There have been lots of programming tool updates recently

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Flex logoFlash/ Flex

Adobe recently released a RC (release candidate) for Flash Player 10. This adds many nice new features to Flash, such as built-in 3D support, better drawing features, custom filters and effects and – probably most importantly – flash finally gets decent multinational text support.

Adobe also recently released version 3.1 of the Flex API. This update to the Flex 3 API offers support for AIR 1.1, FLash Player 10 and also contains numerous bug fixes.

Finally Adobe have released Flex Builder 3.0.1. This update includes the new Flex 3.1 API and support for Eclipse 3.4.

Visual Studio logoVisual Studio & .NET

Last week Microsoft released .NET 3.5 SP1.This update to the .NET framework offers performance increases to WPF applications, improvements to WCF and support for SQL Server 2008’s new features.

Further, they released Visual Studio 2008 SP1, which includes .NET 3.5 SP1 as well as improved designers for WPF and ADO.NET, new C++ tools and components (including an MFC office ribbon component) and improved JavaScript/ AJAX support.

Microsoft released Silverlight 2 as I predicted. Well actually they didn’t, which meant my prediction was utterly wrong. As they had made a big thing about MBC using Silverlight 2 to provide their Olympic coverage, I expected Microsoft to release Silverlight 2 just before. The reality was very different. Most of the MBC Olympic site runs off Flash and only the video feeds are supplied via the beta of Silverlight 2. Very disapointing.