Microsoft Previews Key Platform Technology

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Print this article Print

Some of the new offerings for developers include the presentation technology formerly known as "Avalon," a .Net tool set for integrated queries, and the "Atlas" Web client framework.

LOS ANGELES—While Microsoft delivered a peek at some of its key upcoming technologies at its Professional Developers Conference, including Windows Vista and Office 12, the software giant also showed some new platform technologies aimed at enriching the overall Microsoft platform.

During a keynote address at the Microsoft PDC here, Jim Allchin, group vice president of platforms at Microsoft Corp., introduced some new technologies, including WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation), formerly known as "Avalon," and WPF/E (Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere.)

He also introduced, among others, the LINQ (Language Integrated Query) Project and an update to the company's Atlas Web client framework for building AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) applications.

WPF/E is a lightweight run-time for the Windows Presentation Foundation, Allchin said.

"This is very early work," he said. The technology delivers an "interactive experience on devices and PCs."

Microsoft plans to give away code at PDC. Read more here.

In an interview with eWEEK, Allchin said he pushed for the development of the lightweight run-time because he wanted to see the benefits of Avalon on cell phones and other devices. The programming model uses Microsoft's XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language) and JavaScript, he said.

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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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