Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 63 - Scott Guthrie and Jason Zander on Silverlight

May 03, 2007 Comment on this post [6] Posted in Mix | Podcast | Silverlight
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My sixty-third podcast is up and this one was a blast. I recorded this one at Mix just two days ago with Scott Guthrie and Jason Zander. Scott runs the teams that build IIS, ASP.NET, Atlas, CLR, Compact Framework, Windows Forms, Commerce Server, Visual Web Developer 2005 and Visual Studio Tools for WPF. Jason was a dev on the CLR 1.0 and is now the General Manager of the .NET Framework (DevFX) within the Developer Division. Needless to say, these gentleman know their stuff. It was fantastic to get a full 30 minutes of these guys' time. I hope you can tell just by listening how much they enjoy their work and how excited they are about Silverlight.

 There's a lot of Silverlight coverage out there right now, so rather than covering the basics, we attempted in this podcast to not waste your time and tried to get into some technical detail quickly. I hope you enjoy it.

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Links from the Show

Silverlight Home Page
Scott Guthrie's Weblog
Jason Zander's Weblog
Jim Hugunin introduces the DLR

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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May 04, 2007 0:48
Great podcast, so good in-fact that as soon as I'd finished, I went back to the beginning and listened again just to catch what I'd missed first time. Couple of questions I'd still like answered about Silverlight:-

1) What libraries from the framework are available now, planned for V1, going forwards, definately ruled out (for security / cross platform difficulties etc)

2) When they say "cross platform" does this means that other OS's other than Windows and Mac are planned?

That said, spending 30 minutes listening to the podcast will save you several hours of wading through marketing material on the websites and standard news outlets.
May 04, 2007 0:52
Dope. So, the content from and the picture gives me a lot better idea to those questions I had after listening to the podcast - should have realised you'd covered it already. .

May 04, 2007 1:13
So, sorry for spamming your comments, but Miguel de Icaza's (of Mono fame) Mix07 post is also worth a read. a@
May 04, 2007 1:35
Scott, great job on the interview.

Without wishing to sound like a complete kiss-ass, the fact that you can get half an hour with people like Scott and Jason (at a time when their schedules must be beyond hectic) is a measure of the regard the developer community has for you. Just when will you be going to work for Bill again?

Now, can you tell me how I can get three day's work done in one day, like you do?
May 15, 2007 11:18
Great podcast. Very informative. Thanks.

What is the overlap / complementarity between silverlight & AJAX?

That might be a good topic for another show.
May 29, 2007 18:17

Thanks for the great podcast. Very useful and informative.

Can I ask a podcast related question? What equipment are you using to record your podcasts? What's the microphone and hardware mix?


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