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that you don't have to do any quantifiable work anymore?
yes, but when the slippage occurs even though you can blame the dev you have to deliver the news, and justify why they failed.
actually worst PM gig I had boss wanted me (on a late delivery) to tell the client X. Problem was it would mean lying to their faces.
I said, "no."
He said, "OK, expect your resignation letter ASAP." (I think expecting me to back down.)
2 minutes later he had my resignation.
Stupid pricks made me serve my notice. (about 2 weeks (4 weeks less leave), arrive late, long lunch, leave early (usually 5 minutes after getting back from lunch) - punctuated by ms solitair etc.) hmmm, next discussion topic
Probably not so much.
Basically it was a way to implement Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) - expose functionality to other apps.
Now there are other (better and simpler) ways to implement that functionality.
WCF (though it was complicated at one point in history) is far more prevalent now (maybe the default for C#?)
Now you can quite easily create a self-hosted app and expose functionality.
(of course, security is always a challenge and a necessity).