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Will .NET Join Java on the Doom Train?

June 20, 2011 No Comments

For many years now, commentators have been giving up on Java or Java Enterprise Edition for dead as a legacy technology or platform. There have been plenty of articles written about its imminent demise. But it’s still around, and by all indications, going strong.

What caught my attention in Niel McAllister’s latest InfoWorld post was the assertion that the .NET Framework is also being sucked into the same alleged abyss into which Java is falling.

The infighting around Java Community Process has been making a lot of headlines as of late, considered by some as another nail in the Java coffin. Java on the wane?  Old news.

But .NET on the wane?  McAllister doesn’t cite direct evidence of this, but says Microsoft’s tendencies to pull back from technologies doesn’t bode well for the framework:

“For a time, Microsoft funded development of IronPython and IronRuby, versions of two popular scripting languages that ran on the [Common Language Runtime]. But Microsoft has since backed away from these dynamic languages to focus on C# and Visual Basic, leaving IronPython and IronRuby developers in a lurch. Now some Microsoft shops are wondering whether other .Net technologies might soon meet the same fate. For several years, Microsoft has been encouraging developers to build UIs using Silverlight, a proprietary Microsoft technology for constructing rich Internet applications….  Yet for months now we’ve heard rumblings that Microsoft may be de-emphasizing Silverlight in favor of Web standards such as HTML5 and JavaScript…. How can enterprise developers be expected to view .Net as a strategic platform if Microsoft can’t even get its own strategy straight?”

Read More of Joe Mckendrick’s Blog Post on ZDNet

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