Do you have a .NET Passport identity? You may not realize it, but chances are
reasonably high that you do. If you have a HotMail or MSN account, Microsoft
assigned a Passport identity to you automatically. Microsoft claims to have
more than 160 million users registered in the Passport identity service.
Pretty soon you'll need a Passport ID to have any interaction with Microsoft.
In December 2001, quite a few gamesters were surprised to discover that their
old accounts at the Microsoft Zone gaming site wouldn't work without a
Passport ID. Microsoft also requires a Passport ID to join MSDN, to register
for a Microsoft seminar, or to access Microsoft's node in the UDDI public
registry. The new Windows XP Product Activation (WPA) system uses Passport by
default. You can also use your Passport ID to log in to your XP system.
So just what does a Passport identity do for you... (more)
When discussing Web services, most people tend to focus on the core Web
services framework (the standards and protocols) and the applications that
you can build with the framework. Although I have no trouble waxing profusely
on these topics, I get even more jazzed when I start to think about
infrastructure-level Web services. (I know. I need to get a life.)
Infrastructure-level Web services are Web services that implement part of the
distributed computing infrastructure. They help other Web services
communicate. In particular, these services make the Web services framework
more ... (more)
Hype is a very useful marketing tool. You come up with a new idea, something
with real potential. You go out and raise awareness, you evangelize about how
this new technology will revolutionize business. If you market it well, you
create a buzz. The next thing you know, you've got lots of people talking
about it. New businesses start popping up. Money starts to flow. Suddenly
you're on your way to endless riches...at least for a little while.
But there's a problem with hype. If you're not careful, the idea will get
exaggerated. Expectations can get totally out of hand. What starts... (more)
I was quite amused by a series of articles talking about the battle between
Java and .NET that appeared in mid-January. One article said that Java has a
two-to-one lead over .NET based on an informal online poll. Meanwhile, in an
article entitled "Outlook: Java tech trends through 2004," Mark Driver at
Gartner claimed, "Microsoft's emerging NET platform will continue to garner
most of the vision and mind share for Web-services-based development
efforts." And in an article entitled, "Enterprise Java Bulks Up," Thomas
Murphy of META Group said, "The lack of standards support will n... (more)
IBM and Microsoft recently launched another Web services-related effort - the
Web Services Interoperability Organization (www.ws-i.org), or WS-I for short.
Its charter is to promote Web services interoperability across platforms,
operating systems, and programming languages. I, for one, view
interoperability as absolutely critical to the success of Web services
technology. I don't think I'm alone in the view, since more than 60 companies
joined the consortium within the first week. Obviously the formation of this
group is a "good thing."
So I was a bit amused by the immediate de... (more)