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What is Silverlight?

by Morgan McCollough

Silverlight is a relatively new technology from Microsoft that offers some of the same features as Adobe Flash, including multimedia, graphics, and interactivity in a Web context. It is distributed as a browser plug-in that provides a single run-time environment that can be used across multiple browsers in much the same way that Flash can be.

Some might question why Microsoft would go to the trouble of writing its own version of a tool that has become nearly ubiquitous across the Web. The obvious answer is that Microsoft is once again attempting to use its monopolistic power to gain control over yet another sector of the market–which would make sense, given Microsoft’s latest attempts to increase its footprint in various sectors of the Internet market. However, there is another, less obvious answer.

Recent developments seem to suggest that Microsoft is not really pushing Silverlight as a complete replacement for Adobe Flash. While it is true that Silverlight can serve the same purpose in terms of supporting multimedia-intensive websites, e.g. Netflix, it seems that Microsoft is putting more focus on the technology as a Web application development platform. Continue reading


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“You must be the change you want to see in the world,”    Mahatma Ghandi –

Indian nationalist leader. Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, Kathiawar, West India. He studied law in London, but in 1893 went to South Africa, where he spent 20 years opposing discriminatory legislation against Indians. As a pioneer of Satyagraha, or resistance through mass non-violent civil disobedience, he became one of the major political and spiritual leaders of his time. Satyagraha remains one of the most potent philosophies in freedom struggles throughout the world today.


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Agile Development or Traditional Waterfall Approach?

by Phillip Smith

Our clients rely on us, their IT team, to move them to a future state of better technology, better business process integration, and stronger competitive advantage. Our challenge is to get them there as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

Facing up to that challenge means that IT organizations must look for better ways to do things.  New efficiencies can be found in many areas: staffing, training, monitoring of status, cost, tools, planning, and the list goes on. But here I’ll address the “approach”—specifically, the decision of whether to use waterfall or agile in the organization of your project events.

Project managers should avoid any personal bias toward waterfall or toward agile. Every project is different, and some will fit better with waterfall while others will fit better with agile.  The decision is no different than deciding whether to use a hammer or a screwdriver: you need to know what problem you are solving, and then reach for the correct tool. Continue reading