Microsoft Atlas Rated “D-” in Cross-Browser Test

April 22, 2006

The new Atlas Ajax Controls from Microsoft almost flunk out… Fail to support Opera and Safari, among others.

There is simply so much wrong with the current direction of Microsoft's Atlas project, I won't even begin to summarize it all here. But suffice it to say that this looks a ton like the early ASP.Net 1.0 "efforts". Way too much focused around Microsoft's own browser to actually make it useful.

When is Microsoft going to understand that STANDARDS MATTER!?!?!
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Russ Olsen talks about optimiziation

April 21, 2006

Russ Olsen talks about optimization in his newest weblog entry.

In my professional life, I'm only afraid of a few things. John's keyboard, which is coated with that fine patina of brown gunk. A call in the middle of the night saying the app server won't start. And the dreaded request: "Russ, see if you can speed this code up." It's usually code I've never seen. It's probably important, otherwise they wouldn't be worried about how it is performing. And speed it up to what? Still, there are some basics you can fall back on when someone asks you to optimize some code. Here goes…

Russ – we've all been there. The dreaded "can you take a look at this". Thanks for the valid points in your blog posting – what you're talking about is something every developer should keep in mind.

Paul Thurrot shakes things up a bit

April 21, 2006

Paul Thurrot, author of WinSupersite, the legendary Windows-centric opinion/news site, has some news for Microsoft. To put it mildly, he isn't exactly happy with how things have been going over the past couple of years:

Shame on you, Microsoft. Shame on you, but not just for not doing better. We expect you to copy Apple, just as Apple (and Linux) in its turn copies you. But we do not and should not expect to be promised the world, only to be given a warmed over copy of Mac OS X Tiger in return. Windows Vista is a disappointment. There is no way to sugarcoat that very real truth.