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(January 13, 2003) - Microsoft has just announced a technology that is sure to represent the most successful step yet towards it vision of "information anywhere, anytime, on any device." Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) will deliver up-to-the-minute stock reports, sports scores, and all sorts of other data directly to personal items as small as wrist watches and cell phones. Interestingly enough, the bandwidth being used to support this technology is the same kind of radio technology that currently supports piped-in music such as Muzak. It will be seen within the next year in over 100 cities throughout the United States and Canada. ... (more)

Developer Against 'The Machine'

Last night, I solved a problem over the phone in three minutes that had been plaguing a fellow developer for three days. Moments like that are what I live for as a developer. Boatloads of money are all fine and good, but the ego boost of defeating "The Machine" is what really does it for me. Well, it'll suffice until the boatloads of money arrive. Speaking of which, I'm reading a fascinating book coauthored by Ben Stein, called You Can Time the Market. One of its key points is that there hasn't been a stock market worth investing in since 1985. If that's true, I won't hold my br... (more)

IBM's DB2 UDB .NET Data Provider Previews in Beta

(February 27, 2003) - The IBM DB2 Universal Database .NET Enablement beta program is now underway with the IBM DB2 UDB .NET Data Provider as the first technology available for preview. This beta program is open to all programmers interested in developing applications that use the Microsoft .NET Framework. With this beta, you can develop high-performing WinForm, WebForm, and mobile WebForm applications using the ADO.NET API. These applications can be developed to work with data managed by DB2 Universal Database V8.1 servers running on Windows, UNIX and Linux servers as well as DB2... (more)

The Next Generation of CLI

The issue of this magazine that you now hold in your hands represents a landmark of truly historic proportions. Never before in the realm of .NET media has any magazine dared to focus an entire issue on the topic of non-Windows CLI implementations. For many of you, this will be your very first glimpse of technologies guaranteed to dramatically change the way in which you work. For others, the very existence of this issue should be seen as the ultimate vindication of all the long hours you have labored unsung ­ building the next generation of CLI. If you aren't familiar with the ... (more)

Bill Gates Announces Final Release of the .NET Compact Framework

(March 19, 2003) - In a move to turn as many of the existing seven million Visual Studio .NET developers as possible into developers for the Pocket PC and other Windows CE devices, Bill Gates today announced that Microsoft was officially releasing the .NET Compact Framework. This launch lifts all of the licensing restrictions which had previously been placed on .NET Compact Framework code, which was made previously available as a part of the Visual Studio .NET 2003 Final Beta. "This is a really big event for us," Ed Kaim, Microsoft's product manager for the .NET Mobile Platform t... (more)