Java Devs React To Middleware Co's Site for .NET
The Middleware Company, creator and manager of TheServerSide.com, a leading online community for enterprise Java/J2EE devs, has launched a .NET version of its site to present and discuss architectural and development/integration .NET issues.
TheServerSide.NET is the first non-Java project launched by The Middleware Co. since its founding in 1998. It will be operated independently from its TheServerSide.com Java/J2EE community, Middleware Co. COO Tyler Jewel told IDN. "Our goal is not to recruit Java developers to use .NET, but we do want to expand our communities to appeal to all users of enterprise middleware," Jewel said.
The .NET community will have a separate editorial team from the current Java/J2EE edit teams that manage TheServerSide.com, Jewel added. On that note, Ted Neward was named editor-in-chief for the new .NET community. Neward brings a mix of Java and .NET skills and perspective to the job. On the Java side, Neward has served as an expert group member for the Java Metadata JSR (JSR 175), and is the author of Manning Publishing's Server-Based Java Programming. On the .NET side, Neward is a Microsoft MVP and co-author of two top O'Reilly .NET titles: C# in a Nutshell and SSCLI Essentials (which stands for "Shared Source Common Language Infrastructure"â€¦aka Rotor).
TheServerSide.NET's approach to content will follow TheServerSide.com Java model, picking up notable news and technical case studies from other IT sites and adding its own technical content, including .NET design patterns and beta releases from Microsoft's Patterns and Practices Group.
"Developers start with the architecture first and implementation second," Jewel said, who comes to The Middleware Co. from a stint at J2EE app service vendor BEA Systems. "At TheServerSide.NET we're focusing on bringing .NET architecture perspectives and patterns, not just lower-level tech tips."
Reaction from Java Devs -- Good, Bad and Ugly
Given their longstanding roots in the Java/J2EE community, TSS execs were sensitive to the reaction of Java devs to their .NET community launch.
"Given our historical focus on J2EE, this announcement may come as a surprise. There may even be opposition from a small and vocal minority within this thread. However, our commitment to the J2EE community is just as strong. The launch of TSS.NET is not a reduction of our commitment to the Java community; it is simply the next step in our vision to serve developers of all technology backgrounds; Choosing NET for our next community is an independent business decision based on the large and growing number of enterprise developers using .NET," TSS said in a statement.
While Jewel also emphasized that the new TheServerSide.NET would "not attempt to draw Java developers to .NET," early comments from Java/J2EE devs, however, suggest that some Java devs would welcome learning more about .NET as it gains momentum.
Here is a short list of comments from TheServerSide.com's Java community about the launch of TheServerSide.NET:
Not surprisingly, not all Java devs are enthusiastic about TSS.NET:
Devs can reach TheServerSide.NET.