Thu Dec 27 01:31:40 PST 2001
<quote who="Kevin A. Burton">
> > The problem with saying that you're going to do a "Free .NET" is that ".NET"
> > is a silly step-on-other-people's-terminology marketing gimmick that will
> > either get replaced by another name or start referring to something else.
> A lot of the .NET stuff is based on what they have pushed through the ECMA.
> > If you break the whole mess down, as far as I can tell you get a
> > rounded-scissors version of C++, a standard library for same, a virtual
> > machine, and a Big Brother bank/authentication/anal probe system.
> I am all for criticizing MS... but Hailstorm is a .NET application, not really
.NET is a marketing term for the entire developer platform all the way up to
the applications provided by Microsoft; thus the confusion.
Don is just being a whimpering elitist, not separating the marketing guff
from the technology. :)
> > Some of these might make interesting free software projects for some people.
> > I still don't know what problem each part is supposed to solve, though.
> C# sucks... why duplicate Java? (of course it is an ECMA stanard). CLI is cool.
> Hopefully SUN will see this as competition Open Source Java. It is their only
> way out...
Why? The CLR is a far better, and far more future-proof (read: programmer's
ego proof) technology. "Java" is as silly a marketing mix of technologies as
".NET", only when you get down to it, it's just one language, lots of
policy, and lots of Sun Microsystems buy-in.
So, whilst Don may choose his non-rounded-scissors C++, I'll happily hack
away in Python, Perl, C, C++, Java, whatever is appropriate for the task...
Whilst they all talk to each other via the CLR, Don can write more bindings.
"Boys will be boys, hackers will be hackers, geeks will be geeks, and
cyberpunks will always just be ravers with Macintoshes." - Monkey
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