I read something interesting on Scott Guthries blog about the release of Silverlight 2:
Today we are also announcing that Microsoft is partnering with Soyatec to sponsor additional tools for developing Silverlight applications using the cross platform Eclipse development platform. Click here to learn more about this and download the free Silverlight Eclipse plugin. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial that walks-through how to use their Eclipse tools today to build a Silverlight 2 application.
We are also announcing today that we are releasing the Silverlight XAML vocabulary and schema under the Open Specification Promise (OSP), which enables anyone to create products that read and write XAML for Silverlight.
This is a bit surprising but a good move I think. Scott Guthrie and the ASP team have also been creating the ASP MVC framework under an open source license so it shouldn’t be too much of a shock to see the focus on interoperability with Silverlight. I do like this trend though, I feel like it’s important to focus on interoperability and support open source as much as possible.
Specification frameworks are a great way to enable a smooth approach to test driven development. A nice and simple specification framework called Specter has been created specifically for Boo, which includes a simple and elegant internal Specification DSL. If you’re curious to learn about specification frameworks, Boo or DSLs you should check out Specter for an elegant and useful example of all 3.
Here is a really great video of the step-by-step process:
I learned something interesting today while reading one of the RSS feed items in the Visual Studio start page. The article in question is an interview with Anders Hejlsberg who says that the idea for the # in C# came from taking C++++ and stacking the pluses (amongst other reasons). I always wondered why they ended up going with the # symbol…
The A-Z of Programming Languages: C#