There's another WOAD meeting tonight (Washington Object-Oriented Architecture and Design). Tonight, they have two people talking about .NET. I'll be going to see what it's all about. Here's a the meeting info:
WOAD Wednesday 3/5 - .Net Architecture Overview
Whether you love or hate Microsoft, every architect needs to know about .Net . Space WILL be limited to those who RSVP .
(Washington Object-Oriented Architecture and Design)
WHEN: Wednesday, March 5th, 2003 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Best Western of Rockville (in the Restaurant)
DINNER: Buffet $12.50 (includes tax $ tip - to get the space, we have to eat)
TOPIC: .Net Architecture Overview
SPEAKERS: Dion Hinchcliffe, Thad Scheer & Mike Lastort
Without a doubt the most significant software engineering achievement of calendar year 2002 was the production release of the .NET Platform and its associated development tools. This is a true statement not because .NET belongs to Microsoft; but because it was a slow year in the software industry.
Jokes about Microsoft aside, .NET is colossal and its creation was a tremendous undertaking. .NET brings the industry a new platform, new frameworks, new architecture patterns, new languages, new servers, and new development tools; all integrated and running on multiple operating systems including Linux. If you think it is just Web Services and C# then you have not begun to understand the full extent of the contribution of .NET.
Dissecting this beast is no easy task. .NET is more than a runtime, more than the Microsoft answer to Java, and more than a new way to dynamically generate web pages. .NET is a platform designed from the ground up to support scaleable distributed enterprise architectures. .NET has aggressive security controls burned into the platform and woven throughout its languages and tools. The C# language is more than just a Microsoft-ized implementation of Java. It bakes-in distributed computing, security, design by contract, and enough other things to make Bertrand Meyer (who hates all languages that are not Eiffel) complement the designers and vouch his support for the CLR (he could not quite make himself support C#).
In this WOAD presentation our speakers will introduce the .NET Platform and show its usefulness for enterprise architecture and see why they are certain C# is hands down the best software development language. They will present many interesting new capabilities offered by the platform itself (the CTS & CLR), give an overview of ASP.NET, and then demonstrate its enterprise application architecture capabilities. If for no other reason, come and see how .NET will save the Linux software development industry. Who knows? You might even see us go from a blank screen to a scaleable distributed enterprise application in 10-minutes!!!
About our speakers:
DION HINCHCLIFFE is an independent consultant and mentor specializing in recent advances in software development, architecture and infrastructure technology including .NET, SOAP, COM/DCOM, CORBA, and Enterprise JavaBeans. His specialty is the development, interoperability, deployment, and scalability of these technologies in large enterprise environments. Mr. Hinchcliffe is also a published technical author, is an occasional speaker at software development conferences, and holds various software development certifications. The clients of Mr. Hinchcliffe include T. Rowe Price Investments, where he was chief architect for a several years, as well as Nevada Power Company, National Operator Service, e-centives.com, and most recently GEICO Insurance.
THAD SCHEER runs a premium consulting company (Sphere of Influence) specializing in software architecture and enterprise systems development. He has successfully finished several large projects on-time, building the software to spec and with the best possible engineering. His expertise is with methodologies, process, software engineering, programming, and project management. He is the author of many technical articles, and an occasional lecturer at conferences.
MIKE LASTORT is a software engineering consultant with extensive Windows and web experience, including ASP, ASP.NET, C#, C , and large scale systems integration. He's had a long and varied consulting career; clients have included MICROS Systems Inc where he was principal engineer, Manugistics, the Department of the Treasury, Ruesch International, and is currently consulting for GEICO Insurance.
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Space WILL be limited to those who RSVP