.NET Outside the Box
In the Sept. 1 issue of RDN
, we covered
about Microsoft's secretive Midori project and its implications
for the post-Windows landscape.
In that feature Rockford Lhotka, principal technology evangelist at Magenic
Technologies and a contributor to RDN's sister publication Visual
Studio Magazine, made a cogent and concise observation about the .NET Framework
and its evolution. Said Lhotka:
"First we had DOS. Then we had Windows, which ran on DOS. Then we
had Windows, with DOS emulated inside. Now we have .NET, which runs on Windows.
It is only a matter of time before we have .NET, with Windows emulated inside."
It's a remarkable observation, really, and one that goes to the heart of Microsoft's
sustained dominance in the industry. Microsoft has been able to extrapolate
its core technologies, projecting them forward in a way that both preserves
and extends the company's strategic advantages.
Which brings me to the question of .NET-based development. Since 2001, corporate
developers have grown increasingly comfortable with and reliant on Microsoft's
vision of a managed development infrastructure. But is .NET-based development
poised to break out of the confines of Windows?
In just the past week or so, we've seen both the release
candidate of Silverlight 2 and the final version of the open
source Mono 2.0 implementation of .NET for cross-platform development. Add
the Mono Project's Moonlight effort to bring
the Silverlight runtime to Linux, and developers have multiple ways to bring
their .NET development efforts to non-Windows audiences.
The question is, are developers using these tools, frameworks and resources
to deliver software beyond the traditional .NET/Windows target? And if so, what
kinds of challenges and adjustments are they making in the process?
We want to hear from you. Are you looking at Silverlight 2.0 or Mono as a way
to extend your .NET development efforts beyond Windows? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Michael Desmond on 10/09/2008 at 1:15 PM