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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)

.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)

Linux - Mono - .NET: An Exclusive SYS-CON.TV Interview With Miguel de Icaza

Mono is the leading non-Microsoft implementation of the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) specification. The CLI is the foundation of .NET. Because Mono runs on a number of platforms, it is the main choice today for people who want to run .NET applications on non-Microsoft platforms such as Linux.  .NETDJ's editor in chief recently interviewed Mono's creator, Miguel de Icaza,  directly at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington! .NETDJ: How did Mono come about? MI: I have been working on open source for a very long time. I don't remember exactly how long - maybe sin... (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)

Components and Architecture

Juval Löwy is a Microsoft "Software Legend" and RD, and architect for IDesign, a consulting and architectural services company. In an exclusive interview with .NET Developer's Journal editor-in-chief Derek Ferguson, Löwy discusses the need for an inherently extensible architecture, the importance of a commitment to quality, and the bright future of .NET. -Interviewed by Derek Ferguson, editor-in-chief of .NETDJ .NETDJ: Juval, I know that you are a Microsoft RD - what does that mean? JL: An RD is a Regional Director. I don't work for Microsoft, I work with Microsoft. Specifically, I... (more)