I Got It Wrong

In the past few months I have been arguing that Microsoft would finally be delivering on .NET across the board in its software technologies – Office, Application Servers, Longhorn, and Longhorn Server. I got it wrong.

In a series of reports on .NET Framework, Microsoft Watch – confirmed by Infoworld has raised the following key issues:

1).NET is having key backward compatibility issues with .NET 1.1 further complicating tight SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and especially Longhorn schedules;
2)More importantly, Longhorn will be built only partly on .NET. This means that not only will WINFS, the new filesystem for LongHorn, will be a tack on – but so will the total security and reliability that .NET Managed code delivers to LongHorn. And even downsized, Longhorn is still a very ambitious project with a presentation layer rewrite in the form of Avalon and Collaboration/Controller/Messaging framework in Indigo(assuming these do not scale back too) . Indigo without complete .NET is most problematic because it forays deeply into the untested and security-vulnerable waters of Web Services and network-communication integration;
3)Visual Studio 2005 also is not all its cranked up to be – leaving out key XAML/Avalon plus Indigo designer and development capabilities. Worse, Visual Studio 2005 may have a lot less .NET coding in itself and what it delivers as deployment capabilities to users.

My apologies to readers
– I had assumed that Longhorn was going to be the big watershed changeover to .NET. This was when .NET would deliver all its security, gone-with-the registry, exceptional reliability, cross device rationalization, etc, etc. Instead it appears LongHorn is going to be … well uhhhh …. somewhat of an upchuck … a dogs breakfast of development tools, APIs and frameworks all kaleidoscoping in out of use, obsolesence, and migration timing to make your head spin. Hopefully the backroom leger-de-main will be totally transparent in terms of the features and performance of LongHorn.

By the way if you believe the last statement – Joel Spolsky has a bridge in his borough up for sale at a bargain price.

(c) JBSurveyer 2005