Its been a little while since my last blog and when life gets really busy the blog is the first casualty. When I started this year I had some high hopes to dig into some of the newer technologies and build so (IMHO) cool things. Technologies such as WPF as Silverlight, maybe jump into a new Language like F# and even give a try at some IPhone development. Though I have read business has kept be pretty much focused on SalesLogix web development and I have not been able to dig in to that meaty technical dinner like I would have wanted. I cannot complain about being busy at work but sometimes its nice to work in some of the newer stuff. It looks like the rest of the summer is going to be more of the same, except that I have started to take off some weekends to get some nice R&R especially while we have sun up here in Ontario.  I am looking towards the fall, and I suspect a new release of VS2010 to start to get myself into some new stuff. I have lots of ideas, I just need to work out the timing to get them to come to life.

I am still very much excited about Silverlight (with 3.0 coming) and I have been trying to get into a Class on WPF that has been cancelled more times then I want to remember. It seems that training budgets are being slashed all over the place and that is in itself putting pressure on the smaller guys given that the only training that can be had is onsite which as you can imagine is not cost friendly.

I also want to give a shout out to the guys at Telerik. I have done a project with them and they have a great group of people and their controls are fantastic. If you are looking into any 3rd party controls I am sure that they have something that will be just right for you.

So for now training remains as it has in the past, reading, browsing and building.

Have a great day

– Mark

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