Developer Platform Evangelism
Bleurgh. Sorry no offense, but isn't that another name for Marketing?
Whilst it can be argued that being a DPE has a positive role for the company, it really doesn't do anything for the advancement of society, computational science, or any of the spin-off areas.
The way you've described it, DPE is doing exactly what it's supposed to. DPE has nothing to do with "the advancement of society," nor should it.
If there's a perception here (and I'm making an assumption about your stance) that DPE should be picking up more litter or teaching the children to sing - or that it shouldn't exist at all because it doesn't contribute back to civilization - then any negative fallout of that perception is due to an expectation set against irrelevant criteria.
Might as well put a dog to sleep because it won't play Wii with you.
W3bbo wrote:By (aggressivly) promoting the company, isn't it to the detriment of third-party solutions which might be technologically superior, but lost out because Microsoft can afford to put you in that position?
Why do geeks always make Microsoft the focal point of inequality of power in the universe?
What does it even mean to say that "[smaller companies] lost out because Microsoft can afford to put [them] in that position"? How do you afford to put someone in the position of sucking?
In the states, our utilities have traditionally run as what are basically legal monopolies. One company provides your landline, one company provides your gas, one company provides your energy, etc... It's not like that across the board, but it's close enough.
I had a contract with a natural gas company for nearly three years. I got to know the place well. In my second year, I offered to replace their entire marketing department with a pin that read, "Don't like it? Try the other gas company."
There wasn't, of course, another gas company.
Pretty solid. Energy companies were the last I expected to see undermined, but it's happening. There are so many alternative energy companies coming onto the scene now that power is shifting. Portland General Electric is in the business now of buying power back from customers who generate their own - that's how much life has changed.
If a smaller company does something great, there's no reason it can't challenge the bigger player. Besides, people love all that David and Goliath stuff.
But Goliath is always there. Regardless of the industry, there is always a big guy that some people want to topple.
The way you topple Goliath is by outsmarting him. Microsoft is big, but it moves slowly. If you've got something better to offer, then give it.
W3bbo wrote:Kinda sickens me, Zeo...
Zeo - you are offically syrup of ipecac to W3bbo.
Use your power wisely