Welcome to 2012!

Yep, it’s that time of year again.  Out with the old and in with the new.  With that in mind, Happy New Years!

This past year was an amazing one for me.  I met a ton of brilliant people in the community, was able to be a part of events like the Open Source Fest at MIX, and even had a chance to speak on the Microsoft campus at VS Live.  There has been some major advancements in technology this year and it’s proving to be an exciting time to be a developer.  So all in all, it’s been a lot of fun.

So on to the new year….

Technology to Watch

This year is going to be a very interesting year.  Let’s start off with the big one.  Windows 8 should be out sometime this summer and with it Microsoft should launch itself into the tablet space.  There is going to be a lot of opportunities and I plan on taking advantage of them (care to join me?).  In fact, if all goes well, I will have an entry in the upcoming App Contest (https://buildwindowscontest.com/).  I also have a couple of additional apps planned for later in the year.

WP7 continues to advance as a player in the mobile industry.  Knowing some of the folks working on the WP7 platform, I’m expecting more great things to come over the next year (and no, I have no idea what those are).

It seems that the biggest news in our industry is the rise of HTML5.  I have to admit, I really haven’t dug too much into it yet.  However, it will be my language to learn in 2012.  There are several great projects out there that bring some of the knowledge of the XAML frameworks (like MVVM) to javascript and I am looking forward to learning more about them. 

Azure continues to evolve as well.  I have recently really started to push on Azure a bit and have liked most of what I have seen.  You will start to see some blog posts from me on my Azure experiences.  I have a new product under development that is centered around Azure and it’s been fun watching it evolve.

Now what about Silverlight?  I guess a Silverlight MVP can’t really talk about the next year without discussing it.  Especially this year.  I think the Silverlight 5 release is a very solid product and it is going to have it’s uses for some time to come.  As far as Silverlight 6, I think I’m going to have to agree with Shawn Wildermuth on this one.  He stated on The Table Show (http://thetabletshow.com/default.aspx?showNum=11) that he really couldn’t tell you what new features he would want in a new major release (outside of some edge cases).  I really couldn’t come up with much myself.  With 10 years of support, I think it will work for me.

What to Expect from me…

I’ve put a great deal of thought into what this year will look like for me.  I’ve got a few exciting things in the works that I can’t wait to tell folks about.  But overall you are going to see a lot more diversity around here.

First and foremost, the PivotViewer posts aren’t going anywhere. The latest version has really advanced the control and I have a ton of articles to write on the subject.  I have a new version of PivotViewer Lessons (http://pivotviewerlessons.codeplex.com) in the works, with plans for a second project to follow.

Of course Silverlight will continue to be a common topic around here.  There are still a lot of things to explore in the latest release.  However, you are going to see a lot of XAML posts in different areas as well (Metro and Wp7 for sure).

As I said earlier, HTML5 is going to consume a lot of my learning time this year.  You can expect to see some of what I learn posted here as well.

So you guessed it, 2012 is going to involve a lot of writing on my part.  I’m looking forward to it and hope a few of you will stick around to provide some feedback.

With 2012, you will hopefully see me speaking a bit more.  I had a chance to speak at several interesting places last year and hope to be able to hit a few more this year.  Like the blog, the topics will vary a bit, but you can expect some new Metro talks.

All in all, it should be a busy year with lots of exciting things going on.  But just like most software projects, we will see where scope creep and project delays take us.

Final Thoughts…

Well midnight is fast approaching Texas, so I will wrap this up.  I wanted to thank everyone for all of the great feedback and for simply taking the time to stop by my blog every once and a while.  A special thanks to the hand full of friends I made this year and for all of their support and advice they have given me.  I’ve had a lot to learn this year and your expertise has really helped me along the way.

I hope everyone has a great 2012!  I wish you and your family happiness and good fortune.  I also want to challenge everyone to continue to grow within the community.  Whether you are currently an active participant or have yet to start a blog, this next year will be a great one to get involved in a bit more.  I look forward to seeing everyone around the water cooler…


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