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)
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)
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)
Shared Source CLI Essentials
I began reading Shared Source CLI Essentials with a rather high set of
expectations. I knew that one of the authors, David Stutz, was an
ex-Microsoft employee who had recently gone on record criticizing Redmond's
attitude toward open source. Another one of the authors, Ted Neward, ran Web
sites dedicated to both Java (www.javageeks.com) and .NET (www.clrgeeks.com)
virtual machines, and was a speaker at SYS-CON's Web Services Edge 2003 West
conference. Finally, the book's editor, Brian Jepson, had assured me that the
book was going to be one of the bes... (more)
.NET Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson sat down to talk with Microsoft's S.
"Soma" Somasegar in Chicago recently. In this exclusive interview, Somasegar
talks about Microsoft's new Partner program; the future of the .NET platform,
in both the short and long term; and how Microsoft has learned from the open
.NETDJ: Tell me about your role at Microsoft.
SS: I am currently corporate vice president for the Developer Division. I've
been in this role since the beginning of the year - two or three months.
.NETDJ: What did you do before your new position?
SS: I joined Micros... (more)