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Gestalt - Nishant Kothary and Joshua Allen

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Not all Microsoft technologies and projects come out of large development teams with huge budgets and equally huge objectives. There are in fact a variety of very useful technologies which are fairly low-key and the result of small development efforts.

"Gestalt" is a technology that allows web developers to easily include ruby, python, and even Silverlight code directly within the html of their websites. No fancy tools are necessary (or available at the moment). It also work cross platform and cross browser. The end result is rich and powerful web applications which are exceedingly easy to develop and deploy.

In this episode I'll be talking with Nishant Kotharny and Joshua Allen to find out exactly why Gestalt is so cool, and after seeing their demo, I dare you not to want to check it out yourself.

You can download Gestalt and kick the tires here:

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  • Good stuff guys.

    I especially like the intro tutorial http://visitmix.com/labs/gestalt/getstarted/

    Very clear and to the point.

     

    That said, you mentioned one of the problems with HTML+JS, which is the relative weakness of the IDEs and debugging tools. It seems that Gestalt makes things even harder to debug.

  • Bent Rasmussenexoteric stuck in a loop, for a while

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    Wow... that is crazy cool!

  • @dumky - Yeah, it *is* possible to change it so you can hook it up to debug at line level in VS, and also to support interactive console.  But we were forking too far away from Scripting.Silverlight so we couldn't easily take advantage of their excellent debugging support.  That is a P0 goal for the future.

  • Awesome work. I really love the simplicity of it. I look forward to finding some time to really play with this.

  • I think it's a great entry point for Learning XAML, especially for a typical Web Designer - Edit / Save / Refresh   thats it . . .

     

    Cool thought guys . . .

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