Telerik Soothes Developers: 'We Aren't Afraid of Metro, You Shouldn't Be Either'
Software tools provider Telerik is attempting to alleviate someof its customers’ fears about the future of Microsoft Windows development. The Seattlegiant made it clear, starting on the first day of the BUILD conference, thatMetro-style applications are the future, which left many wondering if thismeant the demise of .NET, Silverlight and all of the vendor tools that supportthem.

It’s All About Metro

Lots of rumors and speculations are floating around based onwhatMicrosoft said and did not say at its future-focused BUILD conference.

Is .NET dead? What the heck is upwith Silverlight? Will any of myexisting development tools work with the newfancy-shmancy version ofWindows? Is my job at risk because I don’t even knowhow to pronounceXAML, let alone code in it?”

If Microsoft is planning long-term support for Silverlight,the BUILDsession agenda doesn’t make it obvious. There were countless sessions focused on HTML5, JavaScript and the new application model for Windows8.However, few sessions addressed .NET and absolutely none coveredSilverlight or developmentusing open languages like Python or PHP onthe Microsoft platform. In somecases, actions are better predictorsthan press releases.

Telerik released a statement today in response to all ofconcernsraised by Microsoft’s change in direction. Telerik’s actions probably aren’t entirely benevolent. It’s likely the company is taking anoffensivestance trying to retain its customers before new toolproviders enter themarket or developers start leveraging more cross-platform tools for theirHTML5, CSS and JavaScript endeavors.

Learning Opportunities

Telerik is assuring its current and potential customersthatTelerik tools have value for developers now and will continue to have value in the future. According to Telerik, it is taking two keyactions toensure they are ready for Metro:

  • Its existing XAML tools, which include componentssuch asgrids, data visualizations, and rich text editors, are being updated to work with the Windows 8 Runtime and Metro style development.
  • Telerik is building a jQuery-based frameworkfor HTML5 and JavaScript development, which is currently in beta.

Telerik executives have also posted several blog entriesreiteratingits potential to support the future of Windows development and calming developers worried about stagnating fears by suggesting that the transition to Metro as the dominant style of development will be slow.

Telerik’s Senior Leadership Speaks

In addition to company statements assuring customers thatthey don’tneed to worry their pretty little heads about being able to leverage Telerik’s tools with the next version of Windows, Telerik will also beholdingan interactive webinar.  The hour-long webinar will be heldOctober 17 at 1:00 PM EDT.Telerik leadership will address concernsregarding the future ofMicrosoft development and how its tools are evolvingto supportsoftware creation on the platform. Participants will be allowed toaskquestions via Twitter using the hash tag #builddemystified.