Around twelve years ago, the .NET web-based tech stack was most definitely ASP.NET Web Forms, and maybe ASMX web services. A few years after that came WCF and its associated SOAP, XML, and endpoint configuration madness. Silverlight made a brief hyped-up appearance then disappeared. Then came ASP.NET MVC, with Stack Overflow being its very successful poster boy.
Nowadays, interestingly, AngularJS (with Bootstrap, of course), has become part of the .NET web dev landscape. It doesn’t hurt that it interoperates very well with both ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Web API. More and more, the cool stuff is being done in JS, with C# being relegated to mere data retrieval.
I think that once it becomes easy and straightforward for Node.js to connect to SQL Server, with internet tutorials everywhere, things could start looking very different at the back end as well.
You know you’re old when kids open Windows Explorer and ask, “why do the drive letters start from C?” and you explain that, in the old days, DOS assigned drive letters A and B to the floppy disk drives; then they ask, “what’s DOS? What’s a floppy disk?” You know your are old when all you want to do is to stay at home sleeping with the backrest pillow for bed.
If they’re lucky they won’t ask about the capacity of a diskette; they might just die ROFL when you tell them that it’s around 1MB.
But if you don’t know what ROFL means then you’re really really old.
“Just because I didn’t send you a smoke signal doesn’t mean I don’t care”
“Just because I didn’t send you a homing pigeon doesn’t mean I don’t care”
“Just because I didn’t write you a letter doesn’t mean I don’t care”
“Just because I didn’t telegram you doesn’t mean I don’t care”
“Just because I didn’t email you doesn’t mean I don’t care”
“Just because I didn’t IRC with you doesn’t mean I don’t care”
“Just because I didn’t IM you doesn’t mean I don’t care”
“Just because I didn’t BBM you doesn’t mean I don’t care”
“Just because I didn’t post on your wall doesn’t mean I don’t care”
“Just because I’m not on G+ with you doesn’t mean I don’t care”
These are my favourite movie quotes, which I could rattle off, anytime:
1. “Adaptation, improvization; your weakness is not your technique.”
2. “I did not choose. I was born, and I am.”
3. “A sad commentary in and of itself.”
As a software developer I’m just waiting for the chance to say the first one during peer review, but so far, not yet. Or perhaps I keep forgetting to do so because my subconscious isn’t allowing me to look stupid. There were, however, a few occasions when I had the opportunity to say the second one – without exception, they were during the “death march” stage of projects in which my colleague and I would miserably ask ourselves how we ended up in the programming profession.
What are your favourite movie quotes, and have you ever used them in real life?
No, but might as well be …
I would say blogging technology is like a human being in his or her mid-forties: mature, established, still able to contribute to society, but decidedly less attractive compared to a certain twenty-year old. (No prizes for guessing who that twenty-year old is.)