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)
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.NETDJ: What is your official title and department?
Don Box: I am an architect in the Distributed Systems Group. I am responsible
for the protocols and the plumbing that we do in that group. I'm on an
architecture team, so the responsibility is distributed, but basically five
other architects and I work on the WS-* protocols, Indigo, and the stuff that
leads up to Indigo, such as work on ASMX and Web Services Enhancements (WSE).
.NETDJ: How did you get started in computer technologies... (more)
I will always remember obtaining my advance copy of this manuscript, as it
required a walk from my hotel room in lower Manhattan to the W Hotel in Times
Square. The trip was well worth it, however! I began leafing through the
manuscript on the train back home and didn't even go to sleep until I had
read the entire first half. I finished the remaining half in the morning
before we arrived in Chicago. When a book is this good, you don't even need
the 21 days promised by its title.
The book begins with virtually no assumptions about the reader's previous
development experience. Thi... (more)
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)
.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
-Interviewed by Derek Ferguson, .NETDJ Editor-in-Chief
.NETDJ: I'd like to start off by having you tell me a little bit about
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 ... (more)