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HTML5/Javascript as Assembly Language

This is the continuation of this post on the future of Microsoft development.

Scott Hanselman had an interesting post about how HTML5 and Javascript are assembly language for the web.  I won’t repeat his post (you should read it yourself), but basically it’s Turing Complete so you can write any program in it, it will be runnable by any browser soon, and we don’t necessarily need to read it.  There are already options to program in higher-level languages and compile to Javascript.

Okay, so in my last post I commented on the whole Microsoft-HTML5-Silverlight debate.  Here’s my subversive idea:

We’re already seeing systems where the build target is variable.  For example, Microsoft’s recent release of Visual Studio Lightswitch can build your business apps for the desktop or the web.  And they’ve stated there’s no reason it couldn’t compile to HTML5.

Microsoft should implement the CLR in Javascript.  Let me repeat that.  Microsoft should implement the CLR in Javascript.  And the Silverlight framework.

Imagine if you had a choice of deployments!  If speed is an absolute necessity, run your application in the Silverlight plugin.  If portability is the desire, just reference a javascript file that implements the Silverlight framework.

Think about it:

  • XAML is much more productive than HTML.  C# is much more productive than Javascript.  You could use the right tools to build your site or app, and the right tools to deploy your site or app.
  • Universal Silverlight.  It would run on an iPad, or an Android phone, or any future device that implements HTML5. (Which will be all of them.)  No need to make deals with the other platforms.  Silverlight would be able to run anywhere.
  • No more need for the plugin.  Some corporate environments don’t allow it.  Some folks at home don’t want to install it.  But it wouldn’t be necessary anymore.
Microsoft has always focused on developers and made tools for professionals.  This would be an amazing way to make professional development possible in any environment.  Can it be done?  It would certainly be a task to reimplement the CLR.  But the Mono team has done it.  It’s not impossible.  And it would make a huge number of Microsoft .NET-based systems (even existing ones) instantly web-enabled and portable across all mobile devices.  Microsoft:  Go for it!  C# is for coding.  Javascript is for execution.  Shake the world up.
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TestFlight

TestFlight | iOS beta testing on the fly“Quick.Painless.Magical.”

The official tagline for TestFlight gets an easy 9 out of 10 on our “Affirma Scale of Tagline Boldness”.  After updating our workflow here at Affirma to leverage some of TestFlight’s goodness I can safely say we are believers.

Basically, Testflight lets us a do a few things that are otherwise time consuming and less fun than digging into the applications we develop:

  • Enroll people into our beta tests
  • Easily manage our beta testers
  • Deliver the .IPA’s to our beta testers
  • Push out updated builds to beta testers

We did these things before, but using TestFlight we are able to manage the processes with less effort.  This is a clear win.

In addition to easing of our workload, this process is easier on our beta testers.  We have clients that span a wide spectrum of technical abilities.  For some, the process of loading beta apps on their iOS devices was challenging.  In the past we were certainly able to walk them through the process, but in our time with TestFlight there has been a measurable decrease in support requests.  Let’s call this a win for Affirma and win for our testers.  Double wins are rare and TestFlight made it possible.

You can learn more about Testflight at their site testflightapp.com

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