Speaking Of Blogger Power

Friday, December 3, 2004

If you’ve never heard of a company named MEDITECH, it doesn’t surprise me. You might be surprised, however, to know they are one of the largest enterprise-scale software vendors in the healthcare industry. They are a private company and go quietly about their business.

With such a quiet reputation, it was surprising to see their President and COO accept an invitation for an interview. Not just any interview, but an interview with a blogger – and an anonymous blogger no less. You can read the interview over on HISTalk, which always has juicy tidbits about the healthcare IT space from someone in the know.

I had the opportunity to sit and talk software architecture with Mr. Messing earlier this year. I can tell you he is not a fan of the .NET platform. Seeing as how they build everything from scratch (and I mean scratch), this is not surprising. The approach affords them a great deal of independence, but you have to wonder how long one company can keep up.


Comments
Sikko2go Saturday, December 4, 2004
Thanks! I am in medical research IT myself, but found myself totally *not* looking for medical related bloggers, only asp.net, programming etc. related. Which is a bit odd actually. Will put medical in my searches from now on. Thanks again!
Andy Sunday, December 5, 2004
He dislikes .Net for the same reason I do. Once your code is in .Net you have no control over your upgrade cycle.
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<br>MS gets to control it not you. You loose all your freedom. Sure it's easier to code in but it's a trap.
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<br>Once your code is .Net for a few product life cycles you are f#cked if MS makes a change. Say for instance your clients upgrade their server OS to some future MS server OS we'll call Server 2006. All they have to do to break you and force you to upgrade your code and platforms is say that the .clr for Server 2006 is only compatible with .Net 2006. Now you are f#cked.
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<br>Had you written your code in C, C++, Java or some other compiled Byte code (I include Java because of it's commitment to backwards compatibility and cross platform support) language it would still run. Why? because there are people like Raymond Chen at MS who preserve the underlying system architecture.
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<br>MS has never proved trustworthy especially their MSDN camp which churns out all this .Net cr@p. These are the same people who brought you DCOM. Do you really want to put your companies life code in their hands?!? No thank you.
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<br>Our company too remains thankfully largely .Net free also. We still control our future.
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<br>I really liked that interview. Thanks for the link.
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