Busy week for Microsoft: Silverlight and jQuery

Summary:I'm traveling so I wasn't able to chime in on the availability of a Silverlight release candidate. One of the most important thing for developers is that it sounds like this will be the last round of API tweaks so there will be no more updating your applications.

I'm traveling so I wasn't able to chime in on the availability of a Silverlight release candidate. One of the most important thing for developers is that it sounds like this will be the last round of API tweaks so there will be no more updating your applications. Silverlight.net has some information about what those API changes are. In addition to the API changes, there are some new controls to play with. Silverlight 2 RC includes a progress bar, a password input, and a combo box. The new controls are also included in a new service pack for Blend 2.0. Finally, there are some changes to the skins as well as some changes in how the skins render which will make Silerlight applications look cleaner in some cases.

We keep getting closer. As ScottGu says, it's not that far off, and I've heard rumors to that effect. Microsoft recently had a bunch of independent developers in Redmond to go over the Sivlerlight roadmap, so I expect big things once Microsoft ships Silverlight 2. I think in general most developers are happy with the level of innovation that Adobe and Microsoft have been throwing into their respective projects. Eventually, however, I wouldn't be surprised to see Flash Player and Silverlight diverge a bit. I think they'll always compete at a basic and feature level, but I think it's pretty obvious that the larger strategy of the two companies is different and I think Flash and Silverlight play a core role in those respective strategies. As each runtime becomes more driven by a larger strategy, innovation may start to happen in different areas. I just hope that everyone keeps swapping ideas.

Microsoft has also been busy on the Ajax front. They announced today that they're incorporating support for jQuery into Visual Studio. I'm a big fan of what Microsoft has done with Ajax going back to the way they supported it in Silverlght 1. What's really interesting is seeing the support for ADO.NET Data Services, which is a very, very big deal. Now more JavaScript developers have an easy, native entry point for writing apps that include Microsoft's Data Services stack. That's going to be significant.

Topics: Software Development, Browser, Microsoft

About

Ryan Stewart holds an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is now a Rich Internet Application developer and industry analyst. After graduating from Penn, he spent two years developing applications for the Wharton School and pushing the idea of the web as a platform for learning. Ryan now lives in Seattle with his wife... Full Bio

Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.