Morning Coffee 79

  • Soma announces PopFly, the “fun, easy way to build and share mashups, gadgets, Web pages, and applications” from the Non-Professional tools team. The PopFly team blog has some videos. Sounds vaguely like Yahoo! Pipes, but cooler. While most of the focus is on their browser-based mashup creator, they also have VS support for the non-non-professionals among us.
  • Eric Nelson suggests that the new Dynamics CRM systems is actually a LOB application platform in it’s own right. More details in Ben Riga’s MIX session. (via Gianpaolo)
  • Sam Gentile is worried that C# is becoming to complex, especially when you also consider how fast the platform is moving underneath. When you get your head out of the debugger for a second and look at the Big Picture, it certainly seems overwhelming. Is it just a question of getting used to it? The first time I fired up the 2002 alpha and looked at all the classes in the BCL, I had the same overwhelmed feeling, but eventually I got over it. Or have things just gotten too big and move to fast now? If so, it’s time for some new layers of abstraction…
  • Udi Dahan writes about building testable services. Testability has to be a core consideration when building anything, but especially a reusable framework. I’ve had similar thoughts about language design. How do you unit test a DSL?
  • Roberto Medrano of SOA Software thinks “maybe 20 percent of IT folks understand SOA and half of the rest think they do”. Personally, I think most IT folks don’t agree on what SOA is or should be. Furthermore, we don’t even have a common lexicon to discuss it, so we end up talking past each other and arguing about topics we agree on. I think Roberto is really saying is “most people are wrong because they don’t agree with what I think SOA is”. (via Jack van Hoof)
  • Jeffrey Snover talks about the virtuous cycle of .NET language support. His point is that time spent learning .NET pays off as you transition between system programming (C#, VB.NET), shell programming (PowerShell) and script programming (IronPython, DLR). I’m not sure I would break them down that way, but his point spot on.
  • Clemens Vasters experiments with the new BizTalk Services with a sample called TweetieBot. I agree 100% with his point about the assumption of centralization will be challenged by the federation of personal services.


>Sam Gentile is worried that C# is becoming to complex, especially I didn't say that or at least I didn't mean it that way One thing for certain is that C# is becoming a more complex language, not so simple and ****whether thats a good or bad thing is up for debate.*****