Microsoft Live Labs Announces ‘Volta’

By | December 6, 2007

Yesterday (That’s Dec 5, 2007 for those of you who will read this sometime in the future), Microsoft’s Live Labs announced/released a technology preview of what they call “Volta“.

From their FAQ, they describe Volta as:

an experimental developer toolset that allows developers to build standards-conformant, multi-tier web applications using established .NET languages, libraries and development tools. Via declarative tier-splitting, developers architect their applications as a single-tier application, then make decisions about moving logic to other tiers late in the development process- letting the complier manage creating boilerplate code such as communication between tiers. The programmer can still debug and test the application, much as if it were still on the client-tier, because Volta’s tier-splitting is deeply integrated with Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5. In summary, Volta extends the .NET platform to distributed software+services applications, by using existing and familiar libraries, languages, tools, and techniques.

From the technical babble, Volta does sound pretty interesting.

I would of loved to play around with it a bit and post some screen shots/code samples, however I don’t have the required Visual Studio 2008 and .Net 3.5 installed. When I do, which hopefully will be in the next day or so, I’ll try to write a post with my thoughts and findings.

For those of you who like pretty pictures, here’s one of the Architecture Refactoring:

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