Developers Trust Will Be Hard to Earn
In a recent eWEEK poll asking readers what gave them greatest pause as they contemplated the Visual Studio .Net learning curve, the fear of "undesired coupling between Web standards and Microsoft protocols" quickly surged past 50 percent of thWhen I posted my review of Microsofts Visual Studio .Net on our Web site, I included an interactive poll to learn more about your interests and concerns. (You can review many of our poll results at www.eweek.com/poll_archive.) I asked readers to tell me what gave them greatest pause as they contemplated the climb up the Visual Studio .Net learning curve: its changes to familiar languages, such as Visual Basic; its formidable array of new Web services development and testing facilities; or the potential nuisance of unintended platform lock-in that might come along with the package, corrupting what they had hoped would be standards-based technologies.
In an admittedly unscientific sample (since people with no concerns at all could easily ignore a poll that asked about their "biggest concern"), the fear of "undesired coupling between Web standards and Microsoft protocols" quickly surged past 50 percent of the more than 2,000 responses. I see this result not necessarily as an indictment of Microsofts .Net strategy, but certainly as a clear statement of the communication challenge that faces the company—and as a warning that developers are hypersensitized to any hint that the company might do again what it has done before.