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Derek Ferguson

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The issue of this magazine that you now hold in your hands represents a landmark of truly historic proportions. Never before in the realm of .NET media has any magazine dared to focus an entire issue on the topic of non-Windows CLI implementations. For many of you, this will be your very first glimpse of technologies guaranteed to dramatically change the way in which you work. For others, the very existence of this issue should be seen as the ultimate vindication of all the long hours you have labored unsung ­ building the next generation of CLI. If you aren't familiar with the term CLI, then let me provide a very brief introduction to the term and its history. CLI stands for Common Language Infrastructure and, in common usage, is used to refer to that portion of .NET covered by so-called "open standards." Specifically, ECMA (European Computer Manufacturers Associa... (more)

Exclusive .NET Developer's Journal "Indigo" Interview with Microsoft's Don Box

Related Links: .NET Developer's Journal Editor-in-Chief Named Microsoft "Most Valued Professional" .NETDJ: What is your official title and department? Don Box: I am an architect in the Distributed Systems Group. I am responsible for the protocols and the plumbing that we do in that group. I'm on an architecture team, so the responsibility is distributed, but basically five other architects and I work on the WS-* protocols, Indigo, and the stuff that leads up to Indigo, such as work on ASMX and Web Services Enhancements (WSE). .NETDJ: How did you get started in computer technologies... (more)

New CACHÉ 5 Delivers Real-time Analytics for Transaction Processing

(September 23, 2002) - InterSystems Corporation has recently announced the launch of version 5 of their object-oriented database system, CACHÉ. This database is considered to be faster than either Oracle or SQL Server and is the leading database within the healthcare industry. It is most often used "behind the scenes" by ISVs as a licensed part of their own software's infrastructure. Points of interest to .NET developers: 1) CACHÉ has its own language and IDE for creating stored procedures within the database. However, the language is very similar to Visual Basic 6 and the IDE ... (more)

.NET vs J2EE Benchmark: Getting to the Heart of the Issue

(November 20, 2002) - Late last month, the Middleware Company published a report called "The Petstore Revisited: J2EE vs. .NET Application Server Performance Benchmark." This report marked the first time that a non-vendor and J2EE expert has attempted to objectively compare and contrast the performance characteristics of .NET with those of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE). The tests were conducted by the Middleware Company at Microsoft's labs, following Microsoft's acceptance of the Middleware Company's challenge to prove their earlier claims about .NET performance. To keep the p... (more)

Borland Brings Application Life Cycle & J2EE Interoperability to .NET

(May 6, 2003) - Hoping to provide an alternative for C# developers to Microsoft's own Visual Studio .NET and Visual Studio .NET 2003 products, Borland has announced the mid-summer availability of their new C#Builder IDE and the future availability of their Janeva J2EE interoperability product. .NETDJ recently got the details on these new products in an interview with Michael Swindell, director of Developer Products and Technology for Borland and Jamie Sison, director of Business Development and Product Marketing in Borland's Enterprise Business unit. The IDE will support the crea... (more)