Afternoon Coffee 106

Lots of meetings today, so my coffee post is late…

  • The Big Newstm: Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 is available for download. Soma and Scott have more. Silverlight 1.0 RC and the Silverlight Add-in for VS08 will apparently be available in a couple of days. Finally, there’s a go-live license for the framework, so you get a head-start deploying apps before VS08 and NETFX 3.5 RTM. Time to build out a new VPC image.
  • Next week, I’m attending the p&p Service Factory v3 Customization Workshop. I’m looking forward to playing with the new Service Factory drop, but I’m really interested in learning more about building factories. I wonder if they’re going to discuss their VS08 plans.
  • Nick Malik recently wrote about making “middle out SOA” work. I hate that term “middle-out”. It feels like we’re pinning our hopes on middle-out because we know top-down and bottom-up don’t work. My old boss John DeVadoss (who assures me he’ll be blogging regularly again “soon”) big vs. little SOA, with big SOA being “dead”. I like the term “little SOA” better than “middle-out SOA”, but just because big SOA is a big failure, doesn’t mean little SOA will make any headway.
  • There’s a new F# drop available. Don Syme has the details. Looks like they’ve got some interesting new constructs for async and parallel programing.
  • ABC announced yesterday that they are streaming HD on their website. So you can check out the season finale of Lost in HD for free. They embed commercials so it’s not really “for free”, but you don’t have to pay $3 an episode like you do on XBLM. I wonder if XBLM might offer this capability in the future? Certainly would increase my use of XBLM. (as would an all-you-can-eat pricing scheme)