Hello, my name is Ole, and I don't get .Net.
If you know what .Net is, and can explain it to a reasonably intelligent software engineer, please send me email. I will be so happy, and you will become famous; I promise to post your explanation with full attribution right here, on this website, for everyone to see (my 7 regular visitors).
Microsoft created this concept they call "dot-net", but nobody seems to have a good handle on what it is. In fact, nobody even seems to know how to spell it, is it ".Net" or "dot-net" or "DotNet"?
It isn't even clear what category .Net fits into, let alone what it is. Here are some possibilities:
Microsoft has a .net website, which features a page called What is .NET? Unfortunately this page is misnamed, it does not explain what .NET is (visit it and see). You would think a couple of paragraphs on this page would be helpful, but apparently the secret must be kept.
I'm not the only one who is confused. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer explains:
Well, that was a good effort, but apparently there were some people like me who still didn't get it, so later Steve tried again:
Believe it or not, this did not clear things up for me. Apparently I was not alone, because several Microsoft engineers put together a website called GotDotNet. (It is at www.gotdotnet.com, not to be confused with www.got.net.) If you visit this website, don't expect to find an explanation. Maybe these people really "got" dot-net, but they appear unwilling to share the secret.
Last July at ".Net briefing day", Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was asked "what is .Net". That was the question, and here was his answer:
I just don't get it.
[ Later: Okay, well, maybe I'm Starting to Get .NET... ]