I’ve just arrived home from a rather busy couple of days in London. I was the guest of Microsoft at their Mix07 conference. And by guest, I mean that they called me up the day before to find out if I could give a one hour long presentation about my work. But I like that kind of thing so I said yes.
The conference seemed primarily to be focussing on the Expression Suite of software, including Silverlight. It’s a little scary for a Flasher to be surrounded by so many .net developers, and I’m not ashamed to say that I felt a little out of my comfort zone as I sat through the keynote speech.
Then I realised that I have to be careful. It’s only natural for people to give greater import to subjects that they are experts in, and that’s why the fan-boy phenomenon appears.
But I’m not going to be a Flash fan-boy! I’m just going to watch, listen, and ask some questions. Some hard questions. And once I had let go of my extensive Flash knowledge, and that defensive knee-jerk reaction against anything new, a feeling of freedom washed over me.
And I thought, maybe, just maybe I’m getting a glimpse here of the future. A future where Flash is no longer the only option for online rich application development. And a future bathed in green light. A lot of green light.
When I first entered the room, all I initially saw was around 500 rather geeky looking .net developers. But now, with my new green-tinted spectacles, I felt a profound sense of love for these unsung heroes. These under-rated mavericks of the programming world, whose talents have so far been wasted on grey forms, data applications and tax return software.
So come! Come my friends! You too can now enjoy rich applications! Bitmaps! Vectors! Video! Audio! Interactivity! Buttons! Shiny buttons. Really shiny. I mean it.
And with my new sense of inclusivity, I decide to sit back and actually listen for once. So tell me, my new Microsoft friends…
…what is this Silverlight thingy all about?
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