Has anyone else noticed an
incredible slow-down in activity the past two weeks? It's
almost like everyone decided to go on vacation. Ever since
Memorial Day weekend, the amount of e-mails and phone calls has
decreased significantly. I hope that only means people are
starting to kick back and enjoy the summer. I'm not going
to complain because I've finally had an opportunity to get
caught up on a few things. Plus, our site traffic hasn't
decreased at all, so that's always a good thing.
Industrial Automation in this issue. So, if you've
wanted to learn more about .NET, you can review the three
featured articles just below this introduction.
Last week, I forgot to mention
that we are highlighting a number of new products in our
Featured Product section this month. Two of those products
are highlighted in the
Product Showcase section of this week's e-news issue.
Be sure to check out our
Home Page or our
Featured Products page for all of this month's featured
And, as usual, don't forget to
News and Job Postings added to our site in the last week.
On to the good stuff...Enjoy the rest of this e-news!
.NET in Industrial
Microsoft introduced .NET
technology more than two years ago. Many of the industrial
automation software suppliers like Siemens, Citect, Wonderware,
Rockwell and Iconics adopted the technology early and have
incorporated it into many of their software products.
Chances are if you are using a product supplied by one of these
manufacturers, you are probably using .NET technology. You
may not realize it because the supplier has made it transparent
to the user. By making software easily configurable,
suppliers have taken the development pain away from users. As a result, most
automation and control professionals do not have much (if any)
real experience with .NET. Only if you've developed your own HMI
software using Visual Basic or some other programming language,
would you have "real" experience with .NET.
As many of you know, Automationtechies
has offered recruiting services for over three years. But
until about two months ago did we start receiving requests for
automation and controls engineers with .NET experience.
Some manufacturers and systems integrators are hoping to better
leverage the benefits of .NET and apply it to more areas of the
plant floor and enterprise. So far, it has been difficult
to find individuals with the right combination of skills.
We've recently added .NET to the Software Development section of our Job Skills
Checklist. If you have .NET experience, please take a
Update Your Profile and select .NET as a skill so that we
and other companies can contact you regarding job opportunities.
So what is .NET anyway?
Microsoft simply defines .NET as "a set of software technologies
for connecting information, people, systems, and devices. This
new generation of technology is based on Web services—small
building-block applications that can connect to each other as
well as to other, larger applications over the Internet."
Citect has written a white paper that provides a brief overview
of .NET from a developers perspective,
.NET - Putting Software Developers in the Picture.
For those of you looking for more
information on .NET as it relates to industrial automation
software, I thought it would be best if we referred you to a
couple white papers written by software suppliers.
Wonderware offers a white
Understanding Microsoft's .NET Technology & Its Impact on
Automation Application Development, that takes a high
altitude look at .NET technology, and helps industrial
automation users understand the context and future uses of .NET.
Citect offers a white paper,
Industrial Information Management (IIM) and .NET is the Answer,
that considers how using Microsoft .NET systems can help
manufacturers enhance competitive advantages by sharing
information in real time to maximize collective resources and
deliver superior value to customers.
Other links for your reference:
Microsoft .NET Information:
Microsoft .NET Basics - What is
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