NOTES FROM THE FIELD: Angry MS developers mouth off

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: Angry MS developers mouth off

I'm pleased to report Amber liked the Harley. We spent last Saturday cruising the hills of "SiliValley" and to my surprise hardly talked IT at all. And for you folks concerned about her privacy: Yes, she knows who I am. I realise talking about her will require a degree of sensitivity. Now I know how Microsoft's Department of Justice spokesperson must feel.

Beta bugs

Speaking of Microsoft, which of course we all love to do, I received a communique from an unhappy Microsoft beta tester.

Technical beta testers know you must fork out $US13 to have Visual Studio.Net shipped to your door, but apparently they were not informed the update was coming. On various discussion groups, testers are whinging because they can't even download the software to do Microsoft's work for them. To make matters worse, many beta testers have been receiving their software more than a month after a product's public release. "It's no wonder so many bugs pop up after release," my spy mused.

Place in the Sun

Meanwhile, the light finally dawned on archrival Sun Microsystems, as the company discovered the awful truth: Few developers use Java Server Pages (JSP). Rather, many use that quiet achiever, the ugly-duckling language Perl.

On its Solaris Developer Connection site, Sun posed the question, "What language do you use to develop Web-based client applications?" The responses went like this: Perl, 41.3 per cent; JSP, 19.9 per cent; C/C++, 14.2 per cent; Linux script language PHP, 11.2 per cent; Microsoft Active Server Pages, 8.8 per cent; and other, 4.3 per cent. Check it out for yourself at index.jshtml - if they haven't taken it down yet.

Domain name game

And while we're surfing things Web-related, another spy reports some not-so-kosher profiteering at Network Solutions. The domain name registrar offers a service where it will "watch" selected domain names for just $49 for three years and register them to new owners as soon as they become available. In an ideal world where Network Solutions could keep up with workload, an expired registered domain would be removed from the database and made available for re-registration by another party. With the expiration date no longer an accurate indication, "the $49 fee becomes a requirement for someone who is waiting patiently for Network Solutions to do its job," my spy reports.

"Too many people tend to treat us the same way IT men are treated, but we are different," a woman in IT wrote. That reminds me. I better see if Amber likes Star Wars or Star Trek. We might have a problem, Houston. Just kidding.

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