From an undisclosed location somewhere on the east coast, middleware maven Steve Vinoski joins me for this week’s Friday podcast. Earlier this month Steve announced that he was leaving IONA to join a stealth-mode startup. He can’t discuss his new job yet, but I took this opportunity to ask him to review his long career working with distributed systems and reflect on lessons learned.

It’s a timely conversation because Steve was originally slated to represent IONA at next week’s W3C Workshop on Web of Services for Enterprise Computing. I’d hoped to attend that conference as well, but all attendees have to present position papers, and I’d be the wrong guy to represent Microsoft’s position. So instead I asked Steve what he would have said there, and I chimed in with some things that I would have said, and we both had a lot of fun.