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Blog Archive for javaben during September 2005

Another interesting announcement here at PDC is that Microsoft is creating a subset of their cool, fancy pants UI layer (formerly code-named Avalon, now WPF) on other platforms, including the Mac! In fact, one of the demos involved showing vector graphics rendered in Safari using a Microsoft plug-in. This subset, called WPF/E, will be powered by XAML (their XML dialect for representing the UI)...
I'm here at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference (PDC), the Big Redmond's irregularly scheduled conference where they introduce new technology to developers. It's a pretty surreal experience. I'm using the only Mac as far as the eye can see. It's kind of like JavaOne in a parallel universe. This morning, Bill Gates and Jim Allchin got up and talked about a lot of the old stuff we've...
Over the past few years, I've been doing a lot of consulting out of my home office, and the trend will continue for at least the next year. Recently I decided, "Hey, if I'm going to be spending a lot of time in here, I might as well spruce up the place a bit." Over the past few weeks, I've upgraded. Let me tell you what I've got, why I like it, and in some cases, why I still haven't found nirvana...
(Note: this entry is cross-posted on my personal blog site -- galbraiths.org/blog.) If a system's glitches can be compared to fish, I want to tell you about my white whale. A while back, I was working on a system feature that read in some XML from the filesystem, XSLT'd it into HTML, and served it up to a browser. The XML had a bunch of characters from the higher Unicode ranges (i.e., >255), and...