Dutch dotNET meeting
Few, what a drive (a total of 5 hours)! I just got back from the Dutch dotNED meeting where we learned about Model View Controller & .NET/J2EE integration where I couldn’t connect the two in a single presentation, but that should be fine. According to Hassan Fadili interoperability “just works”. What a relieve :D
Sander van de Velde demonstrated Delphi ECO (Enterprise Core Objects), cutting edge technology from Borland. I had a little chat with Sander afterwards where he explained a bit more about ECO. ECO forces developers to work model centric (MDA) where most of the nowadays object relational mapping frameworks lean against data centric development. LLBLGen Pro for instance is at its best by first designing your data model in conjunction with your use case scenario’s and then map against classes. I now know Delphi 8 is an interesting alternative for developing on top of the .NET platform. So I suggest MS to start fixing those nasty IDE bugs in VS.NET 2003, otherwise you have one less customer ;)
Finally Marc van Gulik had a few things to say about .NET Remoting. He had Advanced .NET Remoting by Ingo Rammer (great book, a must have, we already knew that Michiel) laying demonstratively right next to him which was definitely the base for his talk. Unfortunately he didn’t explain why we should use remoting in this SOA hyped world. Why we want, and in some scenarios need complete transparency for our objects (see OAenterprise, our product which does a great job doing so). I asked him about what could possibly cause this nasty bug I had earlier this morning by throwing custom exception via remoting boundaries on top of 1.1. I’ll blog about that later. It appears to be a configuration issue related to security.
And Peter was there as well, and made a few shots!