Letters to Redmond
Letters@Redmondmag.com: September 2006
Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft and self-criticism, basic security measures and mobile productivity.
I think Joanne Cummings is trying to roll up a review of four distinct (yet
related and somewhat interdependent) technologies into a single Visual Studio
2005 (VS 2005) review [see the July 2006 Reader Review, "The
800-Pound Code Gorilla
- Writing CLR code for SQL Server is really a feature of SQL Server 2005,
not VS 2005. Having VS 2005 does make this a lot easier, though.
- The dearth of documentation about the large number of classes is really
a commentary on .NET Framework 2.0, rather than VS 2005 per se.
- VSTS is clearly a completely separate product offering from Microsoft that
obviously helps you leverage an investment in VS 2005, but it's really a separate
technology from VS 2005 itself.
- The remainder of the comments are more narrowly targeted to VS 2005. While
I agree with most of them (like the fact that debugging is much improved),
I do have to suggest that at least some of the negative performance comments
targeted at VS 2005 are really the result of configuration choices that are
easy to change. For example, you can easily address the speed at which the
integrated help loads by simply changing the "use online help first"
to "use installed help content first."
I do agree with the premise that VS 2005 contains a huge volume of capabilities that many developers will only be able to really scratch the surface of before the next release of the product. After all, that's what happens when you develop a product designed to be everything to everyone (at least in the Microsoft-specific universe). There are some people who will use some of the capabilities while others will choose to use different capabilities.
Just my two cents.
New York City, N.Y.
Mary Jo Foley is overly generous [see the July 2006 Foley on Microsoft, "How
to Fix Microsoft in Five (Not So) Easy Steps"]. Microsoft has no ability
to self-critique and act on lessons learned about its own character. It has
proven that time and time again. Like Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and Ken
Lay, they are the first victims of their own sickness and will be their last.
A Basic Approach
The amazing simplicities that Ira Winkler continues to point out [see "Reach
Out & Hack Someone," June 2006] are amazing. People in the IT field
continue to overlook basics we feel people should already know. I feel that
Ira's basic approach to physical security has to be the greatest in the world.
I've read his book, "Spies Among Us," and it was truly amazing how
much I learned that I should've already known, implemented or, at the very least,
given serious consideration. Ira is not only a prolific writer but also an amazing
presenter. He grabs your attention. Never pass up the opportunity to read one
of his articles, books or see him speak. You are guaranteed to learn something
On the Go ...
I've been reading your magazine for more than seven years, including when it
was MCP Magazine, but never did I enjoy an issue so much as Redmond
Editor at Large Michael Desmond's "Productivity
on the Go" article was so enjoyable and so useful. Thanks so much.
Simi Valley, Calif.
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