Thursday, December 06, 2007

Announcing Volta Technology Preview

Microsoft Live Labs announced the Volta technology preview.

"The Volta technology preview is a developer toolset that enables you to build multi-tier web applications by applying familiar techniques and patterns. First, design and build your application as a .NET client application, then assign the portions of the application to run on the server and the client tiers late in the development process. The compiler creates cross-browser JavaScript for the client tier, web services for the server tier, and communication, serialization, synchronization, security, and other boilerplate code to tie the tiers together.

Developers can target either web browsers or the CLR as clients and Volta handles the complexities of tier-splitting for you. Volta comprises tools such as end-to-end profiling to make architectural refactoring and optimization simple and quick. In effect, Volta offers a best-effort experience in multiple environments without any changes to the application."

System Requirements
Design Time Requirements:
Visual Studio 2008 (Beta 2 [20706.1] or RTM [21022.8]) with .NET Framework 3.5, and
A web browser (Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 2) for integrated debugging

Client Run Time Requirements:
Volta applications can be compiled target either the full .NET framework runtime version 3.5 or standards-conformant web browsers with JavaScript support.
Server Run Time Requirements (Remote Deployment):

On the server tier Volta applications require version 3.5 of the Microsoft .NET framework, Internet Information Services (IIS) version 6 or 7, and ASP.NET.
Download the Volta here.

(Thanks LiveSide)

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