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Derek Ferguson

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Someone once said, "You can never be too rich or too thin." I've been thinking a lot about this statement lately, but possibly not in the sense in which it was intended. Specifically, I - like many of you - have been watching the stream of announcements coming out of Microsoft's recent Professional Developers Conference (PDC) with great interest and excitement. As I have watched them, however, I have carefully noted the balance between rich functionality (Parallel Development, User Experience improvements, etc.) and thin client footprint (Web Development, AJAX, etc.) in Visual Studio 2010. It is my belief that the first developer platform to make parallel computing an inherent, intuitive part of its coding model will win - yes, actually win - the platform wars. As someone who works in an industry with a sometimes overly zealous approach to application performance, ... (more)

Perspectives on Past, Present, and Future

As we approach the one-year anniversary of .NETDJ's preview issue, it seems like a good time to consider the recent past, present, and near future of our platform, our magazine - and your humble editor! The Past For me, the past few months have been incredibly busy! Last month, I spoke at two conferences in Europe. The first was the Mobile Workforce Solutions conference (www.mobileworkforcesolutions.com) in London. The second was the Bluetooth World Congress (www.ibctelecoms.com/bluetoothworldcongress) in Amsterdam. As for the magazine, we have added two members to our editorial ... (more)

.NET DJ Exclusive: Betting on Managed Code - Q&A with S. Somasegar, VP, Developer Division, Microsoft

.NET Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson sat down to talk with Microsoft's S. "Soma" Somasegar in Chicago recently. In this exclusive interview, Somasegar talks about Microsoft's new Partner program; the future of the .NET platform, in both the short and long term; and how Microsoft has learned from the open source community. .NETDJ: Tell me about your role at Microsoft. SS: I am currently corporate vice president for the Developer Division. I've been in this role since the beginning of the year - two or three months. .NETDJ: What did you do before your new position? SS: I joined Micros... (more)

Visual Studio Tools for Office 2003

The following editorial will have little or nothing to do with the content of this issue. Admittedly, it will be about development and, in fact, it will be about development using .NET. However, I will leave it to Patrick Hynds, this issue's Guest Editor, to focus your attention on security - which is the primary topic of this issue. For further information on this, please see his Guest Editorial. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with yet another case study in what I like to call "COM Wrapper Insanity." This is a phenomenon whereby one attempts to use technol... (more)

InRule Review

I have, in the past, worked on a few software products that were years ahead of their time. As it turns out, being years ahead of your time in the world of Information Technology is not necessarily a good thing. You wind of spending a lot of your time convincing prospective customers that they have a need for software like yours, rather than simply convincing them that your software represents the best choice in an already-established market segment. Therefore I am sure that when I asked, "Why on Earth would anyone need a system just for business rules," it was neither the first n... (more)