Survey: Does Microsoft confuse you?
Getting ready for the Silicon Valley Roundtable next week, after digesting the latest news in Microsoft's war with open source, thinking about their roadmap. They want to pull developers into DotNet, take that as a given. They lost a lot of developers to Java and open source. Indisputable. Now they start a PR campaign against open source in the hopes of wooing some of the developers back? Hmmm. Serious developers like romance and money, not bluster and threats. Imagine if you were courting a woman and she already had a boyfriend. You can't win her heart by calling the other guy a virus, a cancer, or Pac Man. Hint: Try flowers and candy. Tell her she's irresistable.
Robert Palmer: "She's so fine there's no telling where the money went."
In yesterday's piece: "There's no example of an adversary of Microsoft's who truly zigged to their zag, took advantage of the opportunities they left behind, the unserved constituencies." Another hint. Those are HTML developers. Designers, writers, geeks who create apps that run in the browser. Like Matt..
Matt Haughey: "It's tough out there, I'm hooked on the web, this is what I want to do for the next few decades. I was here before the money came raining down from the sky and I know the passion will stay long after it's gone, but it's hard to stand out against the other recently laid-off applicants." (Matt's resume.)
Survey: Does life confuse you?
ZDNet asks Do Java programmers really need SOAP?
Sun's Anne Thomas-Manes recommends that Java developers do use SOAP. There's already a lot of interop. Get out from behind the wall of RMI and integrate with apps written in other languages and environments.
Fortune: "All this makes Bill happy. And when Bill's happy, Steve is happy. And when Bill and Steve are happy, the whole company seems to hum."
The Bay Area's natural air conditioning kicked in last night. This morning it's cold! Brrr. Feels so good.
That's the good news. Now for the bad. At 5AM, just as the sun was coming up, with all the windows open, the house fills with skunk smell. The air was cool but it stunk like a skunk.
Steve Gillmor interviews Adam Bosworth on the future of XML. "If someone sends you a SOAP message and you want to know how to send them back a message, there's no standard yet to say how to send them something back."
Hey Adam! Check out the <cloud> element in RSS 0.92. Sneaky eh, kind of like WSDL, but simple.
Google now has an image search.
MacHack: "'Hey, Steve! Wait until you hear about this great idea you just had!"
Matthew Rothenberg: "Most of Adobe's core graphics applications will be Carbonized in their next major revs."
SJ Merc: Microsoft Pitches Developers.
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