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.NET Resources and Links

Welcome to the .NET portal. Here you will find an exhaustive set of annotated links to .NET resources. If you know of something that should be listed here and isn't, or would like to suggest a new category, just drop us a note.

Featured link | Sample Chapters from Wrox Press | News

Basic information | .NET Language implementations | ASP.NET
SOAP, XML, Web servives | Assessments, competition, controversy

(For convenience, some links appear in two sections.)

Featured link

http://www.wrox.com

The home of Wrox Press - Programmer to Programmer

 

Sample Chapters from Wrox Press

ASP.NET Intranet Programming

Chapter 2 - The IBUYSPY Portal Architecture

ASP.NET Security

Chapter 7 - Windows Authentication

Professional .NET Network Programming

Chapter 7 - Multicast Sockets

ASP.NET 1.0 with VB.NET

Chapter 1 - System.Web

ASP.NET 1.0 with C#

Chapter 9 - System.Web.Services

Beginning VB.NET
Second Edition

Chapter 7 - Building Windows Applictions

Professional C# -
Second Edition

Chapter 9 - Data Access with .NET

Professional C# -
Second Edition

Chapter 19 - Graphics with GDI +

ASP.NET Distributed
Data Applications

Chapter 3 - Accessing XML Documents

ASP.NET Distributed
Data Applications

Chapter 5 - Working With Down Level Clients

 

News

What's new in Beta 2

Beta 2 of .NET, made available in June, includes a number of significant differences (such as the replacement of SDL by WSDL) and additions. This page will be useful to anyone who started working with .NET from beta 1 or earlier.

ComputerWorld: Users hold back on plans for .NET

According to ComputerWorld, representatives of large companies are still skeptical of Microsoft's .NET release plans.

Visual Studio.NET beta 2 to ship at TechEd

Ignoring naysayers, Microsoft is accelerating the release schedule of .NET. The beta 2 versions of .NET and Visual Studio.NET were made available in June.

John Markoff article: Internet critic takes on Microsoft

David Winer, maintainer of the influential Davenet site, accuses Microsoft of hijacking the standards process as part of its .NET effort. (Access note: the site requires registration, which is free.) Winer now states, in rather strong terms, that Markoff misrepresented him.

Hailstorm announcement

The newest Web Services announcement.

Microsoft.NET Developer Training Tour

This intense two-day training course will equip developers with the foundation skills for building XML Web service and application with VS.NET technologies. Starting with a sample application, you will be lead step-by-step through building an entirely new intranet application accessing existing XML Web services on the Internet. The training includes 16 modules covering all areas of .NET development.

RSVP Code for .NET Experts -- gh444

 

Basic information

The complete draft .NET standards

ECMA is standardizing key elements of the .NET offering. You will find all the current documents here as part of the .NET Experts site.

Basic Microsoft .NET page

From the source!

.NET download

The place to go if you want to download beta 1 and see for yourself.

Basic Visual Studio.NET page

The blueprint for the open-language development environment that will be the developer's primary interface to .NET.

The Mono project

An open-source implementation of .NET, based on the ECMA draft standard!

.NET overview by Leon Erlanger

A useful introduction to .NET and its competitive situation. (Yes, it's a Java Server Page.)

The significance of .NET, by Bertrand Meyer

General presentation of the technology and its meaning for the industry.

VSJ Magazine's .NET site

An impressive effort to provide serious, impartial technical information on .NET.

Dotnet user groups

A worldwide listing of current .NET user groups (temporarily unavailable)

.NET books

Not that many books yet, but expect the list to grow quickly.

More .NET resources

One of the most complete resource centers.

DevX's Guide to .NET

Another useful resource center.

.netWire's .NET news

A useful source for .NET news. Updated daily.

 

.NET Language implementations

APL for .NET

Press release only.

Introduction to C# on .NET

A good overview of one of the principal .NET languages.

Component Pascal for .NET

Component Pascal implementation. The language compiled is actually the same as Oberon (see entry below). This site is particularly interesting for John Gough's paper comparing his experiences retargeting the compiler to both the Java Virtual Machine and .NET, the most interesting comparison we have seen of the two virtual machine architectures.

COBOL for .NET

White papers describing Fujitsu's impressive effort to make COBOL available under .NET. Very informative.

Eiffel for .NET

ISE's site devoted to the .NET implementation of Eiffel, one of the first compilers to take advantage of the multi-language capabilities of the framework. White papers and online demos with downloadable source code.

Oberon for .NET

Oberon is the last language designed by Niklaus Wirth as a successor to Pascal and Modula-2. This page describes its evolution for .NET. See also the Component Pascal entry above.

Python for .NET

One of the first language implementations under .NET. Not much information on the Web page, but the tools is available for download.

Smalltalk for .NET

The link to .NET papers was broken the last time we checked this site, but we saw the papers earlier so they will most likely be brought back.

Visual Basic.NET: recent changes

A striking example of the difficulties of language evolution, and what the backward compatibility issues mean when you have six million users.

 

ASP.NET

ASP vs. JSP

For background information only: compares JSP to ASP, not ASP.NET.

 

SOAP, XML, Web services

The official SOAP submission to the World Wide Web Consortium

Quite clear for an official specification.

Basic Microsoft SOAP page

Microsoft's view of SOAP

Web service resource

A resource center that goes beyond .NET to cover Web service technologies from both Microsoft and its competitors: SOAP, UDDI, Sun One, HP Netaction.

SOAP Web services

"A list of all known SOAP / Web Services that are ready to be consumed by your applications".

The WSDL specification

A joint submission by Microsoft and IBM, the Web Services Description Language is intended to be the standard for describing Web services. Not the easiest document to read, but presents a crucial (although so far little hyped) component of the technology.

 

Assessments, competition, controversy

Picking a Winner: .NET vs. J2EE

A good independent comparison of the two major frameworks.

Sun's recent Sun One announcement

A definite flavor of also-ran. See also the original announcement.

.NET overview by Leon Erlanger

A useful introduction to .NET and its competitive situation. (Yes, it's a Java Server Page.)

Sun's Web policy

Forrester's assessment of Sun's future: definitely bright. Compare with next.

Sun's Web policy

Meta's assessment of Sun's future: definitely dark. Compare with previous.

"The truth about Sun"

All that Microsoft wants you to know about Sun.

John Markoff article: Internet critic takes on Microsoft

David Winer, maintainer of the influential Davenet site, accuses Microsoft of hijacking the standards process as part of its .NET effort. (Access note: the site requires registration, which is free.) Winer now states, in rather strong terms, that Markoff misrepresented him.

Sun's response to delegates

Of historical interest: a 1997 white paper by Sun lambasting the notion of "delegate" introduced in Microsoft's Visual J++ and used again in the .NET object model. Does a lot to explain the climate of systematic hostility to outside contributions that made something like .NET inevitable.

John Gough: Stacking them up

An excellent practical comparison of the .NET and JVM virtual machine architectures and their adequacy as target platforms for multiple languages, based on the author's experience with retargeting his Component Pascal compiler for both.

J2EE and .NET: Two Roads Diverge in XML

A brief comparison of .NET and J2EE from internetnews.com.

 

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