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Re: [DotGNU]Terminology Question

From: Norbert Bollow
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Terminology Question
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 14:53:24 +0200

Scott Lanham <address@hidden> wrote:

> I am trying to come up to speed with the project to see where I can fit in 
> and don't know what the following sentence is refering to.
> " It is important that a fully IL-compatible bytecode system is supported as 
> per the ECMA specs in DotGNU "

Ok, let me start with a bit of context...

Microsoft has launched an ambitious initiative called .NET
which seems to have two major goals :

a) Microsoft would like to gain market dominance in the markets
   for internet server software and "web services".  If Microsoft
   succeeds with this, they can then make proprietary extensions
   to the important protocols that are used on the internet, etc.

b) Currently business-to-consumer ecommerce relies on the
   customer entering authentication information (i.e. a username
   and password) or personal information (at least name and
   address) and a credit card number into web-based forms.

   Microsoft would like all this information to be stored
   centrally in a cluster of "Passport" servers operated by

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