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James McKay's Blog There’s been quite a bit of hype recently about Volta, the latest and greatest offering from Microsoft. It’s a bit like the Google Web Toolkit or RJS in Ruby on Rails, in that it allows you to write everything in C# and have it translated into JavaScript. You don’t even have to use C# - you could just as easily use VB, since it works on the compiled MSIL, converting that into JavaScript. It allows you to split your application at the lower tiers as well, automatically generating web services so that you can put, say, the user authentication part of your application on a different server to the main site. It sounds like a good idea in theory, and no doubt it will attract quite a bit of attention from developers who do not want to have to learn yet another programming language. The main attraction of this kind of framework is for d... (more)