BBC demonstrates Web 2.0 project

During the keynote on the second day at Mix07, Microsoft’s 72 hour discussion held yearly in Las Vegas, the BBC demonstrated what for many was one of the highlights of the show.

This was an extremely complex project in terms of the make up of the team as it comprised people from five companies, Microsoft, BBC, Siemens, Ioko and AKQA, on top of this the time scale for delivery was very demanding with only a 3 week window in which to pull the whole project together. 

Three weeks, five companies, a new team, a new technology and no set brief at the start of the project, a huge timezone difference, as the designer was actaully in Singapore due to another project commitment – the project had all the signs of a roadcrash!

Taking all this into consideration I think one an amazingly aspect of this project is that it was actually completed a little ahead of schedule.

This was only possible due to two things. Firstly it goes without saying the talented design and developer team that worked on the project (well done guys – great job), but secondly, the really flexible way the Silverlight, XAML, JavaScript combo allows the work to be broken down and shared around the team. One developer acted as the hub of the team, the designer and two other developers fed into him. This allowed the designer to concentrate on the visuals, the two developers to concentrate on hooking and writing the JavaScript to provide the interactivity, and the third ‘hub’ developer to actually wire it all up in Blend and Visual Studio.

The final thing to bear in mind when you look at the video is – this was NOT Silverlight 1.1 Alpha with the built in CLR, that would have been too easy πŸ˜‰

This project was built using the Silverlight 1.0 Beta using Javascript to provide the interactivity… personally I think this is great, as it really shows off some of the potential of the technology even in its first iteration.

You can find further information here at the BBC website

You can also view the BBC section of the key note: BBC keynote

Enjoy πŸ™‚


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