Somewhere Across the Sea
Opinion: Overseas viewpoint on U.S. development offers a different perspective.Asian developers are looking at North American efforts and seeing a rapid increase in 64-bit development, along with a reversal in a three-year decline of work on thin-client applications. Its interesting that U.S. reports, based in part on the same survey data, focus instead on a putative decline in U.S. use of Java -- in contrast with its continued ascendance in Asian projects. Those U.S. reports note a significant uptick in North American .Net adoption. Im neither "pro" nor "con" on the subject of .Net development: Its a powerful framework, and a bold reinvention of Microsofts basic ideas of how to build software. The "on the other hand" need not be stated: The question is whether its .Net thats catching the bigger audience, or LAMP light thats casting the longer shadow.
Our flow of incoming entries for the eWEEK Excellence Awards has shown a continuing increase in the number of software candidates that are unapologetically specific to the .Net platform. I can do the same math as the developers of those products: They get a lot of productivity, and a lot of access to user share, in return for leaving what looks to them like a small number of non-Windows users as unserved potential customers.