If you've been around a group of ComponentOne or GrapeCity PowerTools people in the last few months, you may have seen us whispering in hushed tones and speaking in odd high-level there-is-something-I-can't-tell-you statements. Today I'm pleased to be one of the people who can (finally) explain why. As of July 1, 2012, GrapeCity has acquired ComponentOne!
Thanks to everyone who came out and packed the house tonight! It was great to meet so many new faces, and see old friends Sam Abraham and Dave Noderer again. Here are the links to download the sample code or to download the slides. At this time, web development is both exciting and frustrating. Browser manufacturers are adding powerful features to browsers, but each on their own schedule, and in some cases (such as the date input type) in their own way. Many features of HTML 5, such as the semantic tags, and and should be implemented now. Other features, such as some of the local storage options, can be implemented now but a fallback polyfill will also need to be implemented. As we saw, responsive design and progressive enhancement can be used to build a site which functions well in the major browsers and device formats, usually with far less effort than maintaining multiple sites or native applications. If you're starting a new web application today, plan to incorporate HTML5 and related technologies from the beginning. The "technology triumvirate" can also be added to existing applications as you maintain them.
Wow! What an awesome event! This was my first StirTrek, and although I had heard stories about it in the past, to actually experience it was something very different. Watching presentations with on movie theater screens is quite impressive. We posted some photos from StirTrek on our Facebook page. Congratulations to the organizers and volunteers for an outstanding event! Oh yeah, The Avengers is a great movie, too.
It was a gorgeous weekend on the U of M campus, and two days full of all kinds of content. The attendees were a good mix, representing at least .NET, Ruby and Python. I was able to attend several sessions, including Lee Brandt's "Drinking from the firehose" and "Get Your SQL Server Under Source Control" from Andy Pickett, one of the organizers.
This was my first ever trip to Idaho, and all I knew of Boise was working with JR Simplot (I used to work in foodservice logistics) and the "Smurf Turf". There are a lot of good people at Simplot, I expected the same from the Boise community, and y'all did not disappoint. Adam and I met a lot of great people this weekend, and admired how nice the downtown area is. Boise is a wonderful little city, and the BSU facilities were gorgeous. My compliments to the organizers for arranging beautiful weather, and timing the code camp with Tree Fort. In all seriousness, that would be a good tie en every year, and probably should be linked to on the website. As for the turf, well, it's very blue in person, too, so it's not my TV freaking out.
Back in January, ComponentOne and Microsoft partnered on a series of hands-on webcasts for building Windows Phone applications. You can see my recap and materials at http://our.componentone.com/2012/01/23/lets-build-something-mobile-session-1-recap/.
Thanks to everyone who attended! And congrats to the organizers for a very, very successful day. At most events, there are fewer attendees than registrants. Today, there were far more attendees than registrants. Every talk was packed, and there was a great selection to choose from. The community and organizers chose topics in across wide range of topics, making the decision of which one to attend very difficult. I had a great time being at our table, talking to everyone about Wijmo, CSS Media Queries, jUICE UI, Silverlight, Win8 Metro and everything else.
Thanks to everyone who came out and for all the good questions--we had a great learning session. Remember, no one can tell my daughter I was in New York City, especially because when we're coming back was literally the first thing she asked me after I got home. Here are the promised downloads from the meeting. Remember, I'm showing here two .NET specific ways to query the DataMarket. All of the datasets can be queried via OData's REST-ful interface, too, but that's a different talk.