- Wrote some ideas down for postings, didn’t follow them through.
- Had a cold.
- Went to work, worked as hard as I could, oh the dispair of it.
- Still had a cold.
- Bought a motorbike on ebay.
- What have I done.
- Left work early on a Friday to get my bike delivered, someone crashed in to my car.
- Rode my bike a little.
- Left work early on a Monday to get a quote for car repair.
- Filled out insurance forms and spoke to legal folks.
- Rode my bike a little more.
So we come to Don’s point. He claims (in his usual style) that 100% of the users will be using a domain-specific editor. I.e. all the UI dudes will be staying away from XAML and doing it in the editor. Excellent, it makes sense now, but raises the question of why we got hit with the raw XAML experience so soon after breakfast.
I guess it must have been recognition of the audience at the PDC – loads of techies, loads of programmer and developer types. The people planning the programme content probably thought “We’ll get the specification out and get the developer types putting a nice editor on the front.”
Of course, I’ve now got a bit of catching up to do. This kicks a few questions into my mind, which I may answer in posts or I may leave hanging.
- Is this the only way of doing “windows” UI in longhorn, i.e. to build the pages associated with the application?
- Or do we have the .NET style of forms, build up by inheriting all those form object classes?
- Do we still have the same kind of code compilation going on in the background with the UI?
This just reflects my ignorance on Longhorn, and more specifically WinFX, but what the heck – I’ll try and catch up. I think I’ve missed the changes between the UI and the OS.