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

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

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

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

Silverlight for Java Enterprise

At first sight Silverlight doesn’t seem to be the first choice for Java frontend development.
But having a closer look the Silverlight/Java combination offers unparalleled usability and developer productivity especially compared to existing HTML/JSF/AJAX approaches.
Two factors that are very important in todays competitive markets.

Silverlight integrates very well with Java technologies on many levels such as build and . . . → Read More: Silverlight for Java Enterprise

Using Silverlight for JEE applications

Silverlight is an ideal frontend technology for Java applications as well. This is especially true for line of business applications which we find in enterprises of all sizes.
The whitepaper Using Silverlight for JEE applications . . . → Read More: Using Silverlight for JEE applications

Silverlight 3 Star Wars Credits

While testing some advanced features of Silverlight 3 like transformation and dynamic content animation I implemented a credits dialog that many people might know. It is called Silverlight 3 Star Wars Credits.
Feel free to use it as a source of inspiration or to promote your team in your next web or . . . → Read More: Silverlight 3 Star Wars Credits