Are Slashdotters really 99% ignorant?
Every once in awhile I'll pop over to Slashdot to see what the peeps have to say about something newsworthy. At the very least you can find some Gates-hating to laugh at. I can't for the life of me figure out the structure of their comment system (I am, after all, a mindless drone .NET developer), but I found some choice comments.
“MS are worried that the windows platform is hemorrhaging developers to linux/OS X platforms.”
That's a pretty good one. Call me crazy, but the recruiters call now more than ever, and we're shipping people in from all over the world to fill .NET jobs in the Greater Cleveland area. Maybe his definition of “hemorrhaging” is different than mine.
“Actually this is a move to knock out DevC++, gcc, Eclipse, and Netbeans.
The more you get people to use "windows only" solutions the better microsoft feels.
They know it is all about the developers and want to lock them down as hard and as fast they can.”
I'm sure that last part was at the front of Rob Howard's mind the last few years, right? I'm sure that most folks at Microsoft just want to deliver the most kick ass software they can. That's what drives them. The real benefit to Microsoft is that they sell server licenses. I think it has always been about server licenses, thus the move to build inexpensive IDE's.
“Still, it's clear from these 'express' editions that MS is worried by the number of free alternative IDEs that are springing up - in particular Eclipse.”
Yes, because people are flocking en masse to Eclipse to build .NET apps. Clear, right! I'm guessing that this guy thinks developers are willing to change platforms and languages like they change their underwear everyday. I've never understood this mentality. I know enough about Java to think it's pretty cool, but why the hell would I want to learn it when I'm working to be an expert in .NET? I wouldn't want to hire someone average at a lot of things, I'd want someone to be an expert for what I need.
“Will the EULA allow development of commercial products? Lots of "hobby" or "student" projects end up for sale or as shareware. Will people making that switch then have to buy the real thing?”
Is it that hard to read that this is beta software? If these people understand software development so well, you'd think they'd understand why Microsoft wouldn't want the beta framework floating about. Then again, I'm assuming they understand what the .NET Framework is.
“Microsoft are attempting to lock students in, probably even before they hit tertiary education.”
Again, obviously not familiar with the culture. Students have been using the full Visual Studio in a lot of programs, and getting it cheap. That certainly won't change. Oddly enough, I think the guy that made this comment was the same guy that said you can change-up platforms at any time. Lock-in... sure, that's it.
“Free compilers, what a concept?”
Yeah, one we got like four years ago.
“I'm still aghast at the number of developers who think that they need Visual Studio, or any IDE for that matter, to develop in .NET/Java/whatever.”
Amen. I want to go back to the days of DOS. I don't need a mouse either. Batch files rule. In fact, I think I'll brush up on my assembler because that's what real programmers do. I've got all the time in the world and my clients understand if it takes a long time to build a product.
Normally I don't even entertain this kind of nonsense, but it's like me trying to talk about biochemistry (I would have no idea what I'm talking about). Enjoy the laughs. I'm sure you've got to get back to writing great software.