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Astoria Client Library Available for Silverlight 1.1 Alpha

Silverlight purports to provide a single development platform that will allow you to deploy WPF-like rich applications

Kevin Hoffman's Blog

Before I begin, rush out and download this thing right now. Here's the link.

As you probably know, Silverlight is Microsoft's new RIA technology platform. It purports to provide a single development platform that will allow you to deploy WPF-like rich applications to multiple operating systems through multiple browsers. For example, you can write your XAML and C# and deploy that to a server which can then be consumed by people using IE on Windows Vista or people using Safari on OS X (Tiger only right now, Leopard support is forthcoming).

On the other hand, Astoria is another new project from Microsoft. Astoria allows you to build things called "Data services". Basically it takes an Entity Data Model representation of your database and exposes that model through RESTy URLs and sending and receiving raw XML. As you know, RESTy POX is just one of those things that makes me happy and furthers my goal of world-wide destruction of all WSDL :) Astoria also includes a client library that allows you to access the Astoria services programmatically and not have to worry about all the serialization and de-serialization, etc. In short, it's pure crack for those of us who like spending our time in the data tier or middleware tiers.

Now... what do you get when you provide a client library for Astoria that can be referenced and used from within a Silverlight application? Pure. RIA. Goodness. Later today, I'm hoping to have some code samples and screenshots. I just finished downloading the client library and now all I need to do is make a database, make a data service, and then create a Silverlight application and hope to <diety/> that the cross-domain restrictions don't make this development environment completely unusable.

I'll let you know how it goes.

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Kevin Hoffman, editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer's Journal, has been programming since he was 10 and has written everything from DOS shareware to n-tier, enterprise web applications in VB, C++, Delphi, and C. Hoffman is coauthor of Professional .NET Framework (Wrox Press) and co-author with Robert Foster of Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Development Unleashed. He authors The .NET Addict's Blog at .NET Developer's Journal.

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