Cool Things from Mix ‘10!

Even before I do my HIMSS post I felt compelled to talk about the shiny things from Mix 2010.

  • Windows Phone 7 Series Developer Studio – I love the free tools provided to develop for Windows Phone. Love the fact that Silverlight and XNA studio are very thoughtfully and seamlessly working with-in Visual Studio Express. The developer studio is lean and performant, its great to see the tool tips for Pixel widths right in the design surface. I was able to write a simple Health app in about 10 mins, the Phones are not out yet but the

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  • Open Data Protocol : Very interesting competition to GData :). OData – http://www.odata.org/ is a combination of AtomPub with data-typing and querying conventions. OData is supported out of the box by Windows Azure services, and Netflix launch an API powered by OData – http://odata.netflix.com/Catalog/. It will be great to learn more about batching and syncing aspects of this protocol (Interestingly Microsoft Sync Platform also launched an asymmetric syncing capability).
  • Data Relay : MySpace which is the largest .NET site open sourced their middle-tier GU – http://datarelay.codeplex.com/. DataRelay has a framework for message passing, transaction management on top of a performant caching system. Apparently it uses The CCR (Concurrency and Coordination Runtime) from Microsoft Robotic Studio :).
  • A very interesting presentation of building your own MVVM framework – I love the use of Continuations and a programming model where the framework takes care of concurrency and events! The presenter is author of Caliburn – http://www.codeplex.com/caliburn.
  • Font-ing it out – For a font newbie like me, all i know about Fonts I learnt from Kevin Larsons presentation : http://live.visitmix.com/MIX10/Sessions/DS07 

Twitter hashtag for mix is #mix10 and session recordings are available at http://live.visitmix.com

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