I’ve been working hard to stay involved in the local user group community. My adventures put me in touch with a local Silverlight MVP, David J. Kelley. David has been working on a number of projects, one of which is a follow-up book to his first title Hacking Silverlight. This new edition is titled Hacking Silverlight: Community Edition. David asked me to write a chapter that highlights some of the great projects that are on Codeplex.com. My chapter is titled Codeplex Projects Everyone Should Know About and you can read it here.
In addition to the book there is a great Code Browser that you can install which will guide you through learning the XAML/C# techniques highlighted in the book. It was a great learning experience and I hope to be able to contribute more in the future.
Google announced today the release of the latest version of their Chrome browser, version 7. You can read all about the changes in the update from Google, but what I wanted to talk about was the great user experience for the update.
You start by click on the Wrench icon and going to About Google Chrome. On there is a big button that says Update Now! You click on it and it starts installing right away. After it downloads and installs all the necessary files (in under 10 seconds by the way) it instructs you to close down all Chrome windows for the changes to take effect. That’s a GREAT EXPERIENCE. You installed all the stuff, but the update didn’t interrupt my current browsing session. You didn’t even force me to restart ANYTHING at that moment. Then you finish what you’re doing and restart Chrome. Lets say you had 7 tabs open. Your start screen has a link to the 7 tabs you closed when you restarted so you can click on it and instantly be back where you were now running the latest version of Chrome. The whole process took under a minute for me. That is a great user experience.