# Thursday, March 19, 2009
I'll probably have some more cogent things to say about it all in a few days, but my first set of takeaways as of mid-day Thursday:
  • Silverlight 3 solves many if not most of the downsides of working in Silverlight vs. WPF
  • Silverlight 3 + .NET RIA services totally removes any and all barriers to building business apps in Silverlight
  • .NET RIA services is the killer app we’ve been waiting for as far as building RIA apps is concerned.  it’s like Astoria, only better, and doesn’t require Entities (long live LINQ to SQL!). 
  • Blend 3 will revolutionize the way designers and developers work together, and make the design process much faster
  • Free martinis are both a blessing and a curse
  • Having a DJ at your keynotes is a fantastic idea
  • Not only would downtown Hillsboro (where I live) fit inside the Venetian, but you probably wouldn’t actually notice it.
Thursday, March 19, 2009 12:45:58 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
Monday, March 23, 2009 4:46:45 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hi Patrick,

We met in the Focus group 7:30am wednesday. I told you then I thought your name was familiar and I found out this morning it is because I have been following your blog for some time now. Just thought I would say Hi and it was great meeting you.
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