Archive | February 20, 2003

Top Developer Program?

An interesting survey, reported by ComputerWorld, conducted by Evans Data Corporation found that 40% of developers preferred MSDN. A plurality, not a majority. I wonder what the other choices were, and how a “non-program” like the Open Source Bazaar, can even be represented in such a survey. Truth in disclosure: I am an MSDN Universal subscriber, as well as a registered Oracle, Java, and IBM Developer. Personally, I prefer Google. Survey: Developers choose Microsoft’s MSDN as top developer program. An Evans Data survey finds that more than twice as many developers selected Microsoft’s program as best overall than selected any other program.

Ouch! Customized Plato and DTS SQL Server 7 applications might be in trouble!

Microsoft touted the Plato (Multi-dimensional analysis or ‘cube’) technology, as well as the scriptable Data Transformation Services, as key features of the SQL Server 7 product. Now, CNET is reporting that “Ruling threatens developers’ wallets. In a ruling that could force royalty fees on some developers working with Microsoft’s SQL Server 7 software, a judge says the software maker can’t sublicense another company’s patents to SQL Server customers.” Microsoft is going to get squeezed here and be forced to pay up for its developers, or the product is in big trouble.

One of the Universal Truths of Computers

“Although my computer engineering students believe in binary, I believe that luck and magic control computers.” Graham K. Rogers relates his harrowing tale of computer repair. We have all been there.

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