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EETimes: Development tools alive and well, thanks to Linux

May 12, 2000, 17:47 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Janel Garvin)

"It's true that eight years ago the development tools market had a lot more players and a lot more competition. It's also true that Microsoft realized how critically strategic development tools are to an operating system and poured considerable resources into building the finest tools available for Windows. Competitors were either absorbed or simply outdone."

"Today the development tools market is poised to take off again. Why? Because today there's a whole host of new platforms and applications that are evolving from academic and research areas to mainstream development. Not only are there new alternatives to PC-based computing, but even within that realm there are operating system alternatives, such as Linux. Indeed, the Linux operating system presents the best opportunity tool makers have seen in the past 10 years."

"Linux grew from humble beginnings and virtually no commercial tools. The common way to code Linux, even today, is with primitive command-line tools, the kind that were obsolete in the DOS/Windows world 10 years ago. In a survey of Linux developers, Evans Marketing Services found nine out of 11 tool categories rated as less than adequate. Only compilers and editors were considered satisfactory. In addition, 53.5 percent of the developers said they still primarily use command line tools. Only 17 percent use an integrated development environment."

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