Time to rejoin the pack

Over the last 4 to 6 ish years that Microsoft computing has been relatively stagnant, I've invested a lot of time in "branch solutions". For example, I don't use ASP.NET Webforms – I use MonoRail. As a result I've had an equivalent of master pages for years now. While this was a great solution at the time I made the decision, it now means I've strayed a bit too far from the pack to really know what's going on. Sure, I know the marketing pitches for all these new technologies almost backwards (I even present on some of them), however I don't use these new technologies. Well, it's time to see what's out there and spend a few weeks in "official land".

What I was offered What I used instead What I'm installing now
Windows XP Windows XP Windows Vista
Office 2003 Office 2003 + lots of addons Office 2007
ASP.NET 1.1 WebForms MonoRail ASP.NET 2.0 + Atlas
ADO.NET 1.1 ActiveRecord other options?
MSN Messenger Trillian + Skype Windows Live Messenger
MSIE6 Flock + Firefox Flock + MSIE7

I've also decided that it's time to start seriously kicking around with WPF, WF, WCF, WCS and all the other cool bits that are starting to fall from the heavens.

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3 thoughts on “Time to rejoin the pack

  1. So Tatham, have you stuck with ASP.NET 2.0 + Atlas? If so, I’d love to see follow-up entry which talks more about the things that you miss from MonoRail.

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