Thursday, January 20, 2005

New .NET features

On this article, Ian Griffiths explains us how it will be like to design Windows Forms for Longhorn using XAML, the new markup standard by Microsoft. Seems simple enough.

Also, we'll have partial classes avaliable: it seems useful for preserving the separate presentation-logical layers philosophy from ASP .NET in Windows Forms.

It seems that web interfaces are currently the most accepted paradigm for developing: makes your application avaliable everywhere, the client does not need to reinstall anything and maintenance is much simpler. Check the alternative: smart windows forms clients with auto-update capabilities thanks to ClickOnce.

And a third party commercial alternative: now you can write cross-platform applications thanks to Crossfire. Yes, that means you can develop .NET Compact Framework applications able to run on a Symbian phone. At a thousand dollar per license, It's a bit on the expensive side, but considering the huge increase in market opportunities for your product, it could be worthwhile.

On the other hand, I must apologize for the highly irregular refresh rate of this blog: I have four projects pending and making 10+ hours turns, I simply don't have the time. I hope to return to normal mode soon; for this blog's sake, my few (but loyal) readers' sake, and for my even fewer neurons' sake.


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