So Microsoft was a sponsor at JavaPolis and before you even read the rest of this entry let me tell you it was a non-event.
The Microsoft presentation was not ground breaking, both content and
speaker. Microsoft has plenty of excellent speakers, Alain is just not
among the best ones (sorry, I didn’t find him entertaining as advertised). His presentation was basically two fold:
1/ After telling the crowd he was disappointed with the attendance (it wasn’t that
bad), Alain went on to a “You know, J2EE and .Net are not that
different…” pitch forgetting things like UML vs. DSL and claiming
“Everything is object-oriented at Microsoft”. One of the first slides
mentioned Tim Gray’s keynote earlier that day (not a typo, Alain pronounced it twice)! Come on, Alain, meet Tim Bray. Ever heard of XML? Maybe that didn’t put me in a positive mode for the rest of the presentation….
2/ More technical stuff on how to integrate the two technologies. I was
expecting something focused on Web Services integration (WS-I Basic
Profile and .NET/JWSDP interop), but instead it started off with big and little endian issues (doh!), and didn’t touch on CORBA-based integration (using for instance this or this).