Category Archives: Observations

Is XAML Part of the Future?

In recent months I’ve had a number of folks on my podcast talking about Windows 8.  Whether they prefer to program W8 in XAML/C#  or in HTML/Javascript, I always ask the same question: does XAML have a real future or … Continue reading

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Yet Another Podcast #74–Adam Kinney–Windows 8 and JavaScript and HTML5

Talking with Adam Kinney, Independent Design Developer and former Microsoft Evangelist and Jon Galloway, Microsoft Technical Evangelist, about programming for Windows 8 using JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5.   Adam’s Blog Adam on Twitter Jon’s Blog Jon on Twitter Win 8 … Continue reading

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10 Insanely Essential Utilities That Made It To My Windows 8 Slate

I’m spending more and more time on my Windows 8 Slate, but I don’t add programs or files to it lightly.  There are two reasons for that: Space is limited on its 125GB SSD I know I’m going to have … Continue reading

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Getting Your Questions Answered

The single best place to get your questions answered are the Forums. (Now, I know that forums are often a company’s way of saving money on customer service, but the dev team and the Evangelists monitor these forums carefully, so … Continue reading

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Win 8–Some Things Are Just Too Easy

Okay, like everyone else I know, I’m writing a book on Win 8.  Actually, two books.  The first, which will be very short, will be on XAML from absolute scratch for Win 8 (not the title!) and the second is … Continue reading

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Yet Another Podcast #69–Ward Bell

Talking with Ward Bell about data, web services, Windows 8, XAML, Javascript and much more. Ward is a Microsoft MVP and a founder and VP of IdeaBlade.  Ward’s Blog – Never In Doubt Listen | Yet Another Podcast  

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Yet Another Podcast #67–Pete Brown and Windows 8

Talking with Pete Brown about Windows 8 programming, Silverlight, WPF, Gadgets and much more. Pete Brown is a XAML and Gadget guy at Microsoft, as well as a former Microsoft Silverlight MVP, INETA speaker, and RIA Architect. He’s a father … Continue reading

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Yet Another Podcast #63–Windows 8 with Shawn Wildermuth

Talking with Shawn Wildermuth about Windows 8 Development. Shawn Wildermuth is a nine-time Microsoft MVP (Data), member of the INETA Speaker’s Bureau and an author of seven books and dozens of articles on software development. Shawn is involved with Microsoft … Continue reading

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Yet Another Podcast #55–David Plat on Why Software Sucks

Talking with David Platt, author of Why Software Sucks about software design, both good and bad David’s Web Site   Listen | Yet Another Podcast Call in comments: 1-347-YAP-CAST

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Open the pod bay doors, Hal.

Suddenly I’m talking to a lot more inanimate objects. I recently pulled a muscle in my shoulder, and  I’m not supposed to type Thus DragonDictate and I have become good friends. DragonDictate is almost magical, I speak in the words … Continue reading

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Cost vs. Size of Books

My newest book, Programming Reactive Extensions and LINQ, is released. I’m very  excited about this book, and believe that it provides high-quality information that would otherwise be hard to find, clear explanations, and useful examples. Paul Betts and I worked … Continue reading

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Speedometers and GPS units

I’ve noticed that the speedometer in my car says I’m going faster than the speed reported by my GPS.  On reflection, this makes a lot of sense, and the GPS is almost certainly right.

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