Saturday before last I attended a Microsoft eXtreme event.
The trip report is at:
You might want to read this over. A few highlights:
1. Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration. Just like with
Windows 2000, we see eBooks and the Pocket PC as being the
result of collaborations on a large scale. The latest
Steven King novel is only available in eBook form
(I failed to mention that). When the Pocket PC is
launched in two days there will "suddenly" be thousands
of eBooks to be sold for it. Not to mention several
different hardware vendors.
2. The Microsoft Reader is rising as a key component. The
community knew it was coming as early as 1998. We can
expect to see it appear as an ActiveX Control supplied
with the MSDN subscription, so serious VB developers
upgrade to this technology quickly. How long will it
take the Ada community to have an Ada-based component
like this when we still don't have even an Acrobat PDF
Reader component (which has been with the VB distribution
for more than a year)? Part of the reason I put a
VB/Ada section under Special Reports on the new ASE CDROM
is to show that we can join with this movement and
exploit its technology while still basing our programs
3. Expansion into embedded applications (Windows NT Embedded
and Windows 2000 Embedded). There are a dozen
Windows 2000 Operating Systems coming out in 2000 and 2001.
Is Windows 2000 Real-Time far behind?
4. Reliability is a key theme, backed by many, many independent
testimonials. Whether or not it really IS that reliable
is not something that most managers will be able to
determine through the hype. From what I have seen, I
believe it IS that reliable, but only time will tell.
While we also believe that Ada leads to more reliable
code, where are the testimonials that management will
listen to? Hand waving and pointing at code will not
win them over.
One thing also interesting to note is the play on emotions.
Hearing all of these testimonials can make some wish to join
just based on them without really looking at it. Back that
with the article in the New York Times Magazine this weekend
about the $21.8 BILLION that the William H. Gates Foundation
contributes to charity and humanitarian causes, and you end
up feeling that buying Microsoft is the *right* thing to do
as well as the business-sense thing to do. Note that this
article appeared in the New York Times ... who do you think
will read it?
Something to think about.
Principal Investigator, Reuse Tapestry