On the Woes of Working on Enterprise Collaboration Software

Microsoft: “We have wikis in Sharepoint 2007!”
Translation: “We have hacked a SharePoint library to implement ~1/5 of the features that MediaWiki had in beta, and we only support the three percent of bog-standard html tags that our dancing monkey boy intern was able to implement between taking belly shots at the bars in Redmond. Have you seen the Aero-y powerpoint slide that says ‘Wiki!’ and the five shiny buttons on the edit panel yet?”

Of course, it’s my lot in life, and help (perpetually) just around the corner.

August 7th, 2007 | IT, Microsoft, Technology, Web, Wiki | No comments

Impressive List of Languages Ported to .NET Runtime

As Worf would say, most impressive.

A couple of thoughts. First, if you are designing stuff for the long term, going with one of these ports (eg a non-.NET-native language) should be considered. You always have the native runtime to fall back on. The reverse is true of C# thanks to Mono. Second, the .NET programming stack may now be officially certified as robust. Haters now dismissed, lesson over.

April 18th, 2006 | .NET, Computer, IT, Language, Microsoft, Technology | 6 comments