The future of VB.NET

by Sander Gerz July 19, 2005 14:50
Not too long ago, Anders Hejlsberg was interviewed by Microsoft-Watch. An interesting story as such, but not so much as this recent post by Bill. He certainly knows how to convey a message without saying it out loud.

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Demoware... get creative

by Sander Gerz July 06, 2005 09:03

There have been many technical sessions I've been to over the last 3 years. What's beginning to strike me is that the demoware most of these sessions show contains the traditional artifacts of orders and customers. Sometimes it's a bank. But seriously, how many order processing systems have you built? I believe most of these types of applications are no longer designed and built from scratch.

Sure, it's only a sample, and you need to map the knowledge to your own daily work, but sometimes that's just too hard. I would love to see more creative sampleware. The same old order/customer samples just get boring. Any suggestions?

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Tech-Ed Europe and trying to keep up with two blogs

by Sander Gerz July 04, 2005 17:36

For the occasion of Tech-Ed Europe I've setup a separate weblog, in Dutch. Unfortunately, it's very hard to keep up both weblogs while attending the conference. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with one weblog. But I'm going to give it a try.

Today marks the beginning of Tech-Ed Europe, with the entire day filled with so called pre-conference sessions. The exhibition area is not open yet, so one might argue that the convention actually starts tomorrow. Well, who cares.

The good thing about the pre-conference sessions is that you can watch and listen the entire day attending one specific track. Fortunately, these tracks are divided into different sessions, so if you decide to switch tracks, which I did, that's easy to do. You may miss, however, the in-track transition from one subject to the next, which I did. The architecture track started out a bit vague and more business than technology oriented. While business modeling certainly is required stuff if you are to do some enterprise architecting, this is not my focus, at least not until I'm > 40. So I switched to the ASP.NET 2.0 track. This track, however, was simply a showcase of all the new and nice ASP.NET 2.0 controls and APIs. Most of these I've already heard about and seen, and if necessary one could always check the docs.

So, back to the architecture track. The session turned out to be a bit more interesting with the demonstration of the Guidance Automation Toolkit. This is a very neat tool to implement the elements of a service oriented architecture in your Visual Studio .NET (2005) solution. I did have a bit of a flashback, since it reminded me of the tools delivered with EDRA, formerly known as Shadowfax. I never got around to it to using these tools in full effect, and I wonder what would happen with the GAT if the team that develops it goes of to do other projects. What about (end user) support? What if we find bugs, and we know that there are bugs in the GAT. The toolkit looks pretty powerful but if there's no guarantee that it will keep working, why would I invest in it. As far as I know, developing a service oriented architecture and implementing it with the right tools is not something to be done in one begin-end 6 month project. Is it?

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