Burnt Haggis



Burnt Haggis


By David Riggs


January? Already? Where does the time go? As we bid farewell to another year, and welcome in a new one, I couldn t help but have that old Robert Burns tune run through my mind. You know the one you sang it right after midnight at that killer New Year s Eve party you attended (or maybe you don t remember) Auld Lang Syne .


Auld Lang Syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne,

We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,

For auld lang syne!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne?

And surely ye ll be your pint-stowp,

And surely I ll be mine,

And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,

For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,

And pou'd the gowans fine,

But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,

Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl d in the burn

Frae morning sun till dine,

But seas between us braid hae roar d

Sin auld lang syne.

And there s a hand my trusty fiere,

And gie s a hand o thine,

And we ll tak a right guid-willie waught,

For auld lang syne.


Maybe you didn t know it was a Burns poem; maybe you don t care. The only reason I know is because my Celtic band, Riggity Jig, plays the tune every January at several annual Burns Suppers, which honor the Scottish bard s birthday with music, Burns poetry, and, of course, haggis. For those of you who have tried haggis and know what s in it you re brave souls. For those who wonder what s in haggis, you probably don t want to know. But whether you consider haggis a delicacy, a cultural peculiarity, or a culinary calamity, there s little doubt why the Scots drink whisky.


The literal translation of auld lang syne is old long ago . It really doesn t seem like that long ago that we started asp.netPRO. But here we are, kicking off our eighth volume. Old long ago, way back in 2002, we began publishing this monthly magazine devoted to all that is ASP.NET. We started with the transition from ASP to ASP.NET; as ASP.NET matured, so too has asp.netPRO grown to meet your needs, offering many different articles covering what you need to know to be successful with your favorite technology.


asp.netPRO is proud to be the premier information resource for the ASP.NET developer community. We provide cutting-edge content, as well as nuts n bolts substance targeting a world-class audience of professional software developers. We teach by example. By showing valuable programming techniques in action through real-world apps and code we help professional software developers build, deploy, and run the next generation of dynamic, distributed Web applications quickly and easily. We look forward to continuing that tradition in the coming year, with more in-depth coverage of ASP.NET, AJAX, Silverlight, cloud computing, and much more.


And for those who care about the minutiae of an amateur Celtic band in Northern California, I had wanted to name the group Burnt Haggis. I thought it edgy, Spinal Tap-ish. Obviously I was outvoted. It s probably for the best. After all, there are too few people in the world who appreciate haggis in general and nobody likes burnt haggis.


Happy New Year. And thanks for reading.


David Riggs is editor-in-chief of asp.netPRO and its companion e-newsletter, asp.netNOW. Reach him at mailto:[email protected].

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