So I took some days off this past week and head to the beach as I am transitioning jobs.
I just got back yesterday and it's not 'til today that I got to surf thru my feeds and I noticed there's been some quite interesting announcements made thru my time off.
I will just link to a couple of them that got my attention quicker.
- Expression Blend made it out of Beta this week and did its shiny entrance into Release Candidate mode. From the post written by Ryan Stewart @ Universal Desktop it seems that we'd be expecting the full release around MIX time this year, with some updates into WPF/E to come around the same timing, although it will not be 'til summer that we should be pointing to a more concrete release of this project.
I do have to say that before WPF/E comes live, they need to put some major work still in the arena of getting more C# support and XAML as from what it is today. Right now it is a reasonable preview into what kind of things you will be expected to do with this technology, although in order to play 1:1 with Adobe Flash and/or Flex we will have to see some more work put down by the Redmond guys - though you're in a good path boyz!
- From the other side of the court, Adobe released what is called Flex Module for Apache and IIS, which brings Flex a little bit closer to what PHP and ASP.NET 2.0 applications enable developers to do: simply copy the Flex files into a directory visible to your server and your app will be compiled automatically when you request the main application file using your web browser.
It really looks like a good step forward into making Flex a greater Dev Platform and getting tide with already settle technologies like ASP.NET, JSP and PHP, to name some.
Note: There is a catch tough, Mark Anders from Adobe, points out that these bits DO NOT work with Flex Data Services' applications so be aware of it as you try it.
- On my last release-note for now - not even related to development - Google released a Flash-based gadget-like client for its GTalk application. Google's talkabout blog has more info in it and the ways you get to use it. Lets says this gadget can be inserted into your home page (it seems they even support pages other than the Google Personalized Homepage as well)... Ryan Stewart has some more info in it as well, so go check it out here.
Ok so as it is Sunday morning and I still have to do my homeshores, I will stop right here, I still need to go thru more than half of my feeds and finish up some work I have to put down for a couple of projects I am working on (will talk about this a bit later)... so u go relax and will touch base later...
Cheers mates! and happy St. Patrick's Day!