Interviewers: Scott Swigart and Sean Campbell.
Interviewees:Blaine Wastell and Glenn Block.
In this interview with Blaine Wastell and Glenn Block of the Patterns and Practices Group at Microsoft we asked them about:
The OSI has approved the two Microsoft software licenses, the Microsoft Reciprocal License, and the Microsoft Public License. This makes all the code on Microsoft’s CodePlex site (Microsoft’s equivalent of SourceForge) official open-source software, as much of it is licensed under the Microsoft Public License (formerly the Microsoft Permissive License). It also means that things like Microsoft’s Ajax Control Toolkit is open-source (with the inherent ability to fork, etc.)
According to Scott Guthrie, Microsoft will make the source for the upcoming .NET Framework 3.5 available under the Microsoft Reference License. This isn’t an open-source license (i.e. you couldn’t fork the code), but it is still a “good thing” in that developers can learn from the source and have an improved debugging experience with the ability to step-into the framework code.
Update: It seems that this isn’t seen as happy news by all. There’s an article on eWeek that’s just too irrational and frothing to pass up, claiming that this is all a ploy by Microsoft to kill Mono. As Microsoft is officially supporting Novell’s efforts in porting Silverlight to Linux (on top of Mono), the evidence would indicate that Microsoft is doing this to support .NET developers, and not as some clever conspiracy to kill off Mono.
Interviewers: Scott Swigart, Sean Campbell, and Richard Bowler
Interviewee: Phil Costa
In this interview, Scott Swigart, Sean Campbell, and Richard Bowler interview Phil Costa who is the Director of Product Management for Flex and ColdFusion at Adobe, with responsibility for product definition and strategy of the Flex product line. Prior to joining the Flex team, he was product manager at both Macromedia and Allaire and led XML and Internet middleware research at Giga Information Group. Phil has a Master’s degree in English from Boston University and an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.
In this interview, Phil talks about Adobe’s decision to open-source the Flex SDK. In specific, Phil talked about: