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AMI
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hi all,

What you think about the future of IT? What about the future of XML?

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Thread Started 10/30/2001 5:34:00 PM
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The next wave of application development both for desktop applications and web applications will center around OO, SOAP, and XML Web Services. Now that Microsoft has "finally" become a true OO development company any non-OO tools will be considered "legacy" tools. This includes Paradox, Access, VB 6 and earlier (but not VB.NET because it is OO but is really a new product), etc.

Here are two predictions:

I'm confident of this first prediction. There will be confussion about .NET and open standards caused by Microsoft's desire to take over everything. For example, Microsoft introduced XML Web Services and is pushing it exclusively on the Windows target platform. However, even before Microsoft could release their first tool capable of XML Web Services, Borland released Delphi 6 for Windows and Kylix 6 for Linux both of which do XML Web Services even better and easier than .NET.

Now here's a little bit less of a solid prediction. Microsoft is pumping so much money into .NET that many (at first) will be confused and consider .NET the way and the only way to develop for the Windows platform. MS .NET will receive wide acceptance at first primarily because MS will confuse developers with mixing the .NET platform with open standards like SOAP and XML Web Services. After the dust settles, .NET will remain a solid development choice but not the only choice for Windows development.

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Thread Started 11/7/2001 6:44:00 AM
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Prestwood is big on Borland Delphi and other Borland products. However, no one can ignore Microsoft. Microsoft .NET and specifically Visual Studio .NET will be very successful. We will continue to do VB work (legacy VB 6 and earlier as well as new VB.NET work). I believe there will be a huge market for developers that can translate a VB 6 or earlier application to VB.NET or C#.

VB 6 and earlier is dead. Microsoft is killing it in favor of VB.NET. That's a good thing, not a bad thing. At the Microsoft Dev Days this week, the VB speakers all said they were going to C# (not VB.NET). I found that pretty strange. Also, with Visual Studio .NET the syntax you choose doesn't really matter. The four languages for Visual Studio .NET from Microsoft that you will see first are Visual C++, C#, VB.NET, and the just announced J#. C# is C++ like and J# is JAVA like. J# isn't Java (it has nothing to do with virtual machines). J# is a .NET language that is based on the Java syntax. It's intention is to pull developers like you from Java over to Visual Studio .NET. You'll see many other third party vendors release .NET languages in the coming months.

I'm hoping Borland will release a Delphi .NET version of Delphi. It should be pretty easy for them to do. They just have to write a CLR compatible compiler. That's my hope. Delphi is still and will continue to be the best, easiest, fastest, and most powerfull way to build Windows AND Linux applications (with Kylix).

For us, the question of what tool to use is centered around the target platform. For example:

Windows = Delphi or Microsoft .NET (we favor the more stable and robust Delphi but will do projects with Visual Studio .NET)

Pocket PC / Win CE = Visual Studio .NET

Linux = Kylix

Windows / Linux = Delphi and Kylix

Palm = PocketStudio

Cross-platform = Java (but only if true cross-platform is required. For example if both Windows and Mac or Unix is required.)

Web Browser = first choice is the more common HTML and JavaScript. If you can't do the task with them, then a Java applet is just fine.

Public Web Server = Doesn't really matter as long as what is served up can be viewed on the target browser. This means for "public" web sites, avoid all those IE specific features (no exceptions). Use the tool of your choice (ours is Delphi using XML Web Services).

Intranet Web Servers = For intranets that will require IE 5.5 than it's fine to tie yourself to IE specific features. However I would question the architecture because in that situation the application should probably be a Windows application (more robust and easier to develop).

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Post ID #4262 (Level 1.2)  Reply to 4208
Reply Posted 11/8/2001 8:32:00 AM
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Thanks for your reply Mr.Prestwood.

Now, I would like to request some advise from you for me.

I have already posted an introduction about me (in Member Introductions), but again fyi:

"Hello everybody,
This is Idrees from Malaysia currently working as a developer for one of govt. projects. We are developing a portal.

We are developing using Servlets/JSP/EJB, Oracle8i, iPlanet Application Server. Recently, we have included XML, XSLT into our architecture.

I have an heterogenous past, have worked in different environment and jobs in India and UAE. This is my first full-fledged Programming job. And, I am a Sun Certified Java Programmer. Meanwhile, I am learning VB.

Itz nice to meet you all here. Hope to share and get some knowledge through this forum."

Now, since we've been hearing lots of retrenching stuffs world-wide, I am worried and confused Confused about my future (since my contract with the present employer ends in mid-Feb. 2002). I am desperate to survive in the market, as a computer professional.

All I require is a piece of advise as which way to head?, who are the most-wanted IT guys?.. and so on... Sorry, I am posting this message in the wrong board, but thatz 'coz I have an idea that XML will be the future...

Thanks in advance. :)
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Post ID #4252 (Level 1.3)  Reply to 4208
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Thank you for your timely advice Mr.Prestwood. Now I have some idea. Lemme hope something good for me in the coming months (hopefully with Delphi or VB.NET - I think I'll catch up with these soon).

Thank you again.
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