Letters from Readers
What You Want to See
In the March Frameworks column and a related Desmond File blog post, Editor in Chief Michael Desmond asked what readers of Visual Studio Magazine would like to see more of in the months to come. Here are some responses.
I'd like to know what features get removed in each Visual Studio version -- a fine comparison of each version with not just additions, but removals as well. I don't think the latest Visual Studio 2010 version constitutes progress at all because of its bloated Windows Presentation Foundation underpinnings.
Visual Studio 2010 has a lot of extensions and add-ins. It would be great to give tips on their purpose and how to use them.
It's one thing to be able to write beautiful code. It's another thing to properly configure Windows Server domains and security, .NET security, SQL Server, IIS, virtual machines, SharePoint and so on. Can we have articles that provide good instructions on how to configure everything properly?
.NET developers need to design interfaces similar to the movie "Minority Report." A tour of the Kinect SDK would be great.
Redmond's Open Source Strategy
A reader responds to Mark Michaelis' VSInsider column, "Copy and Paste: Redmond's Open Source Strategy" (March 2011), commenting on why Microsoft delivers homegrown solutions for functionality that are already available via open source.
There's one other reason that I can think of that Michaelis failed to mention: ownership of intellectual property. Microsoft could put itself into a serious liability situation if it were to include nominally "open source" code into the products it sells. By developing its own solutions, the company avoids this risk.
This story was written or compiled based on feedback from the readers of Visual Studio Magazine.