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Microsoft Silverlight - What an Honor!!!

Microsoft Silverlight was Announced Today!!!

Wow, I don't know what to say... This morning I came across this article (Silverlight will be one of the star attractions at the Mix conference)announcing the latest and yes, GREATEST, technology from Microsoft, Microsoft Silverlight!!! That's right, it is the new name for WPF/E and I am so flattered and choked up.

How did the name come about?

When I met with Bill Gates a few months back, I thought that he was just kidding around. I remember the day well. I visited Bill at his home after he called me over to race one of those 34 sports cars he has in his garage. His house is as amazing as you may have heard about, when you walk in, the music is customized to your tastes... Weird Al was playing (White and Nerdy) in the background,  Videos of all the Atari 2600 games playing were shown on the walls. Even my favorite artwork was hanging (Dogs playing Poker). It was really a site to see.

We kicked back, drank a few beers, played some video games and were just chatting about the world in general. Then, of course, the conversation drifted to Microsoft and the things I was working on. He said, for all of your contributions to the development community I thought that I should honor you in some way that is way above the normal "MVP" or even "ACE Award" status. Below is a snippet of the conversation as I remember it:

Me: My instant reaction was "No way!!!, Are you going to autograph my copy of Vista?".
Bill: Keep dreaming.

Me: "Are you going to offer me a that new "Chief Development Community Officer" position at Microsoft that I keep asking you about?" I even tried something worthy of such a role, I gave my rendition of "Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers."
Bill: "Chief Development Community Officer"? ROFLOL(he actually pronounced ROFLOL, which made it funnier)

Me: Are you going to remove support for C# and force everybody to code in VB.NET?
Bill: Yes, but that is another conversation. Besides, you did win the race.

Me: Okay, I give up.
Bill: Good, you would never guess it anyway.

Bill: Name your favorite new technology? Any technology you like! (Now he had me really curious)
Me: Well, that is an easy one....WPF/E

Bill: Well, here it is.... We are going to name it after you!!!
Me: Microsoft David?!?!?

Bill: Even better, we are going to name it "Microsoft Silverlight"!!! Besides, remember what happened with Microsoft Bob.
Me: Wow (getting emotional). I don't know what to say. When are you going to announce it?

Bill: May of this year.
Me: May!!!!! Can't you do it any earlier? April, Maybe?

Bill: I will speak with the WPFE Team...or should I say the Silverlight Team and get them to move it up.
Me: Thanks, Bill

So that is the story of how Microsoft Silverlight came to be. I would like to thank everybody at the Academy, My Mom, Dad, all of the folks at Microsoft, and last but not least, Bill.

An Update since the initial posting.....

Check out the list of users who have written about this: Thanks for the love

A little bit about me

Well, where to begin... Rather than bore you with a long book on everything that I have done with computers since the age of 6, I am including links to my different websites.... - This site offers a Geeky Spin on the Bud Light Commercials that we all love and with really geeky heroes. Some of my favorites are:
     Mr. "It Works on my Computer" Guy
     Mr. "I Can Write My Own Version of ASP.NET better than Microsoft" Guy
     Mr. "Select * from TableName examples" Guy 
     Mr. "Overly Complicated Application" Guy - Our Motto "We Give Stupid Prizes To Smart People" and it is this site right here.  If you blog alot, write examples, post on discussion boards and are active in the development community in over 100 different categories, you can win Geeky Prizes. (Check out this month's Prizes) - My brand new Geek Gadget site.  You can find the coolest and most unusual gadgets here. - My XMLPortal portal that proudly proclaims the largest collection of XML examples found on the web. - A volunteer .NET Development community that builds websites for Not for profit organizations.

Weekly Geek Humor Blog - My Geek Humor blog shows some of the funnier Geek Humor bits you can find out on the web.  It is a lot of fun for me to put together.

Last but not least.....

Shameless Plug Time...

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Comments said:

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April 16, 2007 1:39 PM

CodeClimber said:

Where the name Silverlight come from

April 16, 2007 5:27 PM

Scott Dorman said:

Microsoft Silverlight

April 16, 2007 10:43 PM

CodeClimber said:

Is WPF/E really named after David Silverlight?

April 17, 2007 11:39 PM

Applied Visual Studio Team System said:

Microsoft announces Silverlight - the new web platform for delivering RIAs (Rich Interactive Applications)...

April 17, 2007 11:41 PM

Wallace B. McClure said:

Reporting the release to the public of MS Silverlight (codename WPF/E) I was wondering if that product

April 18, 2007 9:50 AM

Words of Wisdom From The Elder said:

What would my product be called? Microsoft Elder?

April 18, 2007 12:37 PM

Jeff W. Barnes said:

Earlier this week, Microsoft made the big announcement that WPF/E had been renamed to Silverlight . Unless

April 18, 2007 4:22 PM

Geekette mai said:

Congratulation David Silverlight!

April 18, 2007 8:45 PM

Lou Vega said:

And I still don't have an autographed copy of Windows Vista!

April 18, 2007 10:00 PM

Tim Sneath said:

I'm sure some readers will be interested in the decision making process that we went through to arrive

April 18, 2007 10:10 PM

Pisquik .NET said:

Dopo il rilascio di WPF/E sotto il nome definitivo di Microsoft Silverlight, coloro che conoscono Community

April 21, 2007 10:41 AM

wallym said:

Reporting the release to the public of MS Silverlight (codename WPF/E) I was wondering if that product...

April 27, 2007 5:44 PM

(Andrei)Iacob.Blog(); said:

De când nu am mai scris în blog, multe s-au mai întâmplat. Academic Tour 3.0, o excursie de două zile

May 2, 2007 6:55 PM

East said:

tims在他的博客中提到了Silverlight这个名字的由来,非常有意思在此和大家分享一下。 10. GrayLuminosity (close, but there was just something

May 11, 2007 5:46 AM

Yizhe Tech World said:

(Abstracted from: ) You will be surprised at the type of names

May 26, 2007 11:05 PM

Is This Thing On? said:

  I have blogged about David Silverlight before and he is one of the coolest guys I know but I just

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