The last few months I have spent a lot of time spinning in circles with overwhelmed developers who have a meltdown if you mention moving away from .NET 1.0. Even the suggestion of service packing causes murmurs.
I have moved on regardless, being a total maverick I am (I can hear you laughing). Using .NET 2.0 may rock some people's worlds but technology is moving on and it won't work for me anymore because I need to write RESTful web services.
The freetards :o) at work with the most clues have encouraged my journey towards Ruby on Rails and it's been rewarding. From what I've played with so far, Rails rocks as a rapid dev environment. Java and .NET can claim to be but I started trying to build a RESTful web service in VS2005 with .NET 2.0 and it's bloody hard work. You have to build all the REST infrastructure you need behind it before you can even start coding the web service. Rails aids in getting to the point faster. There might be third party stuff out there so do correct me if I've missed it and the point.
Now it's time to look at what Orcas can offer when building the same web service since it is boasting it's support of REST. Today marks my journey to write identical RESTful apps using VS.NET 2008 Beta with .NET 3.5 and Ruby on Rails.