.NET editor-in-chief Derek Ferguson sat down to talk with Microsoft Software
Legend Chris Sells at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference 2003. In
this exclusive interview, Sells talks about how he became involved with
teaching and writing about Microsoft technologies, how he came to work for
Microsoft, and what it's like to have a hand in the development of the .NET
.NETDJ: Who are you?
CS: My name is Chris Sells, and I am a member of the Windows development
community as well as a content strategist in charge of the MSDN Longhorn
Developer Center Web site.
.NETDJ: What are you best known for?
CS: My boyish good looks (laughs)? ATL Internals - a joint effort between
Brent Rector and me.
.NETDJ: How did that book come about?
CS: I was going to be DevelopMentor's first Java instructor. I was digging
through the Java stuff and a lot of it I liked, but... (more)
In May 2000 I was invited to Microsoft's corporate headquarters in Redmond
for a special "technology experts" summit. At this summit, the forty or so of
us in attendance were given a special sneak preview of a technology upon
which Microsoft planned to "bet the farm," so to speak. They called the
technology "ASP+ Web Methods."
Of course, nowadays we all know these as .NET Web services. The fundamental
technologies upon which they are based (XML, SOAP, SDL, UDDI, DISCO, etc.)
are probably familiar to just about all of this publication's readership in
one form or another.
What ma... (more)
(January 14, 2003) - LaGarde, Inc., a leading provider of e-business
solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announced the
immediate availability of their StoreFront 6.0 e-commerce software. It's
described as a development platform built on .NET that "offers a range of
functionality for Web developers and ISPs to design, deploy, and maintain
full-featured, 'Amazon.com-like' e-commerce Web stores." LaGarde claims that
the StoreFront platform supports seamless integration with Microsoft
FrontPage, Macromedia Dreamweaver, and Intuit QuickBooks and is in use by
(May 6, 2003) - Hoping to provide an alternative for C# developers to
Microsoft's own Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio .NET 2003 products,
Borland has announced the mid-summer availability of their new C#Builder IDE
and the future availability of their Janeva J2EE interoperability product.
.NETDJ recently got the details on these new products in an interview with
Michael Swindell, director of Developer Products and Technology for Borland
and Jamie Sison, director of Business Development and Product Marketing in
Borland's Enterprise Business unit.
The IDE will support the crea... (more)
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!
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
As for the magazine, we have added two members to our editorial ... (more)