Greetings from day one at MIX11! Of course, it’s technically day two, but in Vegas, Midnight is still yesterday.
Today’s running theme was solidly around the idea of native experiences, regardless of the development platform. There is a lot of discussion around the impact that multiple browsers will have on the native experience.
There is a notable lack of discussion about the interplay of HTML5 and Silverlight so far, so this topic is a lively source of debate in the hallways and over coffee among the attendees. Tomorrow is going to include more Silverlight and mobile discussion – stay tuned for more on that front. The truth is that the two technologies will very likely exist in harmony, but speculating about their compatibility is not nearly as fun as speculating about a mud pit death match.
I attended both an Azure session and @lbugnion’s Deep Dive MVVM session.
“What’s New in the Windows Azure Platform” was presented by James Conrad, and the session focused on Azure’s open and flexible structure. Azure is going to be free through January 1, 2012; and after that it will be offered at a low rate. The low cost is the lure to using this new(ish) technology. The demonstrations used in the sessoin will be available online soon (we’ll post an update when the time comes.)
Deep Dive MVVM was presented by @lbugnion to a completely packed house. It was a code intensive session that was intended for advanced users of MVVM. Laurent created a social application using data taken from friends in the dev community. Laurent also tipped his hat that he is celebrating his 40th birthday tomorrow – I’m sure he’ll let you buy him a drink J
Laurent sent some love to IdentityMine by wearing his IdentityMine IM: Creative shirt. He also showcased new MVVM 4 features such as ObservableObject and demonstrated use of Expression Blend to produce an application for Windows Phone 7.
A running theme in the conference was the importance of personal control of a digital experience – whether it’s facilitated by Silverlight or HTML5 (or any other platform, for that matter). We are tasked with creating digital environments that allow for mass customization so that users can connect with a commonly understood brand or paradigm in a personalized way.
Stay tuned for more from MIX11 tomorrow. You can follow IdentityMine on Twitter as we live tweet the keynotes and sessions, and the #MIX11 hashtag is definitely worth following.