Microsoft plans to enable the Python and Ruby languages to be used for client-side development of rich internet applications that use the company's Silverlight browser plug-in technology.
"The difference between AJAX, ARAX, and APAX is the language, if you will," said Brian Goldfarb, group manager at Microsoft's developer division.
"All the browser needs to have is Silverlight installed and then developers can take advantage of these languages," on the client, he said. Silverlight provides rich experiences with capabilities like video and graphics, Goldfarb said. It is viewed as rival to the Adobe Flash platform.
Capabilities enabled for Ruby and Python possibly could be extended to Perl and PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor). Microsoft is in discussions with the PHP and Perl communities to gauge their interest in building this support, said Goldfarb.
In another move related to application development, Microsoft late last month released a third preview of ASP.Net MVC (Model View Controller). This software supports building ASP.Net Web applications using MVC.
With MVC, there are models serving as components of an application that maintain state as well as views, which are components for displaying a user interface. The controller portion of MVC handles end-user interaction to manipulate the model and choose a view to display the UI.
The general release of ASP.Net MVC is planned for later in 2008, Goldfarb said. "MVC is a common and popular programming pattern that developers have used for a long time and we've seen a lot of interest in making it possible to take advantage of this pattern," to gain benefits like testing and agile programming, he said.
The preview is available at Microsoft's CodePlex Web site for open-source projects. ASP.Net MVC can work with tools such as Microsoft's Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition or Notepad.