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Notepad? Check. Rotten tomatoes? Check. Microsoft Atlas is being presented at ApacheCon!

Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on June 23, 2006

I've been chatting a lot with some friends recently about the merits of Microsoft's Ajax engine, Atlas. They tell me that it's the be all and end all (of course they're died-in-the-wool "friends of Bill" so….), and after some initial investigation, it definitely seems to be a nice package. It shares many features with Dojo, my Ajax package of choice, and has some nice (and free – shock!) tooling based on it, in the Microsoft Web Developer Express. However, all the documentation assumes that you're developing an ASP.NET application, and that you're using their tooling, rather than just say "Here's a bunch of javascript libraries and how to use them". The documentation is also very fragmented, for example I couldn't find a single "Hello World" tutorial, just a (seemingly) random bunch of code snippets.

Anyway, I've been assured that Atlas is essentially free of all backend or tooling dependencies, with optional ties to the .NET framework. I'm yet to be convinced, but Rob Burke told me that he's presenting a session on Atlas at ApacheCon next week here in Dublin, so at the very least it should be interesting to see the reaction of the open source crowd to Microsoft's foray into the "free as in beer" world of software development.

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2 Responses to “Notepad? Check. Rotten tomatoes? Check. Microsoft Atlas is being presented at ApacheCon!”

  1. Hey, remember that “Atlas” is still in beta, and so the documentation!!

    (Though I will admit the docs are a tad patchy at the mo!).

    I am fascinated to hear how the crowd – declining of the use of the word “mob” ;p – recacts to Rob’s presentation, though. Keep us informed! :)

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