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Derek Ferguson

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Someone once said, "You can never be too rich or too thin." I've been thinking a lot about this statement lately, but possibly not in the sense in which it was intended. Specifically, I - like many of you - have been watching the stream of announcements coming out of Microsoft's recent Professional Developers Conference (PDC) with great interest and excitement. As I have watched them, however, I have carefully noted the balance between rich functionality (Parallel Development, User Experience improvements, etc.) and thin client footprint (Web Development, AJAX, etc.) in Visual Studio 2010. It is my belief that the first developer platform to make parallel computing an inherent, intuitive part of its coding model will win - yes, actually win - the platform wars. As someone who works in an industry with a sometimes overly zealous approach to application performance, ... (more)

.NET vs J2EE Benchmark: Getting to the Heart of the Issue

(November 20, 2002) - Late last month, the Middleware Company published a report called "The Petstore Revisited: J2EE vs. .NET Application Server Performance Benchmark." This report marked the first time that a non-vendor and J2EE expert has attempted to objectively compare and contrast the performance characteristics of .NET with those of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE). The tests were conducted by the Middleware Company at Microsoft's labs, following Microsoft's acceptance of the Middleware Company's challenge to prove their earlier claims about .NET performance. To keep the p... (more)

.NET-Based StoreFront 6.0 E-Commerce Software Available Now

(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 mor... (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)

Outsourcing Viewpoint: The Future of Our Profession

I am new to consulting. For the past eight years, I have worked as a full-time software developer with a couple of startups here in Chicago. Joining Magenic Technologies - a Microsoft-platform consulting company - has been a change of pace for me, both in terms of no longer working for a startup (we're currently celebrating our 10th year in business) and in that I now move from client to client on a much more regular basis. In the context of my new career as a high-end consultant, I have had an epiphany about global outsourcing and its impact on the profession of software develo... (more)