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August 2010 Entries

RIM Shot

Long ago, in the mid and late-90s, the mobile device market was a bit different from today’s. Palm led the PDA category, with monochrome devices that operated offline, until the Palm VII and its ultra-slow Internet service came out. The Palm VII was all the rage amongst early-adopters…I even bought the erstwhile publisher of Visual Studio Magazine’s predecessor one and shipped it to him, because they were available in New York, but not in the Bay Area, where he was. Then a Canadian company called ......

LightSwitch Extensibility: It Ain’t Just Hype

This past Wednesday, Beta 1 of Visual Studio LightSwitch (VSLS) was be made available to MSDN Subscribers. On Monday, it will be made available to the general public, at http://www.msdn.com/lightsw... Even in advance of Monday, that site is already making useful content available. Specifically, a Channel 9 video called “Visual Studio LightSwitch - Beyond The Basics” is well worth the viewing time. In it, Beth Massi (Program Manager on the Visual Studio Community Team) interviews Joe Binder (a Program ......

Microsoft’s New Tools: Harmony or Cacophony?

In this blog and in my column, I’ve written a lot lately about new technologies from Microsoft that seek to make software development easier. Technologies like ASP.NET Web Pages, Razor and WebMatrix, Access Web Databases and Visual Studio LightSwitch. Each of these technologies, I believe, is bringing much needed accessibility to programming on the Microsoft platform. I’ve also written about Windows Phone 7 which, despite extreme skepticism in the press and analyst communities, has the potential ......

Microsoft #LightSwitch Defends Productivity

At VSLive today, I had the pleasure of introducing Microsoft Corporate VP Jason Zander. And he had the pleasure of introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch. Pleasure is a theme here, because the product, to me at least, looks great. LightSwitch is a .NET based environment, hosted in Visual Studio, that allows developers to build business apps. Quickly. It harkens back, with pride, to tools of old, like VB6 and FoxPro, that made data, and data maintenance UIs, first class citizens. These tools also treated ......