Within the industry, a schism already present was made deeper when developers were routinely asked "which side" they were on, whether they were supporters of "open" standards and "community-driven" development, or whether they were trying to support the evil corporate conglomerates. Such thinking can create serious obstacles to interoperability, a big objective of Java, .NET, and Web services. These issues are discussed in Ted Neward's inaugural blog post for TheServerSide Interoperability Blog
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It's not like these arguments really do much for our customers and clients. Truth be told, few of the people who use our software can even tell which platform the silly thing was written in, much less how it being written in Java will somehow make the world a more free place.
That means taking Microsoft's tools and technologies and tying them into Java's, and vice versa.
Neward points to the famed statesman who said: "A house divided cannot stand," and he welcomes the world to our Interoperability blog. "Please check your politics at the door," he writes, "we care only about how tools can be used to solve problems."