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Live fromVSLive - Day 3

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Today was another good day at VSLive. With all the Silverlight and WPF action going on I am on sensory overload. After all the cool-aid that I've been drinking while here I am almost starting to think that Silverlight is going to kill Flash, but then I look at Expressions Blend 2 (I know you can do a lot in Silverlight with out using Blend, but it needs to get better to allow for better design) and realize that it still has quite a ways to go before it can compete.

The other big session was about the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 8. IE 8 has quite a few improvements over IE 7 these include a better set of development tools and web slices (they are like mini RSS feeds from a portion of a site). One interesting feature is the accelerators feature which makes it possible to highlight some text and have it sent directly to a web site (like a maps site or Google). You can read more about accelerators here.

IE 8 also promises to be more standards compliant and this will affect about 20% of web sites (so, finally people will have to start writing better code), so you will want to check you site on IE 8 to make sure it looks good. The new version also has support for cross domain XML, although I prefer the implementation that will be coming out in Firefox. IE 8 will be released very soon (as soon as in the next few weeks). You can get Release Candidate 1 of IE 8 here and check out all of the new features.

All in all this has been a great conference and one that I wouldn't mind coming back to.