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Last week, I was happy to spend a few days serving as .NET track chair for the Web Services Edge 2005 conference in Boston. It was the fourth time I had served in this capacity, and the conference continued its proud tradition of improving on itself year-after-year. For me the conference began with the presentation of a brand new talk about Microsoft's SPOT platform. As one of just 10 "outsiders" working directly with Microsoft to create its upcoming PC Channel SDK for SmartWatch devices, this is a topic I'm going to talk about a lot in the coming months. The rest of the sessions in the .NET track were the best ever. Microsoft regional directors Julia Lerman and Carl Franklin joined industry experts Michael Stiefel, Tim Kinslow, and Magenic's own Raj Das in presenting on topics that ranged from servers to clients and everything in between. Attendance at these sessio... (more)

Windows Mobile Version 5.0 Revealed

There has never been an operating system release more important to .NET developers than the release of Windows Mobile Version 5.0. With this release, Microsoft is poised to take your productivity in writing mobile applications higher than it has ever gone before. Rich multimedia capabilities, integrated messaging, and world-class telephony support are just a few of the benefits you will realize when you develop applications for the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform. From the perspective of the .NET software developer, perhaps the most important piece of Windows Mobile 5.0 is its bran... (more)

SPOT from MS: Data Where and When You Need It

(January 13, 2003) - Microsoft has just announced a technology that is sure to represent the most successful step yet towards it vision of "information anywhere, anytime, on any device." Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) will deliver up-to-the-minute stock reports, sports scores, and all sorts of other data directly to personal items as small as wrist watches and cell phones. Interestingly enough, the bandwidth being used to support this technology is the same kind of radio technology that currently supports piped-in music such as Muzak. It will be seen within the next ye... (more)

From the .NET Developer's Journal Archives: A Talk with the Father of C#

In this classic codehead-to-codehead interview with the editor-in-chief of .NET Developer's Journal, Microsoft's Anders Hejlsberg discusses the origins and the future of C#. The interview appeared in .NET Developer's Journal, Vol 1 issue 1 - in October 2002. .NETDJ: Why did you choose to work for Microsoft? AH: I started at Microsoft in 1996. I started after 13 years at Borland and had increasingly had some disagreements with management there about the direction in which the company should go. I felt that they should focus more on tools for developers. Actually, Borland is caterin... (more)

'CLI Day' Shines at Conference

In March I had the honor and privilege to serve as .NET Track Chair for SYS-CON Events' Web Services Edge East Conference & Expo in Boston. It is no exaggeration to say that it was simply the best conference I have attended in several years. The technical content was meaty, the opinions were strong, and the discussions were open - who could ask for anything more? Of particular joy to me was the warm reception with which my long-anticipated "CLI Day" was received by the conference audiences. Miguel de Icaza, CTO of Ximian and founder of the Mono Project to port .NET to Linux, kicke... (more)