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User Experience at MIX08

User Experience at MIX08

There will be a track dedicated to user experience at MIX this year.  That is very cool.  (For those who don’t have the pleasure of knowing everything about me, I spent some time in the human-computer interaction field as a student, so user experience is close to my heart.)

MIX UX, a three-day user experience track that debuts at MIX08, is dedicated to exploring and evolving the practice of user experience. Through unique content delivered by user experience thought-leaders, MIX UX broadens the content choices for designers and creative professionals to include broad and relevant UX topics that are not specifically related to Microsoft products and services.

Each day MIX UX will focus on a particular theme, the sum of which exposes the essence of MIX UX: Discovery, Exploration and Inspiration. It is no coincidence that these qualities are also at the core of designing great products and software.

Discover: A broad look at UX through the visionary minds of Lou Carbone, Dave Armano, and Dan Roam
Explore: An in-depth, practical workshop on user experience in the real world lead by Adaptive Path
Inspire: Microsoft’s new perspective on UX viewed through the eyes of Office and other products

January 29, 2008Comments are DisabledRead More
Sun Buys MySQL, Oracle Buys BEA

Sun Buys MySQL, Oracle Buys BEA

And so the consolidation continues:

Sun to Acquire MySQL

Surprise! Oracle Buys BEA

January 16, 2008Comments are DisabledRead More
Canadians at MIX08

Canadians at MIX08

Well, I’m all registered for MIX08.  Flights are booked.  Hotel is booked.


I vote that Treasure Island be the unofficial offsite Canadian MIX hotel.  :)  It’s a 4-star hotel.  I got a room for around $120/night.  Maybe it’s the Scottish in me, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay for a room at the Venetian (even at the discounted rate) given the limited number of hours I plan to spend there…  So I’m staying across the street at Treasure Island.

I really enjoyed MIX last year but I feel like I didn’t make the most of it.  This year I’m going to spend more time trying to meet other attendees and find people doing interesting things.  Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!

If you’re going to MIX, leave a comment.  If you’re Canadian and are interested in a Canadian get-together of some sort, let me know and I’ll try to organize something.


January 9, 2008Comments are DisabledRead More
Performance of Visual Basic 2008

Performance of Visual Basic 2008

The VB team has released some compelling performance numbers for Visual Basic 2008.  A few dramatic ones:


VB 2005 (ms)

VB 2008 (ms)

Build a large multi-project solution (explicit build operation)



Responsiveness after opening a project



Responsiveness after adding a member to a class



Invoke Intellisense to see a list of types (first time)



Lots more data and some links at the VB team blog.

January 8, 20083 commentsRead More