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  • Wow, killing off TechNet is stupid

    @Bass:

    , Bass wrote

    *snip*

    If you don't mind sharing what kind of stuff do you do (or rather, what do you want to do)? Work for banks/finance? Technology startups? Academia (ie. research type stuff?)?

    Also what general aspect of computer science interests you most?

    This kind of stuff IMO has an influence on what is the best technology stack to invest time in.

    Perhaps we should take this discussion elsewhere but I enjoy answering / sharing. First and foremost I LOVE to build things that people can REALLY use - and make a good living doing it. I've done considerable work in banking/finance and manufacturing and device control systems; almost exclusively "Line of business (LOB)" applications. Not into academic or research stuff unless it's in support of building something people can REALLY use.

    That said, I have opportunities to build web-based applications and I am - at the moment - looking for a full-stack alternative to the Windows / SQL Server / ASP.Net suite that currently "puts food on my table". It seems noteworthy that customers with whom I interact are overwhelmingly and emphatically opposed to cloud solutions. Their web needs are typically customer facing "bolt-ons" that expose select internal data they simply will not trust to the cloud (I sense this that is softening a bit but for now it's my reality).
       
    So, again, I've got CentOS / Oracle / JEE (still wavering a bit on Oracle but shying away from MySQL). It's the higher-level Web Application framework I am finding hard to sort out.

    Thanks for asking Smiley

  • Wow, killing off TechNet is stupid

    Re: Linux is my TechNet replacement.

    19 hours ago, fanbaby wrote

    *snip* The stack is huge, I don't know how to teach it:

    1. Editor (vi is the best choice, always there. I never mastered it) 
    2. POSIX API
    3. C/C++
    4. SH scripts
    5. makefiles or build systems (100's here, autotools are not so good, mildly)
    6. SCRIPT language

    Thanks Fanbaby. At the risk of being somewhat off-topic. I got that. Where I am struggling is at the higher level of abstraction - a la .Net and ASP.Net. To me CentOS / Oracle / JEE seem like good choices but for Web Application frameworks I am finding it much harder to choose. The options seem fragmented. It is important to me that my selections 'have legs' (marketable and maintainable).

    I will bow out now as it's not my intention to offend anyone here at MS. It's been a great run and MS technologies still put food on my table. I just feel I must hedge my bets.

  • Wow, killing off TechNet is stupid

    Linux is my TechNet replacement.

     

  • Wow, killing off TechNet is stupid

    , giovanni wrote

    @ScottWelker: ...it I understand you correctly, you describer more a personal lab for learning and experimenting than the testing environment that seems to be described in the TechNet license agreement.

    All of the above but, moot point now. Moving on. Yet another in a long string of MS decisions driving me (and my kind) away.

    EDIT: I don't expect MS to shed a tear. It is clear they are going a different direction. They are - of course - well within their right to do so. I honestly believe they are harming their future customer base but my crystal ball is a bit hazy.

    Smiley

  • Wow, killing off TechNet is stupid

    , giovanni wrote

    @ScottWelker: Can you elaborate please?

    I don't really have time for a cogent response so I'll just note that my subscription enabled me to skill up and maintain on my own time and in my own 'lab'.  I am rarely done and prepared to tear down within the "free trial" periods (note the plural here). In my world projects spin up, idle, then pop back to the foreground (or not) based on external demands over which I have no control.

    Without a doubt MS benefits from the ability of those like me to support (and sell) their products - cost effectively. However, it is increasingly clear MS does not value this. I am painfully and slowly coming to terms with this new reality. Reluctantly, I am forced to evaluate my ability to advocate and support alternatives that I can cost effectively support.

  • Wow, killing off TechNet is stupid

    , giovanni wrote

    @wastingtimewithforums: ...with free trials becoming more and more common I see very little need for TechNet. 

    --

    Not comparable.

  • So, is Surface RT a failure yet?

    , vesuvius wrote

    *snip*

    I was grilled in the Board room a while back on why I had suggested WPF for a project when the hyperbole began.

    For what its worth I absolutely love Windows and the ecosystem, and I did not choose, I feel I was forced to because there are no firm road maps from Microsoft for business.

    <sigh>

    MS! Why hast thou forsaken... us

    (with apologies for the blasphemy)

  • Wow, killing off TechNet is stupid

    , Harlock123n​ew wrote

    *snip*

    Oh you mean like Silverlight? We have been destroyed by that little change in course. 

    Feel your pain brother. Feel your pain :`(

  • Wow, killing off TechNet is stupid

    @Bass:

    , Bass wrote

    *snip*

    ...if you are going to develop solutions on top of proprietary software where the license terms and costs can change at any moment, don't be surprised when they do.

    Yep. Time to re-think.

  • So, is Surface RT a failure yet?

    , vesuvius wrote

    @Charles: ... Business feels let down ...

    Hear hear.