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06.26.11

Microsoft Drives Away Developers

Posted in Microsoft, Vista 8, Windows at 11:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Desktop mentality increasingly neglected

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Summary: With another foolish move Microsoft alienates those whom the company depends on the most

NOT so long ago we wrote about the demise of Mono and .NET, noting that even Microsoft shows some disinterest or a lack of commitment.

Oiaohm brought to our attention some important news (via IRC). He says regarding Windows 8: “I am expecting the screaming from the time of Windows 95 on DOS programmers.”

He elaborates: “Reason I expect Windows 8 to be extreme is MS has lost control and will attempt another Windows 95 like event to get control back. Before Windows 95, MS was also getting massively cloned and competed with.”

“Before Windows 95, MS was also getting massively cloned and competed with.”
      –Oiaohm
“More proof MS is killing .NET on the client,” called it one person in USENET. “The development platform and tools strategy at Microsoft is getting increasingly complex,” explained Mary Jo Foley. Seeing the pattern yet?

“.NET will not go away on the server, but killing off the XAML team is  another indication that .NET is being culled for client stuff,” wrote one person. “Everything’s moving towards HTML5 / Javascript. If developers don’t like this idea and start leaving in droves, Redmond’s downfall will be swift.”

Here is another take on it. “Now let’s see how mono copes,” concludes Oiaohm. Mono will be the subject of our next post. It’s a bad time to be a C# developer.

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5 Comments

  1. David Gerard said,

    June 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

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    .NET on the server is the generally-well-regarded way to get anything like maintainable software on a Windows server. It’s about comparable to Java in programmability, maintainability and performance – unsurprising, as it’s a copy of it. Notice how many Java-based tools also exist in a C# version.

    twitter Reply:

    The first question to ask is why you want to use Windows.

    I recently talked with a .NET developer who once did PHP and his opinion was that .NET lagged other framworks by years. The bottom line was that you could do everything for free outside of Microsoft with a little effort, or you could spend lots of money and effort to get an inferior copy on Windows. Throw enough in house effort at the problem and it might work.

    If .NET is the easiest way to do things on Windows, it’s because Microsoft has driven everything else away. I think that’s the point of this article. It is possible, with lots of effort, to run free software on Windows Server but the results will always be second rate because Windows is feature poor, complex and fragile. Why bother?

    The London Stock Exchange is a great example of why people should avoid Microsoft and .NET. After years of cost overruns and costly failures, they scrapped the Microsoft system and built a gnu/linux system for a faction of the cost.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    There has been hardly a word from them this year, which means it’s working well.

  2. NotZed said,

    June 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

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    I’m surprised that after all these years the proles still believe that ‘the next version will fix everything’. The optimism, particularly of the writer, seems wildly misplaced.

    It would be quite humorous if it wasn’t such a disturbing example of how easily people are controlled. And but one relatively insignificant example thereof.

    Incidentally, I thought WPF was all but still-born, i’m surprised anyone’s still talking about it. It’s not technology that deserves a second chance.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Even Miguel and his team stopped talking about it.

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