Times Reader SDK released

Times Reader SDK released

Summary: Tim Sneath announced today that Microsoft is releasing the Syndicated Client Experiences Start Kit (and they were doing so well with names like Silverlight!) which is based on the SDK that the teams used to create the New York Times Reader, one of my favorite WPF applications and rich Internet applications in general.

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Tim Sneath announced today that Microsoft is releasing the Syndicated Client Experiences Start Kit (and they were doing so well with names like Silverlight!) which is based on the SDK that the teams used to create the New York Times Reader, one of my favorite WPF applications and rich Internet applications in general. One angle is that this will let you create your own reader applications. You have access to the code so you can customize and brand to your hearts content. But Tim points out the real value:

This reflects its potential to go beyond a news reading scenario and handle other kinds of data synchronization and display needs. For example, you could use this as the basis of a client for financial data analysis, where the application downloaded stock prices and other financial information and presented it in a rich client experience.

Part of the beauty of the New York Times reader was it's ability to sync up data, grab the newest headlines and then give you access to them offline. All of this was wrapped in a very rich experience which I thought captured the beauty of reading the newspaper. WPF is a powerful platform and by releasing the SDK, as Tim notes, they make it easy to create data driven applications with the functionality of the New York Times Reader. That means you can concentrate on the interface, the experience and the fun parts of the application. Maybe not revolutionary but anything that makes the "boring" stuff easy is good for RIAs.

Topics: Banking, Apps

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  • All WPF source code now available

    Microsoft just released the source code to a large part of .Net, including WPF.
    TheTruthisOutThere@...
  • Excellent News!

    That is fantastic news, since it opens up new possibilities for web based data! People will be able to annotate and save articles locally. Data could be easily shared and collaboratively worked on. Certain publishers may like to be able to allow people to freely use their data which could be embedded with ads, further increasing their revenue from this source. Data could become far richer using embedded videos, 3D diagramming, various other forms of multimedia, etc. The above would certainly add more dimensions to the use of web / Internet based data. I think just about every web site that has considerable traffic volume, should consider using this technology ? including Zdnet. Blogging services should allow bloggers to offer this technology to their readers, as it would increase the utility of bloggers? blogs, and help increase revenue through ads and possibly paid services. Also, as I have said before, I hope we will see slick versions of this technology for MSN and other major web sites soon.
    P. Douglas