Microsoft conference unveils new upcoming technologies

Microsoft is having PDC (Microsoft Professional Developers Conference) in Los Angeles USA this week and blogs around the internet has started to get very interesting posts regarding Longhorn and Whidbey.
I found extremely interesting post in Longhorn blogs where Ryan Dawson is writing about new upcoming technology: XAML, which stands for XML Application Markup Language which is basically Microsoft implementation of XUL.
From PDC site you can find also PDC blog list and lots of other intresting stuff to read and watch.

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XInclude.NET 1.0

XInclude.NET is free open-source implementation of XInclude 1.0 Candidate Recommendation and XPointer Framework Recommendation written in C# for .NET platform.

more here

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Optimizing XSLT Performance in .NET

Even that the author has failed to realise and utilise msxml4’s ability to cache and compile XSLT stylesheets. But anyway intresting reading. :)

Whole article at ondotnet.com.

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My first review on Windows Server 2003

Last weekend I installed Windows Server 2003 Datacenter edition to my computer and I was quite amaze about usability issues on it. Apparently Microsoft has taken UNIX thinking on setting up server environment. In previous versions of MS Servers everything used to be open and setting up web server took only 2 hours max. Now you need 1 day to setup web server because everything is closed and to enable those services you need to know more than pressing next buttons on wizards.
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SVG# coooool

Here is a nice design tools to Visual Studio .Net developers.
This is ASP.NET control for generating good looking buttons for your web pages. What’s cool about it is that it used our SVG renderer to actually create the buttons.
See demo.

More about SVG on .NET in here

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X# vs. XSLT

Rumors says that Microsoft (Seattle USA based small software company) is about intrduce a functional programming language to progress XML called X#. According to an article on eweek this new language is about replace XSLT?
“Although XSLT is fairly widely used, its power is limited, and it is fairly hard to use.”
Hmm, I think this comment was little contradictory and wrong. I have been working over year closely with XSLT and I can’t see many limitations on it.

Anyway, I think a real problem is to get legions of VB/C#/Java -programmers to think in functional instead imperative.

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Office 11

Someone has another opinion about XML support on Office 11 http://news.com.com/2100-1001-977880.html?tag=lh
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All Office products will output to an XML file, which would be viewable via any browser, but editable only from within the originating office application–or by a very, very skilled XML programmer.”
“Basically, Microsoft using XML for Office is a PR trick.
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"Office 11" for Developers

Really nice WYSIWYG consept.
http://www.microsoft.com/office/developer/preview/

It seams that Microsoft is on the right track on this one, but I’m not holding my breath still.
As we all have seen “XML-based office 2k and xp” :) But nevertheless this is probably one of those MSXML’s which is pretty much similar to XML -standard except only for MS product. ;)

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