The cross platform CLR isn’t the only big news out of MIX this week. Other big news includes:
- The Dynamic Language Runtime, an extension to the CLR that implements typical dynamic language features. According to Jim Hugunin, this will make it “dramatically easier to build high-quality dynamic language implementations on .NET.” Also, it works with Silverlight’s CLR. And we’ll be releasing the source, like we do with IronPython.
- Expression Studio is available, as is the first preview of Blend v2, which allows you to target Silverlight. There’s also a Silverlight targeting Media Encoder preview available.
are two new data access incubation
Astoria is for exposing your data as data services for consumption
by other clients (think mashups) while Jasper is for quickly writing
code that access databases. Both appear to build on the new ADO.NET
in VS Orcassometime after VS Orcas.
- All the MIX sessions are getting posted in very quickly – about a day after the session. The sessions are available for download a WMV or to view using a Silverlight based viewer. Nice.
A few quick thoughts on these announcements:
- On the subject of dynamic languages, IronRuby is probably the biggest news since we already have various implementations of the other languages. I wonder how well it will support Rails? ASP.NET already has a model for dynamic language support that I would assume IronRuby will plug into eventually. Between that, rumblings of MVC support for ASP.NET and Project Jasper, you’ve covered most of the surface area Rails covers. But I would assume many folks would like to see RoR proper running under IronRuby on ASP.NET.
- I wonder what the hosting model for the Silverlight CLR looks like? According to the “essential architecture“, Silverlight includes the .NET Framework, the Core Presentation Framework and the Browser Host. But can you host somewhere other than the browser?
- Astoria sounds like web service based ODBC. While there are scenarios where that makes sense, I’m not sure I like the idea of delegating control of my data outside the service like that. Udi Dahan is also skeptical of this approach.
Update: The ADO.NET team recently announced that Entity Framework will ship “during the first half of 2008 as an update to the Orcas release of the .NET Framework and Visual Studio”. (h/t Tomas Restrpro)