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.NET Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson sat down to chat with Microsoft Software Legend David Chappell at the recent Professional Developers Conference 2003. In this exclusive interview, Chappell talks about how he came to focus on Microsoft technologies, and why he enjoys teaching and speaking about new technologies. -Interviewed by Derek Ferguson, .NETDJ Editor-in-Chief .NETDJ: I'd like to start off by having you tell me a little bit about yourself, please. DC: I am a speaker, writer, and consultant. I talk about technology - how to use it, when to use it, why to use it, and where to use it. My audience is developers, architects, and IT decision makers. For the past decade or so, I've been focused on Microsoft technologies. .NETDJ: Why Microsoft technologies? DC: I spent the first 10 years of my career as a Unix guy, until something happened that abruptly changed my pa... (more)

When the Mission Truly Is Critical

.NET Developer's Journal Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson recently chatted with John Gomez, CTO of Eclipsys. In this exclusive interview, Gomez talks about the role of .NET in mission-critical software for the health-care industry, and how he merged his love of technology with his interest in health care. .NETDJ: Tell me about yourself. JG: I'm the chief technology officer for Eclipsys Corporation. At least that's what our Web site says. Day-to-day, I'm the lead geek for a team of very talented and passionate software engineers, product managers, quality assurance and test engineers... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: "SOA Sucks"

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 b... (more)

Using the Enterprise Instrumentation Framework

The Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 and Windows Server 2003 offer a number of new features to help developers instrument their code.  In this session, we'll learn about the challenges facing application management in today's distributed world. We will: examine the new unified instrumentation API in the Enterprise Instrumentation Framework (EIF) explore the new Windows Event Tracer available in Windows Server 2003, configurable at-source event filtering see how request-based event tracing using EIF allows you to put a request context around the trace messages that map to a business ... (more)

MS + AT&T = Enterprise Wireless Breakthrough

(August 1, 2002) - In a joint announcement made yesterday, Microsoft Corporation and AT&T Wireless announced plans to cooperate on a number of new wireless data initiatives. The first of these initiatives will see AT&T Wireless beginning to sell Microsoft's Pocket PC Phone Edition Edition before the end of the year. AT&T is also slated to begin selling Microsoft's SmartPhone devices as soon as they are released -- most likely, early in 2003. Microsoft and AT&T Wireless are also working closely together to ensure that many Microsoft applications will be ready to use "out of the b... (more)