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Volta - Dead or Alive?

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    exoteric

    Is the project formerly known as Volta dead or alive? It doesn't seem to have a public web pressence anymore at least.

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    Bass

    Most people assume it is dead, because it's website mysteriously disappeared and no one in Microsoft seems to talk about it anymore. But it never was officially announced to be dead. This really sounds like something Channel 9 should investigate.

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    W3bbo

    , Bass wrote

    This really sounds like something Channel 9 should investigate.

    You make it sound as though Channel 9 is an investigative documentary programme.

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    Richard.Hein

    @exoteric:  Volta became the Cloud Programmability Team and released Rx as it's first product.  Although it has changed quite a bit, the goals are similar.

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    exoteric

    @Richard Then it seems we may yet see some of the old pieces resurface. One of them was an MSIL to Javascript compiler I believe, as part of the tier-splitting concept.

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    fanbaby

    Isn't volta something akin to GWT?

    It's funny to compare the team size of GWT (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3hBzIOUSms) with Script# (http://channel9.msdn.com/events/MIX/MIX11/HTM16).

     

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    Richard.Hein

    @fanbaby:  Only in a limited sense where there is compilation/interpretation to JS, but the overarching theme was "democratizing the cloud", by abstracting away notions like tiers and location away.  Rx is a piece of the puzzle by providing an abstraction over push-based streams, and thus allowing LINQ to be used to compose asynchronous operations.  Volta seems to have exposed the need for things like Rx, but I'm just guessing at how it evolved.

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    Charles

    "Volta" is indeed dead. Some of the technologies have been folded into new endeavours, but "Volta" itself is no longer a project...

    C

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    exoteric

    @C by name or by substance? Can you say what has been left behind?

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    Charles

    Let's ask Erik?
    C

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    exoteric

    Please do! Smiley

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    head.in.the.​box

    Can you actually say that a project is "dead" or "alive"? I am not smart enough to answer such deep philosophical questions. 

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    felix9

    ah ... zombies Scared

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    kettch

    @felix9:More like a Frankenstein monster since the parts have been distributed to other projects.

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    exoteric

    , head.in.the.​box wrote

    Can you actually say that a project is "dead" or "alive"? I am not smart enough to answer such deep philosophical questions. 

    I'm nothing if not good at dumbing down Cool

    I was really just curious about the status of the work being done by the Cloud Programmability Team* (what Charles called the renegade software engineers heh); in particular what things have changed.

    For example how things are going with IL2JS compilation efforts. I find the prospect of being able to use C# on the client very appealing.

    I looked at Script# but it looks very limited in terms of the features it supports so one would have to lobotomize the C# code for it to compile to Javascript. But IL2JS of course lets you use any .NET language which is even cooler.

    * Connecting the distributed dots

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    Bass

    , head.in.the.​box wrote

    Can you actually say that a project is "dead" or "alive"? I am not smart enough to answer such deep philosophical questions. 

    That is an excellent point. Smiley

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