Exams, Revision, Silverlight, and the old girl’s birthday

So exams are over for the next 5 weeks, and I’m, rather frighteningly, already going after the revision. I went into the exams a little more unprepared than I’d like, so I’m going to have a crack at the books early and with any luck I should really nail the last three exams. Also this stuff is all going to come up again in the comprehensives towards the end of my degree, so if I internalise this deep wisdom now I might not have to cram it all back into my skull in a couple of years time.

Microsoft have announced something new – they call it “Silverlight” and it’s kinda like Microsoft’s answer to Flash. It’s based on some of Microsoft’s .net technology and it’s a sub-set of their new Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) technology for making cool-looking programs. I haven’t done any programming for a while so I feel like I’m kinda behind on this stuff, and Silverlight is making me feel like maybe I should get back into it. It looks like v1.1 is going to enable programming in C# in the browser, and that makes me happy. It’s apparently going to be 300 to 1000 times faster than Javascript, and this is only a good thing.

What’s good about Microsoft lately is you can get cut-down versions of their programming tools (like Visual Studio) in free Express versions if you’re a hobbyist and you can’t afford the real thing, so I’ll have to looksee if they have anything for Silverlight/WPF.

Oh, and yes, I did just write about something incomprehensible and geeky. It’s my blog/blag, deal with it.

Also, today is the 300th birthday of our great nation. Here’s to the next 300 years as one nation.

2 thoughts on “Exams, Revision, Silverlight, and the old girl’s birthday

  1. Ah, revision. I should do some of that…

    Is Silverlight its proper name, or will it be replaced with something dull soon (like with Longhorn, or Whistler, or Aurora, or pretty much any Microsoft software…).

  2. Ah, revision. I should do some of that…

    Is Silverlight its proper name, or will it be replaced with something dull soon (like with Longhorn, or Whistler, or Aurora, or pretty much any Microsoft software…).

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