Scrum and Silverlight in Reinsurance

Today I would like to share a success story of a project I accompanied as Scrum Coach and Solution Architect from analysis to production.

Main success factors were:

Scrum (Agile Development)
Cross functional Team
Service-oriented Design (SOA)
Silverlight RIA

You can read more in the case study Modernization of business . . . → Read More: Scrum and Silverlight in Reinsurance

RIA goes to Hollywood

Most RIA technologies today use an asynchronous model to communicate with the server, primarily to keep the UI responsive no matter what the server is doing. This principle is also known as the Hollywood principle. Don’t call us, we call you means that instead of continuously polling, the server calls back when the operation finished. In . . . → Read More: RIA goes to Hollywood

Polyglot Workflows with Activiti and Silverlight

My latest article Polyglot Workflows with Activiti and Silverlight has been published in the current issue of JavaSPEKTRUM. After losts of  theory in form of articles and conference sessions, I thought it would be a good idea to present a real example.  The Activiti engine is an interesting product in the area of BPM. If you go beyond simple demo applications . . . → Read More: Polyglot Workflows with Activiti and Silverlight

New Silverlight BPMN Tool

The IYOPRO Process Modeler is SaS solution to model business processes over the internet. While several tools like this are avaliable, this one is especially interesting as it combines BPMN and Silverlight, a strong modeling standard and a powerful RIA technology. It looks and feels like a desktop application and is fun to play with.
In some . . . → Read More: New Silverlight BPMN Tool

Wide or Deep? – That is the Question

There has been some discussion over the last months about the future of Silverlight and it’s role especially compared to HTML 5. This question is regularly asked in my Silverlight workshops as well, so it is time to shed some light on it.
To me it seems that essentially the question is whether you would like to . . . → Read More: Wide or Deep? – That is the Question

Silverlight Receives Technology of the Year Award

InfoWorld rates Silverlight the best rich internet application platform in 2011.

Quote:

“Right now, we favor Silverlight. In the two categories most important to decision makers — developer tools and design integration - Silverlight trumps Flash/AIR/Flex. The toolset in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is demonstrably excellent, and Microsoft Expression Blend bridges the design-development gap much better than Adobe Flash . . . → Read More: Silverlight Receives Technology of the Year Award

Silverlight in NoMicrosoft Environments

According to the term NoSQL (not only SQL), NoMicrosoft or NoMS stands for heterogeneous environments in which Microsoft technology is not the dominant platform. For instance many companies use JEE and Unix-based backends and Windows desktops to run their line of business applications.

For those wondering whether Silveright makes sense in those environments, I recommend looking at . . . → Read More: Silverlight in NoMicrosoft Environments

Speaking at Ruhrjug Java User Group

On 24. March 2011 im am going to show how Silverlight can be combined with Java based applications at the Java User Group Essen. If you are wondering whether it might be an good idea to combine best of breed technologies from the client and the server side, I would be glad to see you there. . . . → Read More: Speaking at Ruhrjug Java User Group

Create Silverlight Apps with Notepad

Did you know that you can write simple Silverlight applications using just a text editor without using an IDE or compiler?
Although it is recommended to use silverlight.js to start your silverlight application in a robust way, you don’t even need that. Just create a html file with a text editor of your choice and embed the . . . → Read More: Create Silverlight Apps with Notepad

Speaking at WebAppDays

At WebAppDays I am going to give a session about the combination of Silverlight-frontends with Java-based backends. A combination that is often overlooked but nonetheless very powerful.
I would be glad to meet . . . → Read More: Speaking at WebAppDays