Update: Firstly, we’ve got ourselves a QOTD like none other!
YouTube? Gimme a break. It is the ultimate expression of ADD for the unsophisticated web surfer.
Secondly, WHOA!!! << That's one helluva close-up! If you feel a sudden sense of fear overcome your entire being... You're not the only one! YIKES!!! ;)
Mark Birbeck on XAML:
But then the last year or so has been quite a surprise for everyone, and one of the key messages is the groundswell of support for open standards and consistent browsers. In today’s climate it would take an incredible marketing effort to ’sell’ XAML as the ‘new language’ of the web, and you do wonder what exactly it would gain them anyway.
That is a VERY good point! And now that I think about it, I believe Mark is right on the money >> Regardless of whether or not XAML is the “superior” technology, attempting to sell it as a replacement for XHTML as opposed to an enhancement that provides a tool for creating cross-browser/platform web-based applications, is a bad idea. In other words, for the average web presence, XAML is EXTREME overkill, and the average web presence isn’t going to suddenly go away, replaced instead by weblications with super human powers. Text is text, and in a majority of cases, the simpler the presentation, the better.
Or to put it another way: If what I want to read requires that I first load an additional application that doesn’t already reside on my machine each time I visit the site >> Forget it… It’s not going to happen. No matter how slick the interface, each and every millisecond that is required to load a page means fewer and fewer people are going to stick around long enough for that same content to load, and in a world where >> CONTENT << is *KING*, or in other words, content is what generates the revenue in which keeps the web churning, regardless of how “cool” the eye candy is, if the result means lost revenue, then, once again…
Forget it… It’s *NOT* going to happen.
Of course, maybe MSFT already realizes this, and has no plans for making an attempt to replace what works with what they believe works better. So, again, as Mark points out in the same linked comment,
Of course, it might make it more attractive to support, too. Standards are a double-edged sword for the big guys like Microsoft, since they would all ideally like us to only use their proprietary formats, but they generally realise that this isn’t the way of the new internet. It’s interesting that we haven’t heard much about XAML in the recent period, which either means that MS are taking advantage of the ‘current obsession with Ajax’ to quietly get XAML ready, or they realise that the ‘current obsession with Ajax’ means that people actually like standards.
Again, VERY well said… Guess time will tell.
DISCLAIMER: The title might be one of my most pathetic attempts at generating traffic to this blog I have *EVER* made. To my knowledge, there is *NO DIRTY LITTLE SECRET* that Microsoft wishes “NOBODY* knew. And if there is? Well this ain’t that secret!
With that disclaimer firmly in place…
Windows Presentation Foundation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere is a cross platform extension to WPF to provide a subset of WPF features, such as hardware accelerated video, vector graphics, and animations to platforms other than Windows Vista. Specifically, WPF/E will be provided as a plug-in for Windows XP, Windows 2000, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Linux, and mobile devices.
These extensions will allow the browsers and other applications to use WPF/E graphical capabilities. The browser extensions will be in the line of Macromedia Flash, a highly popular graphic plug-in available for most browsers. Internet Explorer will have native support for WPF in Windows Vista, and will support WPF/E in older versions.
“Blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yawn — We’ve heard it all before, Peterson, now quit your yappin’ and take your meds already!”
Bite me, WW:*, then take a look at this!