I just read the September 2004 editorial in MSDN magazine about Joel's camp wars article. It's interesting that they are sort of claiming that this is no war but don't directly address Joel's points. In fact they bring up the .NET lack of serial port support by saying that someone has made a wrapper class for serial support years ago, oblivious to the fact that after 2 years it's still not part of .NET. They also don't mention the VB6 to VB.NET or ASP to ASP.NET issues of incompatibility.
He doesn't address Joel's points because it's not a rebuttal against them. It's an article that points out that the camps are not mutually exclusive camps, but are symbiotic.
I don't think they directly refute Joel's points quite simply because Joel's article merely provided them another opportunity to address an issue that has been affecting MSDN Magazine for quite a while now - they are a very future facing magazine, which satisfies a lot of people, yet a lot of readers want more practical "now" based information. They've addressed this several times in editorials over the past couple of years (Joel most certainly isn't the first to point this out).
"This sort of thing really doesn't work for the corporate developer community that is often working on 4 year old technology with each new release going throgh arduous year long review processes."
Umm...'finger in the wind' ?
I have most MSJ (ahem) issues going back to about 1993.
anyone beat that?
yes, MSDN magazine keeps a online back issue archive of four years.
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