UI Decisions: Why & How

My week spent in Orlando at TechEd 2008 was time well spent. Tradeshows like these are a great opportunity to meet smart people who are often delivered by the plane-load.

One of the highlights of the show was being able to see Bill Gates give his final keynote address. Before his talk they ran an updated version of his famous "last day at Microsoft" video. In case you haven’t seen it yet I have included it here for you.

Silverlight Ingenuity

After the keynote was over I setup my machine in the wifi area and started to chat with the guy who happened to be standing next to me. It turns out that guy was David Kelly of Identity Mine head of the implementation team for Crossfader.

Watch the Crossfader demo from the keynote speech

Crossfader is a social networking application for creative types – built in Silverlight. David shares about the thought process and feedback they’ve received while in development. We’re still a few weeks away from the launch of Crossfader, but it should prove to be an engaging site.

David also runs Hacking Silverlight a blog dedicated to providing excellent Silverlight content. He’s even started a Codeplex project which features Silverlight resources that will grant you access to the scroll bar as well a browser history "hack" - all in Silverlight.

Web, Windows, Both or None?

Ted Neward talk, Pragmatic Architecture: User Interface, caught my eye so I tracked him down to discuss the five fundamentals of UI:

  1. Style
  2. Implementation
  3. Perspectives
  4. Cardinality
  5. Locality

Ted made some excellent points - especially after I started our chat by trying to get a rise out of him!

Take My Dialog… Please!

Finally Kate Gregory spends time with us to explain the Vista Bridge and how you can easily bring the Vista experience to your applications.

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