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Microsoft Presents: Facebook!

16-Apr-09 11:24 pm EST Leave a comment Go to comments

“…the most sophisticated, comprehensive solution for Facebook API development that exists…– Visual Studio blows it and anything else that anyone would develop under the heading of freeware out of the water!”

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’ve known about the express editions of both VB.NET and C# for a while now, but I hadn’t realized Microsoft was using them to advance the cause of its software development product line by partnering them with Facebook (FB).  No longer are these junior versions of Visual Studio 2008 Team System merely the try-and-buy freebies aimed at acquainting otherwise reluctant but professional programmers to adopt Microsoft or lures for student developers.  Microsoft is trying to create a solution that lets programmers of any stripe use their tools for free to develop Facebook tools.  And make no mistake – this is likely the most sophisticated, comprehensive solution for Facebook API development that exists.  And forget downloading that dinky editor you heard about on CNet Downloads – Visual Studio blows it and anything else that anyone would develop under the heading of freeware out of the water!

But why?

Well, obviously hooking students and youth in general on Microsoft products would be one obvious angle.  When these folks grow up and get jobs and need to consider or make decisions about technology, Microsoft will be familiar territory.  And then there’s that other reason – Microsoft could be feeling out Facebook for eventual partnership and alliance; boosting its overall inventory of web properties considerably by having the largest and most successful social networking site in existence in their pocket (and pocketbook too, whenever FB starts making money).

But as a programmer myself, I’m intrigued with the tools Microsoft’s created.  Almost as interesting; Visual Studio Express isn’t all you need – there’s an extra download you need to get from Microsoft’s open source software (OSS) website, called CodePlex.  Because it’s OSS, you, competitors and anyone else who can download Facebook.NET (as it’s called) can look “under the hood” to see how it all works.  Oh, and naturally, Facebook.NET will work with the full, commercial versions of Visual Studio 2008.

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