Wow, what a week. Way back on Tuesday Macromedia released Studio 8 and the Flash Player 8. Then on Wednesday Microsoft announced Sparkle. Topping things off is a looming deadline at work which makes me even more grateful for the distillation folks have been providing. So here’s a collection of Sparkle reactions that I’ve found interesting.
Robert Scoble started the week off by saying that Sparkle is no Flash killer.
The Expression Suite press release is here.
Of course the Channel9 video. A 1+ hour, nearly 1 gig, .wmv of Scoble lobbing softballs at members of the Sparkle team. Freakin’ inspiring and worth the entire hour. Something cool about what they’re doing over on Channel9 – the content is genuine. No editing when software or people slip from the “script”.
Macromedia’s John Dowdell trudged through comments on Slashdot’s “Flash, meet Sparkle” article and linked to those he considered noteworthy. (Thanks JD!).
Jon Meyer, who at one time was a PM on Sparkle, has an interesting point of view. He seems to be suggesting it is the ubiquity of Ajax that is the main threat to Sparkle. He also mentions Flash a half dozen or so times and there’s some good discussion in the comments section.
Sparkle vs Flash on publish.com. Interestingly Matthew David feels that the term Flash-killer should be hyphenated. Seriously, it’s a decent read. (Tom Adams pointed this one out).
Eweek has another blurb by Matthew David on Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E).
Dax Pandhi thinks about programming power and predicts that “WPF/E will most probably revamp the Internet itself“.
I think Scott Barnes feels the same way. Regardless, the enthusiasm makes it worth the read.
Peter Elst looks at Sparkle from a Flash user’s perspective.
VÃctor BayÃ³n thinks about how Window’s Vista is part of the Nike-ization of the software industry. The focus shift being from the functionality of the OS to the user experience. He points out that Sparkle is how MS see that shift being made:
Tinic Uro, who is an engineer on the Flash Player, was at PDC and got a look at Sparkle:
Okay this one isn’t on topic Sparkle wise but Molly Holzschlag takes Steve Ballmer to task for declaring that Microsoft will “win the web”: