September 2003 - Posts
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That's what happens when one doesn't test function return codes. In the .NET world, I would have advised to use some try...catch blocks ;-)
So, this is the first real post in the new category "From France" that I announced in my previous post. Before I dive into the list and details of our currents actions and plans, I wanted to reply to the feedback on this annoucement.
First of all, the posts on this will stay in English. To me, it looks obvious that weblogs.asp.net has an international dimension, and that it implies that bloggers here post in English.
In fact, in the .NET Evangelism division here, we're seriously thinking of creating public French speaking blogs, where French evangelists, and RD, parters and MVP could run their own blogs. There's somehow a consensus about this, but to be honest, this project has a very low priority in our tasks lists, including in mine.
Let's go back to our local news. If you're interested in MSDN Seminars, Visual Studio .NET Labs, ISV Empowerment, Unlimited Coding, ... See this story.
Well, it's not an easy task every day to have something interesting to blog about .NET when:
- You are not based in Redmond,
- You work for Microsoft,
- and as a consequence, you have to follow the corporate rules.
So, I decided to add a new post category to my blog and talk you about the initiatives and events that we are preparing in the French sub .NET and the platform evangelism, with a special focus on ISVs (my primary role at MS) and Communities, in which I'm involved for a while. These posts will be written in UBL, the "Universal Blogging Language" (aka English ;-)) but will talk about things that are going on here in France.
If you're not interested in, simply disregard this category ;-)
Well, I'm not usually doing those tests like the Matrix Persona or the OS Personnality, but this one being more serious, I decided to play the game. Finally, I'm ENTP, and I really think that I need to think more ;-) Some of the description seems very accurate, that's an interresting experience.
"Both at work and at home, ENTPs are very fond of "toys"--physical or intellectual, the more sophisticated the better." Well, that's really me !
When the description doesn't match too much what I think of myself, I simply try to convince myself that since English is not my mother tongue, I may have missed the subtles in some questions, and so the result is not 100% accurate ;-)
The electronic version of the IIS 6.0 Resource Kit book published by MS Press is available as a free download. Separate word files for chapters, or a complete ZIP file containg the whole book. More than 900 pages. A must have...
To be honnest, I don't. Or to be exact, I do not code anymore to develop applications. I'm now a .NET Evangelist at Microsoft France for two years, and I code only to produce demos and labs, and a quite large part of my coding time if for playing with the new technologies and APIs to stay current.
My preferred language is C#. No surprise, I'm a former C/Unix developer, and VB.NET syntax is not natural to me. As Eric Sink said - and he said it much better than I'm going to do it - I'm 36, so getting quite old and C# *may* be one of my last languages. What makes me sad is that I'm not sure I can write more lines of C# than the number of C I wrote during about 6 years.
On the other hand, with .NET, the KLOC is not a good metric anymore ;-)
Well, those guys at TheServerSide.com are just too funny. They must have forgotten how uncomfortable they felt when they were accused by the "J Community" to have sold their souls to the big Evil, now they're making fun of it about another study.
That said, I was not aware that using Java could cause colon cancer. I thought it had to do with the brain... but I can be wrong ;-))
Robert Scoble points to an article on Yahoo - reprinted from NewsFactor - talking about Java versus .NET.
In this article, the author says that SUN may be Java's worst enemy because the JCP is too slow to process the 200+ pending standard proposals. The article contains a quote from John Rymer, a vice president with Forrester Research saying that "[The JCP] is too complicated and broad, and moving slowly, Sun needs to figure out a way to focus and prioritize.".
I'm not sure SUN is to blame for this situation, "It's by design" (c) (TM). I mean that the task is way more easy for Microsoft to enhance .NET and make it evolve quickly, by being a single actor. The JCP is made of a long list of ISVs and various actors of the software industry. That's a natural situation that the among the 200+ proposals are overlapping topics, and that some proposals are more meant towards the benefit of it's authoring company than towards the Java community.
In sum-up, I'm sure that .NET will quickly gain in maturity as compared to Java, even if the later is about six years older.
As usual, include a standard disclaimer [HERE] since this is only my own, personal thoughts, and doesn't reflect my employer's position.
This information is not new, but...
We all have seen movies in which computer scenes show - for various reasons - fake operating systems, with big icons looking like a Playskool computer. I had not noticed it, but in Matrix Reloaded, Trinity uses nmap to hack a computer controlling a power plant. More details on this and screen captures on insecure.org.