Is Astoria (ADO.NET Data Services) going to be the answer to cloud computer?

I think there is a lot of confusion in developer community as to where is Microsoft going with Astoria, Silverlight, SQL Server Data Services and Entity Framework.  I just read an article on VS Magazine titled Manipulate Data in the Cloud with ADO.NET. After reading I realized that article simply covers Data Services and REST implementation etc but doesn’t really show anything remotely related to cloud. I guess the author forgot the cloud in a cloud 🙂

Don’t get me wrong I liked the article but don’t agree with the title.  Sometimes I feel I am the only one pulling my hair looking at some of the new stuff being thrown in by Microsoft.  I think my dream of being able to create applications by just thinking about them isn’t going to be a reality anytime soon.

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Is Silverlight going to kill Flash?

I saw this article on a website

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070501-microsofts-flash-killer-steals-the-show-at-mix07.html

I don’t agree with the news title or the content. Even though I like what Silverlight has to offer and it is a great product. Flash has been around for a very long time and is very mature and huge user base.

There are some things about Silverlight that simply rock but then there are plenty of drawbacks that won’t allow mainstream corporate applications to be written on Silverlight. The other day a co-worker mention that in couple of years no one will be using XHTML and everyone will switch to Silverlight. Somehow I don’t see that happening anytime soon either

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Community Credit

I recently found this site that promotes community participation among .NET Developers. Its pretty cool that each participant’s efforts are tracked and “stupid prizes” are awarded.

Check this out…

http://www.community-credit.com/DevCommunity.aspx

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Start blogging

I have been wanting to start blogging for a very long time and I have finally taken the plunge.  I hope to share experiences from work and otherwise….

There is so much buzz around the web about blogging and even though I have been reading many blogs and sometimes commenting for a while, somehow I was always hesitant about writing my own. I know that sounds lame but oh well sometimes I can be…

Do look out for more from me soon!

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