I Picked up an IPad the second day it was available in Canada. It really did not give my purchase much thought other then a simple wish for a competing MS os based table be available. I really believe that moving forward NUI will drive the innovation of application development. What we percieve as strange methodologies now will take over as natural extensions on how we view and manage data. So, given that really the only compelling product that could give me a glimpse of different ways of interaction (specifically touch) was the IPad I plunked down the more then 1000 bucks. I have also signed up the the Rogers 3G service which in my opinion is pricey with 6GB of total downloads per month , but it looks from all indications that carriers are all moving to a bandwidth cap. So I have had this device for several weeks now, bought a few apps/games, uploaded a bunch of PDFs and setup a RSS reader. Each night when I am done writing code, meeting with customers or what ever the day has brought I turn on the IPad and catch up on my Blog reading and ocassionaly read some content from the PDFS. From a reading experience the IPad is very nice, easy on the eyes and natural from page turns, resize of the document and switching from landscape to portrate. For me me really that is currently the basis in which I use this device. I have still not gotten into the development of applications for the IPhone or IPad even though I have purchased some books and signed up to the Apple developer program. I think currently I still have the initial barrier of having to code in Objective-c. From that standpoint I really home that some of the MS based oems get their shit in gear and release a compelling slate. What I guess I do not understand, is why it seems from a first glance that the inital adopters HP,… chose to build on a windows 7 based OS instead of a mobile OS such as the one that is being used for the WP7 devices. From a memory and performance standpoint it seamed at least to me to be a more compelling answer. I guess for now I will hope for a great device to be introduced that will give us the tools to build compelling .net/silverlight – cloud/local storage solutions … but I wont wait long if execution continues to fail.

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  1. Well almost a year later….IE 9 is out….SilverLight 4, Webphone 7, .NET Framework 4, Windows 7….

    and the answer is?

    Android OS a clear winner….and browser agnostic applications (HTML5/CSS3) like the new SLX Mobile Client are the winners…..

    My wife can run SLX on Safari on her iPhone 4 and iPod 2…..now we just need a Ribbon\Nav Bar\SiteMap on the left hand side for 7″ and 10.4″ tablets….

    JavaScript, who woulda thunk it?

    1. Its amazing how the landscape has changed in a short time though HTML5 and Javascript are clearly the front runners in this race I do not believe there is one answer. Given the differring needs of our customers, there budgets and timelines all factors need to be weighed to ensure that the goals are made. Javascript development is still rough around the edges and debugging can be somewhat hunt and peck from time to time. At times depending on client distribution it is also possible to provide hybrid solutions of HTML5/Javascript with other functionality provided in a Silverlight/Air. Also not all things live in the cloud, its great to conceive this point but there are still lots of functionality that enables these client side technologies. I question the lumping of .net4 and Windows 7 in the same area as WP7/IE9 and Silverlight. Windows 7 is somewhere around 400Mil licenses (not a failure I would believe), .net4 is quite a good developoment platform for client and server, RIA …

      I will be doing lots in HTML5/Javascript but also in Silverlight, C#, VB.net, Java, … and whatever else my customer demands .. cause I am just that Damn Flexable 😉

      Cheers

  2. What we need for tablets (iPad, Zoom, et al) is the new SLX Mobile Client to put the ‘home’ page on the left hand side of the screen as a SiteMap/ribbon/Nav Bar. AutoMagically.

    SilverLight is dead……

    1. From all indication I get now, Silverlight is not dead (nor .net) its evolving to become part of the Win8 platform and also the Windows Phone development tool of choice. It will also be on XBoxes .. so I believe its demise is greatly exaggerated.
      I am sure I will hear more at the Build Conference in September and am quite excited by the possiblities moving forward. Blanket statements are not a good thing as we do not know till we know.

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