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Heron-Centric: Ruminations of a Language Designer
Another Notch for JavaScript: HD DVD
by Christopher Diggins
May 9, 2006
Summary
HD DVD not only offers high-definition video playback, it also uses JavaScript and XML for authoring menus, interactive content, persistant storage, and network connectivity.

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In my new role at Microsoft, one of the projects I have been involved in is documenting authoring HD DVD interactive content using XML and JavaScript (ECMAScript Compact Profile 3rd Edition to be precise), and documenting the new free HD DVD simulation and validation tools that are now provided by Microsoft ( http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/hddvd/default.aspx ). The potential for the HD DVD is pretty exciting when you consider that HD DVD players will eventually all support internet connectivity and persistant storage.

So where is this all leading I wonder? Are HD DVD players going to replace PC's in people's homes? Maybe we will eventually simply place a central server in a basement closet next to the water heater, and everything else will be a terminal with wireless connections?

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Christopher Diggins is a software developer and freelance writer. Christopher loves programming, but is eternally frustrated by the shortcomings of modern programming languages. As would any reasonable person in his shoes, he decided to quit his day job to write his own ( www.heron-language.com ). Christopher is the co-author of the C++ Cookbook from O'Reilly. Christopher can be reached through his home page at www.cdiggins.com.

This weblog entry is Copyright © 2006 Christopher Diggins. All rights reserved.

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