Welcome to IHOP
By David Riggs
No, not pancakes. As in International House of Programmers. I have several columnists who consistently contribute content. That s why they are columnists. And I get other content submitted regularly by freelancers and those wanting to break in to the writing game. If you re qualified to write about ASP.NET development, I ll find a way to get you published in asp.netPRO or our free monthly e-newsletter, asp.netNOW. Although I don t care about a writer s background beyond their programming experience and ability to communicate effectively, I pleasantly noticed a while back that our writers represent a variety of nationalities. Such diversity makes for a community without borders, of sorts a global community.
I m proud that asp.netPRO is able to present so many writers representing so many countries from around the world. Although a majority of our contributing writers hail from the US, we ve had over the years writers from Italy, Israel, Canada, Mexico, The Philippines, Scotland, England, India, Iran, Australia, Singapore, The Netherlands, Brazil, Switzerland, South Africa, and Russia. Maybe other countries, as well but that doesn t matter. What does matter is that it represents a global community. And the contributing writers are only half the story; every month asp.netPRO is delivered to and serves subscribers in almost 60 countries around the world. People in nearly 60 different countries speaking different languages, practicing different religions, with different political and cultural ideologies united by the common interest of bettering their Web development efforts. People the world over working on Web pages and Web applications that are faster and more secure, providing better service, and proving that, yes, we can get along despite our differences. And we need to get along. Especially in the business world and the development community. Our community.
It is a small world, after all. Anyone who has been to a Disney theme park more than likely has had that song running through their head for hours after they ve left the fabled park. Although the song can be obnoxious when you re stuck in a chain of boats slowly meandering through the multi-cultural waterway, the sentiment offered is in the right vein. It is a small world. And because of your Web development efforts, it is getting smaller every day. It still amazes me the information and services from around the world I can access via the Internet. It really does make it a world without borders, if only virtually.
A global community. Think about it for a minute. That s pretty cool. And that s as it should be, virtually and realistically. 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].