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forty-fivePLEASE SIR MAY I HAVEA LINKER?

If I were paranoid, I'd say that Microsoft doesn't really want to make development tools for systems or application developers who might compete with their core business; they really just want to make development tools for IT departments building custom vertical software where there's no potential business for Microsoft. But that would be paranoid. Please sir may I have a tin foil hat?

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2004

For some reason, Microsoft's brilliant and cutting-edge .NET development environment left out one crucial tool...a tool that has been common in software development environments since, oh, about 1950, and taken so much for granted that it's incredibly strange that nobody noticed that .NET doesn't ...

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