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Blog Archive for pbrittan during September 2003

One valuable capability of open standards is to let customers decouple application decisions from infrastructure choices. I recently spoke at a technology conference as a part of a panel, and one question from the audience was about which open standards were most important. My response was that there are many important open standards, but that one crucial capability that customers are looking...
Avalon gives Microsoft an opportunity to demonstrate its leverage over the user experience and to shake up competitors. There is a lot of buzz in the Microsoft community these days in advance of the first public educational events around 'Avalon', one of the many new pieces of the Longhorn version of Windows. Avalon is the new Windows API, and it apparently represents a major jump in UI...
Web Services are a way for Microsoft to leverage the existing base of J2EE without having to do anything to support Java explicitly. In his article, "Why Microsoft needs IBM this time around", Mike Ricciuti argues that "Microsoft needs IBM to legitimize .Net and its entire development plan as a truly cross-platform strategy." While I think that both IBM and Microsoft sincerely want to make a...
Industry gurus claiming that technology no longer matters to Corporate America may be drawing the wrong conclusion from the wrong evidence. Just wanted to let everyone know that I wrote an article titled Building software that matters that was published on ZDNet today.
If the IT industry wants to be more like other, mature manufacturing industries, then large vendors need to be willing and able to integrate and resell software components as easily as they do hardware parts. We’re exhibiting at Oracle World in San Francisco this week. Yesterday, I watched Scott McNealy give a keynote address. It was as entertaining as always. One of the points he made, which...
Speculation on a strategy for Microsoft to co-opt Linux Pardon the title. I'm not actually calling anyone stupid. Just couldn't resist co-opting President Clinton's '92 campaign theme. While writing my previous blog entry on .NET on Linux, I started thinking about what makes up an operating system. Certainly there is the kernel, there are system services, and there is the developer API....
What do you think about when you write Java? I recently came across this blog entry, Java vs. .Net developers, in which the blogger, Steve Noel says: "Mickeys [developers who use Microsoft technology] in general are very happy with the latest new tools thrown at them from Redmond, and very generalized also look slightly happier. Java developers on the other hand have a slightly more weary...
Could Microsoft co-opt Linux? I have read a number of articles and blog entries speculating about whether or not .NET will catch hold on Linux and on what it would mean if it did. Much of the speculation centers around whether Microsoft will put out its own version of .NET for Linux, but there is also a lot of discussion of Mono, Ximian’s version of .NET on Linux, which has been released...