New betas emerge from PDC


Every year at the different Microsoft events, we see a plethora of new developer software. This year is no exception. Here are some bits you might be interested in (all leading edge, many bleeding edge):

  • Silverlight 4: It seems like just yesterday he was a baby. This one only works in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, so don’t even try in VS 2008. The biggest bonus here, for most developers is the rich set of controls, the RIA services and the ability to use the same code on the desktop and with Silverlight (I have to try this to believe it, but it has been promised for quite some time). In addition, the tooling appears to have finally come up to speed. Direct links:
  • Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 – Azure is Microsoft’s cloud offering. Registration is required (you get space on the Azure cloud with your dev account)
  • Windows Server AppFabric – News bits that allow web app developers to more easily deploy to both internal servers and the cloud (Azure). The downloads seem a bit screwed up right now (only x86 and AMD 64 bit), so I am passing on this for now.
  • ASP.NET MVC Beta 2 (Visual Studio 2008) – Microsoft’s Model-View_Controller project for web apps. NOTE: This is not to be installed on a machine with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, as it will blow it up.
  • Reactive Extensions for .NET – These are asynch extensions for .NET. This one is cool largely for the patterns implementation in a declarative manner.

Peace and Grace,
Greg

Twitter: @gbworld
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