Non-programmers arm yourself for the upcoming Silverlight v. Flash battle

If, like me, you work with and around web/tech nerds, you’ve undoubtedly heard murmurings about Flash vs. Silverlight. I’m not sure if this is as contentious of a battle as Mac vs. PC or IE vs. Firefox, but it seems to have that kind of potential.

I set out to find out what exactly the hubbub was about these two technologies and why they’re doing battle. There’s a lot of information about this, mostly aimed at people who know a lot about coding and not a lot of information (at least that I could find) aimed at people who just want an easy answer. I don’t think there is an easy answer. Though I did manage to glean a pretty good deal of info from these three articles. Knowledge is power, arm yourself now because you never know just when the Silverlight or Flash question becomes as self-defining as Coke or Pepsi.

Profiles in Nerdery: Jeff Klawiter, .NET ninja


Before we get started you should know Jeff is going to be speaking on April 4, 2009 (that’s Saturday, folks) at Twin Cities Code Camp. Jeff will be talking about Increasing Your Productivity with Visual Studio. Jeff will also be speaking May 14th at the Twin Cities Languages User Group on Small Basic.

Now, on with the show.

  • Astrological Sign: Virgo and for some reason I tend to date Scorpio’s which are my worst match.
  • Time at the Nerdery: 4 years, 2 months, 21 days since Jan 3rd 2005 (I’m an old fart)
  • Area of expertise: If you asked any new programmers at Sierra Bravo they would say .NET, which is a large area itself. I could be considered an expert in .NET Compact Framework, WinForms and ASP.NET. Before being a .NET developer I worked for 6 years as a PHP developer which is how I started my career at Sierra Bravo. I’m also well versed in Linux and Windows administration and ran my own computer repair business for a while too.
  • When people ask you what you do, how do you respond: I talk too much covering all the different things I do. Then I shut up and try to elaborate upon the cool things like vending machines that order themselves full. See Mark Seeman’s response for more detail.
  • Favorite kinds of projects to work on: It changes, these days I’m really digging working with Rich Interactive Apps in Silverlight or on Surface. Normally I enjoy working on behind the scenes projects like tweaking a custom TCP protocol client or doing fancy things mining data from various sources.
  • What one thing about The Nerdery surprises people the most when you tell them about it: I had some family over recently that were surprised we got any work done with all the toys laying around.
  • Seven dream Jeopardy Categories: 1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2. RPG Video Games; 3. Astrophysics; 4. Anime; 5. Obscure Metal Bands; 6. Maple Syrup; and 7. Polish Cuisine.
  • Favorite Fictional Nerd: Donatello, even the smart one can kick some ass.
  • According to the Wikipedia entry on Nerd, some nerds show a pronounced interest in subjects which others tend to find dull or complex and difficult to comprehend, or overly mature for their age, especially topics related to science, disambiguation, mathematics and technology. Do you know what disambiguation is: Yes I do; The process of separating specific items out of a common term or group (yes, that’s my totally made up, trying to sound like a dictionary response).

Pretty pumped about Phizzpop

Phizzpop is a web design and development competition put on by Microsoft that travels to seven cities throughout the country pitting the best and brightest designers against each other to create some amazing websites and apps using Microsoft’s Expression Studio and Silverlight. This week Phizzpop has landed in Minnesota and the teams are already at work coming up with creative solutions to their challenge.

But that’s not what’s got us so pumped. What we’re really digging is that a couple of our nerds are helping out two of the agencies in town. Afterall, it’s kind of what we do, help out ad agencies when they need it. First, we’re teaming up with Zeus Jones, our longtime friends who we’ve worked with in the past.

Second, Microsoft asked us if we’d be willing to help out a team from Gestalt by providing them with a little programming muscle. We were, of course, more than happy to oblige. Plus, we effectively doubled our chances of being on the winning team. Go nerds!

All the teams are busy working away on their projects, and winners will be announced Thursday. If you are so inclined you can get tickets to the final event which is going to be held at Solara in Minneapolis.