I’ve come across this tribe recently – courtesy my entry into the tech team. I guess I can put up a series of analytical reports on them.
They usually have a PC. And it runs M$. It is entirely possible that they may have not had an option. Their engineering syllabus has Visual $tudio components, stuff like scripting and other such stuff. A point that I found was that they are very strong in M$ products – so far I’ve heard about A$P (scripting), Access (database), VC++ (programming and RAD), VB (programming, RAD and GUI developement) and Flash (rich media content distribution platform). Next point I noted was none of these have a credible free developement and deployment software. You are free to derive the conclusion of what is actually being used. Another point I noted was their insistence on using only these products. One guy was so busy in suggesting VB for everything that I considered saying something about it. But then, I’m a relative newbie (are they aware of this term? only linuxers use it, I guess), so I held my peace and followed the stream.
Another section of the team has put up a website with a database backend. Commendable. It runs A$P (I believe thats ActiveX $erver($ervlet?) Page – ActiveX is one of the things that anti-virus always warns us about) on II$ (the weakest server, security point of view – atleast the ratio of II$ servers attacked successfully to II$ servers deployed is more than for Apache) connecting to Access (need I say anything?). Guess one more server intrusion attempt will be made sometime soon.