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Against: The Microsoft factor
Posted by: Tim (82.133.123.---)
Date: Thursday, 23-Sep-2004, 08:26:33

I'm putting this as "Against" although it is not completely clear cut. The issue is that .NET is a Microsoft technology. Parts of it are standardised through ECMA and ISO, but not all of it: ASP.NET, for example, is not part of the public standard.

Why does this matter? It's not an issue of quality, but rather that .NET is tied to some extent to Windows (not completely: see Mono). If you would like to keep your options open in terms of operating systems, a large investment in .NET could work against you. On the other hand, tight integration has some benefits, so it is not all one way.

Re: Against: The Microsoft factor
Posted by: Clyde Davies (193.132.159.---)
Date: Friday, 15-Oct-2004, 11:46:01

A counter-argument is that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. Once a language is complete standardised by committees, getting changes done cdan take a very log time. Since parts of .NET are not standardsied, they can evolve more rapidly.

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