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.NET Isn't Going Away

.NET Isn't Going Away

Laura Barker's commentary, "Not Performing Due Diligence Has Companies and .NET Paying the Price," on the .NET Developer's Journal Web site was echoed by a number of developers. See her article and all of the responses at (www.sys-con.com/dotnet/article.cfm?id=389).

.NET's Imminent Demise
The article really gets down to the critical problem for .NET growth. Like any technology, the first couple of years are more hype than substance. .NET hype is based on Web services and cross-language support. Web services haven't truly taken off, and VB programmers are more confused than ever. Now any .NET project has the extreme risk of hiring developers who are wet behind the ears - a problem that Java doesn't have.
Carlos E. Perez
[email protected]
CodeAudit Corp.

Change Is Tough
Change is tough, no matter what it is. Acceptance of something new will always take time. And the threat of healthy competition to Java will always invoke negative comments. After three years, .NET is not going away - and will only strengthen over time.
Tim Hodgson
[email protected]

Remember Config.sys?
I remember when config.sys went by the wayside, and IT pros scoffed at the Registry taking its place. But what did it do? It simplified life for a lot of people. I no longer had to teach all my relatives how to edit config.sys and autoexec.bat.

.NET is a refined development environment. It wasn't until .NET that I was finally able to jump into programming with the small amount of time I had for personal education. Am I a pro? No. Is this a beginner's environment? No. It simply offers a wider range of options for developers with many possible learning paths. But it's new, and there is learning involved. And I'm enjoying the ride.
Posted by Mark Kenyon on Oct. 1 @ 08:46 AM

.NET Blamed Too Easily
I'm one of those wet-behindthe-ears .NET developers. It's no shame; everybody starts somewhere. The article discusses an attitude that puts a burden on potential job seekers: you need experience, but you can't get experience if you haven't got any (kind of a vicious circle).

What's worse is that business people will dismiss .NET due to mismanagement of IT resources or "hype" planning. Blaming .NET is simply covering their incompetence.

Inexperienced developers are intrinsically not yet 100% competent, and that is understandable and fair. I don't cry over this; businesses have the right to hire only experienced people to protect themselves. Therefore newcomers must be coupled with mentors or some very knowledgeable (and experienced) .NET developers.

If a manager dismisses .NET based on bad experience(s), is it the fault of the technology, the inexperienced developer, the staffing firms, or the manager? Sorry, but it is ultimately the manager's fault. If a manager dismisses .NET without proper "experience data," then that manager is a goof.

Such managers shouldn't cover their own incompetence by using people who can't answer back or aren't even aware they are being dragged through the mud.
Jean-Michel Granier
[email protected]
Informidable Ltée

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Emovon Uwadia 12/08/03 04:56:54 AM EST

Whether people like or not .NET is here to stay. .NEt is the best thing that is ever happend to programmers on the Microsoft Platform. For me It makes life easy for programmers and brings out the creativity in You. It can only get better.

Keith Hill 12/03/03 03:26:49 PM EST

>> Your original reason for
>> building .NET (the potential
>> breakup of Microsoft) is no longer
>> there
Wrongo. The reason for building .NET was to stem the tide of developers moving to Java. That is a real threat. Why? Because Java (and now .NET) make developers so much more productive. Having developed on .NET since July 2000, I can back that statement up with my experience.

>> give us the tools we deserve for
>> building great windows apps fast
>> because .NOT is not it.
Uh, .NET *is* it whether you like it or not. Take a look at everything interesting in Longhorn: Avalon, Indigo, WinFS. It is all being exposed as a .NET (managed) API. That is what WinFX is - a completely managed API based on .NET. WinFX *is* the Win32 API replacement.

George Mrvos 12/02/03 10:28:16 PM EST

How many commercials WinForms apps are on the streets today? Not very many. I have personnaly never seen one. Why? Because WinForms apps are just too dog slow. Every other platform outperforms a WinForms app and not by a small margin. While I'll agree that .NET for web apps makes sense the majority of apps build are still and will continue to be Windows apps for some time to come. So come on Microsoft and give us a great tool to build lightning fast apps without getting into the MFC. Your original reason for building .NET (the potential breakup of Microsoft) is no longer there so get back to what you do well and give us the tools we deserve for building great windows apps fast because .NOT is not it.

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