Last week I
attended two Microsoft presentations here in Louisville. The MSDN presentation
for developers in the afternoon was very interesting. William Steele, who works
the Midwest (many of you have probably seen him), showed a very interestingdemo.
a simple real estate app in C# (would have worked in VB too) that showed the
address and pictures of properties, with the data coming from a SQL Server
Express database. While that may not be seem too fancy, the demo was showing off
the power of XAML, which stands for Extensible Application Markup Language.
With just a little bit of code, he was able to make what essentially became a
flash-like animation that flipped the images into a larger view upon eachmouseover.
may not seem impressive, but he then converted that C# app into a Web-app that
a browser could display. At that point it became obvious to me and most of the
room that this was going to be positioned as a challenge to Macromedia and its
Flash products. I won't guess how successful it will be, but the demo did make
it clear that just about anybody could make a Flash-like animation with XAMLand some free tools Microsoft has available.
what the Vista interface is based on, which also struck me as an indication of
Vistas versatility in terms of UI. I wonder, if someone was so inclined, you
could put a different interface on Vista then one that will come out of the
box? Could you shrink the interface down to a minimal set of buttons, essentially
hiding features you don't want users to interact with? Could you create a Vista
client on an Apple computer sporting Intel chips, only using a facsimile of theMac OS X? Not sure why you'd want to, but is it possible?
It might be something to keep your eyes on as Vista eventually gets closer to reality.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.