3.0 components: .NET Framework 3.0 RC1, Windows SDK RC1 & Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation RC5

Now I can do nothing but just laugh at those who think .NET 3.0 will take ages to come. World… get ready for the revolution. WPF, WCF, and WF. Or is there more to it?

Anyway, I just started the download on connect. And maybe in another 2 days, I will have the DVD image ready to burn. But wait a minute.. Where’s the hardware to run Vista? *sob* *sob*