It is a good time to be a Developer
It seems to be a relatively good time to be a developer. Lets look at some recent happenings.
- Microsoft. Microsoft continues to pour out Betas and CTPs of .NET 2.0 Framework and Sql Server 2005. Atlas will be coming out in an alpha/ctp format soon. Other items will be announced at the PDC in September. IIS7 is coming down the pike. MS seems to understand how to sell to developers and create the ecosystem for their products.
- Oracle. For the first time in my memory, Oracle has released a copy of a beta version of their database for Windows and is really talking it up. For Oracle, this seems to be a major change. Previously, they seemed to disavow all knowledge of the features of upcoming products. My guess is that 10g Release 2 for Windows will be out at the Oracle World show in September or right after.
- Google. Seems that the google folks have just put out a SDK for their desktop search tool. Also, maps and other tools have sdks to allow developers to hook into. Very nice.