Developer Advocates Revise Their Approach in This Time of Social Distancing

Developer Advocates Revise Their Approach in This Time of Social Distancing
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Developer advocates act as technical community gardeners. But how do you tend to a garden you can’t go near?

Developer relation folks, those who attend conferences to preach the gospel and help users get more from their tools, most certainly are in that 15% of people who do 70% of the flying. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic sees them grounded for the foreseeable future, deterred even from local meetups. Now they must rethink how they carry out their duties without travel.

“The DevRel move is to go to a conference, go to a meetup — the DevRel move is travel. That door got slammed shut,” said Patrick McFadin, vice president of developer relations at DataStax.

The silver lining in this ensuing period of mandatory work-from-home is that it will create an opportunity not only for developer advocates but for the whole conference-centric tech industry to push the reset button — not only to embrace inclusion and accessibility and to decrease carbon footprint. And to evade DevRel travel burnout…

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Open Source Silverlight Replacement Powered by WebAssembly Debuts | Visual Studio Magazine

Open Source Silverlight Replacement Powered by WebAssembly Debuts | Visual Studio Magazine
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Looking forward to this, even though I wasn’t a huge Silverlight fan. Plus this is more likely to be a real project for WebAssembly as opposed to Adobe Flash.

Userware, on a years-long quest to bring back developer favorite Silverlight, announced an open source implementation of Microsoft’s long-deprecated framework for writing Rich Internet Applications, this one based on WebAssembly.

WebAssembly offers a low-level assembly-like language to serve as a compilation target for higher-level languages so they can be used in web development instead of JavaScript. The technology underpins the client-side component (Blazor WebAssembly) of Microsoft’s Blazor project — part of ASP.NET Core — which uses it as a target for C#-based .NET code.

Now Paris-based Userware is previewing an open source project that uses WebAssembly to bring back technology associated with Silverlight, a .NET-powered plug-in for interactive web and mobile applications that worked in all browsers and OSes. Although it enjoyed a devoted developer following, its plug-in approach also used by products like Adobe Flash fell out of favor and Microsoft decided to deprecate Silverlight years ago, with the final end of support scheduled for Oct. 12, 2021…

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Fuchsia’s ‘Nelson’ & ‘Luis’ may hint at Made by Google 2020 – 9to5Google

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Over the course of the past few years, Google’s Fuchsia team has developed support for quite a few devices that seem to line up with known Made by Google hardware. In some cases, those devices appeared in Fuchsia’s code long before they were announced to the public. Looking ahead into 2020, keeping that close relationship in mind, Fuchsia has already laid the groundwork for two more potentially Made by Google devices, codenamed “Nelson” and “Luis.”..

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Phone calls in the Your Phone app now rolling out to regular Windows 10 users

Phone calls in the Your Phone app now rolling out to regular Windows 10 users

In December Microsoft rolled out the ability to make and receive phone calls via the Your Phone app to Windows Insiders. Now the feature is rolling out to regular Windows 10 users…

I just did this, and it works OK. I would eventually like to put in the always run taskbar, so it runs without notice. Not easy to do. I also want the same on my phone as well.

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A conversation with the researcher who put a movie on a piece of glass with Project Silica | onMSFT.com

A conversation with the researcher who put a movie on a piece of glass with Project Silica | onMSFT.com

At Microsoft Ignite, I, Abhishek Baxi, sat down with Ant Rowstron, partner deputy lab director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, to learn more about Project Silica.

Why did you choose glass?

So, I think there are several reasons. First off, it’s a durable media, and it’s got a very long lifetime. So, the data that we’ve got written in here won’t get any decay, and it will be good for, you know, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of years.

You got your archive data, which is just cold. Today we’re using hard disk drives or tape to store that. With hard disk drive, you’re lucky to get five years from it. Not much longer. A tape, you’re going to get ten years. I think ten is the upper bound; some people use it for five years or even less…

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Microsoft and Adobe announce expanded partnership | MSPoweruser.Com

Microsoft and Adobe announce expanded partnership | MSPoweruser.Com

With this news, the question is now begged to be asked in mixed company. Does Adobe split the company into the creative part and the Customer Relationship (Experience) / PDF parts? Or sell the creatives to either of Apple and/or Corel?

Imagine PaintShopPro and Photoshop on the same team! Draw and Illustrator? VideoStudioPro/Pinnacle Studio and Premiere? I could go for that, especially the first 2 creative combinations.

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Microsoft and Adobe are already working together on multiple products and services. Yesterday, Microsoft and Adobe announced deeper integration across Adobe Sign and Microsoft Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure. Adobe Sign was already Microsoft’s preferred e-signature solution. Now, they are announcing deeper Adobe Sign integration across Microsoft’s products and services

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Microsoft reveals the future of OneNote and it’s all about Fluid and desktop

Microsoft reveals the future of OneNote and it’s all about Fluid and desktop

Microsoft is detailing its plans for its popular OneNote app today. The software giant reversed course and revived its OneNote 2016 desktop app earlier this week, with a new dark mode and extended support. Microsoft has much deeper plans for this desktop app, and OneNote overall, though…

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Microsoft upgrades Charlotte to a Smart City

Microsoft upgrades Charlotte to a Smart City

This is wonderful. Microsoft does have a decent-sized presence here, and I have been on their campus a few times as it’s on transit and across town. When I was in IT, Microsoft at the time was doing primarily Windows NT support locally. I couldn’t tell you what they are doing now because I’m out of IT

The announcement was made in what is now Camp North End, a series of industrial sites and distribution centers from BITD and also nearby.

This Wednesday Microsoft signed an agreement with Charlotte, North Carolina, to help upgrade the city’s technology to a Smart City. As part of the 3-year alliance, Microsoft will help the city gather data and analyse data and offer technology such as smart buses and smart lighting and allow public services to talk to one another and collaborate more easily.

“One way to make sure we are a city of the future is using data and analytics,” said Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones. “It’s a great opportunity for us.”…

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