It has only been seven months since the last roadshow but the MSDN Live team is on the road again. Just as last time, a lot was said about ASP.NET AJAX, Silverlight and rich clients.
Entries with tag ajax
I think there is more than enough of acronyms out there, but one cannot deny the power of monikers when it comes to bringing a technology into mainstream focus. XMLHttpRequest was invented in 1998 but very few knew about it. Seven years later, someone came up with the name Ajax and suddenly every marketing department was screaming for it.
I have been using various blends of Visual Studio since 1998. Back then, we coded C++ in version 6.0 and thought we were happy. Four years later, Visual Studio .NET (version 7.0) came along and made most of us say goodbye to unmanaged development environments.
I’ve been playing around a bit with the April CTP release of Atlas, Microsoft’s upcoming framework for Ajax applications. I’ve done a small live demonstration with ASP.NET 2.0 which show a basic map display with pinpointed locations. The pins show some of the largest cities in Europe.
The interest in online multiplayer games is ever increasing and attracts new gamers every day. Beside giant worlds such as World of Warcraft and Eve Online which requires installation of large amounts of software on the client system there now exists a lightweight alternative.
Ok, maybe I sounded a bit harsh in my latest post. In my humble opinion, Ajax is actually a great technology when applied in a proper manner. For instance, have a look at the latest version of Windows Live Local. They stuffed a van with ten cameras and drove along the streets of San Francisco and Seattle, capturing over 10 million images for each city!
This morning I read an article in the magazine Computer Sweden and grew somewhat irritated. The article complains about Swedish web sites being outdated since they’re not using “new” technologies such as Ajax. First, Ajax is not exactly new, since the technology has been around since 1998. It’s very hyped, yes, but that is a completely different thing.