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From time to time, I find myself lassoing a sacred cow in this Editorial space, dragging it over to the slaughterhouse of rhetoric, and ultimately barbecuing its falsehood over the stainless-steel, six-burner, propane-powered grill of real-world experience. To wit, the current industry obsession with SOA as a panacea for every information system ill from performance to security is, in my humble opinion, a phenomenal load of crap. Now, please don't misunderstand me. I am not saying that there isn't a myriad of benefits to be derived from exposing systems' functionality for access by other automated systems simply by passing XML across industry-standard networking protocols such as HTTP and TCP. Web services are great! If you have to interoperate with non-Microsoft systems, they may be your only option. If you are building a system today and you suspect that some other... (more)

'CLI Day' Shines at Conference

In March I had the honor and privilege to serve as .NET Track Chair for SYS-CON Events' Web Services Edge East Conference & Expo in Boston. It is no exaggeration to say that it was simply the best conference I have attended in several years. The technical content was meaty, the opinions were strong, and the discussions were open - who could ask for anything more? Of particular joy to me was the warm reception with which my long-anticipated "CLI Day" was received by the conference audiences. Miguel de Icaza, CTO of Ximian and founder of the Mono Project to port .NET to Linux, kicke... (more)

.NET Archives: Getting Reacquainted with the Father of C#

In our premier issue, back in October 2002, we ran a full-length interview with Anders Hejlsberg, the Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft responsible for the creation of the C# programming language. Then, in March 2005, we presented a follow-up interview conducted by .NETDJ's editor-in-chief, Derek Ferguson, at Microsoft's Tech Ed 2004 conference in San Diego, California. Here it is again in full. .NETDJ: Between now and the last time we spoke, Borland has entered the .NET space. As an ex-Borland employee who is now one of the most revered .NET icons, what are your thoughts on t... (more)

Book Reviews

Shared Source CLI Essentials I began reading Shared Source CLI Essentials with a rather high set of expectations. I knew that one of the authors, David Stutz, was an ex-Microsoft employee who had recently gone on record criticizing Redmond's attitude toward open source. Another one of the authors, Ted Neward, ran Web sites dedicated to both Java (www.javageeks.com) and .NET (www.clrgeeks.com) virtual machines, and was a speaker at SYS-CON's Web Services Edge 2003 West conference. Finally, the book's editor, Brian Jepson, had assured me that the book was going to be one of the bes... (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)