Software Development (.NET)

Programming and software development. The focus is oriented toward Windows, dotnet (.NET), and various open source projects for dotnet.

Will Ruby PHP Python or Perl Overtake Java and C#?

JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby all have a lot of momentum right now. No doubt, they each have strong following, and dynamic languages as a whole are stronger than ever. How far can these languages go? eWeek has a good article discussing this question here. Most experts think there are serious limits to how far they can go in overtaking languages like C#, Java or C++ for large scale development.

Anders Hejlsberg says they lack scale. "Dynamic typing only scales so far," he said. "When you get into really big projects, it's problematic."

Historically, he's right. The eWeek article goes on to quote John Lam, a principal consultant and partner at Toronto-based ObjectSharp Consulting.

Jacksonville Code Camp in the news!

Andrew Connell has posted news and links related to the Jacksonville Code Camp 2006 on his site (here and here).
Here is the link to the local newspaper's coverage of the event: The gathering of geeks: Code Camp

IntelliSense is dictating the way we program

I read Charles Petzold's article titled Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind? a while back and I thought it was interesting, but I was too busy to really think deeply about many of his points.

What is the future of open source on Windows?

I use the Windows OS right now, and I have for a lot of years. However, there was a time (a couple years around the 1990 timeframe) when I actually succeeded in running my PC with zero Microsoft software.
I ran DR-DOS, Borland Quattro Pro, Lotus Word Pro, and a bunch of other quality (for the time) non-Microsoft software. I was happy about this.
Later, when I studied computer science in college, we used unix at school and it was at this time that I first loaded Linux on my home PC. I again made an effort to see how far away I could get from Microsoft products.

SubText breaks into the top 25 of open source projects

The Subtext blogging platform has just broken into the top 25 of all projects on! As of yesterday, Subtext was 24 on the list of most active projects. Take a look at this link to see the current status.

To quote the site, "Project rankings are generated based on the traffic, communication, and development statistics which are collected for each project." There are well over 100,000 projects on SourceForge.Net, so to make it into the top 50, or even the top 100 is a nice accomplishment.

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