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Article Thoughts - Dick Grimes's .NET Farewell

Posted by edburns on March 8, 2005 at 7:13 PM PST

I know I'm late to the party on this article, so please excuse my

I'd like to offer my thoughts on how Microsoft and Sun have
approached the problem of bringing more "ease of development" to their
respective platforms. According to Mr. Grimes's article, Microsoft
marketing was behind the introduction of VB.NET. Their motivation was
to free the massive numbers of developers they had won with VB from the
shackles of a single-threaded non-OO language, while still retaining
those massive numbers firmly in the Microsoft development camp. Their
approach to do this was marketing driven, and resulted in the creation
of a backwards incompatible language, with an implementation of
inconsistent quality, that is marketed as being backwards compatible
with VB. Sun's motivation for "ease of development" was, "we have a
great, powerful, easy to use, language, but damn, look at all those VB
developers!" Sun's approach, rather than being marketing driven, was
engineering driven. We chose to develop easy to use tools and
technologies (like href="">Java Studio
Creator and href="">DASL)
and add selective, highly considered, features to the core language. I
contend that right now Sun's approach has yielded a more successful
result in terms of "ease of development", and it's starting to yield a
good result in terms also of developer capture as well.

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