.Net users gather

Local adopters of Microsoft's .Net have been busily discussing the technology in cyberspace, though the near-term aim is to meet each other in the real world.

Local adopters of Microsoft’s .Net have been busily discussing the technology in cyberspace, though the near-term aim is to meet each other in the real world.

For the past three months Lukas Svoboda has been running a mailing list aimed at developers and architects of Microsoft’s .Net web services development platform.

Svoboda, technology chief at development house Orbiz, plans to turn the mailing list site, www.dot.net.nz, into a .Net portal with information and related links. In the next few months he also hopes to set up an Auckland .Net user group which would meet on a monthly basis.

The 150 people on the list range from staff at small development companies to employees at large systems integrators and outsourcers such as EDS and Datacom and a few IT managers. Svoboda says the knowledge level of people on the list varies from those who are just new to the technology and looking for guidance to those who have been using betas for more than a year. The mailing list is independent of Microsoft although it does include some Microsoft technical staff who give unofficial support and advice.

Hot .Net topics of discussion are building web services, “remoting” and ASP.Net. “Web services is a way of distributing your logic and giving people easy access to that logic anywhere in the world. It has been made very simple to do that with the .Net development tools.” Remoting, he says, is creating three-tier or multiple-tier applications in .Net. It’s more useful in an internal environment, Svoboda says. “ASP.Net is doing web development with .Net.”

Despite the .Net interest, Svoboda comes from an object-oriented development background of Java and Delphi. He has worked for Greenwood Technology and the Advantage Group.

“I started looking at .Net last year and thought it was a pretty major revolution for developing in Microsoft technology.”

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