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January 2002 Newsletter of the
Front Range UNIX Users Group

Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM Monday January 14th ACS Room 123- .NET VM


A Technical Overview of .NET

The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group (FRUUG) will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Monday, January 14th.

Modulo the hype, .NET is a new platform from Microsoft, based on virtual machine akin to Java's. This engine, the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI), defines an instruction set, an object type system, file formats, etc. The CLI differs from the JVM in important respects:

  • it is programming language neutral
  • it is intended for native execution, primarily
  • it has a richer type system
  • it has both safe and unsafe instructions
  • it supports code versioning and authentication

Above the virtual machine, there are class libraries with support that extend to XML and SOAP. The C# programming language, which sits about half-way between Java and C++, is the closest fit to the machine.

The presentation will discuss the CLI, compilers that target the machine, and the consequences building and deploying .NET applications, the standardization of .NET by ECMA, and standards-based open-source implementations of .NET.

For anyone who doesn't know Tom Cargill yet, his bio can be found at

Meeting Location

This meeting will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder. Marine St intersects Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.

See <> for map

Smart Home Tour

We had a great turnout and a great interest in our meeting on smart homes in December. As a result, we've arranged with Gary Koenig to give us the cook's tour of one of the smart homes that he's configured in the course of his work for McStain Homes.

The tour will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday January 19 at a model home in Lafayette. We need to know how many people plan to attend, and given that it's a Saturday, we have no idea how to predict attendance. If you plan to come, please sign up on our site at

Slides for both Gary Koenig's and Jim Elliott's talks are posted in our meeting archive at

Our Last Meeting

Notes and resources from our past meetings are available at

Our Next Meeting

Meetings that we are planning for the next few months include the following:

  • Managing your Storage Area Network
  • DNS Update

FRUUG Library Notes

Our FRUUG library sponsors are reminding us that they are providing us with review copies of their books in order to get, well, reviews of them. In order for us to continue to receive their generous donations, we need to start giving them feedback on their books. If you check out a FRUUG book, please plan to write a paragraph on what you thought of the book, or point out areas that you particularly liked or didn't like. They don't have to be polished reviews for publication-- they are reviews for them to improve their books. If you can manage to put a few words together, please send them (along with the title and publisher of the book) to gaede at and we'll send it along to the appropriate people.

Softpro books has donated a $20 gift certificate for a lucky FRUUG member; they're at Baseline and Foothills in Boulder. Enter the drawing at

You may check out books using your business card as your library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.

Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to discounts on your book orders from both New Riders Publishing and O'Reilly & Associates; refer to the FRUUG Web site for details.

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February 15, 2009

February 2008: FRUUG Enters Quiescent Phase
After 27 years running, we're suspending operations.

Future Meetings:
None planned

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