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May 12, 2008

SP1 betas released for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5

Posted by David Hunter at 4:26 PM ET.

Microsoft has released betas of the first service packs for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5:

Earlier today we shipped a public beta of our upcoming .NET 3.5 SP1 and VS 2008 SP1 releases.  These servicing updates provide a roll-up of bug fixes and performance improvements for issues reported since we released the products last November.  They also contain a number of feature additions and enhancements that make building .NET applications better (see below for details on some of them).

We plan to ship the final release of both .NET 3.5 SP1 and VS 2008 SP1 this summer as free updates.  You can download and install the beta here.

At the first link there’s quite a list of enhancements including SQL Server 2008 support, ADO.NET Data Services (formerly code-named "Astoria"), and the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ASP.NET 3.5 extensions previewed in December.



Filed under .NET FX 3.5, ADO.NET, AJAX, ASP.NET AJAX, Beta and CTP, Microsoft, Technologies, Tools, Visual Studio 2008

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December 7, 2007

Microsoft releases ADO.NET Entity Framework, ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions previews

Posted by David Hunter at 10:59 AM ET.

As promised last week, Microsoft yesterday released preview versions of the ADO.NET Entity Framework and ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions:

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Filed under .NET FX 3.5, ADO.NET, AJAX, ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET AJAX, Beta and CTP, Microsoft, Silverlight, Technologies, Tools, Visual Studio 2008

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November 30, 2007

Microsoft updates .NET Web development tools roadmap

Posted by David Hunter at 11:15 AM ET.

Microsoft Developer Division General Manager Scott Guthrie today revealed the roadmap for a series of additional Web development products that build on top of last week’s RTM of Visual Studio and .NET FX 3.5. In outline form with liberal quoting from Guthrie, it looks like the following:

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Filed under .NET FX 3.5, ADO.NET, AJAX, ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET AJAX, Beta and CTP, General Business, IIS, Microsoft, Shared Source, Silverlight, Technologies, Tools, Visual Studio 2008

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March 19, 2007

Adobe alphas Apollo – Web apps on the desktop

Posted by David Hunter at 2:32 PM ET.

Last night at midnight, Adobe released a public alpha version of it’s forthcoming Apollo application environment:

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced that the first public alpha version of Apollo is now available for developers on Adobe Labs. Apollo is the code name for a cross-operating system application runtime that allows web developers to leverage their existing skills in HTML, JavaScript and Ajax, as well as Adobe® Flash® and Adobe Flex™ software to build and deploy rich Internet applications (RIAs) on the desktop. Apollo combines the reach of Internet technologies with the richness of desktop applications, working seamlessly across operating systems and outside the browser to deliver a more consistent and engaging user experience. The alpha version of the Apollo application runtime and the Apollo Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) can be downloaded for free from www.adobe.com/go/apollo.

A beta is due sometime this summer and Version 1.0 is planned for the second half of this year.

Beside the fact that Adobe is a fearsome competitor in the Web application development space (think Dreamweaver and Flash), Apollo is important in that it provides more robust Web applications that escape the browser to provide user interfaces equivalent to desktop apps and are also able to work while disconnected from the Web. If you’re itching to give Apollo a try, See this post by Ryan Stewart which gives more details and some demo apps and the list of best Apollo demos at Techcrunch.

So how does Microsoft play? Good question since while Microsoft is willing to support spiffier Web apps with AJAX and the WPF/E “Flash killer,” they love the mantra that Web apps can’t really compare to desktop applications like Office where they make lots of money.



Filed under AJAX, Adobe, Coopetition, Microsoft, Silverlight, Technologies

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