Thanks for atttending! Now that its all over, we can tell
you what we really did do!
Microsoft SA invite you to arrive a little early and attend a sponsored
workshop on aspects of their new .Net technologies. This will run on the
afternoon of Thursday 27th June, starting with lunch at 1.15pm, and
presentations in the afternoon to end by 5pm.
"Designed by academics for their peers"
The key .Net technologies will be presented and assessed strategically for
business, teaching and research opportunities. These include the integrated RAD
development environment (Visual Studio.Net); the use of standardized XML and
its derivatives to promote B2B interoperability via middleware net services;
the ADO.Net data model which advances our existing models of data access; a
tight integration of the technolgies into web development; and the safety of
the "managed" execution environment.
For implementors:Rotor is the codename for Microsoft's SSCLI - the
Shared Source Common Language Infrastructure which is provided under a Free-BSD
style licence for non-commercial use. The approximately 2 million lines of
source code (including C# and JSCRIPT compilers and the managed execution
engine) provides an industrial strength kickstart for research into
just-in-time compilation, garbage collection, compilers, assemblers,
disassemblers, debuggers, language interoperability, platform portability,
security, software engineering and so on. It runs on Windows XP and Free-BSD
Our Microsoft-sponsored Internet Cafe at the Fish River Sun will have .Net
and the Rotor installed, so you will also be able to test-drive .Net or take a
peek at the source code in Rotor. (No, there will not be practical assignments
for the delegates who sign up, and it will not be examinable!)
You must register for the workshop to allow us to cater for lunch and
refreshments, and to prepare any handouts. This reservation can be made by
simply ticking the box on our SACLA online registration form.