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I got the following question in email:

Can you blog about why you chose c# and .net over other languages for all your projects. What was it that made you stick around the windows platform? Was it coincidence or a firm decision based on something? Was it because c# was the first language that you learned in your profession and then decided to become a pro in that?

I would expect to see you working on OSS in the lamp stack. You could have displayed your capabilities very well in Java. Just a bit curious…

It started as a coincidence, truth to be told. I was working on what I had available at the time, and that was Windows. I actually made the jump from hobbyist to professional in a C++ course. I wanted to learn C++ because that was where most of the action was at the time. It was a Visual C++ 6.0 course, not something that I was aware of at the time. If it was a GNU/C++ course, I would probably be in a very different position today.

That said, it stopped being a coincidence several years ago, when I made a conscious decision to stick to the .NET platform. That decision was based on several factors. Size of the market, acceptance for deployment, familiarity, future prospects, etc.

In essence, it boiled down to the fact that I really didn’t have any burning issues with the .Net platform, I am familiar with it, what you can do with it and what you can’t. Moving to another platform would introduce a very high cost during the switch, but so far there hadn’t been anything that was enough of a killer feature to convince me to move there.

Note, this post was written while taking an Erlang course.

Comments

Mark Nijhof
03/21/2010 12:27 PM by
Mark Nijhof

You shouldn't write blog posts while sitting in a course ;-)

-Mark

NC
03/21/2010 01:20 PM by
NC

Because Visual Studio is the best IDE. Period.

Nothing holds a candle to it.

Darius Damalakas
03/22/2010 08:52 AM by
Darius Damalakas

NC, have you tried other IDEs apart from Visual Studio?

Olav Rask
03/22/2010 09:58 AM by
Olav Rask

Yeah.. ..I had the same thoughts on Visual Studio vs other IDE's for quite some time.. ..until recently I did some Android development in Eclipse.. while Visual Studio might be more polished in some areas, there realy isnt that much of a different. Plus Eclips comes with lots things offered by resharper allready build in.

Also installing Eclipse is quite easy: download -> unzip -> run :)

Guy Mahieu
03/22/2010 12:10 PM by
Guy Mahieu

@NC: VS the best IDE ever? Check out IntellIJ, a great Java IDE - they even ported some of the magic to VS in resharper...

Sean
03/22/2010 03:04 PM by
Sean

Stop feeding the troll....

Mark Rogers
03/22/2010 03:16 PM by
Mark Rogers

Pretty much exactly sums up why I'm still with .net.

NC
03/23/2010 12:21 PM by
NC

I haven't tried IntellIJ, but I can't stand Eclipse at all. Similar? I don't agree. Granted I haven't used it in over a year.

Jacob Stanley
03/24/2010 02:13 AM by
Jacob Stanley

Visual Studio is just a hosting process for ReSharper :P

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