This Week's Topics
This past week, the first Service Pack for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 released. You can find a press release provided by Microsoft in the Codeguru Announcements forum at http://www.codeguru.com/forum/showthread.php?t=459058. Among the changes are speed and size improvements. This includes an 86.5 percent reduction in the client profile for the .NET Framework size. It is now 26.5 MB instead of 197MB. This also includes improvements in the CLR that have the ability to reduce application startup time by 20 to 45%. You'll also find improvements in many other areas.
Although it launched this past spring, SQL Server 2008 has finally released to manufacturing. If you are an MSDN subscriber, you can download the final bits now.
Unless you've been under a rock, you know that the Olympics are now well under way. If you haven't looked at NBCOlympics.com, you should. More specifically, the Live Video Control Room allows you to stream four live videos into a single player. This is Microsoft's Silverlight in action. The Control Room allows you to view four video streams of different Olympic events simultaneously. You can enlarge one to fill the window and you can swap the feeds between primary and secondary. Video on the Web has come a long way in the past few years.
In fact, standard film has come a long way, too. Between the IMAX format and digital format, the movies you see at the theater are much clearer and much larger than ever before. Movies such as The Dark Knight had large sections shot specifically in IMAX. Combine this large format with digital and you end up with an impressive presentation regardless of how good the movie is.
In addition to film changes, there also have been equipment changes that have brought the cost of producing film down drastically over the last several years as well. This decrease in the cost of equipment, combined with the improvements in online streaming, are making some serious changes in the television and movie markets. When you add the addition of easy distribution methods such as iTunes, you begin to see markets immerging for video content that were not there a few years ago. These changes could have as profound an impact on the entertainment industry as the original introduction of the television did.
I'll end my editorial this week with a plug for one show that demonstrates the potential of where independent video production focused on the Internet as the delivery mechanism can go. Neil Patrick Harris and several others have put together a series called Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. If you were a fan of Rocky Horror Picture Show or How I Met Your Mother, you will like this video.
Even if you don't like this video, consider what you are viewing. This is an independent show created for delivery over the Internet. Check out the quality, even in full-screen. The Internet is about to wreak serious havoc on network television.
Until next week...submission guidelines.
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