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Microsoft WPF/E - Truly UNRevolutionary Technology

By Michael Mulvey on December 11, 2006 12:51 PM

Ok, no long-winded Microsoft-bashing on this post, I'll just cut right to it - Microsoft is developing a competitor to Flash. The technology has a beautifully ambiguous name: WPF/E.

For more info read ScottGu's entry on it (found via Sitepoint).

If you'd like to bore yourself, you can watch a video of Joe Stegman from Microsoft describing this truly breakthrough technology.

In the video they say the word 'XAML' about a trillion times (pronounced "ZAMYL"). It gets annoying real quick. I Iove how he explains plug-in technology, with terms like "object and embed tags" and what a browser does went it's presented with an unknown plug-in. I understand all this, it's almost 2007 and over 95% of people have Flash Player 7 You don't need to tell me about plug-in technology.

Guys, it's not ZAML, it's XML. Microsoft is basically going head-to-head with Adobe Flex/Flash (view samples of Flex apps here), providing a framework for developers to work within when developing online applications.

Microsoft, what would be a compelling reason for me to start working with WPF/E when I and millions of other people can do it in Flash? Not only that, but Flash is constantly evolving and making improvements with each new version.

Microsoft is coming on to the scene late with an average product the same way it's doing with Zune.

TCC - Operational Instructions

By Michael Mulvey on December 5, 2006 2:51 PM

Coming soon to TCC - Operational Instructions: step-by-step tutorials on Flash Actionscripting, XML, HTML & CSS.

Stay tuned.

Does XML Suck? I don't think so.

By Michael Mulvey on November 8, 2006 11:46 AM

I ran across this link in the 'popular' section of del.icio.us this morning, Does XML Suck?

Prior to having found that article I had just finished a conference call with Google and a client about a project that would utilize Google Earth for an upcoming event. The client wanted to use Google Earth so that viewers could 'go' the the event location and see live image feeds of the event. What a cool idea.

"Can we do this?", my boss said.

"Sure, why not?", I replied.

Like many companies now, Google provides a public API for working with Google Earth and it's version of XML - KML. With KML, you just change the tags as needed, changing values, references, location titles, etc.

Along with Google and its use of KML, Adobe has also been working with a simliar approach with its program, Flex (as of this writing version 2.0).

From Adobe's website:

Adobe® Flex™ 2 software is a rich Internet application framework based on Adobe Flash® that will enable you to productively create beautiful, scalable applications that can reach virtually anyone on any platform.

My friend sent me this link where you can experiment with a Flex Compiler, which utilizes MXML (I don't know for sure, but this probably stands for Macromedia XML), obviously, the markup looks very familiar.

Prior to learning about XML I worked extensively with XML in many Flash applications and websites I've built (I-Travel Shoes, my portfolio site, Richard Felber Photography, Filigrana by Zani to name a few). XML provides me with a way to update and maintain Flash sites without having to crack up FLA files again and again for clients that want revisions to their sites.

So does XML suck? Not for me.

XML reference files for my links above:
http://clients.thecombustionchamber.com/itravel/collections.xml
http://thecombustionchamber.com/6/_xml/menu_tcc.xml
http://thecombustionchamber.com/6/_xml/news.xml
http://richardfelberphotography.com/_xml/images.xml
http://filigranabyzani.com/filigrana.xml
http://filigranabyzani.com/collection.xml

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