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)
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)
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)
.NETDJ's editor-in-chief Derek Ferguson Interviews Scott Guthrie, co-creator
.NETDJ: How did you come to your current role at Microsoft?
SG: I run our Web Platforms and Tools team, which includes ASP.NET as well as
Visual Studio .NET. I cofounded the ASP.NET team with Mark Anders in November
of '97, right after we shipped IIS 4. Mark and I started the next generation
Web application model project and spent a couple of months just prototyping
things. I wrote the prototype of ASP.NET over the New Year's holiday of
'97/'98. We showed off the prototype, got a lot of good fe... (more)
.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
.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)