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Mar 01, 2001, 22:48 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Barr)

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"Sometimes when I see what developers writing for Linux have to say about Microsoft, it strikes me what an unusual computing experience they have. I am referring to those who swear off all Microsoft developer tools.

"What makes their experience unusual is that virtually nobody who isn't consciously trying to avoid Microsoft tools actually does so. They may be developing Windows apps, or Web sites running on Internet Information Server, or even taking the first steps toward looking into .NET, but in some way they deal with Microsoft."

"But avid Linux-loving, Microsoft-hating developers will avoid all of these on principle. As a result, they don't realize what it is like to be a developer working on a Microsoft platform. It's as if they are off on an island of their own, away from the Microsoft mainland."

"Now, when I write "they don't realize what it is like to be a developer working on a Microsoft platform," some readers already are rolling their eyes and thinking, "no great loss." But that view ignores the massive amount of work Microsoft puts into attracting developers to its platforms and keeping them happy once they get there."

"This process is known as evangelism, and if Linux is going to attract more developers to Linux Island, the Linux community needs to understand the benefits of evangelism."

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