Even before I do my HIMSS post I felt compelled to talk about the shiny things from Mix 2010.

  • Windows Phone 7 Series Developer Studio – I love the free tools provided to develop for Windows Phone. Love the fact that Silverlight and XNA studio are very thoughtfully working in Visual Studio Express. The developer studio is lean and performant, its great to see the tool tips for Pixel widths right in the design surface. I was able to write a simple Health app in about 10 mins, the Phones are not out yet but the


  • Open Data Protocol : Very interesting competition to GData :). OData - http://www.odata.org/ is a combination of AtomPub with data-typing and querying conventions. OData is supported out of the box by Windows Azure services, and Netflix launch an API powered by OData - http://odata.netflix.com/Catalog/. It will be great to learn more about batching and syncing aspects of this protocol (Interestingly Microsoft Sync Platform also launched an asymmetric syncing capability).

  • Data Relay : MySpace which is the largest .NET site open sourced their middle-tier GU - http://datarelay.codeplex.com/. DataRelay has a framework for message passing, transaction management on top of a performant caching system. Apparently it uses The CCR (Concurrency and Coordination Runtime) from Microsoft Robotic Studio :).

  • A very interesting presentation of building your own MVVM framework – I love the use of Continuations and a programming model where the framework takes care of concurrency and events! The presenter is author of Caliburn - http://www.codeplex.com/caliburn.

  • Font-ing it out – For a font newbie like me, all i know about Fonts I learnt from Kevin Larsons presentation : http://live.visitmix.com/MIX10/Sessions/DS07

Twitter hashtag for mix is #mix10 and session recordings are available at http://live.visitmix.com