PDC 2008: First look at 'Dublin,' .NET for the cloud
Interest in how Microsoft would deploy an extension of the .NET Framework called Dublin in the cloud exceeded anyone's expectations today, as thousands of attendees literally spilled over into a spare room to watch the first Dublin demos on video.
Dublin is, as was already known prior to today, Microsoft's platform for extending .NET services as distributed architecture; but now we know that Dublin will be used for deploying custom .NET applications on Windows Azure. This afternoon, the company's Jacob Avital and Mauricio Ordonez performed live demonstrations of how a cloud-based .NET would asynchronously capture customer-generated events over the Web, respond to those events with code, and report on the results.
Besides the new extension to .NET itself, this system utilizes some basically familiar tools: the existing Visual Studio, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and Workflow Foundation (WF).
10:30 am EST November 6, 2008 - A Microsoft spokesperson contacted BetaNews expressing the company's concern that the way we presented this story and capsule on Dublin technology might make it appear to readers that the Dublin platform was the .NET Services platform for Windows Azure.
This certainly was not the impression we meant to give; Microsoft has made it clear that Dublin is a technology for extending so-called composite applications to the company's cloud platform, though it is not Azure nor is it a component of Azure directly. Whatever Dublin ends up being called, it will be packaged separately. Meanwhile, .NET Services extends the .NET Framework into the realm of Azure, and Dublin makes it possible for composite applications written around the framework to be extended to .NET Services.
My personal feeling is that the original story made that pretty clear, but just in case it didn't, there's the restatement for you.
In the near future, BetaNews will be presenting our complete interview with Burley Kawasaki, the director of product management in charge of Dublin, who will go into much further detail about the architecture and Microsoft's plans for marketing it.