Syncfusion Product Manager Chad Church recently conducted a live Q & A session on Facebook and Twitter as part of our ongoing FANtastic Friday events and giveaways. While the conversation centered on mobile development, the enthusiastic participants provided some unexpected and challenging questions. We've collected some of the highlights here.
Where do you see the future demand for application development for large screen diagonals, such as televisions?
We foresee a limited demand—mostly in specific verticals. For example, stock traders need a lot of screen real estate to manage their trades. There will be other uses, but for the typical business application, the need for large screens it is limited. After all, the monitor will sit on your desk and your desk is only so big.
Seregon Solutions offers The Mobilizer; what do you have in comparison?
Seregon is just one of many companies offering mobile solutions lately. Solutions such as theirs make it incredibly easy to create apps for mobile devices, but the real cost is control. I think such tools work well for small companies that don’t have the time or money for development. Larger companies will not want to be so dependent.
Which Syncfusion control would you say is a core product and why?
Our Diagram control would be the obvious choice for future touch development. The control lends itself very well to interaction.
Modern science fiction films feature huge screens with crazy interfaces and controls. Would you like to see this come true?
Yes, we would love to live the dream—any flat surface could be a touch-controlled screen. Microsoft's PixelSense is the first major step in that direction. Will it be the last? I doubt it. When the time is right, we will be sure our tools are ready for it.
What future do you think transparent displays have?
The future of transparent displays is marginal unless they can be made brighter.
It seems that your ASP.NET MVC solutions have been frozen in development, or is this the calm before the storm?
(Questions from participants have been truncated and Church's responses have been edited.)