Open Source

Wouldn't a Shared-Source Windows be Great?

I've been writing a lot about open source and Microsoft lately. Ryan Rogers, a Microsoft employee, wrote a post back in July on that subject. It has drawn a lot of attention, but I wasn't blogging back in July, so I didn't see it until now. He suggests something beyond anything I had imagined - a free open source Windows OS. Go read his post here.

Microsoft Should Financially Support Open Source Projects

I left Jason Matusow a comment on his article about the Microsoft Open Specification Promise.

Jason Matusow graciously replied here. Jason, thank you for taking an interest in this topic. I think these issues are important to Microsoft as well as to the community of .NET developers. Jason also replied to my comment on his blog with some good points in a follow up comment.

Microsoft's Open Specification Promise

Everyone seems to think the Microsoft Open Specification Promise is a good next step for the company. It sounds good to me too.

w.bloggar is back

w.bloggar is back. That's good news. (Windows Live Writer isn't working so well for me.)
However, now I see that the Wikipedia entry for w.bloggar is being considered for deletion. I personally feel the entry should be kept. If you feel the same way, head on over to Wikipedia.

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Will Ruby PHP Python or Perl Overtake Java and C#?

JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby all have a lot of momentum right now. No doubt, they each have strong following, and dynamic languages as a whole are stronger than ever. How far can these languages go? eWeek has a good article discussing this question here. Most experts think there are serious limits to how far they can go in overtaking languages like C#, Java or C++ for large scale development.

Anders Hejlsberg says they lack scale. "Dynamic typing only scales so far," he said. "When you get into really big projects, it's problematic."

Historically, he's right. The eWeek article goes on to quote John Lam, a principal consultant and partner at Toronto-based ObjectSharp Consulting.

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