We're proud of the recent Live Framework CTP release, and we are excited to share our thoughts, tips, and insights with you.  In this initial post to our new team blog, we want to provide you with some key links and info and let you know some of the subjects we’ll be addressing in the near future.

What is the Live Framework?

The Live Framework is the uniform way for programming Live Services from a variety of platforms, programming languages, applications and devices.

How do I find out more about the Live Framework?

Besides keeping an eye on this blog, you should start with the Live Framework home at http://dev.live.com/liveframework and visit the SDK docs on MSDN.

Also, see this post from David Treadwell, introducing the Live Framework, this Channel 9 video going deep on how the framework is architected, or these PDC sessions drilling into different aspects of new technology.

How do I join the Community Technical Preview (CTP)?

Space is currently limited, but we are working on expanding the number of devs in the program. You can request access through our Microsoft Connect site. As we are in still in early development of the Live Framework, the CTP environment is isolated from the main end-user environment of www.mesh.com. Consider this a sandbox for you to test out the technology and provide us feedback in our engineering efforts.

So, what are you going to do here, on this blog?

Over the next couple of weeks, members of the Live Framework team will be digging into various aspects of the Live Framework, providing background on the architecture, offering tips, tricks and code, and letting you know how our ongoing engineering efforts are progressing.

Here is just a sample of some of the topics we’ll be discussing in the coming weeks and months:

  • Our motivation in developing the Live Framework
  • Principles guiding our design
  • Using the addressing model to access resources
  • Using resource scripts
  • Querying across Live Framework resources
  • Building custom types and objects using the extensibility model
  • Synchronizing data in Live Framework
  • The Live Framework application model

Please use the comments to let us know what you think and what you’d like to see discussed here. We’re looking forward to sharing with, and hearing from, you.

Technical issues or questions? See our forum.

Thanks,

The Live Framework Team