DevChannel: Busting Windows-to-Linux Myths
Apr 30, 2004, 01:45 (4 Talkback[s])
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"If you've been developing for Windows for (n+1) years, you
might consider venturing into open source software development a
daunting prospect. Reading the Free Software Foundation Web site
makes it look like all development is done in straight C--of course
there's no Visual C++ or Visual Basic. Linux doesn't have its own
component model and there is nothing even remotely like DirectX for
low-level hardware access. It's just too hard for the
dyed-in-the-wool Windows developer to program for Linux.
"And if you believe that, we have a nice bridge in New York City
that's going cheap--this week only, special price just for you.
Cliched jokes aside, there are as many myths about Linux
programming on the Windows side of the router as there are IP6
addresses. Let's dispel a few, shall we...?"