Last year Joel (of JoelOnSoftware.com) wrote an article that had a little blurb on the “MSDN Way” of doing things. That basically amounted to always using the newest, fanciest tools to solve a problem. Why use VB6 and SQL Server when you can use C#, SharePoint, BizTalk, XML, Web Services and SQL Server to accomplish the exact same thing. I chuckled at that but basically agreed with his characterization of MSDN. I'm still a big fan of the magazine though. Tomorrow's C#, SharePoint, etc. is today's VB6 and SQL Server. It's a great place to get a handle on what's coming.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://billg.sqlteam.com/2005/05/05/4894/