In the early hours of the morning, .NET, Microsoft's platform for XML Web services, saved a five-year-old boy who fell down a well in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Erwin Trickle apparently fell down the thirty foot well and became stuck while in pursuit of a prairie dog. Local authorities were alerted, and spent 16 hours at the site attempting to remove the boy from the narrow opening.
At his wit's end, Ottumwa Cheroot Buck Bettendorf contacted Microsoft's head office in Redmond, Washington, hoping for a solution. Bettendorf spoke with Microsoft Solutions, who assured him that .NET could solve any problem he might encounter.
"I was durned skeptical at first," Bettendorf stated, "but them folks in Washington told me that this .NET 'enables an unprecedented level of software integration through the use of XML Web services: small, discrete, building-block applications that connect to each other--as well as to other, larger applications--via the Internet.' Well, I said to my deputy, if that ain't gonna save little Erwin, nothing will."...