Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

Internet Explorer 8

Tibo BeijenFriday, March 20th, 2009

Yesterday Internet Explorer 8 is released. I consider that a good things as it will move more people farther away from the severe case of release abuse called IE6. Improvements include integrated developer tools for css analysis and script profiling and debugging.

And there is ‘Compatibility View’. Developers can specify, by adding a specific meta tag, that IE7 rendering should be used. There seem to be some tricky aspects related to Compatibility View:

  • It’s not 100% compatible with the ‘real’ IE7
  • For intranets IE8 will behave differently, using smart defaults based on zone evaluation. That by itself sounds alarming. What it means is that Microsoft (and sadly they’re right) assumes that a lot of intranets, also called line of business applications, will malfunction when confronted with a new browser.

The latter will be something to take into account when developing and testing intranets. Another concern I heard about (and share) is that if a lot of developers will start using Compatibility View, a lot of bad practices will stick around and development for IE as a whole will ‘freeze’. Instead of move forward to a more standards compliant level.

As IE6 isn’t dead yet there are now three IE versions to test for. Microsoft offers free downloadable virtual machines with IEx installed as a solution. Virtualization is ‘hot’ but some might find Microsoft’s solution a bit of a hassle. IETester looks like a nice alternative (haven’t tried it yet) altough it seems to require Vista.

PHPgg Frontend Special

Tibo BeijenSunday, February 8th, 2009

Last saturday (2009 jan 24th) I attended the phpGG Frontend Special. phpGG stands for ‘PHP Gebruikersgroep’ which translates to ‘PHP user group’. The meeting was held in a nice little theater in The Hague and was attended by what looked like about 50 people. The four main presentations scheduled:

  • Microsoft – User Experience on the web
  • Adobe – Flex/AIR
  • Javascript – 8 Reasons every PHP developer should love it
  • The frontend is your friend


MSDN InTrack: Microsoft Webstack and PHP Pt. 2

Tibo BeijenMonday, December 15th, 2008

Following my first post on the MSDN inTrack day I’ll now cover the second half of the day. The two topics featured were the presentation side of things and the Microsoft Live platform.

MSDN InTrack: Microsoft Webstack and PHP

Tibo BeijenWednesday, December 10th, 2008

Last week I attended a one-day Microsoft event about what the Microsoft platform has to offer for PHP developers. Four topics were covered: MS Server 2008 & IIS 7, SQL Server, Presentation and the Live platform. As was explicitly mentioned, the event wasn’t about ‘learning PHP’ but about ‘what’s in store’. It seems like Microsoft takes PHP’s growth seriously . In this first post I’ll cover IIS and SQL Server 2008.