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Re: [DotGNU]Discussing future plans

From: Mario D. Santana
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Discussing future plans
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 15:17:26 -0500

On Friday, January 3, 2003, at 05:46 PM, David Sugar wrote:
I think it is important that people realize dotgnu is not just pnet alone, and this is a great way to bring that message home if we can also get MACS out.

Agreed. I won't deny my bias, but I think MACS will be the best general-purpose digital/virtual identity framework out there, including commercial offerings. I'm pretty confident that it can become a jewel in DotGNU's crown.

On Friday 03 January 2003 11:18, Gopal V wrote:
Sorry to hear that ... and glad too ... having food-funding projects is
good :-)

I guess. Living at home, tightening my belt, living off of savings. I knew things were getting bad when I drove by a movie theater and didn't recognize any names on the billboard... But yeah, at least I have paying work. Hopefully I'll be able to temporarily "retire" again in a few months.

Ok, Still I'm off to give you some good PR and probably get it some
developer attention...

Awesome. I have to say, I appreciate the support you guys are showing. It helps with motivation. =) As you say, MACS can mature on the back burner while pnet and DGEE mature in the foreground. I think fitting MACS into a fairly complete architecture won't be as tricky as it sounds.

The only thing that's stopping me from helping is that it's in perl :-)

I know. I like perl for prototyping, and chunks of my projects end up staying in perl afterwards. But after the next release, one of the biggest questions will be a rewrite in a more appropriate languages. I'm hoping it will make sense to use pnet. Otherwise, there are a few other choices, some of them pretty esoteric. Like Erlang which gives tricky but useful things, like distributed load-balancing/HA and run-time code updating, for free. But I expect C# would let MACS integrate more cleanly with DotGNU.

As it stands, the perl pieces (core servers) are pretty simple. Already, about half the code is in C (the client parts) and will likely stay that way.

Now I feel like working on MACS. But I have to go brush up on my Portuguese instead, read some specs, and write filters. Egad. Maybe later. Enjoy your interesting work a little extra for me.



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