While researching another product I came across this 2009 tweet from Microsoft’s Nikhil Kothari:
Office 2010 web apps – perhaps one of the most ambitious script# projects!
Script# is used extensively by developers within Microsoft building Ajax experiences in Windows Live, Office to name just a couple, as well as by a external developers and companies including Facebook.
I had come across the project before, but was waiting to see if would evolve beyond what looks like a personal project for Kothari. It is hosted on http://projects.nikhilk.net rather than on an official Microsoft domain, and the latest release is 0.6.2. In other words, it does not have the look of a project that you would recommend for production work, interesting though it is. Nor is there much public activity around Script# that I can see, though there is a CodePlex site dedicated to improving its JQuery support.
Seeing Kothari’s tweet though raises several questions.
- Did Microsoft really use it for Office Web Apps, a high profile project which is a key part of Microsoft’s cloud computing strategy?
- Is there another, more up-to-date version of Script# that is used internally and which may one day burst into the public arena?
I am sure there are readers of this blog who know more than I do, so by all means let me know.
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